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Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness Paperback – December 8, 2009
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“Essential for vegans who want to get on the fast track to athletic fitness.”
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“If you think that “vegan” and “athlete” are mutually exclusive terms, meet Brendan Brazier, Ironman triathlete and long-time vegan.”
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From the nutrition standpoint, the book has changed the way my wife and I eat. Although we are not vegans or vegetarians, our meals are plant based with occaisonal animal products included, rather than the other way around. We have enjoyed his shakes,which we have numerous times throughout the week, energy bars, hemp milk, pancakes, and salads. We also like his preworkout and shake mixes. Although I have not adopted his fitness program completely, that portion of the book is very interesting and I have incorporated some of it into my workouts. His personal story of wanting to be a pro triathlete early on and then experimenting with workouts and nutrition to maximize his talents, I found to be very interesting. I like all of his books and think that this is the one to read to get advice on training programs, and his latest is better for all the recipes. Bottom line is that my wife and I have more energy, feel better, are healthier, and enjoy a wider variety foods now because of his books.
The program is affordable. The change in diet does not mean spending more but rearranging your costs. You eat more of some things and you won't, although I sometimes did, spend money on expensive meat. You won't need creatine or supplements like that so that cost is cut entirely.
There are two problems: there are no references offered and sometimes reading the book is about as plain as eating cardboard. The book is a very basic introduction if you aren't that familiar with the subject but it does gives you a lot to expand on if you are interested. If you want to take your athletic performance to the next level or you just want to feel great I definitely recommend reading the book and following the plan. Break free of the mass marketed ideas of training and follow a plan that leads to good health, great athletic results and a sustainable planet.
I would also recommend these two for more depth:
The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating
Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain
The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity
I love the book and am looking forward to putting many of the principles into action after my current training cycle. It is a must read for plant-based endurance athletes. I just want the workouts to be more clear.
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Easy to follow, how to prevent injuries and pain.
Lacks originality e.g. the warm ups and most of the exercises are nothing special.Read more