Men's Health Huge in a Hurry: Get Bigger, Stronger, and Leaner in Record Time with the New Science of Strength Training (Men's Health (Rodale))
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Men's Health Huge in a Hurry will add inches to your muscles and increase your strength, with noticeable results quickly, no matter how long you've been lifting. Author Chad Waterbury offers the most current neuromuscular science to debunk the fitness myths and conventional wisdom that may be wreaking havoc on your workouts and inhibiting your gains. Forget lifting moderate weights slowly for lots and lots of sets and reps. The best way to get huge in a hurry is to use heavy weights and lift them quickly for fewer repetitions. Waterbury's groundbreaking programs will enable you to:-Add Mass and size. Gain as much as 16 pounds of muscle in 16 weeks--and add 1 full inch of upper arm circumference in half that time!-Get stronger...fast! Even seasoned lifters can realize a 5 percent increase in strength in the first few weeks. And in 12 weeks, you can boost your overall strength by up to 38 percent.-Build power and stamina. Increase your one-rep max in your core lifts by as much as 30 percent.-Shed fat fast. Burn off up to 10 pounds of body fat, losing up to 2 pounds of fat per week.With Men's Health Huge in a Hurry, you'll not only get bigger faster, you'll do it with less time wasted in the gym and with less post workout pain and a much lower injury risk.
Solid weight lifting principles put into an action plan I first read an article by Chad Waterbury in Men's Health. I was impressed with the content and workout plan in that article so I bought the book. I have a background in sports physiology and this book has solid weight lifing principles. I am 34 years old and have been lifting off and on since I was 14. His programs are suitable for beginners and advanced lifters. I have followed the plans for about 6 weeks and have seen great results in my muscle size and strength. The difference is the "way" you lift. Gone are the straight sets and reps. If you are bored with your current workouts and/or not seeing results (as I was) this book is for you. ...more info
Incredible Advice! I was somewhat skeptical that one could enter and exit a gym, do four exercises and walk out in about twenty five minutes, three times a week, and have any hope at all of gaining any strength or size.
Was I ever wrong! I just completed the 16 week Get Big program and went from 155 pounds to 175 pounds! And that is twenty pounds of MUSCLE, evidenced by the fact that my waist line did not increase one iota!
My fellow employees and friends are telling me that I am starting to look like a Marine!
But the most amazing fact ? While this book is targeted to people between the ages of about 15 and 40,
I achieved these gains at the age of 60 !
I will start another 16 week program in a few more days and cannot wait to see what I can achieve.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to maximize his workout time and achieve real results.
In fact, I think the title should have been; "How to maximize your gym workouts," because that is exactly what one is doing.
Huge in a Hurry Looks really good. Both my trainer and I are working the program together. Clear, concise, very specific re exercises and diet....more info
Useless Info terriblely arranged If you know anything about weight lifting this is not the book for you. Thought I would of read more information regarding technique, proper exercise form, proper warmup etc. The lay out of the workout plans are confusing and lazy at best. Big huge pictures repeated over and over. How can you have an exercise book without a quick cheat sheet. Does he expect you to carry this big stupid book with big stupid pictures with you to a gym? Most of the book is filler. Lift heavy weights fast....Just like he states all you need to know....more info
The BEST In my opinion this is really by far the best book for getting in excellent shape and feeling great. I can see a difference in only 3 weeks. I lost a lot of fat and I have so much energy. A very important advice: stick with the recommended diet and you will be amazed by the results.It will NOT work if you are on pizza/beer diet. ...more info
Great new strength training method I gave this book as a gift to my son who is an avid exerciser, always looking for ways to naturally build muscle. He just commented yesterday how great this book is and how it has helped him look at previously accepted lifting techniques differently. If you're looking for a new option in muscle training, he recommends this highly....more info
This book is a necessity All basis were covered in a very simple and easy to understand way. The book is well written and the concepts are easily integrated into the real world. I've been in the field for 10 years, held many certs, and have a degree in Kinesiology. I highly recommend this book....more info
Better then most other conventional workout plans, but potentially dangerous I gave this book four stars because it's more effective than most other conventional strength-training plans, in that it recommends that you opt for using heavier weights and doing fewer reps, which generally is more likely to generate higher levels of intensity than using lighter weights and doing more reps. Also, it's well organized, and it covers a broad range of information about conventional strength-training exercises. And as a bonus, it contains some stretching exercises, which most other books don't cover. So the book is worth buying if you want a good traditional workout plan.
