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Body by Science: A Research-Based Program for Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Required reading for personal trainers and those serious about getting the best possible results, safely and efficiently.

    If you buy only one book on exercise this year, get this one. If you buy only two books, get a second copy of it because you're going to want to share it with friends, and if you're a trainer you're going to want to keep one at work to show clients.<BR/><BR/>Body by Science explains the how and why of high intensity training, balancing enough scientific background to convey key principles and concepts without overwhelming the lay reader, and practical in-the-gym how-to. It is well organized, well researched, and well written, and an enjoyable and informative read. Every one of its eleven chapters contains a wealth of information, clearly explained with the assistance of numerous graphs and diagrams.<BR/><BR/>The book thoroughly and conclusively debunks the belief that aerobics or "cardio" is necessary for cardiovascular fitness or fat loss, and provides scientific explanations for why high intensity strength training is the most effective way to accomplish both of these. McGuff and Little also explain why high intensity strength training is the safest and most effective exercise protocol for improving:<BR/><BR/>* resting metabolic rate<BR/>* glucose metabolism<BR/>* insulin sensitivity<BR/>* body composition<BR/>* cholesterol levels<BR/>* blood pressure<BR/>* bone mineral density<BR/>* symptoms of arthritis<BR/>* lower-back pain<BR/>* and enhancing flexibility<BR/><BR/>All of this is backed up by properly performed studies published in reputable, peer-reviewed scientific journals, comprising nearly 30 pages of references contained at the end of the book.<BR/><BR/>Body by Science goes into great detail on the dose-response relationship of exercise and proves just how little high intensity exercise is actually required for best results - far less than many people believe - also backed up by scientific research and the results of a combined 30 years of supervising and tracking the progress of thousands of trainees through tens of thousands of workouts.<BR/><BR/>The book details the "big five" routine, along with recommendations for variations using different equipment and for more advanced trainees. It also covers the appropriate use of advanced high intensity training methods such as forced reps, partials, static holds, rest-pause, negative-only, SuperSlow and Max Contraction.<BR/><BR/>Body by Science also explains the numerous genetic factors determining individual muscular potential and response to exercise, and how this information can be used to fine tune your workouts to get the best results possible.<BR/><BR/>Chapter 9, The Science of Fat Loss, destroys numerous myths while explaining how training, diet and other factors combined to produce discriminated fat loss. It further debunks the popular misconception that aerobics or "cardio" are effective or even necessary for fat loss.<BR/><BR/>Chapters 10 and 11 address the training requirements of athletes and seniors and how the concepts and principles explained in the book should be adapted for those populations, including specific routines for football, hockey, baseball and golf. Chapter 10, The Ideal Training Programs for Athletes, also addresses numerous popular misconceptions about skill training, conditioning, stretching, warming up, and cross-training. Chapter 11, The Ideal Training Programs for Seniors, explains the numerous benefits high intensity strength training has for seniors, including how strength training reverses the effects of aging on the expression of numerous genes.<BR/><BR/>This is one of the best HIT books I've read i

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Best resistance workout I have ever done

    His big five work out using super slow reps and maximized time under load is easy in on joints and at 12 minutes once a week is great for us busy folks

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    great overview

    has a good technical and science based side and a good guide on how to do what they suggest - an easy read

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    When I read this book I felt guilty like buying into infomercial

    When I read this book I felt guilty like buying into infomercial at 2.00 am. But I am an engineer and this book approach is explaining in an engineer way the processes in the body. I got very impressed and tried. The timing was especially good as I got my knee hurt. I love the results and the free time. Got down 3.5 hours running to 15 minutes training a week. I also started to use Android App &quot;Weights Metronome&quot; to help me train at home. I am now &quot;selling&quot; Body by Science to all my friends. Every time I tell them about the method it is skepticism and eventually some of the buy the book. Got 7 conversion so far!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Body By Science A Must Read

    Great book. I have been using the methods described in the book for weekly workouts and have had steady, measurable results. I highly recommend it for people who aren't exercising now as it describes an extremely time efficient, effective training method. 12-15 minutes or so a week is all that is needed if it is done in a high intensity fashion and there is very little excuse for not getting that in. The chapter about genetic limits is very useful for most people(including me) in that it keeps expectations about the results of training reasonable. The arguments against cardio type training are also very compelling. A must read for anyone considering physical training.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Really interesting and informative. I'm trying their reccomendations now.

    Easy to read and follow their approach to all around fitness and health without ruining your knees from excess running.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in 12 Minutes a Week

    Complete quackery in 288 pages.

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Dr McGuff has a "HIT" here.

    Taking up where Author Jones and Mike Menzer left off. He takes the principals Jones established and proves them with medical science. A must read for anyone involved in fitness training.

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