I was sent the e-book version of “Fitness Confidential” to review.
Since I have been working out with a trainer for the last few months, I was curious to see what this book is about.
Vinnie Tortorich has years and years of experience in fitness and nutrition. In “Fitness Confidential” he shares his story and all of this knowledge.
The book is divided into 4 main sections: Eat to Lose, Exercise to Win, Life into Living, Cut the Crap
Eat to Lose
He talks about societies habits, the changes in our food and how we try to make things sound healthy. He dispels many of the myths and warns of the hazards around some of the diet fads that exist. There is a lot of information about how our bodies work and how it handles different types of food. He believes that it’s best to eliminate sugar and grains and he describes that people need to eat the right foods to become and/or stay healthy.
Exercise to Win
After being bullied as a kid, he started working out, changed his body and changed how everyone looked at him. He started eating properly and exercising and got in shape. He gives some tips on choosing a gym that is right for you and tips on how to approach your workout routine. He reminds the reader that what you eat is most important for losing weight and many other valuable pieces of advice.
Vinnie describes some of the exercises that will give you the most out of your workout in the least amount of time. Like his discussion on choosing the right gym, Vinnie discusses what makes a great trainer. And, his best infomercial-type style, he tells you want the best piece of fitness equipment you can buy. (I’m not giving it away. It’s too funny not to read.) He goes on to explain that even with all of these things, you still need to be mentally willing to put in the work.
Life into Living
This section of the book threw me for a loop! There’s no way for me to get into detail with out ruining what happens. But it’s truly amazing what Vinnie is able to accomplish.
Cut the Crap
This final chapter is filled with examples of why you just need to get off your butt and get moving. He spends the whole chapter motivating you to start on a new path but keeps it real. He wants people to be able to help themselves and be working out and eating better for all the right reasons.
When reading the book you can tell that it was written with the same inflection as if Vinnie was talking to you. He’s blunt, he swears, and he doesn’t beat around the bush. He will open your eyes to some of the myths that we have come to believe are fact. He likes to knock down some of the media hype that surrounds a lot of the existing “healthy” products and ideas that retailers would like you to think are good for you.
I like that at the beginning of each section, there are some real-life examples of what he will be focusing on. Many times he’ll give some history about himself and what were his motivating factors that moved him to where he is today. As he discusses nutrition, exercise, and habits that people need to be healthy, he declares himself as the readers trainer. He’ll have the reader reflect on their own lives and then he gives them things to do to start changing their lives. Even if it is just a small things.
This personal story, mixed with facts and fitness knowledge, is a great way to show people that anything is possible. You need the right knowledge and motivation to get you going and keep you going. If you’re looking for a book to get you started on a healthy journey, or need a good refresher as to why you’re working out, this is a good book to read.
Title: Fitness Confidential
Authors: Vinnie Tortorich and Dean Lorey
Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (June 27, 2013)
Format/Length:Paperback 248 pages (kindle edition 638 KB)
From the Publishers:
America’s Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood’s go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often r-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What’s the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What’s the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? In FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL, Vinnie tells all. So get ready to get fit, get inspired and get the dirt with Hollywood’s most outrageous personal trainer!
To learn more about Vinnie Tortorich, check out his website: http://vinnietortorich.com/
And you can listen to his podcast by subscribing here: The Podcast
Like him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angriesttrainer
Follow on twitter: @VinnieTortorich
You can purchase the book on Amazon.