But it's still a conventional workout plan, and a such,it has the same limitations as other conventional workout plans in terms of generating maximum intensity, and thus maximum muscle growth. So you will not really get "huge in a hurry" with this workout plan. But you might get "hurt in a hurry" with the advice in this book. Here's why:
The author states at the start of the book that you should "lift heavy", and "lift fast". Those are his two main rules for getting huge in a hurry. Lifting heavy, of course, is essential to build maximum muscle in minimum in time; but lifting fast is bad advice, since it will increase your risk for injury. That doesn't mean you will get injured; but theres' a greater chance for injury to occur. As Joe Weider states in one of his books, most serious injuries he's seen over his many years in bodybuilding were due to "sudden jerky motions" that resulted in torn muscles, damaged joints, ligaments and tendons. He claims that he's seen many promising, upcoming bodybuilders end their careers this way. And obviously the faster you lift, the more "motion" you engage in per given amount of time, and the greater your risk for injury. And that's especially true when you use heavy weights, which compounds the problem.
Additionally, "lifting fast" doesn't increase the intensity of the exercise for any given amount of weight used; it actually does the opposite. Lifting fast lowers the intensity of any weight-lifting exercise that you do, because the faster you lift, the more you rely on momentum to carry you through the exercise, rather than the strength of your muscles. And that's especially true during the eccentric phase of motion, where all of the momentum is generated entirely by gravity, not the strength of your muscles. So if you were to go as fast as possible, during the eccentric phase, you would have absolutely no muscular contraction, and thus zero intensity. It's interesting to note that recent studies have shown that super-slow reps are more effective for muscle growth than are reps done faster. So for any given amount of weight used, the more slowly you do the exercise, the the higher the intensity of the exercise, and thus the greater the muscle growth stimulation. And the ultimate way to achieve this is to slow the weight down completely and do a "static contraction", so that you have absolutely no motion; all you have is contraction of the muscles against a net external force. Static contractions (if they're done right) are the only way to achieve maximum intensity and maximum muscle growth stimulation, so they are the only way you will get "huge in a hurry".They'are also the safest weight-lifting exercises, since they involve no motion at all. I explain all of this in my book, which has not been published.
The only published book I know of that enables you to achieve maximum intensity and get huge in a hurry, is John Little's book "Max Contraction Training". I would also recommend his earlier book (co-authored with Peter Sisco),"Static Contraction Training", as an introduction to his later book. But I wouldn't recommend the exercises in that latter book (SCT), since they too have their limitations; only the concepts.
I also disagree with the author when he states that isolation exercises are not necessary to develop a great physique. He claims that all you need to fully develop your physique are compound exercises. That simply isn't true, and I'm surprised that a person with the author's credentional would overlook this error.
First of all, you have to do isolation exercises to achieve maximum intensity and maximum muscle growth; and anyone who believes otherwise, is probably using the wrong definition for intensity, or the wrong definition for a compound exercise, or both. And since this book doesn't even define intensity, that explains why the author erroneously believes that isolation exercises are unnecessary. Additionally, there are certain muscle groups that absolutely require isolation exercises for full development, simply because there are no compound exercises that address those muscle groups effectively. Suppose you want to fully develop your calves for example: what compound exercise will do that? Obviously there are none. You have to use isolation exercises to fully develop your calves. And there are other muscle groups that require that you do isolation exercises as well, such as the biceps, the triceps,the glutes, the latissimus dorsi, the abductors, and your pectorals. The bench press, for example will not fully develop your pecs, because you cannot achieve maximum intensity in the pecs when doing any form of the bench press; it's impossible, due to the way the exercise is executed. In fact, whenever you combine two or more motions into one exercise (as is the case with compound exercises), you have to make compromises in terms of intensity. And that's why compound exerciss are overrated. You cannot achieve maximum intensity when doing most compound exercises; only isolation exercises can do that. But most people cannot understand that fact, because they don't have the right definition for intensity to begin with.
Finally, I emphasize that this book "Huge in A Hurry" can be of great value for those who want one of the best conventional workout plans there is. But it is not the best way to build maximum muscle in minimum time, and it is potentially dangerous, due to all of the motion involved, especially with heavy weights. For example, if you do "explosive motions" (even if they're not actaully fast motions) at the start of the dumbbell flye, you could damage the connective tissue in your shoulder joint when in that vulnerable position. Fortunately, building muscle doesn't require repeated body motions anyway; all you need to build muscle is contraction, assuming it's generated the right way, so as to generate maximum intensity.
