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Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness by [Brazier, Brendan]
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“Brendan’s knowledge is second to none.” - Simon Whitfield, Olympic Gold Medalist (triathlon, Sydney, 2000)

“…an average reader with any level of nutritional and fitness background would easily understand and incorporate Thrive Fitness into their lifestyle…Thrive Fitness provides a great holistic view on health.” - J. Kevin Masters, Impact magazine

“Brendan Brazier knows how to eat and train for wicked performance…In his latest book, Thrive Fitness…the B.C.-based athlete goes further, sharing a wealth of fitness information designed to get you into top shape.” - The Calgary Herald

“I am forever grateful to this book and to Brendan . . .I have noticed increased energy and more restful sleep. My desire for sugar and salt is waning, and what’s more, I am following [these] recipes, and loving them.” - Hugh Jackman, Actor

“During my fifteen years in the strength and conditioning industry I’ve read just about every nutrition book that’s come down the pike. Not too many of them, however, has had the lasting impact that Thrive has. Because of what I learned from Brendan I have completely revamped my own nutritional program and in my mid thirties, I’m feeling and performing better than ever. More importantly, I’ve started using his recommendations with all of my high level athletes and they are setting new personal bests and recovering faster than ever before. I can’t say enough good things about Thrive and honestly believe that every athlete, trainer or coach owes it to themselves to read it.” - Jason Ferruggia, Chief Training Adviser to Men’s Fitness Magazine, author of Fit to Fight

“The Thrive Diet is a life changing book!” - Jon Hinds, former LA Clippers strength training coach and advisor to MLB and NFL teams

“The Thrive Diet is an authoritative guide to outstanding performance, not just in top-level athletics, but in day-to-day life.” - Neal D. Barnard M.D., President, Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

“Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Diet will increase the micronutrient density of your eating style and enable you to live longer, live healthier and thrive.” - Joel Fuhrman, M.D., Bestselling author of Eat to Live and Eat for Health

“The Thrive Diet is a must read.” - T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D, author of the bestselling The China Study

“Quite possibly the most life-changing book you'll ever read. For maximizing fitness and vitality, The Thrive Diet has no equal.” - Erik Marcus, publisher of Vegan.com

“Filled with powerful information that will forever change the way you address life’s daily speed bumps. You owe it to yourself to listen carefully to Brazier’s advice for controlling the negative stresses of 21st Century living.” - Joseph Connelly, founder and publisher, VegNews Magazine

“Brazier’s Thrive Diet is one of the most accessible and easily incorporated guides to plant-based health.” - Alive Magazine

“The Thrive Diet [is] complete with recipes that will get you through race season, or life in general, with flying colours.” - The Ottawa Citizen

“The Thrive Diet is packed with invaluable information that can assist anyone at any level.” - Bruny Surin, Olympic gold medalist (4 x 100 meter relay, Atlanta 1996), third-fastest human ever

“Quite simply, The Thrive Diet is the most comprehensive nutrition and lifestyle program we’ve ever seen.” - The G Living Network

About the Author

Brendan Brazier is the bestselling author of The Thrive Diet Whole Foods to Thrive , and Thrive Fitness. He is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition. Brendan is head of nutrition for the Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling Team and nutrition consultant to several NHL, MLB, NFL, MLS, UFC, and Olympic athletes. He is a former professional Ironman triathlete, two-time Canadian ultramarathon champion, and creator of Vega, the award-winning line of whole food nutritional products.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2396 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (December 8, 2009)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035YDM6M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love his first book "thrive diet" and live by it daily. So due to this i bought this book as a serious endurance athlete who wishes to learn more.

Now although they can be related, being a vegan is basically about diet in my view. Exercise is another lifestyle. So although I didn't think about it when I bought the book, a "vegan based training program" doesn't really make sense. Should have been labeled something like "a training program with a vegan diet" which is more straightforward saying that they are not the same.

It might have been my fault to assume, but I was thinking/hoping that this book would be how be became a professional triathlete and how he trained the most efficiently as an endurance athlete. My fault to assume, but it's basically how to workout at home with body resistance routines. Which helps as an endurance athlete, but not the most useful to buy a book for.

If you read his first book, the first 1/3 of this book is basically a waste. It's repeating what he said in the first book about "why a plant based diet is better for performance", but in less detail due to him needing to talk about new things in the remaining pages.

Some of the info thats new is helpful. He talks about many different things when it comes to becoming in better fitness shape. The problem with the book however is that each topic is very short and he doesn't go into detail due to his need to talk about many things.

Although I love how his first book really helped me and changed the way I fuel my body, this one is really a waste. Few things are new and minimally useful, but overall none of the diet stuff is really new. All the stuff he talks about in this book is in the first book, but in less detail.
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Before I get to what Brendan Brazier's Thrive Fitness is, let me start with what it isn't. It's not a diet plan: Thrive, Brendan's first book, already went there. And while I consider Thrive to be somewhat revolutionary in its comprehensive treatment of the vegan diet for athletes, Thrive Fitness isn't going to change the way we look at training.

What Thrive Fitness is, however, is an answer to the question "How should I incorporate strength training into my current endurance program?" This is a question I've asked myself a lot, wondering at what point the risk of injury outweighs the potential for strength gains. Brendan's answer takes the form of a set of workouts, to be done at a gym or at home with minimal equipment, that can be laid on top of one's current running, cycling, or swimming schedule.

Though a few guidelines for cardio workouts are given and some special attention paid for those brand new to running, most of the focus regarding endurance and cardio workouts is on what to eat before, during and after them. About twenty "sport-specific" recipes (energy gels, energy pudding, energy bars, pre- and post-workout drinks, sports drink, etc.) are provided, including several original versions of what eventually became Brendan's commercial Vega line of products. What's more, by incorporating new superfoods, several of the recipes in Thrive Fitness are nutritional improvements over those given in Thrive.

My favorite part of Thrive Fitness, though, is what makes it unique in a sea of other fitness books---the focus on energy, sleep, stress, and non-physical benefits of exercise, such as creativity, active meditation, and the effects of endorphins.
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The first few chapters of this book are pretty solid--mostly a testimony of Brazier's vegan-based philosophy for performance athletes and weekend warriors. He presents a compelling argument for pursuing one's goals, eating right, and taking care of the body. There is a good discussion of how stress and lifestyle impact health, and how that in turn affects the body's performance capacity. Following these sections, he introduces a section on performance improvement. This chapter contains a solid regimen of exercises; however, the descriptions and illustrations leave much to be desired. If you are not familiar with how to do these exercises properly already, I would seek advice elsewhere for proper technique.

The section on incorporating vegan-athlete friendly foods into your diet was informative, albeit neither well-referenced nor entirely practical. It would be to both the author and the reader's benefit had the former been more specific about how he knows, for instance, that "maca helps lower cortisol levels, which will improve sleep quality." There should be a numbered citation to go along with this and other such statements, not just a list of references at the back of the book. Another flaw with this book is the fascination with exotic foods/ingredients and Vega-brand products. Although I have yet to read it, other readers suggest that "Thrive Diet," offers a better discussion of how to utilize more commonplace grocery fare for the rest of us who want to enjoy similar performance results.

What I wanted from this book was dietary advice on how to better operate a high-caloric lifestyle on vegan fuel, so to speak. This book, although somewhat informative, fell short.
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