- Perfect Paperback: 317 pages
- Publisher: Book Publishing Co.; 1st edition (April 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984391606
- ISBN-13: 978-0984391608
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 166 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert, a vegan since 1986, has been able to promote vegan bodybuilding on a worldwide stage through articles in FLEX Magazine, Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Magazine, VegNews Magazine, dozens of other publications, and through his documentaries and websites. Being a vegan, he feels that he has a positive impact on the environment and society and believes that an animal-free diet is one of the best things you can do for your health. He eats a vast array of natural and organic foods that keeps his body fat percentage low, protein intake high, energy levels high, bones strong, and allows him to put on quality muscle. Founder and president of his own company, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness in 2002, Robert also directed and produced an award-winning documentary Vegan Fitness Built Naturally (2005) and was co-director and co-producer of the documentary Vegan Brothers in Iron scheduled for release in 2010. He spends his time traveling around North America speaking at various health, wellness, vegetarian, personal development, and fitness festivals.
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The other problem with Cheeke's writing style is that he has a tendency to waffle and repeat himself. Take the following passage:
"One cannot achieve anything without consistency of applied effort. The more consistent someone is, the more success they are bound to have. If you hope to put on muscle, you will have to put in the work consistently with your training and nutrition programs or you simply won't achieve what you set out to do. Success simply isn't possible if you don't adhere to consistency to see it through. It is a physiological impossibility to put on muscle without consistency in good nutrition and training programs."
Good grief. That's FIVE sentences in a row that essentially say EXACTLY THE SAME THING! At least the guy's consistent, I guess, har har har. Jokes aside, this problem appears throughout the book, and pretty soon you're left with grossly inflated book that only has a couple of pamphlets' worth of real content in it. Too much bulk and not enough cut.
When he isn't talking about himself or going around in circles like an over-enthusiastic drunk, Cheeke's written a pretty good book with some solid information in it. It just needed to go into the hands of a professional editor, who would have cut it down by three quarters, or else forced Cheeke to contribute more useful content.
So, I do recommend the book. It's too verbose and disorganised to be of much use as a frequently-picked-up reference, but it's a decent one-time read, as long as you don't mind skimming all the fluff. It deserves 3 stars, but since it's one of the few vegan books in a field generally dominated by meatheads (in both senses of the word), it's the best we currently have, so I give it 4 stars.
It helped me to get back to a routine of lifting more structurally, instead of going to the gym and lifting a bit for the upper and lower 2-3 times a week. Instead I am going to the gym 3-5 times a week, for 45-90 minutes with a plan. I KNOW what I am going to focus on and that has helped tremendously.
He talks a bit on making bodybuilding your career and such, but I don't know why anyone would say he made this book only about him. He is very successful and a positive person. I enjoyed his attitude and positive outlook during the entire book. Only good things can come to your life from reading this!
If you are looking for a highly motivating body building book that breaks the stereotype that meat is manly, look no further. Robert is ALL man without harming animals, and that is just as sexy as a six pack.