Finally, as stated, I found no definition for "intensity" (as it relates to strength-training) in this book. And obviously, without the right definition for intensity, you won't know which strategies work best to maximize the intensity of any weight-lifting exercise that you do.And if you don't achieve maximum intensity, you won't build maximum muscle in minimum time. In fact, without that definition, you won't build maximum muscle at all, even if you were to stick with these exercises for 100, 1,000 or even 1,000,000 years.
But then maybe building truly "maximum" muscle, or "maximum muscle in minimum time" isn't your goal anyway;and you can build a lot of muscle with this plan, regardless of the limitations of connventional workout plans.
Valuable information presented very well The information in this book is excellent. It includes many different workouts organized according to various goals like mass, strength, or fat loss. Additionally there are chapters on nutrition, mobility, stretching, etc...
The presentation quality of this book is phenomenal. Full color glossy pictures for every exercise, and very good graphic design overall.
My only criticism is that you need to read most of the book before doing any of the exercises because there is a specific warmup/cooldown and method of performing the reps that is not apparent if you just skip to the back and look at the actual workouts. But it's a minor complaint, and overall the book is excellent with at least a year's worth of workout routines....more info
Expected more Good read but not much new info if you have already read chad waterbury's articles. I was expecting more. But a good resource and much better book than the typical mr. olympia or celebrity books out there with the same boring info. ...more info
Well written This book is an easy read with pictures. A great portion of the book provides you with illustrations for the recommended exercises, reps, and sets. The author provides a variety of examples to support the recommended workouts. Nutrition and understanding how the body reacts to workouts is also discussed in great detail....more info
Chad hit it again!! I must say that Chad did once again splendid excellent job. Explaining what almost nobody in body building know this days and what used to be older days norm for getting bigger and more powerful.
I like this item specially because of large format, clear and precise text and very good colrful pics.
If you don't know who Chad Waterbury is check it on T-nation.com or look for his previous book Muscle revolution.
I am too strength and conditioning coach and I look a lot on what Chad has to say/write alongside Charles Staley, Alwyn Cosgrove, Eric Creesey, Michael Boyle those authors and trainers I also recomend to study.
In this book I don't have special chapter that I like the most, but if I have to choose than I would take chapter on nutrition. You will not find nowhere anything that is so complicated that is explained so simple and ready to use at once in practice.
Also there is chapter on power exercises which is often in other products complicated for no reason, but here it is simple as it must be.
At the end, this book is not only for those who want leaner and more muscular body but for all strength enthusiasts, begginers in strentgh and conditioning as for all experienced trainers.
Also the price is very low for so much info, big format, colrfull pics and paper quality. Chad in one interview said it that is "rip-off". I just can't wait for chad new products I know that will be worth the price and waitting....more info
So far so good I just recently finished reading this book and am beginning the workouts. The information I found is very helpful, not only for people just getting into lifting and muscle building but also for those with more experience. It helps to shine a different light on the physics of muscle building.
As far as the workouts go, only time will tell, I am just in the beginning stages but the principles seem solid enough and hopefully that translates into results.
An outstanding resource! I continue to be amazed at the quality of book that Men's Health has been putting out lately. In Huge in a Hurry, Chad Waterbury presents a number of ideas that while not new (and he is the first to admit this), go counter to what the majority of the fitness industry pushes as "correct". Fast lifting, total body workouts, frequent workouts, and steady increments are ideas that the author has found to be productive with his own clients, and what's great is he lays out the whole workout for you. Its like having a personal trainer letting you know exactly which path to take, without having someone screaming at you.
The best part of the book though is it's written so the layman can understand. You don't have to be an Russian Olympic weightlifter or a Westside Barbell disciple to understand the author's explanations of things. Its a very fast read with tons of information that can help you whether you are a beginner, or an experienced lifter who is finding what he (or she) has been doing a little stale. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to kick start their routine and get the performance that they are looking for....more info
The Definitive Book on Bodybuilding Chad Waterbury has written the only book you need on improving your body or athletic performance. If you are getting your workouts from magazines, or from the big guys in the gym, you have it all wrong. Things have changed so much in this industry, thanks to good studies, good science and good trainers/authors, like Waterbury and very few others.
