Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"1% Fitness is 100% the type of information people need to digest in order to redeem consistent long-term results."- Tony Gentilcore, Strength Coach, TonyGentilcore.com
About the Author
Mike Sheridan has been advising on nutrition and fitness for nearly a decade. His success is due in large part to his philosophy, that "Transformation Starts With Education" - not just showing his clients what to do, but teaching them WHY.
In addition to his 3-Step Transformation Plan (Eat Meat And Stop Jogging, Live It NOT Diet!, 1% Fitness), and newly released "Go With Your Gut" Protocol, Coach Mike continues to share his knowledge and experience via guest articles, blog posts, and personal appearances.
File Size: 2638 KB
Print Length: 329 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Lean Living INC; 2 edition (July 26, 2015)
I will preface this review by saying I read this on my Kindle and I was able to purchase it when it was offered as a promo for free. Regular Kindle price is $9.99.
This is Sheridan's premise: "That all of the fat loss, muscle gain, cardiovascular and metabolic improvements, and reduction in disease risk and mortality can be achieved in far less time." Specifically, he says you can do this in 108 minutes or less a week through strength/resistance training. And I will say from the start that I do agree with him that strength/resistance training are a crucial component of a fitness plan, I do not believe that it is all you must do. (And with enough time and resources, I am confident that I could find just as many references to make my case.) Neither does he, really, but I'll get to that a bit later in the review.
Here are the reasons for the low rating.
Editting. Sheridan needed to invest in a good editor for his book. Problems include wrong word choice, missing or extra words, typographical errors, numerous sentence fragments, and more. One example is "happens on a comfortable thrown that washes your business away" (referring to a toilet). Another example is this sentence: "Bicep curls seem to only be superior for improving ATTENTION every day life." Or the chart where he talks about doing Reps/Weight when the chart is actually weight/reps. There are many more examples.
Formatting. I don't know what the physical book looks like, but the Kindle one is awful. There are many times when lines are repeated from one page to the next and the illustrations are basically useless on the Kindle. If you enlarge them to try to read the charts and graphs, most of the line graphs are still too small to see, and the legends and captions for almost all of them are too blurry to read.
Errors and questionable facts. Sheridan's whole premise is that you need only devote 1% of your time each week to this fitness plan. Which he describes as "10,8000min in a week*1%." First there are obvious typos in there. Second, the actual number of minutes in a week is 10,080. You lose all credibility when you can't even get this much correct. As another example, he describes abdominal muscles as primarily fast twitch. I can find no reference that supports this. In fact, most of the references I found state that all of your core muscles are predominantly slow twitch. Those are just two examples, but there are many more.
Marketing Bait and Switch. Anyone picking up this book is going to think that they are getting a way to become fit in just a few minutes per week. However, Sheridan tells you in the introduction that he expects you to have read and to be following the principles in his other two books. One is his diet book that, from what I can infer from what he says in this book, is basically an Atkins-style low- or no-carb diet. The other book I think talks about his "lifestyle" changes. (I refuse to give this man money to buy these books. I don't like this trend of self-published authors to deliberately write books that force you to buy additional books to get the full plan or read the full story. If your book isn't good enough to stand on its own, don't write it.) Also, when you get to the end of this book where he finally describes the exercises, there are charts that name the exercises and tell you the number of reps, but there are no pictures or descriptions of them. I challenge all of you to do a Glute Bridge L2 right now. What is that? Who knows? (I also just noted that you go from Glute Bridge L2 to Glute Bridge L4 with no L3. I assume this is another editing problem.) In order to get the descriptions, you need to go to his website and provide an email address to sign up for his mailing list. At which point he sends you a discount code so you can go to another website to get the videos for the plan. However, even with the discount code, the website wants you to enter your credit card information. This is beyond deplorable in these times of rampant identity theft and credit card theft. If he wants to put the stuff behind a password protected wall, that's fine. Do not ask people to provide credit card information. (FYI, if you go to YouTube and search for his name and the name of the exercise, you should be able to find most if not all of them.)
Misleading. He asserts you can get fit in just 1% of your time each week (what he states is 108 minutes which, as noted above, is wrong and should actually be 100.8 minutes). However, you are supposed to be doing his lifestyle changes outlined in a different book which involve 30 minutes per day of walking along with some functional exercises and activity breaks every 45-60 minutes. So, way more than 1%.
Citations. Sheridan provides a ton of citations. Unfortunately, they aren't formatted consistently (some don't even include a publication date), and I was never able to figure out how they are ordered. I tried to look up the citation for a couple of things he referenced in the book, but I shouldn't have to read through up to 8 or 9 pages of references (per chapter) to find the one study I want to read.
So again, I do agree that a fitness plan needs a good strength training program. However, I cannot recommend this plan or this book.
I have read the previous two books by Mike Sheridan and learned and unlearned a lot of facts about how our bodies process food as fuel. I have changed the way that I eat and have noticed a surge in my energy levels and just a general feeling of better health and feeling less lethargic. When I saw that he had a book about exercise I snapped it up. This book discusses exercise and how that with the right kind of exercise you can greatly improve your physique with just 1% of your week. There are a lot of books out there that talk about motivation to exercise and if it is important you will make time for it. This book is different it discusses how if you do the right exercises combined with the right diet you can get the physique you are looking for live longer and healthier. Like his previous two books this one is written in a great no nonsense style. If you haven’t read the first two books in this series I highly recommend that you do.
I read “Live it NOT Diet! Eat More Not Less. Lose Fat Not Weight” by Mike Sheridan and absolutely loved that book so I was very excited to read “1% Fitness”. Mike Sheridan has completely changed the way I think about weight loss so I was eager to learn about fitness from him. This book was exactly what I was looking for regarding exercise. “Live it NOT Diet” taught me what I should be eating to burn fat & build muscle and now “1% Fitness” has enlightened me on how I should be exercising. Mike Sheridan’s 1% workouts break down how human being weren’t designed to “want” to exercise but instead we’re designed to do whatever it takes to survive. We are genetically programmed to move frequently at a relatively slow pace with infrequent and acute bouts of highly intense movement. This is why Mike Sheridan has created an exercise regimen that mimics this environment and your body responds with health and performance improvements that can’t be matched. I’d never heard of Low-volume Vigorous Activity (HIIT) and Resistance training before reading this book but I can clearly see how this type of training really does produce the best results for your body because it’s how human being are supposed to move. This book will have you have mimicking ancestral movements, working out so that you build muscle, choosing free weight compound exercises, alternating between strength building and muscle building and so much more. Mike Sheridan has blown my mind again and challenged what I had learned from listening to the rest of society about how to exercise. After reading Mike’s last two books it’s like he has shaken me by my shoulders and said you need to wake up now because the way you’re eating & exercising is all wrong and I’m going to give you the owner’s manual to your body. I highly recommend “1% Fitness” by Mike Sheridan so that you can truly learn how to train your body to get the best results possible. “1% Fitness” is a ground breaking fitness book!