> Adam’s New Book: The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises

Adam Campbell, the Fitness Director at Men’s Health and one of the authors of the TNT DIET, has just written a new book entitled, The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises. It is due to be released on December 22, 2009.  The Men’s Health on-line Book Store will give you the most detailed look into the book.  You can also get a glimpse at it on-line at Amazon.com. The price is less expensive at Amazon than buying directly from Men’s Health. There is also a Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises.

I am one lucky guy and have been reading a pre-release copy of the book. Here are some of my impressions, in no particular order.

What it is not:

It is not the sequel to the TNT Diet. If you have read and are following the TNT Diet, you will learn nothing new. It does not replace the TNT Diet. If you are serious about weight loss and integrating a low carb lifestyle with exercise nutrition, then stick with the TNT Diet.

What it is:

It is a fantastic exercise guide book. As the book cover says, it provides 619 exercises in full color and in a manner that will allow you to understand how to do them. As complete as Schuler and Cosgrove’s excellent book, The New Rules of Lifting is, it does not pretend to be a comprehensive exercise guide. It is a program with various exercises that allow you to progress in a step by step fashion.

This book provides a large number of workouts, and an unlimited number of variations on the theme. In some places you begin to feel like one of the old fashioned Chinese Menus, pick one from column A and two from column B. But this is not bad. It clearly gives you alternatives to the different movements and allows you to shake things up in a structured manner. In this sense it is impressive.

There is one aspect that makes this guy very happy. Every exercise manual, guide book, how-to-do-it book and every book that tells you how to have a 6 pack by tomorrow morning, all have sections on diet. 99% adhere to the Low Fat mantra, and as Schuler and Cosgrove do in their book, speak negatively of the Low Carb world. Not Adam. He is true to the TNT Diet and principles.

Chapter 3: The Wold’s greatest 4-Week Diet and Exercise Plan” is almost a word for word re-statement of Plan A. The exercise program is designed by Craig Rasmussen. CSCS and uses the “choose-an-exercise from this group approach.” Still providing Full Body Workout Plans A and B.

The book then moves onto 340 pages of exercises. There is enough muscle development information to satisfy those who need to know “why” and more than enough pictures to show you how to do the exercise in proper form. Some of these would have been helpful in the NROL book.

Chapter 13: The best Workouts for Everything” is 64 pages of different exercise programs. Many of these programs are aimed at a specific purpose such as one for those active in Sports or another for those who need a body weight workout or those who exercise in a crowded gym. There is enough variety and change ups to keep everyone happy for a long time.

I am a cynical guy and always look a bit behind things. This does not usually endear me to those around me. You are warned.

Chapter 15: The Big Chapter of Nutrition Secrets” is TNT light. It has all the components of the post Plan A program, but not in a structured format. Even though there are a couple of contretemps, it is all there – no question. It does seem to be aimed at the “GUY” who does not want to admit that he is following a Low Carb lifestyle. That is OK, really it is. If this approach gets more people to eat in a controlled Low Carb manner – then I support it. I personally need the more structured approach found in the TNT Diet book. Maybe those who are introduced to this type of eating through this book will graduate to the more “advanced” approach.

Remember, this is not a Diet Book, it is an Exercise Book. I am just happy that it supports the low carb eating style that I have come to know and love.

Should you buy this book? Yes. It is a great. Does it replace NROL? I am not sure that the word replace is the proper word. It augments it and is an excellent addition to your library. It does answer the question, what do I do when I’ve finished the TNT workouts?

It has been Tenant of Faith on the TNT forum that Alwyn Cosgrove designed the workouts in the TNT Diet Book. A clear reading of TNT Chapter 10 “The Science of Lifting” never states that. It does state, after elaborating on Cosgrove’s experience and theories, “[Y]ou should now have a solid understanding of the basic philosophy we’ve used to create the TNT Workout Plan.” 

Truth be told, Adam actually designed the workouts in the TNT Diet book. Cosgrove critiqued the workouts designed by Adam, which Adam freely admits are based upon Cosgrove’s theories.

Does this change anything – NO – not a thing. What it does is give me a greater sense of respect for Adam and for the work he has put into his new book.

If I had to choose between buying the NROL book or The Big Book of Exercise – Adam – you’ve got my vote. I just wish they would have called it by another name, maybe BBOE.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TommylandNYC
    Oct 20, 2009 @ 04:28:16

    Haha BBOE! Hmm, so is it a book of exercise programs or just how to do the exercises? Why do you think it’s better than NROL? Will you be changing your name to BBOE Man?

    Lots of questions. This concludes my Socratic post.


  2. Exsanguinator
    Oct 20, 2009 @ 16:46:47

    I’ll be sure to pick up this book when it hits the shelves. I’ve been pretty happy with NROL and its preset program. This’ll give me additional exercises to add to the tool chest.


  3. Barneyrocks
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 17:26:12

    I am finishing up the Phase 2 workout on the Get Back In Shape Workout. Would Adam’s new book be a worthy supplement since I am following the TNT workouts, or do you think it would pay bigger dividends when I get toward the end of The Advanced Workout?


  4. TNT Man
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 18:57:11

    Go through the entire TNT Advanced workout. It is an excellent highly structured one and will pay you strong dividends.

    There are 3 books to look at – all depends on where you are fitness wise. NROL gives you a strong continuity with the TNT program. HIAH is its own world but similar enough. BBOE is a compendium of different fitness gurus with their own programs. Can’t hurt to mix it all up. I went from a personal trainer to NROL to BBOE to HIAH – which is where I am now.

    One way or another – the BBOE book is a good one to have as a strong reference work.

    There is no – one right path – I get bored and like to mix things up.

    Good Luck
    TNT Man


    • Barneyrocks
      Feb 16, 2011 @ 09:39:08

      Thanks for your feedback, I’ll get the BBOE as a reference book for my current and future workouts.

      In TNT Adam does not have a post-stretching routine which I have been used to. I normally have done static stretches to keep me flexible and minimize soreness. I tend to think the dynamic stretches beforehand may not be enough. Do you agree?

      Does the BBOE or HIAH recommend this?


      • TNT Man
        Feb 16, 2011 @ 10:22:17

        The BBOE has a bunch of warm up and stretching routines. I tend to do the exercise that I am going to do – but at a light weight and high reps. I probably should be doing more.


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