The premise of this book is lift heavy and lift fast. I had been getting nowhere in by bodybuilding and strength pursuits, changing routines from Body for Life, to HIT, to anything I read in the magazines. Each time, I would think I had found the answer. I would get excited, workout like a madman, and see some minor results. But, usually after about three weeks, I would be so discouraged, I would be out looking for the next "fool-proof" method.
About 5 years ago, I came across Chad Waterbury, Pavel Tsatsouline, and Charles Staley. All of these guys encourage you to Lift Heavy! Instead of 3 sets of 10, do 10 sets of 3. It made sense! Instead of doing 3 sets of 10 with only 185, now you can do the same 30 reps with 215. I used some of Chad's routines to pack on about 20 pounds. Now, with Huge in a Hurry, he has added to his science of sports performance. Train whole body, use heavy weights, and the biggest improvement - lift fast! He explains this very well in the book, not only how to do it, but why you are doing it. I have been on this program now for several weeks, and I can tell you first hand, it really is an eye opener. Everything I have ever read says, lower the weight slowly, feel the burn, etc...What I didn't know, is that Olympic Trainers have been having their athletes train fast for years! Chad caught on to this, and the resutls you will get, will be better than anything you have ever tried!
I could go on and on....but the bottom line is, whether you play a sport, want to get strong, or just look better, not only is this book more than worth the price, it is the only book you need!
Some Good Information From Huge In a Hurry I was reading an article published by this author on another website. He seemed to not only have some good education, but good experience in the health & fitness world. So I figured he would write a good book.
The book is very good- Easy to read, good continuity, logical order. Some of the principals he emphasizes really make sense. I certainly recommend the book.
As with any good review, one should point out the negative. As a certified personal trainer and gym owner, let me offer a word of caution. When it comes to exercise- everything works, and nothing works forever. This "system" will work for someone who doesn't currently train like this. Eventually, you'll have to change the exercises, the daily/weekly/monthly frequency, the intensity, and the set/rep range. Which he certainly explains well (muscle adaptation). As a book buyer and someone looking for "The Answer" to how to get results in a hurry, no one book contains that. When it comes to exercise, always do a little more than you did last time, and do it a little different. And remeber - You Can't Out Exercise A Bad Diet....more info
Good book for sure if you are aware of mr. berardi's tactics or atleast have read an article or two of his on t-nation, then you know how educated the guy is. This book is extremely well written, multiple color pics that look like they were taken by the photographers at Mens health mag. To beginners its a great starting guide, he makes everyone, newb through expert to do his "get ready" progam first which is 4 weeks to acclimate yourself i think. also a sample diet and multiple programs. well worth the 20 bucks. add this to precision nutrition and i bet you reach your goals in no time. ...more info
huge in a hurry This is a well written fitness book. i've read several menshealth books i think this is one of the best by far. Waterbury workouts work if you do them the way he has the laid out. If you want somthing that will help you get results i think you should check this book out. yes its that good, and i'm not being paid to write this.
Ravi ...more info
complete a to z programming (not just for the novice) I bought this for a friend of mine who is getting back into the gym after being out since high school and not liking how his body and health is becoming. Having read Waterbury's stuff at T-nation I knew I liked his sort of bravado style and solid science base. Since this book offers total lifts and my buddy is doing way too many bicep curls, I knew he would benefit from reading it. And hearing from an expert rather than me telling him what to do.
But he has yet to see this book since I am keeping it for a while. I've done Ripptoe, followed the forums, and been pretty heavy into Rosstraining, so I figured I knew what I was doing in the gym.
Also, last year I read Alan Aragon's "Girth Control: The Science of Fat Loss & Muscle Gain" so I figured I was also good to go on nutrition. This book, though, puts the nutrition all together for me with an ideal to follow, and also nails a solid weight training program: each exercise, how many reps, and a novel idea of utilizing speed to maximize muscle recruitment. I am really excited to be following it.
My "pretty good" diet is now going for 100% and I know I am going to drop that forever over 5lbs of belly fat. Chad says stick with it for 4 weeks because he knows trying to get enough protein, meal planning, etc., are a challenge but worth the payoff.
I am intrigued by the idea of using speed: the power of the mind thinking of executing a lift fast -- a heavy lift may indeed not go fast, but by thinking fast you are mobilizing big muscle recruitment. And it's true that you challenge your core with stabilization.
