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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pristine Publishers, Inc.; 2nd edition (October 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971663386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971663381
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAME on June 11, 2002
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The interesting argument in this attractive and thorough (and well-researched, by the way) fitness training book is the idea that anaerobic exercise will promote the release of the Human Growth Hormone in our bodies and thereby lead to weight control and a reversal of the metabolic slow down associated with aging beginning in our middle years.
Anaerobic exercise (as contrasted with aerobic exercise) is sprint training, not endurance training. When we sprint we use muscle fibers that Campbell identifies as "fast type IIx" as opposed to "slow type I" used in long distance running. The use of these "fast twitch" muscles leads to the increased production and release of the growth hormone. Since it is all the rage in some circles (e.g., Hollywood) to take injections of the growth hormone at a cost of about $12,000 a year (it is not effective taken orally), a program that allows us to produce the growth hormone naturally would be a godsend. Our bodies as we grow older produce less and less of the growth hormone and this has been linked to what Campbell calls "somatopause," the well-known phenomenon leading to weight gain, middle-age spread and a slower metabolism.
I have little doubt that if my body would produce more growth hormone I would be able to control my weight and perhaps look and feel better. I feel pretty good as I am, but since I gave up playing basketball five years ago, I have gained about 12 pounds. It's worse than that, however, because I have lost probably about ten or 15 pounds of muscle mass, so in fact I am now carrying around 25 to 30 more pounds of pure fat! I was able to control my weight with the sort of ease that Campbell describes in this book when I was playing basketball (which is sprinting and more) three times a week.
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This is a very good book...depending on what you are looking for. If you are new to fitness and looking for a cookbook that tells you some basic theory and gives you concise workouts to follow as well as good illustrations of exercises...this book is worth it.

The reason I give it 3 stars is because I have been at this for over 5 years, read fitness books galore, worked with trainers and am constantly looking for new ways to spice up my workouts and increase their intensity. The only really new thing in this book is the Sprint 8 interval workout. I read about the Sprint 8 in a magazine and integrated it into my workout. I loved it and bought the book to see how else he applied the Sprint 8 to other aspects of conditioning...he doesn't. His plyometric and weightlifting workouts are pretty much standard stuff (not bad, just not innovative). When all is said and done his workouts still requires you to spend at least an hour a day in the gym, 6 days a week. I have however, found that integrating the Sprint 8 running with Crossfit workouts for strength are very complemetary and make for an efficient workout program that can get you in and out of the gym in 30 mins with the same results as spending an hour in the gym.
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Why, oh, why, do we blimp out after 30? Even when I was active, lifting weights and exercising regularly, I still found I gained weight steadily after 35 years old? Is it just in our genes?
Author Phil Campbell reveals some interesting scientific findings here, and he provides practical 3 to 5 hour a week work outs designed to combat middle age spread. The cover picture is of the author who looks rather like a super-fit version of former President Clinton. It certainly seems to work for him--and he is fifty.
Campbell discusses how growth hormone, banned from drug-free athletic competition, is responsible for keeping that middle-age spread at bay. But short of illegal injections in Mexico, what can a middle-aged person do to boost their growth hormone naturally and reap the fitness benefits?
New medical discoveries show that you can significantly increase GH naturally. Very specific forms of exercise, some nutritional supplements, and adequate sleep, will increase levels of the hormone naturally, even in older people.
Some interesting findings are that eating properly before and after exercise can either boost or inhibit growth hormone. For example, if you eat a Big Mac, fries and then go work out, and two hours afterwards, down the supersized coke or drink Gatorade, you can kiss results goodbye. The combination of high fat before and high sugar after exercise prevent the release of tiny amounts of growth hormone, which puts on muscle and improves athletic performance.
The exercise programs here range from about 3.5 hours for beginners up to 5 hours for enthusiasts. But at first blush, the workouts seem excessively technical. They range from aerobics, to "plyometrics" which are exercises that boost fast-twitch muscle--the muscle type that fades away with age.
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Phil Campbell in includes a lot of good, solid scientific references to back up his fitness philosophy- basically what to do and what/when to eat in order to maximize your natural growth horomone that promotes muscle gain and fat loss. I found no empty promises or gimmicks. I also like the fact that he included a wide range of "Strategic Fitness Plans" consisting of detailed training regimens (And training logs) tailored to meet anyone at their current fitness level and help them progress from there.


The book in general, though well illustrated, is poorly structured, jumping from subject to subject, emphasizing the Sprint 8 long before defining it, and being annoyingly repetitive in some areas. This "2nd edition" is also crammed full of positive testimonials, which can be encouraging, but shouldn't be in every chapter to make up 5% of the book.


The knowledge and science explained, plans provided, and exercises illustrated make this book worth reading, but the information worth your time really could have been summed up in about 150 pages, rather than nearly 400 you'll have to sift through.
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