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Ready, Set, Go! Synergy Fitness Paperback – February 24, 2007
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After not quite 3 months on your program, I've now burned about 19 pounds of fat, added about 4 pounds of muscle, and cut body fat by almost 6 percent. I'm tremendously grateful for your insights and am turning friends on to your book and ideas at every opportunity. I had a complete physical this morning and even my doctor was impressed. My cholesterol dropped 70 points (to 207 since my last test 2 years ago!!) I am stronger than I've ever been in my life and fitter than I've been in at least a decade. At age 44, I feel like I've made an effective commitment to good health and fitness for the rest of my life. --Terry Bazyluk, Writer/Lawyer, Maryland
First of all, many thanks for your outstanding work. The E-Lifts and Sprint 8 workouts have revolutionized my fitness. I am 63, and Sprint 8 has boosted my maximum heart rate from 162 to 171 in three months. Not too bad for an old guy. I have always been fit, but my maximum heart rate never went beyond 162 despite a full year of P90X, in addition to my martial arts workouts. Also, my waist has gone down by 1-2 inches even though I was a very lean guy to start with. I faithfully do Sprint 8 three times per week - usually mountain climbers, or the elliptical when I get to the gym. Initially, I could only do 45 mountain climbers (counting only the frequency of my right knee) in 30 seconds. Now, I can do 62 in 30 seconds, so I believe I'm adding fast twitch muscle fiber as you promised. -- Bill Stutesman, Plano, Texas Thank you for helping me achieve a level of fitness that I was beginning to think was unattainable. I am elated that I am able to participate with my four growing kids (6yrs, 8yrs, 11yrs, and 12yrs) in their athletic adventures; Tri-Athlons, gymnastics, running events, etc. You have no idea what level of hope and encouragement that you have given me, and give me daily, with your book, and your reports and articles contained on your web site. I tap into your material often. --Jeff Endrulat
As an active cyclist as well as fitness enthusiast I am always looking for something to push me to the next level. I signed up for the Sprint 8 workshop held at my local bike shop (BGI Fitness). LOVED the program and book! I have incorporated it into my workout regimen. I am not a slave to the scale. I do periodically weigh myself, however, I go by how I feel, how my clothes look etc. I put on a pair of pants I hadn t worn in about a month and they were, well a bit loose. I jumped on the scale and in 2 weeks have lost 5 pounds. I am guessing inches as well! I LOVE the program and have encouraged others to jump on board! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! THIS PROGRAM WORKS! Oh, and I can t wait to see how this translates to my increased speed and endurance on the bike! -- Kristen Schwark, Greenwood, IN Next week will be week 14 on your program and I have told so many people about it I hope you sell a thousand copies. I am buying a copy for each of my sons right now. I am really impatient with the pace but I have lost 18 lbs and am possibly in the best shape of my life already at 55. I have only been able to do this because you defined how to do all this in such a short period of time. I can't thank you enough. -- Craig Gilmore As a professional acrobat and All-American gymnast, I was excited to learn so many new tips on health and fitness. The Sprint 8 workouts are extremely efficient and beneficial to any athlete. They supplement my training and helped me get in the best shape of my life. I highly recommend Sprint 8 to anyone who wants to look and feel younger. The best part about it is the workouts are so efficient. You don t have to spend hours in the gym. You just have to challenge yourself to get faster. I love the fact that I can set new goals and feel younger with every stride. --Sarah Harding, Ms. Fitness USA 2006
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The best advertisement for a book is the reader. Let's hear from a reader in Salt Lake City, Utah in a letter to the author.
A friend recommended your book Ready, Set, Go! Synergy Fitness to me as I was embarking on my goal to lose 20 pounds (I am 5'4" and weighed 140 when I started). I wanted to write and thank you for an excellent, full coverage and extremely useful book.
At my age of 55, I have felt frustrated by a lowered metabolism and energy level. The growth hormone release was new information for me. Acquiring an understanding of the GH release has made a significant difference in my weight loss success as has the addition of taking 2 grams of Glutamine prior to my workout. Not only do I feel healthier, but I have lost those 20 lbs in just 10 weeks!
Chapter 3 on "How to Improve Performance" includes the best information I've ever read on the benefits and dangers of a wide range of supplements. Incorporating the Sprint 8 Workout on my treadmill has been extremely rewarding. Twenty minutes of anaerobic exercise finally feels like a productive workout! Your book has helped me not only reach my weight loss goal, but also given me and excellent resource for staying healthy.
Also, I started this program with a friend who had a similar goal to lose ~20 lbs (She is 45, 5'7" and weighed 155). She has had similar results, feeling incredibly better and losing 20 lbs. over the same 10 weeks. She completes her anaerobic exercise component on a rowing machine primarily with interval routines. We have both accomplished the weight training component primarily with dumb-bells and a bench with a leg attachment at home.
The approach makes so much sense. Thanks for putting it all into one book. It might be the best $20 I have ever spent! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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1. The Sprint 8 program is suggested to be done in 20 minutes, but even the most advanced athlete will require 15-20 minutes of warm-up before sprinting at close to maximum capacity. Without the warm-up there is serious risk of injury, particularly for the less advanced athlete. The warnings stated about weeks of build-up are misguided. Warm up properly, and you can sprint to your capacity - without that warm-up you are highly likely to contract injury.
2. The Flexibility Routine suggested is similarly unfit for the purpose of sprint running. Apart from the quads, you need to give attention to the muscles close to the hip joint, such as illopsoas, sartorious, and tensor faciae latae - to name but the most obvious - in order not to contract injury in the long run.
So do go ahead and adopt the fitness plan suggested, but read up on and add proper warm-up and stretching.
While I'm in great shape, I had fallen in to an old routine.
Phil's book gave me an effective new routine that gave me results
right away - sprints, stretching, plyometrics, running, and weight
Plus I have reduced training from 6 days a week to 5. Another day
off with improved conditioning and flexibility. Very cool.
Documented programs for beginners to elites. Fully illustrated.
Of course it takes your time. (Less than I was spending before.)
Of course it takes your commitment.
Of course it requires your participation.
Results or reasons. Take your pick.