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PROS- explains how to train to boost metabolism, lots of expertise and exercises to select, *****
CONS- inflexible; poor book production: hard to navigate because no detailed contents or index, photos are B&W, **
At the beginning, this book explains "metabolic strength training" to make muscles burn more fat, which is accomplished by anerobic exertion rather than aerobic activity (cardio). Compared to traditional strength training, this approach builds power endurance, rather than peak strength and power. While this chapter is brief, in a way it is the most important, because it is the explanation for how all the exercises are done in terms of reps, duration, etc. that form the bulk of the book.
The numerous exercises are grouped into three kinds: circuits (focus on single area), combinations (total-body exercises), complexes (various body exercises which stay with a single piece of gym equipment), all of which require various equipment including hand weights, barbells, kettlebells, and various gym apparatus. Fortunately, for use at home or during travel, he also has a chapter on body-weight exercises, that mostly exercise against the weight of the body (but do use some anchored elastic bands). Each exercise is illustrated with one or more B&W photos and an explanatory paragraph.At the very end are tables and charts of sample workouts, including beginner "break-ins" and some body-weight only exercises. However, there is little flexibility in these routines, it would be nice if there was a big more variety and exercise options, information about when and how to adjust loads, etc.
The biggest problem I see with this book is that it can be hard to actually do a suggested workout, because the workout charts at the back don't give page numbers of the specific exercises, so you have to page around and around to find the details (and there is no index or detailed table of contents or chart of exercises). If you are expert enough to know what activities the exercise names refer to, you don't need this book, but if you are still learning, this book is almost impossible to utilize. There is a a tremendous amount of training expertise in this book, but it can be hard to access the specifics. This book really needs a detailed table of all the exercises and which parts of the body are addressed and special equipment required, along with page numbers! Even if you are composing your own workouts, you still need some way to see a list of possible exercises. Other training books may be more informative and easier to actually utilize, such as Fitness Weight Training-3rd Edition.
Also, some people may be bothered by the black & white photos, which are not as crisp as they could be, and also sometimes diagrams or annotations would help to highlight important aspects of positioning or movement. In this way, the book is looks old-fashioned compared to other training books out there.
Finally, his dietary advice is also rather old-school. He says to eat meals composed of a) protein, b) fibrous carbs, c) starchy carbs, and d) fats. He claims all those carbs are needed to fuel the body, ignoring the alternative forms of energy the body uses when eating lower carb. However, unlike trim body-builders, people who are interested in losing weight often have carb and blood sugar issues, which are improved by a lower carb approach. Also, the web is full of accounts of athletes improving with a low-carb approach (for just one instance, see the exercise archives at dietdoctor; others are easy to find). So I think he needs to show some nutrition flexibility in this respect, rather than prescribing one-diet-fits-all.