Before starting his program, I was basically killing myself twice a week at the gym. Good exercises but unfocused. Comparably, Waterbury's program looked too easy. I've been doing front squats, lunges, pullup and chinup variations, lots of core work, his program was just not going to be enough, I thought. So I skipped over his recommended 3 week intro exercises and got right into it. Probably a mistake since the movement: speed, is very challenging. Not to mention, if you have never done bulgarian split squats then trust me that you will be cursing his name after driving out some of these. I think my nutrition is the only thing that has saved me with all it's anti-inflammatory power and also finally getting my full 1g/lb protein requirement.
I feel like I purchased a great personal trainer for $20. This book is complete for me: from a total dietary program to a total lifting program.
Someday my friend will get to read it and I am going to get a copy for my nephews back in the midwest who are into wrestling since Waterbury even offers a program on how to effectively meet a weight-class while maintaining performance ability. Wish I had that knowledge back in the day of my high school wrestling with plastic suits and jumping jacks in the sauna....more info
Simple Very easy to read and the ideas just make sense. No long winded explanations about muscles and how they work. Normal non-fitness people can understand it and follow the workouts per their level.
This book is taylor made for athletes, teaches you to build muscles that you actually use for sports and use everyday. Builds muscles in a way to avoid common injuries from sports.
Simply the Best all around Fitness book written in decades...more info
fresh and fun I'm a 34 year old mother of two small kids. I've been doing the workouts in this book for about 3 months now, and I'm impressed with the results I'm getting. I think Chad's program would work well for those new to strength training, as he has detailed explainations and pictures of how to do the exercises. He very clearly lays out the workout formats, and has three different areas of focus that readers can choose from, depending on what their main goals are. I've been lifting for several years, so sometimes I substitute more challenging exercises, but overall I think Chad does a great job of putting the workouts together for an efficient and productive routine. The workouts usually take me about 40 min, three days a week. I don't plan on staying on this program for too much longer, as my body has become adjusted to it after 3 months, which is pretty typical. I think it's a good program to use along with a good cardio or kettlebell program, and it did pack some more muscle on my body, which is impressive at my age. I highly recommend the book if you are looking for some good, basic lifting workouts that don't get boring and will deliver the promise of getting bigger--as long as you put forth your best effort....more info
Body building promises delivered I've been following Chad's training methods for a long time now and can honestly say that he's never let me down when it comes to training, diet/nutrition, and supplements. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and see if he would continue to provide the same, or better, programs and methodologies that he's used in the past. Well, I wasn't disappointed in the least.
First, over the late fall and winter I went through a series of programs to trim down and shed some extra body fat. I was able to use his Get Lean program as a perfect follow up to what I'd been doing and noticed that my body had gone from a plateau stage to changing again. All changes after a short time were noticeable by my friends and family. Furthermore, I play a lot of basketball and my endurance and stamina went through the roof!
I've changed focus now and am currently following the Get Big program with great results thus far. I'm currently on week 2 of Phase 2 (or week 7 from the beginning) and I love it. The workouts are concise, well-written and illustrated, and I don't have to drag myself out of the weight room when I'm all done. I leave feeling pumped and energized, not physically drained from overdoing it.
When I've had questions for Chad, he's very responsive and does a good job helping me understand the how's and why's of his methods. I have recommended this book to several friends and they're all very happy with it and find his programs "refreshing" as they're different than most of the programs they've been following.
Great Book! I have read many fitness books but this has to be one of the best I've read. Even more so to the point would be that my results in the gym have been fantastic. I feel better and look better then I did in my early 20s. The best part is I'm only 4 weeks in, I can't wait to see my results after a 16 week run. ...more info
A must buy & try I wasted 10 years in the gym before finally picking up a copy of Huge in a Hurry. It was a great buy and has changed everything I thought I knew in the gym.
Traditional bodypart split training programs never gave me any results I wanted. But I kept plugging away, thinking it'd finally "click" with the next workout.
Fast forward to now: 16lbs heavier (while also leaner) after following Huge in a Hurry. It worked and it is still working.
If you're an athlete, this will help your performance; if you're a desk jockey, this will get you in and out of the gym faster than normal while feeling great (your back will feel better, too, because you'll shore up your muscle imbalances).
Buy it, try it, and see for yourself. The proof is in the pudding. ...more info
Great True Story! I have been following this philosophy for around two months now after reading about it in the magazine. Just got the book around Christmas and am very pleased with the results so far. Hands down the BEST lifting regimen I have ever tried....more info