Fitness and bodybuilding expert Tom Venuto has created a program based on four elements. He explains why each of them shape is a key component in body transformation and how to adapt them to maximize fat loss and build a dynamic body. The plan is simple, but simple doesn't mean easy.
- The man of letters -
Tom Venuto, born August 6, 1968, is a bodybuilder, gym owner, freelance writer, trainer, and author.
He holds a major in Exercise Science and is certified as a Fitness and Conditioning Specialist.
- The content -
In « Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle », Venuto explains how he learned secrets from the bodybuilder world, to achieve his personal goals (a leaner physique, more muscular, more dynamic and a better sleep quality). His physical transformation went hand in hand with his career in the fitness industry as a steroid-free bodybuilder.
In addition to shattering misconceptions about bloating (and confirming some of them), this guide includes four main concepts : mental training, diet, cardio, and muscle building. He goes into the details of each concept and puts an end to false beliefs, before entering into their application in his program.
He points out that we all have different metabolisms and problems to deal with, but we can all use these basic concepts and formulas, to achieve our goals. By taking inspiration from these leads and tracking our progress, we'll find what works for us and can refine the details as we go.
- My observations -
First, the book is well structured and easy to read.
Although most of Venuto's advice is based on scientific and experienced facts, his method may not be suitable for everyone. So, while our goal is simply to lead a healthier life, building muscle and losing fat is not necessarily our priority. But for those of us who want to take fitness a step further and follow in the footsteps of a professional bodybuilder, this is a good guide for doing it the healthy way.
Tom gets rid of all the pretence, comes up with a more understandable translation of the science, and only has motivational words without promising us that it will be easy.
It is very clear that what works for one may have little or no result for another. To find what suits us best, we must learn to ask ourselves the right questions, to listen to our body and to offer answers to our morphologies, without looking at what the neighbour succeeds.
The little catch with this book is that the free content on Tom Venuto's blog/site invites us (barely masking the urging) to switch to paid content.
« Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle » is a guide for those who want to invest the time and effort on a journey of complete fitness, weight loss, and learning how our body and metabolism work.
If we're going to make a major lifestyle change, this book is the perfect way to do it. However, it is not necessarily the best guide for everyone, although many elements of its manual are applicable to other aspects of our life.
What do you think?