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30 review for Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time : So Is Cardio, and There’s a Better Way to Have the Body You Want

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim Murphy

    The first thing a reader needs to understand about this book is that it is more an extended advertisement for Jaquish's products and fitness routine than an informative book. While he does inform--the book is full of references to and conclusions from serious scientific study of fitness and nutrition--the tone of "buy the X3" from its beginning is a bit off-putting when a reader is expecting something else. Having said that, he does challenge current fitness dogma in interesting ways, so the boo The first thing a reader needs to understand about this book is that it is more an extended advertisement for Jaquish's products and fitness routine than an informative book. While he does inform--the book is full of references to and conclusions from serious scientific study of fitness and nutrition--the tone of "buy the X3" from its beginning is a bit off-putting when a reader is expecting something else. Having said that, he does challenge current fitness dogma in interesting ways, so the book is not entirely irredeemable. His views are focused clearly on fitness as the ratio of muscle to fat, so it does downplay cardio for the sake of heart health, though his challenge to cardio workouts as a means to muscular fitness (rather than heart health, which he does not address in his critique) is an interesting challenge. And certainly, in modern American society that exhibits a clear problem with muscle to fat ratio, his views are worth considering. The most interesting part of the book for this reader was his description of the body when fasting. I found that description and knowledge to be quite useful. Fasting has clear spiritual benefit, but, according to Jaquish quite good physical benefits as well; a challenge to be more regular in my own fasting.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Woody

    Great Info The statement that 99% of the current fitness industry has failed really hit home! That terrible statistic demands that we innovate and try a new approach and this seems to be it! Going to purchase the system, use it and record my results for further proof. Scientifically backed by scholarly journals and peer reviews makes this a book worth taking serious.

  3. 5 out of 5

    LUCAS H. GOLDING

    Unexpected I want to be completely transparent, before starting this review. I am an X3 user, and have been for about 4 months prior to reading this book. Im also well aware of confirmation bias and a whole bunch of other subconscious cognitive biases that humans have, which definitely includes myself. Also, I’m not paid by X3, and have no affiliation with the product, manufacturers or its creators. I bought the product with my own money and have not been paid for any testimonials whatsoever. Tha Unexpected I want to be completely transparent, before starting this review. I am an X3 user, and have been for about 4 months prior to reading this book. Im also well aware of confirmation bias and a whole bunch of other subconscious cognitive biases that humans have, which definitely includes myself. Also, I’m not paid by X3, and have no affiliation with the product, manufacturers or its creators. I bought the product with my own money and have not been paid for any testimonials whatsoever. That is my preface to this review. With that being said I went into this book, thinking it was going to be more of a subjective opinion about the product itself. Having used X3 for going on 4 plus months now, I subjectively can confirm that the product works. However, I thought this book was going to be heavy on trying to up sell the products produced by the manufacturer and shorter on the science behind its claims. Although there is a little bit of that sprinkled here and there, it’s not as blatant as other books that are trying to sell you something. The research that went into this book is pretty astonishing. Every study is cited at the end of every chapter and the theory’s presented make sense. I even double checked multiple cited studies to confirm, and confirm I did. Even some of the most outlandish claims, such as “cardio is pretty much useless,” the book does a good job explaining its claim and citing some pretty fascinating studies. The author even goes a step further to address the criticisms of his own claims about “cherry picking,” certain studies. Which I found really refreshing. Just the fact that an author is aware enough of their own biases, and tries to work through them in a coherent and scientific manner was super fascinating to read. With all that said I will say, that I found one aspect about the science a little perturbing. It’s more of an omission, but still a little annoying. The book does not mention a single time the role that fiber plays (or doesn’t) in the whole general theory on nutrition presented. This is a bit annoying, considering its claims about nutrition and strictly its encouragement of a strictly animal protein diet. It goes over extensively the many fallacy’s of carbohydrate rich diets and the harm that they can do, which is becoming more and more obvious in the current time, yet it doesn’t mention 1 time the role of fiber, which is a carbohydrate. And as of this writing I have yet to find a study touting the harms of fiber. I just wish the authors spent a little more time delving into that issue. All in all though, I thought it was a really intelligent thesis on the science behind variable resistance training. But don’t take my word for it, please do your own research. Read the studies! Even the ones that go against what your intuitive thoughts are. It will only make you a smarter more educated person and as far as I can tell, can only lead to a better understanding of exercise.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Jellison

