25 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
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Bought this book based on Nate Green's reputation, and was a bit skeptical due to the title...particularly the "hooking up" part. I understand the marketing angle though, so I went ahead and bought it for the training program alone. What I got was a lot more...
Training - The Cake
As expected, this book lays down "the fundamentals" that the athletes follow, but most common gym-goers ignore. The program is not anything groundbreaking, but that's the point -- simple therefore effective. More important than the "what" is the "how" and "why" which Nate explains thoroughly without getting too scientific. It's enough for you to explain to a buddy without a) looking like a dork and b) seem condescending. The most unique thing about the program for me was breaking it into Fall/Winter/Summer/Spring and programming accordingly. So your Fall/Winter are more hypertrophy/strength based -- while your spring/summer are more fat-loss based. Makes complete sense! Another unique find was the "garage variation" of each exercise in case you don't have access to a gym. Small but very practical detail that will help many.
Nutrition - Icing
Again Nate appeals to the target audience of single-guys well. The tips and info are all from the perspective of someone who may be budget-crunched but still health conscious. I wouldn't purchase this book for the nutrition tips alone, but it supplements the rest of the book well and Nate even recommends the Precision Nutrition system later in the book. Definitely worth reading the nutrition section for its unique perspective.
"Lifestyle" Tips - More GQ than Maxim.
Gotta admit, this was the biggest surprise to me of the entire book. This was the section I was very hesitant to read as I thought it'd be filled with "Maxim" type articles and tips. I was DEFINITELY surprised to find that it was much more GQ than Maxim. A thoughtful and interesting read regarding everything from dress (are your socks supposed to match your shoes or pants?) to self-confidence and approaching strangers (who happen to be attractive females?)
I'm beginning this program tomorrow and will update my review with some results as that is how this book will really be evaluated and measured. If you're aware of Nate Green already, this book is what you expected -- entertaining and informative. If you're unaware, I'd describe this book as a "GQ" type of twist on a great fitness book -- except you can actually afford everything.
19 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
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While shopping for the Holidays I picked up Built for Show for my boyfriend, an avid gym go-er. It's something I know he'll enjoy, but I also wanted to read it myself because I found the author's approach to fitness unique. While I realize that by being a woman I'm not in the targeted audience, I wanted to know a man's perspective of what sets a guy apart. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found.
The book is formatted in a helpful and easy to read manner and the interjected humor makes it a good read for any audience, even female. Nate gives priceless advice all the way from nutrition and exercise to confidence building, and gives an especially unique perspective on the role of women.
I was a bit disheartened to see the only other woman's perspective on Built for Show provided a complete misrepresentation of the author's message. In no way does the author suggest that women are objects or that they should be used for sex. Throughout the entire book he makes an argument that women are ultimately the ones who decide whether or not a man will be successful at pursuing a relationship of any type. This is a rather empowering argument that contradicts any suggestion of women being sex objects and is quite the opposite of the orthodox portrayal of men being the initiators of sex and women simply being conveniences to satisfy them.
I hope that more women and men will invest their time and money into reading this book as it provides great fitness advice and an uncommonly seen inside to the benefits of being healthy that applies to audiences from every demographic. I'm excited for my boyfriend to read this book and I have a feeling we'll both be able to enjoy the benefits.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
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I've read this book twice now as I really wanted to follow the workout and nutrition program to the letter. After two weeks on the fall program I have really noticed a difference in my body. I was in pretty good shape before but now my body looks more defined and bigger (well my abs aren't bigger thank God). Which makes sense as the exercises Nate recommends cater specifically to working your biggest body parts (chest, shoulders, upper back, and legs) intensely with predominantly multi-joint exercises. You won't be doing chest fly's, lateral raises, leg curls, leg extensions, or calf raises. And here's where he'll lose a few people (and he nearly lost me when I read it) but you'll pretty much only be doing biceps curls and triceps extensions for six weeks out of the year long program. I nearly sent the book back when I read that.
However whatever concerns that I had initially have vanished, as my arms looks as muscular as before but bigger which hasn't happened for a while. The workout programs that Nate provides almost ensures that your body won't adapt. You'll be going back and forth from an upper / lower body split to whole body training. And if that weren't enough his set and rep variables (undulated periodization, super sets, giant sets, back-off sets, and everything in between) will shock your muscles to new growth during every phase of the program.
If there was one aspect of the book that I wish Nate would have provided more insight on was nutrition. He pretty much breaks down what foods to avoid and what types of foods to eat but had this book had a meal plan and recipes to follow I would have rated it five stars. Nate doesn't come across as the type of guy who gets all bent out of shape about the small stuff so I assume most of the meals he eats would be more practical and useful than what you usually see with these kind of books.
Unlike other fitness books though Nate's advice goes outside the gym and kitchen to such diverse topics as clothing, style, and presentation which surprisingly he succeeds at. As stated by other reviewers his tips and recommendations in these regards are spot on and not as crude or overly macho as you would expect with the title of the book. What really stands out in this book though is Nate's sense of humor which really made the book better than your average fitness text and made it more personable and easier to relate to.
