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CompleteMartialArts.com - The Fighter's Body: An Owner's Manual : Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts


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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 613.7148
EAN: 9781880336816
ISBN: 1880336812
Label: Turtle Press
Manufacturer: Turtle Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2003-08
Publisher: Turtle Press
Studio: Turtle Press

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Editorial Reviews:

You have an owner's manual for your car, your stereo and even your blender, so why not your body? The Fighter's Body is exactly that, an owner's manual for your body, the most complex piece of equipment you will ever own.

As a martial artist, you have special needs. Have you ever wondered how that latest fad diet might affect your performance on the mat? Ever wanted to take off a few extra pounds? How about putting on muscle without slowing down? Make weight for a tournament? Lose 5 pounds fast? Eat better? Change weight classes? Confused about supplements, vitamins and protein shakes? Can't make sense of the food pyramid? Don't know where to start?

Start here. Author Loren Christensen and personal trainer Wim Demeere combine their knowledge of martial arts, weight training, nutrition, diet and exercise to answer your questions and put you on the road to becoming the best martial arts athlete you can be.

This book will answer your questions about important topics including:

* Why some diets are harmful for martial artists
* How to calculate your protein needs for training
* When and how to use supplements
* How to eat at fast food places and not ruin your diet
* Why it's okay to splurge on "Dirt Day"
* How to safely make weight for a tournament
* Why HIIT training is essential to weight loss
* What to eat on competition days
* How to create a plan that works and stick to it


Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: So so.
Comment: This book doesn't really provide anything of substance. It's written in a rather specious style interspersed with occasional bits of humor.

It could've been made better by actually making reccomendations rather than providing generic advice about things. I didn't come away from the book feeling like I actually learnt anything new.

This book has more than a few pages, and probably could've been used more constructively rather than endless anecdotes. Not so much 'an owner's manual' as the title suggests. More of a: we'll tell you what you've already been told before, and has been printed many times before, except we make a few jokes here and there.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: very helpful book
Comment: Practical advice for anyone active. I loved the style of writing, it was very easy to read, as if a friend were just speaking openly about nutrition to you. It's be no means dumbed down though, just put into a very user-friendly and understandable context.

Helpful hints for changing weight division, maintaining muscle growth and keeping your body in good condition in general, as well as tips on a number of pitfalls specific to fighters.

What I loved most was how practical their approach was. This is not one of the many miracle-diet books, they are very open and honest about the work involved in keeping your condition. They also understand that a fighter, like everyone else, is a human being and once in a while, you need to eat some damn pizza :).

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Summary: Excellent resource
Comment: Martial artists require proper training and nutrition to enhance development in their chosen art. The Fighter's Body an Owner's Manual: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts by Loren W. Christensen and Wim Demeere cuts right to the essence of proper diet and exercise to put you on the road to becoming the best martial arts athlete you can be.

Christensen and Demeere outline the essentials of nutrition for martial artists, and provide guidance for losing weight, making weight, and dropping weight fast. They also teach you how to put on weight in the form of powerful muscle. The book ends with chapters on long term planning so you can live and train into old age injury free and tips on the proper mindset for eating and training for the martial artist.

This is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to improve their fitness, and especially the martial artist training to be the best possible.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author, speaker
Hard-Won Wisdom From The School of Hard Knocks, Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, and The Lock On Joint Locking series



Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Great Fundamentals for Nutrition and Exercise
Comment: Christensen and Dimeer are a couple of class acts. This book covers the fundamentals of Nutrition and basics of exercise for Martial Arts effectivness. No secret diet plans here, just the verifiable fundamentals that work. Oh yeah, and you will have to put effort into your own fitness. No magic bullets. Good stuff.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5
Summary: OK, but meant for martial arts competitors only
Comment: So much of this book is dedicated to competition. The exercises given are pretty basic, a few new and interesting ideas, nothing tremendous or special. I've read through it cover to cover and while the writing is entertaining it just wasn't suited for me personally. I was looking for more extensive and dynamic exercises, ways to improve all around performance that I wouldn't see other places. This book gives you ideas and tips on improving your performance, but they are run of the mill ideas that you would get from an averagely knowledgeable person.


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