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This is an alternate-cover edition for B00FNXBSUA. There are the sadistic personal trainers, who seem to enjoy your physical pain a bit too much. There are the slimy sales reps, who forever dream up new ways to strong-arm your paycheck from you. And there are the locker room Lotharios, who bed as many women as they can do pushups. A body with abs of steel is just one of the This is an alternate-cover edition for B00FNXBSUA. There are the sadistic personal trainers, who seem to enjoy your physical pain a bit too much. There are the slimy sales reps, who forever dream up new ways to strong-arm your paycheck from you. And there are the locker room Lotharios, who bed as many women as they can do pushups. A body with abs of steel is just one of the things you can get at a health club; some of the other things may not be as desirable. Ask Max Hawthorne, an industry veteran of more than twenty years, with countless experiences on the seamy side of the steam room, where sex, steroids, and membership cons pile up like used gym towels. Memoirs of a Gym Rat is his jaw-dropping expose of the outrageous, tawdry, and despicable cast of characters that gravitate to the workout room. A hilarious survival guide for the fitness-minded, this salacious tell-all shares a collection of anecdotes surrounding the appalling behind-the-scenes shenanigans that occur in health clubs, both during and after business hours. From the endless sexcapades to the unsavory tactics designed to ensure your health club contract lives longer than you do, Memoirs of A Gym Rat also serves up plenty of sound advice on navigating this pervasive culture, so that you can enjoy getting ripped - without getting ripped off. From one shocking encounter to the next, Hawthorne paints a lurid, sweaty world rife with casual romps on the exercise floor, and anabolic steroids on overload in the locker room. Find out all about the sex, drugs, and barbell curls that are on fitness regimens in this rare look at the scandalous culture that runs rampant in health clubs. With raw honesty and twisted wit, Hawthorne bares all the dirty little secrets that will leave you spent from laughter, while helping you keep your fitness goals (and sanity) on track.


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This is an alternate-cover edition for B00FNXBSUA. There are the sadistic personal trainers, who seem to enjoy your physical pain a bit too much. There are the slimy sales reps, who forever dream up new ways to strong-arm your paycheck from you. And there are the locker room Lotharios, who bed as many women as they can do pushups. A body with abs of steel is just one of the This is an alternate-cover edition for B00FNXBSUA. There are the sadistic personal trainers, who seem to enjoy your physical pain a bit too much. There are the slimy sales reps, who forever dream up new ways to strong-arm your paycheck from you. And there are the locker room Lotharios, who bed as many women as they can do pushups. A body with abs of steel is just one of the things you can get at a health club; some of the other things may not be as desirable. Ask Max Hawthorne, an industry veteran of more than twenty years, with countless experiences on the seamy side of the steam room, where sex, steroids, and membership cons pile up like used gym towels. Memoirs of a Gym Rat is his jaw-dropping expose of the outrageous, tawdry, and despicable cast of characters that gravitate to the workout room. A hilarious survival guide for the fitness-minded, this salacious tell-all shares a collection of anecdotes surrounding the appalling behind-the-scenes shenanigans that occur in health clubs, both during and after business hours. From the endless sexcapades to the unsavory tactics designed to ensure your health club contract lives longer than you do, Memoirs of A Gym Rat also serves up plenty of sound advice on navigating this pervasive culture, so that you can enjoy getting ripped - without getting ripped off. From one shocking encounter to the next, Hawthorne paints a lurid, sweaty world rife with casual romps on the exercise floor, and anabolic steroids on overload in the locker room. Find out all about the sex, drugs, and barbell curls that are on fitness regimens in this rare look at the scandalous culture that runs rampant in health clubs. With raw honesty and twisted wit, Hawthorne bares all the dirty little secrets that will leave you spent from laughter, while helping you keep your fitness goals (and sanity) on track.

47 review for Memoirs of a Gym Rat

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeta

    Nasty and disgusting. Loved it!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scott Curtis

    I read the book today and was amazed at all of the things that go on behind the scenes. If you are considering joining a health club.....do yourself a favor and read this first. A+++++++++++ It is both comical, serious, and also appalling how the people behind the scenes view their clientele and how they treat their employees.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Espen

    Badly written but sometimes fun.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jared Tipton

    Absolutely hilarious! And, a bit disturbing . . .

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bee Lee

    I zoned out reading the blurb before purchasing the book. Should've listened to my gut. This book tries so hard to be clever. A yawn fest. I zoned out reading the blurb before purchasing the book. Should've listened to my gut. This book tries so hard to be clever. A yawn fest.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scott Mardis

    Memoirs of a Gym Rat reads like a Joseph Wambaugh novel, set in a gym rather than a police station. If you have not read Kronos Rising, you will still be impressed with Max Hawthorne’s keen observations on human behavior, often not politically correct but certainly an accurate picture of reality, warts and all, with himself not spared, which makes his observations of others more sympathetic. Seinfeld-ishly entertaining with a constant underflow of seriousness, this is a nuts and bolts analysis o Memoirs of a Gym Rat reads like a Joseph Wambaugh novel, set in a gym rather than a police station. If you have not read Kronos Rising, you will still be impressed with Max Hawthorne’s keen observations on human behavior, often not politically correct but certainly an accurate picture of reality, warts and all, with himself not spared, which makes his observations of others more sympathetic. Seinfeld-ishly entertaining with a constant underflow of seriousness, this is a nuts and bolts analysis of the social and business dynamics of the fitness industry. Even if you are not into “gym culture”, the style and insight will carry you along regardless. You can see why Kronos Rising was a step above its other “horror of the deep” competitors by the author’s talent at seeing inside the human condition of just ordinary reality and making a vivid picture of it, which enhances the standard sorts of horror and dramatic conventions.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richard Givan

    I found the book to be interesting, often funny, and quite well crafted. So often indie books are terribly written, but this one is smooth and quite free of the grammar, spelling, and technical problems you usually found. It's in the tradition "Kitchen Confidential" which exposed the seamy underbelly of the restaurant industry, but, in this case, the gym trade. Come on, he just ratifies the stuff we already suspected to be true. I found the book to be interesting, often funny, and quite well crafted. So often indie books are terribly written, but this one is smooth and quite free of the grammar, spelling, and technical problems you usually found. It's in the tradition "Kitchen Confidential" which exposed the seamy underbelly of the restaurant industry, but, in this case, the gym trade. Come on, he just ratifies the stuff we already suspected to be true.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Graywolf

    Wow – if you don’t feel dirty after reading this book, there’s probably something wrong with you. Max lifts the used towels off the locker room floor and shines a light on what’s crawling underneath. Funny, real, and filled with tidbits of helpful information – once you read this, you may never look at your gym the same. Not for the faint of heart, but thoroughly enjoyable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    FictionFreak

    This book is crazy. I've never gone to a gym, but this book made me feel like I have. Max Hawthorne takes you inside the physical fitness world, and all of the insanity therein. I laughed, I cringed, I fumed, and I was amazed at what goes on in the industry and the cast of real life characters who work and workout at these places. Very interesting, check it out! This book is crazy. I've never gone to a gym, but this book made me feel like I have. Max Hawthorne takes you inside the physical fitness world, and all of the insanity therein. I laughed, I cringed, I fumed, and I was amazed at what goes on in the industry and the cast of real life characters who work and workout at these places. Very interesting, check it out!

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