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Eat. Lift. Thrive. Paperback – June 15, 2017
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Eat. Lift. Thrive.
Establish healthy relationships with food and exercise for long-term results
- Eat. Learning about protein, carbohydrate, and fat is fine and dandy, but how does all that translate to real life?
- Lift. By building strength and increasing muscle mass, you improve not only your physical health but also your mental health
- Thrive. How can you eat and exercise for your health and fitness goals and still have a full, rich life? It all starts in your head
"There are a lot of charlatans in the fitness industry who do not live up to their own hype; Sohee Lee is NOT one of them. Sohee’s scientific background in biology and psychology allows her to perfect her applied methods, which she has done with hundreds of clients. Sohee is a great resource for anyone wanting to improve their fitness knowledge and get results."
Dr. Layne Norton, PhD-- BioLayne LLC
“Sohee delivers a scientifically based, practical guide for any woman seeking to improve her physique. Her flexible approach makes this an easy-to-implement program that can be sustained over the long term. Highly recommended reading.”
Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA-- Author of Strong and Sculpted
“Sohee Lee hits a grand slam with her first published book, Eat. Lift. Thrive. Not only does she teach you exactly what you need to know about nutrition and mindset to get you on your way to a healthier and fit physique, she also provides a top-notch training protocol that earns my fullest endorsement. And she does so in a way that effectively communicates the science without overwhelming or boring the reader. Buy this book, follow Sohee's advice, and watch your body and mind transform.”
Bret Contreras, PhD, CSCS
About the Author
Sohee Lee, CSCS, CISSN, is a health coach, researcher, and author who specializes in helping women develop healthy relationships with food and their bodies while reaching their fitness goals. She is pursuing her master’s degree in psychology at Arizona State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University. Lee is interested in how the field of behavioral psychology can benefit the health and fitness industry.
Lee is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS), as a sports nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN), and as a Strong First Girya (SFG) Level I instructor. She has trained clients at elite gyms such as Peak Performance (New York, New York), Cressey Sports Performance (Hudson, Massachusetts), and Tyler English Fitness (Avon, Connecticut) and has established her own fitness center, SoheeFit Systems (Phoenix, Arizona).
Having battled anorexia and bulimia, Lee knows firsthand the toll disordered eating can take on a life. She seeks to explore the psychology behind habits and behavior change, particularly as they relate to food and exercise. Her mission is to empower women to practice compassion and grace with themselves in the gym, in the kitchen, and in life. A professional bikini competitor through the International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA) federation and an amateur powerlifter, Lee lends her inspirational perspective to major fitness outlets, including Oxygen Magazine, LIVESTRONG.com, and Bodybuilding.com. She self-published The Beginner’s Guide to Macros and Reverse Dieting and is coauthor of The Beginner's Guide to Bikini Competitions. She also cohosts Physique Science Radio with Dr. Layne Norton and maintains an active presence on social media.
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First, I'll discuss the look and feel of the book. Human Kinetics did a wonderful job in designing and formatting the book. This means a lot to me, as it can be a pain to read inferior books. There are ample breaks, colors, usage of bold/italics, graphics, tables, subsections, and quality graphics to keep things interesting and stave off boredom that is typical of poorly designed and formatted texts.
Having known Sohee and followed her branding over the years, I believe HK captured her likeness quite well. I love the title, "Eat. Lift. Thrive.," as I know that Sohee practices what she preaches and embodies this mantra. In fact, she has inspired me to develop productive habits and form a better mindset - things I never concerned myself with years ago. Part I (reset your thinking) of E.L.T deals with these topics, and it's a sorely missed facet within the fitness community.
Now, I'll address the eating component (Part II). I love moderation. Hardcore fails time and time again over the long run. If the approach is too restrictive, then it's not sustainable, and adherence is critical for the long run. Sohee's flexible approach is doable day in and day out. The goal is to eventually not have to try so hard to stay fit and healthy, but rather to have it become habitual and automatic. Sohee spells this out clearly and teaches you how to get there.
I will now discuss Part III (the training component) and IV (Thrive - the program design component). This is the absolute best training program I have seen. Why? Because it's exactly the way that I train people, down to the T. Sohee has interned and mentored and learned from the creme de la creme in the strength and conditioning community, and she astutely absorbs what is useful and discards what isn't. I recall reading Sohee's early blogposts and nodding in approval of her training recommendations. Since then, her programming has continuously improved, and I believe that I have taught her much in the realms of progressive resistance training, biomechanics, and program design. If any of you have read my book Strong Curves, you'll note the similarities in programming. However, my training has evolved since that book was written, and we now incorporate things like the glute circuits mentioned in E.L.T., so this book probably more accurately represents my own training methods more so than SC's does. While reading this chapter, I felt like a proud teacher, smiling from ear to ear as I realized that Sohee absorbed everything I've ever taught her like a sponge.
I will end this review by mentioning the icing on the cake. Sohee has vast experience as a lifter, personal trainer, habits/diet coach, and scientist/researcher. I don't think that people realize that she's been coaching over 70 clients per week for almost 5 years - this is not an easy feat. She made sure to sprinkle in plenty of case studies and anecdotes to support her methods. In addition, she referenced approximately 150 scientific studies, thereby providing solid evidence to support her methods. It is critical in my opinion that she has an excellent grasp of the literature behind the psychology surrounding habits and mindset, the psychology and physiology surrounding rigid versus flexible dieting, the biomechanics of strength training, and the art & science behind designing good programs. She also makes sure to include "actionable items" throughout the book to focus the reader on the most important aspects.
Though this book is tailored toward women, I believe that every male and female, beginner or advanced, would benefit greatly from reading E.L.T. - it has my full endorsement.
This book delivers fairly well in that regard, additionally I enjoyed reading the author's personal history and client histories. This book really encourages moderation and takes an approach backed by science, which I really appreciate. If you are new to weight lifting and/or have weight struggles I think you may find this book even more useful than I did. At any rate I'm looking forward to designing my own program with more confidence!