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TODD DU RKIN is a personal trainer and motivational speaker. He lives in San Diego, CA. ADAM BORNSTEIN is assistant editor of Men’s Health. He lives in Allentown, PA. MIKE ZIMME RMAN is a contributing editor to Men’s Health. He lives in Macungie, PA
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I bought this book after reading an article about The Impact Body Plan in Men's Health magazine. Overall it is a great program but I have a few complaints. So let me start with those:
One reason I bought it, is that it promised to be a program I could do while traveling. I am on the road 100+ nights in hotels each year, I've learned hotel fitness rooms are inconsistent (to put it kindly) in the quality of equipment they have. That aspect of the program has been somewhat of a disappointment - the first week's exercises call for a squat rack and kettle dumbbells, which are a bit too big for my suitcase and never found in a hotel fitness center.
Also, to follow this program to the letter, you will need to buy quite a bit of stuff you don't have. A TRX exercise system was (and I got a great deal on this at Amazon) about $158, a fitness band was $30 and some stretch cords were $50. I still haven't gotten kettle dumbbells, the roller and the half ball and probably won't. In the first weeks of the program I have learned to substitute similar exercises using the equipment available. You can make this work without buying all the stuff he recommends but it takes some creativity.
My final warning to those thinking of buying this book: If you are like me (mid-50s but in very good shape) this program will be very, very challenging. If you are not in good shape, you will kill yourself. There is a reason why all those NFL guys benefit from this program - it is assumed you will be in very good shape when you start. If you're a reader of my book, "Getting Fit & Staying Fit In Your 40s, 50s, and Beyond," I recommend you have done my program intensively for at least a year before you tackle this program.Read more ›
I just finished the 10 week IMPACT workout and there are certainly strong positives from this program. However there are several misleading drawback from the book. Pro- The workouts are definitely top notch and difficult. Every workout is slightly different and has its own personal flair to it. I feel better and stronger than when I did when I began 10 weeks ago. I have been doing high intensity workouts for over two years now and this is the strongest I have felt. I feel like my body made a positive transformation and I look as good as I ever had. I even added 3-4 lbs in muscle (not anticipated). I think I look as good as ever Bottom line....IT WORKS......which is why it gets 4 stars Cons - The most obvious con that has been mentioned about this book is without a doubt the amount of extra cost for equipment that is involved. The book calls for a stretch band ($30), TRX suspension trainer ($180), Bosu Ball($100), At least a pair of kettlebells ($80 for two 20lbs), resistance band/sports cord ($10), and I think that's it. So for those things you are looking at 400 buckaroos, which does not count a gym membership where you would need barbells, weight plates, pullup bars, and dumbbells of all different weight. I was able to cut some corners and make my own TRX which was rougly $25 to make and I used two resistance bands instead of the stretch band. I also did not use any kettlebells and rarely had access to a Bosu Ball. Durkin claims that most gyms will have this equipment, but my large corporate chain gym does not have any. The workout is time consuming no matter how efficient Durkin insists it to be. The workouts will take you at least an hour with the dynamic warmup.Read more ›
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This 10 week workout program will challenge you no matter what shape you may be in. Very satisfied with this fitness book, an advanced workout routine was exactly what I was looking for. I gained considerable muscle and lost fat, my weight virtually stayed the same. My body became very toned and defined using Durkin's multi-dimensional methods. While completing this 10 week program my body is likely in the best shape of the last 20 years.
Positives: * Many new exercises; references for every exercise with easy to understand photo guidelines. * A well balanced Full Body Workout consisting of warm-ups, shoulder and hip strengthening, plyometrics, strength-lower body, core and upper body with lots of variety in an easy to follow book. This book raised the bar a little higher.
Negatives: * This is a gym based exercise routine period, however there is a small section geared for hotel use. * You're going to be bouncing all over the gym at times due to circuit exercises requiring machines, benches, weights, etc. that are on opposite side of the gym.
An outstanding 10 week workout program that will deliver lifelong benefits and teach you what a quality exercise program is comprised of. Very satisfied with this book as well as what it delivers, thanks Todd!
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I have been to Todd Durkin's boot camp workouts and what I really find exciting is his enthusiasm. He's always yelling inspiring things when doing his effective exercises and getting everyone fired up to start the day. It's very easy to see why so many professional athletes train with him because his attitude makes such a difference. This book shows a lot of that same enthusiasm. I originally bought it hoping it would provide an effective workout but there is so much more: Positive psychology exercises, goal setting exercise, proper diet, meditation, eliminating limiting beliefs and negative thoughts, etc.
I would not only recommend this book to anyone who wants to get in better shape but also to just improve himself in general. It's not only crammed with helpful advise but very motivating. Highly recommended.