Book Review: The Four Hour Body

April 8, 2011

This is a review from my Favorite Books list; the link from which will be also on the Books Page.


“Here’s the sad truth; most of the one-size-fits-all rules… Haven’t been field tested for exceptions.

You can’t change your muscle fiber type? Sure you can. Genetics be damned.

Calories in and calories out? It’s incomplete at best. I’ve lost fat while grossly overfeeding. Cheesecake be praised.

The list goes on and on.

It’s obvious that the rules require some rewriting.

That’s what this book is for. “

I did not put 4HB on my Amazon wish list because I need to lose weight or have a desparate need for more muscle; nor was I looking for any quick-fix, hard-work-free method to some dramatic bodily transformation (though 4HB’s advertisements seemed to be selling just that). I’m a pro when it comes to my body and it’s performance; most would say I’m closer to writing this type of book than needing to read it.

I got 4HB because Tim Ferriss is an amzing writer (in my Panthenon with Robert Greene, Bill Simmons, Tucker Max, Niccolo Machiavelli and Paul Arden) and I’ll read anything he writes, on any topic. As Tim says, the benefits go far beyond the physical (meaning, I often take much more from reading these folks’ work than the actual topic). Tim’s style speaks to many of my core beliefs — read this site and the aforementioned writers’ stuff and you’ll understand — and his books (this one’s 500+ pages) read like a smooth conversation between friends. If Tim Ferriss wrote a book on playing basketball better, I’d read it. (Tim’s blog is a nice, free trial run for the skeptical.)

One important thing about reading Tim Ferriss’ work: you need to be smart enough to *get what he’s saying, and also *not smart enough to believe you can’t learn something you *think you already know. Make sense? Cool.

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