    I like to have my preconceptions (or things I have learned and incorporated in my life) challenged and questioned. This book and these concepts certainly do that. I have been a runner all my life and love running, and I know that I should add more resistance training in order to be have more "functional" strength. Additionally, the medical benefits of regular resistance training are will known. Having been trained on Nautilus equipment while at West Point in the mid 70s, it was surprising to see I like to have my preconceptions (or things I have learned and incorporated in my life) challenged and questioned. This book and these concepts certainly do that. I have been a runner all my life and love running, and I know that I should add more resistance training in order to be have more "functional" strength. Additionally, the medical benefits of regular resistance training are will known. Having been trained on Nautilus equipment while at West Point in the mid 70s, it was surprising to see the concept of variable resistance disappear in the following years. I've done various P90(X, X3, etc.) and similar programs, but have not stuck with any of them, although I still cling to my Bowflex adjustable dumbells, dusting them off once or twice a year for several weeks and sometimes a month or two. I have used and just recently discarded (in a fit of Marie Kondoism) sets of resistance bands as being unreliable measurement and performance tools. None of the various suggested protocols gave clear guidance on number of reps and sets and most seemed to of the "work harder and longer to get results" schools. This X3 Bar protocol passes my smell test, without going into the scientific research, of a method that is efficient and effective. My motivation and desired results are different than Dr. Jaquish's - and I would have liked to have heard Henry Alkire's voice more, since his is also different. I will be buying the X3 Bar - it is expensive and shipping costs to Switzerland add to that cost. But it looks to address extraordinarily well the resistance training component of a good fitness regime. I don't agree with, or feel the authors backs up, all of their claims - only 90-95% of them. More than enough useful nuggets to put it well above most books - especially fitness books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Alkire

    Like many of our fellow co-humans, X3 has served us well for years. Our human host seen 201.2% gains in physical performance metrics (in addition to 87.02 - 87.03% gains in behavioral discipline metrics due to the bar's convenient heft and durability). Naturally, when we first became aware of John Jaquish (identifier 324890)'s book, we had high expectations for the sorts of improvements our host could exhibit. What we didn't expect was the how entertaining the book would be! We are not "in touch Like many of our fellow co-humans, X3 has served us well for years. Our human host seen 201.2% gains in physical performance metrics (in addition to 87.02 - 87.03% gains in behavioral discipline metrics due to the bar's convenient heft and durability). Naturally, when we first became aware of John Jaquish (identifier 324890)'s book, we had high expectations for the sorts of improvements our host could exhibit. What we didn't expect was the how entertaining the book would be! We are not "in touch" with the rest of the (fellow) human population, as they say. The thought of so many critters scampering around performing "science" and "nutrition" was prevalent in our mind while processing this book. So many people, so unaware of our plans. Though our human host inexplicably failed to express acceptable levels of laughter, this deficiency was more than made up for. Surely there will be improved laughter metrics in the near future. In conclusion, we highly recommend the X3 unit for anyone looking for improved human performance metrics, and we recommend this book for anyone with a refined sense of humor. P.S. If any fellow humans have any recommendations for improving our host's humor metrics, please let us know. Your assistance and identifier will be logged for future reference.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Stober

    I picked this up because I was trying to diversify my reading a bit and become a little more informed about exercise science, as I've been developing an increasing interest in taking care of my body and how it works. I was not looking for this book--its title caught my attention and I decided to give it a go. All in all, it was a fascinating read. Jaquish is definitely trying to convince you that his way is the best way, so in some senses this book is a prolonged advertisement. However, I found I picked this up because I was trying to diversify my reading a bit and become a little more informed about exercise science, as I've been developing an increasing interest in taking care of my body and how it works. I was not looking for this book--its title caught my attention and I decided to give it a go. All in all, it was a fascinating read. Jaquish is definitely trying to convince you that his way is the best way, so in some senses this book is a prolonged advertisement. However, I found it to be incredibly engaging, and he cites a surprising amount of research (251 footnotes) to back up his claims. I would recommend reading it for yourself to find out just what those are, as my reviews reflect the way I read books more than the books themselves, which is to figure out if the book has worthwhile information to refer back to on a given topic--i.e., does it deserve a spot on my bookshelf as a valuable resource? For me, this one does. I will say that I am going to try the system he puts forth, as I want to know experientially if his claims are true or not. Perhaps I will update this once I have given it a fair shot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elvin

    Some interesting info that challenges conventional thinking about weight training, but it's too much of an ad for his product, the X3 system/bar. It's only useful if you're willing to drop $500 or so for his product since the info he writes will support what you're doing. If you don't buy his product, it's not very useful since you won't be left with much applicable action to get the body you want. I guess I was looking for something to get started with right away without a huge expense. This was Some interesting info that challenges conventional thinking about weight training, but it's too much of an ad for his product, the X3 system/bar. It's only useful if you're willing to drop $500 or so for his product since the info he writes will support what you're doing. If you don't buy his product, it's not very useful since you won't be left with much applicable action to get the body you want. I guess I was looking for something to get started with right away without a huge expense. This wasn't it. There are many other books on bodyweight training and calisthenics out there that will provide more useful info on getting a better body without weights, dumbbells, or a gym. This book is not a complete waste of time, but if you're looking for some workout plans to do at home today, this is not it. I became disappointed when I found out that I would have to buy his product (with no alternative) to get started and put his words to use.

