The "Wikileaks" of Body-Science

  • AthleteTO

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    Dec 14, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    OK, so Tim Ferriss, who is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of the 4 Hour Workweek (awesome book btw), has just come out with what is definitely going to become a cult-classic, and perhaps stir up some fun controversy too: the 4-Hour Body. (See: http://amzn.to/dUlelo)

    I love this bit from an article about the book:

    As one MD from a well-known Ivy League university said to me over lunch: "We’re trained for 20 years to be risk-averse. I’d like to do the experimentation, but I’d risk everything I’ve built over two decades of schooling and training by doing so. I’d need an immunity necklace. The university would never tolerate it." He then added: “You can be the dark horse.”

    The book is definitely a "buffet" of stuff I'd never do/touch/believe, and then some stuff that knocks your pants off. Can't wait to try some of it out.

    Here's a link to the table of contents (http://bit.ly/fCfo7u - yeah, just skip over the hetero-sex part!), and the precocious first chapter (his writing style seems grating at first, but once used to it, it's pretty damn fun.)

    One of only two blogs I subscribe to.

    Enjoy!
    Drew
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    Dec 15, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    I read an interview with this guy. He said that he researched the topics in these books by using a few thousand dollars worth of google adwords. Just testing what key words and phrases appeal to the masses. Then formatting it in book form. Seems like some form of cyclical cyber mass self-delusion.
  • AthleteTO

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    Dec 15, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    I think you may have misunderstood the interview (with all due respect) - having followed his blogs for quite some time, he talks about using Adwords for testing his marketing methods, and that's how he chose the title of his first book (despite it not being the top choice of the author, or the publisher, interestingly enough.)

    Having made my way through a good chunk of the book, it's a very fascinating read - and you can see his passion for "hacking" translate over to the body. Neat stuff!
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    Dec 15, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    how to add 34lbs in 28 days? Of what? fat? Cause of muscle, I doubt it.
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    Dec 15, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    lol...Happy Endings and Doubling Sperm Count...that part of the chapter should be interesting to readicon_biggrin.gificon_cool.gif
  • AthleteTO

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    Dec 15, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    Not usually a fan of wild claims - but this is Tim Ferriss. Anyone who has read his stuff knows that it's worth exploring.

    We're talking a guy who became the Argentinian tango champion in a year, he is a life-hacker extraodinaire! ;)
  • mattnz

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    Dec 15, 2010 6:44 PM GMT
    I skimmed 4 hour body last night — it sees like a lot of the advice seems pretty good straight-forward advice (stay away from white carbs, eat more protein). Even the hetro sex bit was kinda interesting icon_smile.gif

    In terms of muscle gains/fat loss I believe his claims are true, and while I think they could work for anyone, a lot of people will have difficulty seeing results, because lets face it, sticking to any lifestyle change (diet, exercise) is pretty tough.

    I loved this quote from the start of the book:

    The word aerobics came about when the gym instructors got together and said, "If we're going to charge $10 an hour, we can't call it 'jumping up and down'"
    — Rita Rudner
  • AthleteTO

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    Dec 16, 2010 7:27 PM GMT
    I'm a few chapters in now, and loving the geek to freak section. icon_smile.gif He dedicated a whole chapter to how to stick to things - and seems very focused on minimal interruption to our daily lives as a way to get things done.

    He's always been about the absolute most efficient way to get somewhere.. interesting to see that applied to the body!
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    Dec 16, 2010 8:50 PM GMT
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  • AthleteTO

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    Dec 17, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    Tell me you didn't... ;)
  • neosyllogy

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    Dec 17, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI read an interview with this guy. He said that he researched the topics in these books by using a few thousand dollars worth of google adwords. Just testing what key words and phrases appeal to the masses. Then formatting it in book form. Seems like some form of cyclical cyber mass self-delusion.


    What?
    Source?
    (That would be hilarious if true, BTW.)
  • beaujangle

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    Dec 18, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    Cool, will check this out. Thanks for sharing!
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    Dec 21, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    AthleteTO saidNot usually a fan of wild claims - but this is Tim Ferriss. Anyone who has read his stuff knows that it's worth exploring.

    We're talking a guy who became the Argentinian tango champion in a year, he is a life-hacker extraodinaire! ;)

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    That guy? Yeah- he is.