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these days. Matt knows what he is talking about and isn't trying to sell you a particular routine, machine, pills or powder. He doesn't spook you into giving up sugar, cardio, or office chairs and he skillfully explains crucial concepts without the of use overly complex scientific jargon that you need a PhD to comprehend. What this book sets out to do is make the uncommon argument that health and fitness don't have to be so time consuming and resource expensive. It is literally the only book I have ever read which is trying to make a healthy lifestyle easier to obtain/maintain rather than more difficult. It is refreshing to encounter an author without an agenda other than helping the reader reach their full potential and avoid all of the pitfalls of training your body with a conventional mindset. Please buy this book and watch his videos, you won't be disappointed.
When I first read Convict Conditioning I thought, 'wow, those are great ideas,' and the feats of strength are awesome.
I started doing pull ups and chin ups back in high school, and I still do them now in my 40's, and hope to keep doing combinations of bodyweight, kettlebell, martial arts, and weight training as long as I live. I also realize how simply moving more, and walking more each day helps you stay limber and burn calories.
I like the book, great ideas, encourges you to think and explore new thins, the unknown, you never know what you may learn or how you can improve.
It also is a great tip, one I've read before and implement, to make "better bad choices". Basically rather than saying, "I can never eat ___ again", once in a while have a small portion, eat it slowly and savor it. Then you don't feel like you are denying yourself forever, and you don't snap and pig out.
Also the advice about making your lunch, and keeping good foods at home and limiting tempting foods is spot in and helps me in life.
Fitness Independence seemed liked it was written for me. I was highlighting something on nearly every page. Matt breaks down fat loss, training muscle, muscle growth and healthy eating down to their “root causes.” These causes are simply what must happen to get the desired outcome. All other variables are surface influences. Knowing what the root causes are and realizing your surface influences frees you from the dogmatic nature of fitness industry and puts you in control, not someone else. Matt then introduces “Delta Principles” which are simple guidelines to follow that will allow any plan you choose to work. This book is about fitness freedom but Matt does offer guidance on how to build a plan. He then offers low cost high reward methods of fitness and nutrition such as bodyweight training. Matt is a calisthenics/bodyweight guy, but that is not what this book is about, that is what his second book will be about. This book is about applying his concepts to whatever method you enjoy. I would advise reading this book more than once. Your first time through, you will have all these questions, like “what about this, and what about that?” but if you get through and really digest what Matt is saying, you can pretty much answer the questions yourself. This book does not layout a step by step program for you to lose weight, it introduces these great concepts and tips that let you get fit in your own, liberating way. I almost laughed at how simple, yet how easily I didn’t think of some of these things.
I think the book is for anyone trying to be healthy and fit, especially those that are looking for the perfect plan and reading about everything fitness related yet, like me, don’t really even look like they are in shape. It would also be for the uber-fitness person that lives and breathes fitness and perhaps are spending too many resources on fitness. Fitness Independence is a perfect title and Matt did a great job. Matt offers so much great free content that I happily purchased both kindle and hard copy versions of this book. Order this one!
Thus book was the shot-in-the-arm I needed!
The wisdom imparted from this book literally changed my life. I can be super-fit and still have a life! It's about balance and simplicity and those are the two virtues this book teaches a fitness fanatic like me.
The book is also excellent. Refreshing to see an approach to fitness that also recognizes the importance of a life beyond the workout. I especially like this sentiment as a father with family responsibilities.