All in all this is a good book that I would highly recommend. It doesn't cover quite all the topics in as specific detail as I would of liked (nutition mostly) but his reading recommendations have pointed me in the right directions to have whatever remaining questions I have answered.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
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I bought this book two weeks ago, read through it, and have started on the first workout program Nate's recommended. I have to say it's well-written and organized in a very easy-to-read manner. It should not take you more than 2-3 days to finish it. The hard part is understanding the breakdown of the workouts themselves. It gets complicated trying to figure out which set-rep combination you need to use on a particular day. I e-mailed him about this but he has not gotten back to yet. Once you start on his program you will understand what I am talking about, because he employs a method called "undulating periodization".
Nate's information is general enough for us to understand why we wants us doing something a certain way. His explanation on exercise form is good and tells us what NOT to do, which is key. I was somewhat disappointed for a couple of reasons though: first, he doesn't really get into one of the key tenets of muscle-building - which is the principle of progressive overload. Other literature will say that there always needs to be that one set in an exercise which you go all out and push the muscle past its previous threshold. Some people will even venture to say that any sets past this "all-out" set is useless and a waste of energy. I would have liked some more explanation on this theory. Secondly, I would have wanted some information on stretching and preventing injury. Nate does show use mobility exercises, but I would have liked some info on post-workout stretching and such.
Overall, this is a very good book. Nate may be young, about the same age as me, but he seems to know his stuff. I suggest getting this and reading other stuff out there as well, such as Vince Delmonte's "No Nonsense Muscle Building".
EDIT -- 06/20/09
It's been a full two weeks since I have gone on Nate's program and there are some caveats you should be aware of:
1. If you are in the least bit top heavy, the T push-ups he recommends you doing for joint mobility may do more harm than good. I've done them for every workout as a warmup and both my shoulders feel like they are about to fall off - elbows and shoulders are cracking/popping now. Shoulders especially feel very weak. Read below for more..
2. The neutral grip shoulder press may also do more harm than good. I find it puts a lot of strain on your anterior shoulder area. Everyone's body is different so if this feels like it's hurting you, then go back to your regular overhand grip.
3. The front squats he recommends you doing will put a lot of strain on your wrist area. Again, if you find your body is not tolerant of that type of exercises's range of motion or flexibility, stop it.
There is a common pattern here: Nate recommends a lot of lesser-known exercises (e.g., Bulgarian split squat, goblet squat, dumbbell hang snatch, etc.) - maybe he wanted his program to stick out from the rest of the books out there, or maybe he truly believes they will work. All I can say is that you need to listen to your body anytime you go through someone's program. If your body is telling you to stop, then stop doing that exercise, evaluate why, revise the form, and if it still hurts then don't do it anymore. The last thing you want is an injury. I will definitely take some of Nate's principles and apply them to my workout, but I think I will go back to my original routine and make some modifications. I've found it has worked for me in the past, the only reason why I never got real results was due to my nutrition.
My weekly routine goes something like this:
Monday - Chest (three exercises), triceps (1-2 exercises), abs (2-3 exercises)
Tuesday - 30-60 minutes of high intensity interval training
Wednesday - Back, biceps, abs
Thursday - 30-60 minutes of high intensity interval training
Friday - Shoulders, legs, abs
Saturday - 30-60 minutes of high intensity interval training
Sunday - off
p.s. - I am no fitness expert but no slouch either - 6'3", 200 lbs, played football in high school and college.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
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My background coming to this book:
First of all, I'm a late-twenties gay man, so reading Nate's advice on getting women was for pure amusement or to be skipped entirely.
For the past two years I've been using workouts from Scrawny to Brawny by John Berardi of Precision Nutrition and New Rules of Lifting by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove. I've been doing well but was looking for something new for variety and recognized Nate Green's association with those guys and their stellar programs.
I'm writing this review having finished the book and deciding whether to actually plan workouts based on it or get NROL Supercharged which I just now found out is available.. and which makes me regret my purchase of Built for Show.
Hands-down, anything from Schuler/Cosgrove, or Berardi is MUCH better than this if you're serious about weight lifting.
The workouts are very similar, but not explained nearly as well. In the better NROL/S2B examples, entire chapters are devoted to nutrition, proper form, the philosophy of workouts based on big functional movements, training volume for different goals, etc... Although Nate Green seems to have adopted a lot of the same ideas, he doesn't go into any explanation...
What he DOES spend entire chapters on is a sort of incredibly over-simplified, immature guidebook on how to get women. Again I don't really have a horse in this race, but to my straight guy friends out there - I wouldn't waste much time on this advice. If you're a sincerely good guy, and responsible enough to take care of your health and appearance along with the rest of your life, you'll be fine without this book.
So I feel like I wasted my money because I was really focused on workouts - that's partly my fault. If you have similar interests I suggest skipping this and staying with the New Rules of Lifting and Precision Nutrition series.