Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness

Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness

by Brendan Brazier
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Overview

Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness by Brendan Brazier

On the heels of his acclaimed vegan nutrition guide, Thrive, professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier presents his own easy-to-apply system for total health and fitness, complete with detailed exercises and photos. Thrive Fitness explains how to gain maximum results in minimal time. Whether you’re a time-crunched beginner or an experienced athlete, Thrive Fitness will help you sculpt strong, lean muscles; enhance the quality of your sleep; reduce body fat; minimize your risk of disease; increase energy; sharpen mental clarity; cut sugar cravings; and prevent sports injuries.

Thrive Fitness also features:

  • A complete 6-week workout plan and training log
  • Illustrated exercises with step-by-step instructions
  • Benefits and usage of the top 15 foods to fuel workouts
  • 30 vegan, performance-enhancing recipes
  • Strategies to boost creativity, productivity, and mental sharpness

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738213620
Publisher: Da Capo Books
Publication date: 12/08/2009
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and creator of VEGA, an award-winning plant-based nutritional line, is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on athleticism and plant-based nutrition. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and Vancouver, British Colombia.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

What Happened to our Health? 1

1 The Decline of Our Well-Being 3

The Obesity Epidemic 6

Overfed Yet Undernourished 9

The Economic Cost 11

The Environmental Cost 13

Reasons? Or Excuses? 15

What is Thrive Fitness? 17

2 The 4 Components of Vitality 19

High-Return Exercise 22

High Net-Gain Nutrition 44

Efficient Sleep 54

Uncomplementary Stress Reduction 57

Training, Living, and Improving 65

3 Sharpening Your Focus 67

Train Your Weakness, Race Your Strength 68

Justified Confidence 68

Persistence 69

4 Preventing and Reversing Disease 73

Sustainable Health Is Possible 73

Achieving and Maintaining Thrive Fitness 81

5 Performance-Building Exercise 83

Getting Started 83

Exercise Fundamentals 84

The Adaptation Phase 90

Maintaining Thrive Fitness While Traveling 92

Fixing and Preventing Common Problems 96

Efficacy 102

Thrive Fitness Program Exercises 105

Jungle Gym Exercises 130

Raising VO2 Max 136

Putting It All Together 137

Exercise and Nutrition Logs 139

6 Fuel For Fitness 156

Eight Key Nutrients 156

Top Foods for Peak Performance 164

Performance Fuel for Pre-and Post-Workout 174

7 30 Thrive Performance Recipes 178

Sport-Specific 178

Non-Sport-Specific 199

Sample Menu Plan 208

Shopping List 210

Vega Products 211

8 Questions and Answers 215

Afterword 221

Glossary 223

Resources 228

References 234

Index 238

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