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Who knew that America's fitness guru and trainer to stars like Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford was once a fat kid with a stutter and a major dose of low self-esteem? Jake Steinfeld (of Body by Jake fame) shares his teen horror and success stories in this easy-to-follow guide for any guy who longs for washboard abs, the perfect girl, and the college or job of his choice.
Jake, who sounds more like a sparring buddy than an adult giving instruction, has combined the fitness program he designed for himself as a teen with advice on the myriad problems that all teens -- especially guys -- face. But before plunging into the details of his month-long program, he prepares guys by first assessing muscle mass and strength with a series of tests he calls the "MQ"; then he moves along to the "DQ Zone," the Don't Quit Zone, in which he provides quick tips and anecdotes about his own experiences as a teen to help guys stay focused; and concludes with the "SQ," the Strength Quotient, which is a week of warm-up exercises, including stretches, to begin immediately prior to the start of Jake's program. This program, which aims to strengthen both body and mind, offers four weeks of four different workouts "so your muscles never get a chance to coast." But at the same time, Jake warns teens to listen to their joints -- if they're painful, don't work 'em out. There's no such thing as "no pain, no gain" here. With the clear illustrations and uncomplicated instructions, teen guys will be able to do a DB Kickback, Crossover Bicycle, DB Lunge, and more, correctly and without causing harm to themselves.
Inspirational anecdotes by Jake about his own challenges as a teen -- as well as stories about some of his celebrity clients, tips for eating right, and staying motivated -- dot the book and help keep the pace going. In addition, the touchy subject of supplements is addressed -- Jake indicates which ones are definitely dangerous, and which have been proven to be helpful. And, he makes the connection between losing fat and self-doubt, and gaining muscle and leadership skills, bringing out the confident leader that's been hidden inside all along. (Michele D. Thomas)