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is an associate professor and director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. She has conducted more than fifteen years of research in the area of sports nutrition and exercise physiology and has published numerous papers on the U.S. Navy SEALs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602390304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602390300
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great fitness book. It was written by Navy doctors working for Special Warfare teams (SEALS). The book is thick because it is actually two books in one: the SEAL fitness book + the nutrition book. What I found in the book was great scientific information that a layperson can understand, without all the hype and fluff and self-promotion you find in most fitness books. If you want to know how to lift weights, for example, what the % or RMI is, oxygen uptake, and heart rate and aerobic guidelines, as well as BMI inforamation, and information on biking, swimming, lifting, plyometrics, etc., get this book. This book is better than almost all the other fitness books I have seen in that it is almost 100% science, and 0 % hype. Don't let the "SEAL" thing scare you off, either: this book is for everyone.
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I found that a lot of the information in this book was stuff that I already knew, even though I don't have any real formal education in sports and fitness. The stuff on nutrition is basically what you probably already know from your high school biology class, although there are a few good tips that I hadn't heard before. As for the weightlifting and calisthenics, most of it I already knew, although there were one or two exercises I hadn't seen before. If you already work out and eat right on a regular basis you probably don't need this book, but if you're totally clueless when it comes to exercise and nutrition then this book is a good value for you.
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I have been interested for most of my life with anything to do with U.S. Navy SEAL training. I have read and wrote reviews on numerous books dealing with the Navy SEALS over the years. I have to admit this is the most comprehensive text I have ever read on the fitness and nutrition requirements of U. S. Navy SEALS. This giant 496 page (The U.S. Navy SEAL Guide to Fitness and Nutrition) manual covers an enormous amount of research and study into the Navy SEAL fitness programs and nutritional requirements to do their job with efficiency and professionalism.

This huge volume is organized into two parts and is filled with charts, illustrations and other essential information. The first part covers in great detail the exercises and routines to follow as a Navy SEAL. Just about every type of exercise program is explained with an emphasis on running, swimming, strength training, calisthenics, and other fitness activities. The second part covers the numerous nutritional aspects that are essential for those involved in Navy SEAL assignments. Some of the many things explained in this section includes: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, supplements, fiber, fluid replacements and many other topics.

This short review cannot do justice to this comprehensive guide. If you are interested in U.S. Navy SEAL fitness and nutritional requirements you should check out this manual. A fantastic read.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Co-Author: Monadnock Defensive Tactics System) (MDTS)
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I bought this book as a guide to get back into shape. I read some of the reviews on this site, of which one said the book was bad, because we did not like the way it was written. This book is a pure military manual, written for military people. It starts out with the very basics. The reason being very military manual has to start with the dumbest recruit and works it way up. Being a veteran this didn't bother mean. I learned from every chapter. If you expect this book to make you a Navy SEAL in two weeks it isn't the book for you. If you want to start at the basics and work your way up over time and learn everything you need on the way, this is the book I would recommended.
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This is a very comprehensive reference that was primarily written by health professionals serving in the United States military. No where does it say in the book that the content will help you become a SEAL (or even prepare you for BUDS), but rather serves as a health and nutrition guide for anyone in physically demeaning roles.

To the individuals that have reviewed the book and knocked stars off because you "already knew this stuff", well good for you. I'm extremely fit myself, but I managed to learn more from the $11 I spent on this book than years worth of magazine subscriptions to Men's Health and other fitness books. This isn't a motivating, diet-plan guide, but a science and fact driven manual for all things exercise and nutrition related.

You'll be surprised with the amount of valuable content found inside. It reads more like a medical textbook, but I think that's the point. For those that want to understand, for example, how their food is stored as energy, which muscles are activated during stretching, or how energy is utilized during various activities will find this book to be invaluable, especially considering the low price.
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This is an excellent book to learn all fitness in physiological perspective.
The focus of the book is NOT on how to execute exercise, but how to prevent injury.
I found it is extremely useful to learn how much I can push myself without damage.

It covers a lot of area: calisthenics, weight training, plyometrics, running, swimming, rucking, and stretching.
It is an excellent guide to prevent injuries, such as muscle imbalance, lower back injury, shine splint, etc.
It also talk about weather/climate influence, such as heat exhaustion, hypthermia, and high-altitude sickness.
It also mentions Periodization of training season.

One minor drawback would be the format of the book.
It contains a lot of data tables, so it look more like a science paper than a book.
But the information contained in the book is really worth.
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