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Pure Physique: How to Maximize Fat-Loss and Muscular Development Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Lipowski has divided his book into chapters that proceed according to a logical chronology, and as a fitness expert who made his reputation on natural - dare we say holistic - training principles, his tone is evenhanded and free of the arch, jocular hyperbole that is typical of muscle lit. --eMuscleMag
If you are like me and have been working out for years and wonder why you have stopped putting on muscle, then this book is for you. It will change the way you work out... It shed a whole new light on why people spend countless hours week in, week out, year after year in the gym lifting weights and not really changing their physique. --TheHealthyBoy.com
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This book will teach you how to put together an exercise and nutrition program that is truly tailor-fitted to meet your individual needs and goals. Unlike other books that provide fad diets and 'canned' workout routines, Pure Physique was designed with the individual in mind. With this book, you will finally be able obtain the leaner, more muscular body youve always wanted.
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Every once in a while you come across a book that is really looking at things thru a 'different window' and Pure Physique is such a book!
Rather than just being a bunch of one-size-fits-all generic workouts, it approaches fitness, in particular hypertrophy training, from a standpoint of stress physiology and individualism.
Instead of the 'more is better' approach it is centered on the notion of 'the LEAST amount NECESSARY' to stimulate a positive adaptation.
This doesn't mean it is minimalistic or bound by any specific dogma, but rather the key is to start by doing less overall work, evaluate your progress, and then if you need to add more you do so.
However, that 'less' does not mean less effort, in fact you may find you will need to bring a greater amount of overall INTENSITY OF EFFORT for each exercise. Doing so allows you to remove any superfluous work which may be counterproductive. By doing this you create a strong enough stimulus without compromising your ability to maximally recover between workouts.
Much of the philosophy behind the book is based on the 'General Adaptation Syndrome', the notion that you don't need to just compensate but OVERcompensate in order to get maximum benefits!
This has profoundly influenced how I'm currently training. In my personal workouts, I have reduced my workout time by 15-20 minutes (or more) and I'm getting incredible results! With my busy training schedule (both boot camps and personal training) my body is already being subjected to a lot of stress so being able to make my workouts more efficient and less costly energetically is allowing me to reap great rewards without feeling drained all the time.
Now I do want to clarify that this is not a book for someone who wants to learn the basic exercises, there aren't exercise descriptions or workouts. There are tons of books out there like that (such as 'The Max Muscle Plan' by Brad Schoenfeld which is excellent), but 'Pure Physique' is a book that will get you thinking about training in a different way.
Additionally there are excellent sections on nutrition and mindset!
Overall, this is a great book for someone that wants a solid foundation on how to lose fat and gain muscle. I definitely recommend.
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