I know, it was stated millions of times. But anyway. Drink a lot of water. And I mean A LOT. It’s the best thing you can do to boost your fat loss and productivity. Water gives you energy. But how? Water has zero calories. Remember that human consists of water to 70-80%? That’s how. When I keep myself hydrated I always feel and uplift in energy levels. Even more. When I’m hungry but can’t eat for some reasons that don’t depend on me I drink water and hunger goes away. It’s very important. Secondly, when you don’t drink enough water your body engages survival mode and begins to store liquid. It’s negative phenomenon for your appearance goals because you will actually look fatter while you actually won’t be. So by drinking enough water you will improve your look through decrease in water retention. How much to drink? Read on. Continue reading →
You can often hear such phrases: “To get big you need to lift heavy!” or “Lift heavy stuff to get strong!”. Many personal coaches preach this approach nowadays. Arguments are hard to beat:
Heavy lifting strengthens tendons and ligaments
Heavy lifting ends with more muscle growth response
Heavy lifting even brings more metabolic cost
Heavy lifting is badass
Oldtimers lifted heavy
They say: “Bust your ass off in the gym!” or “Train heavy as hell!” You name it. It’s all cool but average trainee can become little confused. He starts to add weight every workout, he ‘busts his ass off’ every workout, he adds as much reps or sets as he can, he feels exhausted and beaten after every workout. And his progress stalls in matter of weeks. He tries new program but after couple of weeks he becomes even weaker. And on and on.
Men’s Health Huge in a Hurry: Get Bigger, Stronger, and Leaner in Record Time with the New Science of Strength Training by Chad Waterbury
Who is this book for?
Actually for anyone interested in gaining strength, building muscle, and losing fat as fast as possible ranging from elite athletes to ordinary strength enthusiasts.
What will you learn from it?
Despite this book being quite mainstream, it’s an interesting read where you can find lots of useful information especially on training for different goals. You’ll also learn Chad’s approach to nutrition and different strategies on how to get lean for a contest or a special event and much more.
This book is fully loaded with training programs, precise exercise photos and descriptions and flexible guidelines on how to make it work. It consists of 6 training plans: Get Ready, Get Big, Get Even Bigger, Get Strong, Get Even Stronger and Get Lean. Get Ready is a lead-in plan that will assure that you will be ready for the other plans. Get Big is a plan which concentrates on building as much muscle as possible. Get Even Bigger is a plan where Chad shares his High-Frequency Training technique (which is quite better than in his articles on T-Nation). Get Strong is a plan which concentrates on gaining as much strength as possible. In Get Even Stronger Chad shares advanced techniques in gaining strength. And Get Lean is a plan that emphasizes on fat-loss.
Chad uses full-body training in his programs exclusively and explains why. I, as a big believer in full-body training, totally support his ideas on this subject.
High-Frequency Training is explained at a very high level. And it’s one of the most valuable parts of the book. My personal results with HFT are totally awesome. But it’s a theme for another post.
Chad is always innovative in his training methods. He uses total rep count instead of conventional sets x reps, HFT, supramaximal holds, rest-pause etc. You always learn something new from him.
As this is a mainstream book, it’s very beginner friendly. If I were just starting, it would have been one of the best books to read first.
Totally enjoyable reading experience.
The part about nutrition is very conventional, which is not a weak point for a person that is just starting dieting. But for me there was actually nothing new.
This book deserves a place in the library of every trainee who is serious about his training. No matter what your training experience or goals, you will find something new in this book. Besides, the price is quite low for a 354-page full-color book. Huge in a hurry is one of the best books on the subject of training.