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Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life Hardcover – December 27, 2012

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About the Author

Curtis J. Jackson III (50 Cent) has sold more than 20 million records worldwide. His debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, was the largest debut in SoundScan history. He also manages a broad business empire and serves on the board of G-Unity Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving low-income youth. His previous bestsellers include his autobiography, From Pieces to Weight, and the motivational guide The 50th Law. He is also the author of Playground, an antibullying book for young adults.

Jeff O’Connell is editor-in-chief at Bodybuilding.com. He authored Sugar Nation and coauthored the New York Times bestseller LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1 edition (December 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583335021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583335024
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joshua Piorier on July 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
No, it's all in your head.

When you purchase a planned workout guide you must be 100% committed throughout the entire planned workout or else it will fail. Fifty's success might get you pumped up enough just to purchase the book, but that must last longer than the impulse you got to buy the book. As with any fitness book. I'm a 50 Cent fan, I've been following him since he was still on the come up trying to make it as an artist. That alone got me interested enough to buy the book. Jeff O'Connell seems to linger in the hip-hop fitness community as he has also did a book with LL Cool J, which I have too. Both great material but you need a gym membership and some extra money to buy some good food. This will not be a good starter book for those who workout in the garage or do not have a neighborhood gym or gym membership. Be prepared to find a gym.

Needless to say you will see big results from Formula 50 if you are set to follow through with the 6-week (or 12-week plan for beginners) plan Jeff O'Connell and 50 Cent have planned for you. You can actually maintain it as your regular workout after the plan is though. Formulas 50 starts with a lot of reading which should get you well informed and pumped but anxious to get to the workouts. With Jeff O'Connell though you can expect the most up-to-date routines and exercises so this is only expected. Plus, you get pictures to give you a visual of the workouts if you find yourself stuck, even with the stretches. Jeff and 50 also provide a very effective diet plan which will also provide assistance in attaining those results you want.

All in all, it is thorough and effective, you get up-to-date workouts, a great meal plan, and you will get results regardless of your level of experience. The book has everything you need, except the commitment you have to give. Believe in yourself, that's where the results come from. Good luck!
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This book taught me a lot. I used to be the kind of dude who thought eating a 12-inch Subway sandwich was a smart move, or that isolating my biceps for an entire 60-minute working out period was a great idea.

No more.

50 stresses the importance of a holistic approach to your daily diet and workout program. That's it.

This book appeals to a very exclusive audience. It's not for people who have a very strong grasp on fitness and healthy diet -- but it may be way too difficult for a novice. I really think its for people looking to take it to the next level. If you only *think* you're doing it right, then you're probably not. If you have health and fitness down to a science, you don't need this.

50 says that you'll see 50% improvement -- is it true?

I'd say yes -- I was already in decent shape to begin with, and I saw a huge improvement in my cardiovascular and muscular endurance. I didn't put on size but I got shredded like lettuce. Most people out of shape would see a huge improvement from this program, but it would have to be performed without failure.

One other note:

You need access to gym equipment that you may not have at home -- and if you perform these moves at a public gym, you will find it difficult to move between various exercises in each day's work. Someone at the gym might be using the equipment you were mentally preparing to work with next, or perhaps too many mouth breathers are blocking the path to your next exercise that needs to be completed within the next 10 seconds. I can't say too many newbies are going to be comfortable doing that. My gym can be a zoo; the hardest part of this program was getting immediate access to the equipment I needed.
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I gave it 5 stars because I'm usually the type to not follow through on anything or just be intimidated. This book does the exact opposite of intimidate, and this is easy to follow through if you listen to what 50 says. it's very realistic and motivational, which is what i expected. The food he recommends are foods that I know most people won't have trouble eating, and that's coming from a picky eater. I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to get in better shape, especially if you don't know where to start. It can be overwhelming with all of the information you take in when you decide to eat better/exercise but this book does a good job of getting you started and introducing you to a better version of yourself if you choose to do more than read it.
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By C. L. on April 22, 2015
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I was surprised to see Rap artist 5o cents wrote an exercise book and even more surprised to discover I wanted to actually try it out. I think the book is well thought out even if I did have to look some information up so I'd know what was being said and had to look up some of the exercise moves that I had trouble following. No, I did not stay with the program. I am a beginner with working out and have back problems. I did lose some weight just following the menu the first week. I also did not join a gym but tried to find mods of the exercises done in gym. He actually recommends doing just that if you can't fit a membership into your budget. I'm going over the book again and taking big baby steps this time so I don't re re re injure my back. I say give it a read or listen and try the food definitely and the moves. I love this book but found out today it doesn't work with win 8, or 8.1, which is what I have on my laptop. Disappointing.
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