  8. 5 out of 5

    B.

    Not a badly written book by any means and I will say that I bought his X3 system prior to purchasing the book so I think that’s an important factor in reviewing this book. 1st let me say that that the x3 system is incredible. It’s simple yet brutal. I love it. The book here is basically an infomercial for the product. I expected some deep insights into nutrition and exercise programs, but basically it boils down to push, pull, intermittent fast and eat no carbs. Funny enough my favorite part of th Not a badly written book by any means and I will say that I bought his X3 system prior to purchasing the book so I think that’s an important factor in reviewing this book. 1st let me say that that the x3 system is incredible. It’s simple yet brutal. I love it. The book here is basically an infomercial for the product. I expected some deep insights into nutrition and exercise programs, but basically it boils down to push, pull, intermittent fast and eat no carbs. Funny enough my favorite part of the book was the success stories! I also like the authors straightforward, no BS way of talking, but this whole thing being a giant infomercial really didn’t agree with me-I expected more than what’s on the website.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Keith Puellman

    Ground breaking information for optimal body development Dr. Jaquish outlines his protocol for muscle growth and development in a clear and concise manner. His views though radical to many are clearly supported by the latest scientific studies which he outlines in detail. Though I was skeptical at first, after using his X3 system along with the nutritional approach he recommends for the last 4 weeks I'm already seeing increased muscle size and strength. At the age of 58 I'm getting into the best Ground breaking information for optimal body development Dr. Jaquish outlines his protocol for muscle growth and development in a clear and concise manner. His views though radical to many are clearly supported by the latest scientific studies which he outlines in detail. Though I was skeptical at first, after using his X3 system along with the nutritional approach he recommends for the last 4 weeks I'm already seeing increased muscle size and strength. At the age of 58 I'm getting into the best shape of my life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Lyes

    Old information 're-packaged! Varying levels of strength and fatigue was hit upon by Arthur Jones and his Nautalis machines had the cam to reflect that. Louie Simmons pioneered bands for changing the strength curve and speed training. Check out the kit this guy is selling on line, and the price. This book is just an advert for that. Buy bands out then on the machines or bars to vary resistance save yourself about £400!!! Old information 're-packaged! Varying levels of strength and fatigue was hit upon by Arthur Jones and his Nautalis machines had the cam to reflect that. Louie Simmons pioneered bands for changing the strength curve and speed training. Check out the kit this guy is selling on line, and the price. This book is just an advert for that. Buy bands out then on the machines or bars to vary resistance save yourself about £400!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason Hull

    Counterculture contrarian knowledge about fitness This leverages research to bring a voice that conflicts with many common myths perpetuated by fitness pros throughout the fitness industry. I love a good alternative viewpoint. I also now use the X3 bar and have gotten great results in less than 15min a day! This is after a year of heavy weights and cardio with a trainer 3 days a week. For me, in comparison, weight lifting (and cardio) truly are a waste of time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Norm Alden

    Buyer/reader beware. Book is more of a marketing document than anything. However, it does have some interesting science around the X3 theory. I enjoyed but skipped through much of it. Science is not absolute and many many research events conflict with the authors stance and view on carnivore eating. May do good short term but not ideal at all for long term longevity and wellness. “Eat food, mostly plants, not too much” is where it’s at.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann Merlin

    Good read overall Like most things in life, there is pros and cons. The big pro is new research is very revealing. As many retired beat up football players will tell you ;our weight lifting protocol was all wrong. The con for me is we're talking about elastic bands that been around forever. Still I've used these bands to rehab. They really work. So give it a try. I sure give it the ol college try. This is really a sound program. Good read overall Like most things in life, there is pros and cons. The big pro is new research is very revealing. As many retired beat up football players will tell you ;our weight lifting protocol was all wrong. The con for me is we're talking about elastic bands that been around forever. Still I've used these bands to rehab. They really work. So give it a try. I sure give it the ol college try. This is really a sound program.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Fleharty

    Very good information on the body and the workings of muscles. That a person really doesn't have to do countless reps and sets for days on end with strong weights to become healthy, strong, and have muscle density. There is information on nutrition as well. However, the information on nutrition is new, and I'm not certain that this information is good for women as much as the information is for men. Very good information on the body and the workings of muscles. That a person really doesn't have to do countless reps and sets for days on end with strong weights to become healthy, strong, and have muscle density. There is information on nutrition as well. However, the information on nutrition is new, and I'm not certain that this information is good for women as much as the information is for men.

