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The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

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72 out of 81 people found this review helpful.

Here's what I got out of it..

I enjoyed the book. I'm not going to claim that the book is perfect or earth-shattering or anything like that. I did find it entertaining to read all the stuff Tim Ferriss put himself through. I've also benefited from some of his recommendations (though not all). My big...
I enjoyed the book. I'm not going to claim that the book is perfect or earth-shattering or anything like that. I did find it entertaining to read all the stuff Tim Ferriss put himself through. I've also benefited from some of his recommendations (though not all). My biggest criticism is the book didn't do enough with the mind part. For that, you might want to read "Emotional Intelligence 2.0". That book did a great deal for my mind. For The 4-Hour Body, here's what's in the book so you can make your own decision. I've read all 571 pages and tried most of the strategies (I had my copy for a while because I got my hands on an advanced copy). Ferriss spent more than a decade researching, monitoring, and noting the progress of his own mind and body. He served as his own laboratory genea pig and also played the role of a doctor, physical therapist, and coach to prepare for this book. Like a school boy, Ferris teaches you how to get your classwork done fast so you can go out and play. He asks you to be skeptical of the book and try only that which you think will help you. Chapter 1: Fundamentals--First And Foremost Chapter 2: Ground Zero--Getting Started and Swaraj Chapter 3: Subtracting Fat Chapter 4: Adding Muscle Chapter 5: Improving Sex Chapter 6: Perfecting Sleep Chapter 7: Reversing Injuries Chapter 8: Running Faster and Farther Chapter 9: Getting Stronger Chapter 10: From Swimming to Swinging Chapter 11: On Longer and Better Life

posted by Jason_Cai on January 5, 2011

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136 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

Hype and half truths

I was massively disappointed in this book. I have found enough errors and half truths in the book that I would have to view everything else written in the book as suspect. "Facts" like an hour on a stairmaster only burning 7 calories more than an hour watching TV... tha...
I was massively disappointed in this book. I have found enough errors and half truths in the book that I would have to view everything else written in the book as suspect. "Facts" like an hour on a stairmaster only burning 7 calories more than an hour watching TV... that just isn't possible. But the thing that really killed the book for me was using Dave Palumbo as a muscle mass building example. The guy went from 140lbs to 310lbs. Tim gives us a detailed account of his diet. WOW! GREAT! But oops! Tim forgets to make any mention of the fact that this guy also got busted for trafficking human growth hormone a few years ago. (just google "Dave Palumbo arrested") Secretely using human growth hormone (like Palumbo) to bulk, then telling me about your diet so I can bulk like you is a lie. Now regardless of how you feel about the use of illegal substances, I feel like the whole example in Tim's book is basically a fraud when he leaves out that part of the story. So how many of his other fantastic tales are tainted in such a way? Later in the book Tim discusses Ben Johnson the Canadian sprinter, he talks all about how his brilliant coach trained him in ways that maximized his recovery... again no mention of the controlled substances infamously involved that got Ben Johnson's Olympic gold medal revoked. If Tim Ferris wants to promote controlled substances that is one thing, but if he wants to brag about their results, BUT NOT MENTION THAT DRUGS WERE INVOLVED, that is just fraud. If the book at least seemed factual I could forgive the nauseating amount of product promotion within the text. It even contains convenient web links to where we can buy all these gizmos and supplements that we supposedly need to achieve his amazing results. How much did these companies pay for this type of product placement? Again, if you want to use a controlled substance to train, that is your business. But then don't turn around and try and sell me all the other products promoted in this book and tell me that is how you got your results. After reading this book I can't help but think that Tim is laughing all the way to the bank.

posted by Snowcrash1984 on January 21, 2011

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