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What made the experience of listening to Fitness Confidential the most enjoyable?
Unlike 99% of the audio books out there, Vinnie (the author himself) actually reads the book and sometimes goes off the script and inserts rants and thoughts. I have already read the book, which was awesome for its content, but the audio book brings my reading to a whole new level. I also enjoyed the last section with Dean Lorey, co-writer on what went into writing the book.
What other book might you compare Fitness Confidential to and why?
I would compare it to a mix between Finding Ultra by Rich Roll and Kitchen Confidential, but much better
What about Vinnie Tortorich’s performance did you like?
I love his true southern Louisiana accent in addition to his occasional off text rants.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me feel every emotion from inspired to laughter to tears.
Any additional comments?
A must buy!
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
This is an autobiography. The actual nutrition and fitness advice is lacking severely.
1. Cut back on sugar
2. Cut back on grains and breads
3. If you want to massage women's breast implants then become a personal trainer.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Fitness Confidential in three words, what would they be?
I loved this book. This guy is a real person and though there is little in the way of technical advice the spirit of the man shines through, BRILLIANT!! I'm listening to it for the second time and I've only just bought it!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I downloaded and listened to the audiobook over the last few days, and I have to say, I absolutely LOVED it. I went into it a bit unsure, because I thought a lot of of would be a rehash of diet/fitness info I already knew, and/or lots of discussion about training and competing in endurance sports, which isn't a great interest of mine.
I was pleasantly surprised to find Vinnie and Dean's book was so much more than my preconceived notion of what it would be like. This book is like a big No Sugar No Grain casserole--there's a little bit of everything thrown in there, seasoned with all sorts of of personal anecdotes from Vinnie. There is diet info, exercise info, info on how to choose a gym and/or personal trainer, and how to get the best deal on gym memberships--this is handy to know. Vinnie also shares some great thoughts on strength training, which actually surprised me! As a faithful listener of the podcast, it's rare that I hear Vinnie or his guests talk much about lifting weights, so it made me very happy to hear Vinnie advocating for strength training, and the old school way--barbells and dumbbells, not the useless machines the globo gyms are all full of.
Apart from all the useful info, Vinnie and Dean have also woven a really touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching story of Vinnie's personal trials. I won't spoil the book by getting into all that, but I will just say that this aspect of the book follows the trajectory of one of Vinnie's insane endurance events--lots of difficult uphills and downhills, triumphant moments as well as a lot of moments that were anything but. I really admire Vinnie's indomitable spirit and his tenacious nature, and of course his great outlook on himself and life in general. What a dude!
The only critical thing I have to say, which isn't so critical, is that as a podcast listener, I had a hard time getting into the audiobook initially because I kept expecting/hoping Anna Vocino would pop up and join the conversation! Haha!
Great book, and I'll definitely recommend it to anyone, whether they think they're interested in this stuff or not. It's entertaining, educational, and a marvellous story as well. Well done, Vinnie and Dean!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book was more of an autobiography rather than a fitness instruction manual. Having said that the author(s) have done a fair amount of work to motivate individuals who are new to fitness.
If you want to learn how to motivate yourself to be fitter, forgedaboutit.
Seems like a nice guy but the core audience seems to be very fat people who want to hear about how you get asked to massage newly fake boobs (tip: become a trainer to bored housewives).