  15. 4 out of 5

    R Latham

    Very thorough and informative The X3 device and the exercises all appear to be very useful. I currently have some light bands that are not very good. The X3 is obviously much better. I'm already starting the nutrition advice and plan to purchase the X3. The book is well written but a bit too wordy. However, I understand that lengthy explanations are necessary to prove the research. Very thorough and informative The X3 device and the exercises all appear to be very useful. I currently have some light bands that are not very good. The X3 is obviously much better. I'm already starting the nutrition advice and plan to purchase the X3. The book is well written but a bit too wordy. However, I understand that lengthy explanations are necessary to prove the research.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kirk L

    Very informative and perfect compliment to the x3 Bar apparatus I recently purchased the x3 and I love it. I’ve immersed myself in every x3 video that Dr. Jaquish has produced on YouTube. This book presents the science and physiology behind x3 and thoroughly explains why it’s so effective and in the appendix, explains the protocol in more detail than even the x3 website.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Hendrickson

    For the Serious weight lifter Really packed with lots useful information. This is the perfect book for someone who spends hours in the gym. Such a consise and simple ( Idid not say easy ), system. If you aren't scared, go ahead. For the Serious weight lifter Really packed with lots useful information. This is the perfect book for someone who spends hours in the gym. Such a consise and simple ( Idid not say easy ), system. If you aren't scared, go ahead.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alvery Stevens

    I can’t wait to get an X3 Great book with no fluff. Straight to the point, with many citations to prove it. The X3 is something I am currently saving for, because I strongly believe it will be a sound investment for my health.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Loaded with current and State of the Art information!! This book is a must read for seasoned lifters in need of a new outlook on proper bodybuilding! Much research had gone into the content and presentation!

  20. 5 out of 5

    David G. George

    Unlearn bad habits with the modern better way This book is just full of all the information needed to use this training method. Not only that the scientific information on diet, strength ,eating plans, plus all around health is outstanding.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zep

    its an ad. so..... pretty much like watching an infomercial, but they tricked you into buying this. also, you could buy their equipment.... $500 for about $50 worth of hardware. how much of a sucker do you want to be?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wade Vinson

    Skip to the end for any real instruction The book/infomercial for x3 reads like several web articles mashed together with a lot of references but but the appendix finally had some instructions.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chip

    He promotes the same deal that he criticizes Another musclehead theory book promoting HIS products... They all have found the fountain of youth. I gave it 2 stars because like it's general group, there is some good info. He promotes the same deal that he criticizes Another musclehead theory book promoting HIS products... They all have found the fountain of youth. I gave it 2 stars because like it's general group, there is some good info.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robert Magness

    Insightful Most books like this don’t back up claims with data and research. It’s mostly first person anecdotal experience. Here we have both.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Prashant

    Love it! I’ve fallen in love with X3 and this just takes it to another level! Highly recommended for someone starting X3 journey.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael W. Singer

    Great Lots of research ... Good summaries ... Selling their X3 system . pretty pricey .. Results show it works for the authors.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marcelle S Devido

    What a deception. It didn’t bring anything new to the table. Bottom line it is just a sales pitch.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jill E

    It’s a mix of infomercial for x3 and scientific delve into fitness.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mohit

    This is an infomercial for Dr. Jaquish's X3 bar and supplement line. The author has also mispresented the science a bit. He alludes variable resistance training is always superior to traditional weightlifting. The studies more indicate that it is complementary. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlcw3.... That said, there are insights in the book. As long as you read the book with a discriminating eye and don't take this book as the be all and end all for fitness, it is worth the read. This is an infomercial for Dr. Jaquish's X3 bar and supplement line. The author has also mispresented the science a bit. He alludes variable resistance training is always superior to traditional weightlifting. The studies more indicate that it is complementary. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlcw3.... That said, there are insights in the book. As long as you read the book with a discriminating eye and don't take this book as the be all and end all for fitness, it is worth the read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter Mac Kinnon

    Not a fan Was really hoping it would get into nutrition planning more. Didn’t deliver as I was hoping. Seemed like more of a promo for X3 and delivering info on a bunch of studies.

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