Rebel Fitness Guide
The Rebel Fitness Guide [RFG] is the first product from Steve Kamb, the guy behind Nerd Fitness. I said for a while now that Nerd Fitness [NF] is one of my favorite blogs around because of it’s unique niche and Steve’s killer writing. The Rebel Fitness Guide is Steve’s first project after running NF for the last year and a half.
What I Liked
The RFG is DEEP. It’s absolutely MASSIVE and it took me forever to actually get through the whole thing. If you need proof, just take a look at the different things that are included in the RFG:
Steve includes three major eBooks in the RFG. The Rebel Fitness Guide [40pages], The Rebel Diet Guide [35 pages] and The Rebel Food Fighter [60 pages]. While they’re packed with info, what I liked about the guide is that they’re just intros. Most info-products these days are just that. They’re full of info, but they leave the reader where they started because they don’t provide action steps for the reader to take. The RFG is all about action. While you should start by reading the guides, they’re only a basis for the actual action Steve is preparing you to take.
The real benefit you’ll get from the guide is by applying the information and getting started actually working out. Steve dives into training regimens for people of all levels. From the beginner to the more advanced, there are 6 different workout guides included in the guide. As you progress you can “level up” to the next training regimen and keep progressing as you step up your fitness. Each workout level comes with a workout guide and a worksheet you can print out or fill-in on Excel so you can track your progress.
What I Didn’t Like
There’s not much I didn’t like about the RFG, but there was a small issue. Most of the guide is about losing weight. Personally, I haven’t struggled with that very much, so while the guide is still applicable in a lot of senses, I had to adapt it to fit my goals. Steve admits this much in his sales section and says straight up on his sales page:
This guide is built more for people who are trying to lose weight, so if you’re a skinny guy trying to bulk up, you’d probably be better off waiting for my NEXT guide.
The first iteration of the guide was also missing a nutrition guide which I thought would have been very helpful. Apparently other people did as well, so Steve actually moved back the relaunch of the guide a week in order to put finishing touches on the food fighter guide. It’s 60 pages and I haven’t had the chance to read it thoroughly, but from what I have read, has been quite helpful.
I thought the RFG was well worth the $30 I paid for it [I got in on the early bird special. It's not priced at two levels: $37 & $49]. Steve did a great job putting it together, and creating such a detailed resource. If you’re looking to lose weight, but need help you should take a look at it. Steve even offers his personal contact info so you can ask him questions if you need help. If you’re not sure if you want to jump in, check out the slew of how-to videos that accompany the guide that he’s made available on his site for free. He also offers a 90-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy with it. Even though it wasn’t a guide designed precisely for where I am in life right now, I can definitely see it helping a lot of people.
Abs Diets Recipes to Results is a product from Patrick Hitches of My Foundation Fitness. Patrick is a, bodybuilder, personal trainer, diet and lifestyle coach and a Graduate of Nutrition Science & Exercise Physiology.
He sent me over his book after talking about my bonus goal for this month.
After reading the title and seeing the cover, I expected it to be just a ton of ab exercises designed in order to get me jacked like Patrick’s picture.
That wasn’t the case at all…And that’s a good thing.
What I Liked
Patrick focuses much more on overall nutrition and the “how” of exercising in order to get ripped. It’s pretty obvious that Patrick isn’t against having fun and enjoying food, drink and life in general, BUT he emphasizes the importance of putting in the necessary work to get to the fitness level you want to be, before indulging yourself occasionally.
As for the workouts, it’s obvious that this isn’t just a book about abs. From the outset, Patrick lays out a wide variety of workouts that have nothing to do with abs, but have everything to do with being overall fit. He also includes a series of how-to videos via a password-protected site showing you how to do everything he talks about. There’s also a short supplement section that I found really interesting where he lays out what supplements you really need and which ones are just a waste of coin.
The most helpful part of the book to me was the part on being “prepared” part. Patrick goes through his routine on how he prepares his meals each week and this one part, helped me more than anything. I’m absolutely terrible at eating healthy. I tend to be better before races or other athletic events, but I’ve been blessed with a good metabolism and find myself heating terribly way too often. The practicality of planning the way Patrick lays out makes eating healthy stupid-proof, even for someone who likes snacks as much as I do =).
What I Didn’t Like
I would have liked to see a little more focus in the book. Patrick covers a lot of things really quickly [50 pages]. It’s all good information, but if you’re just starting out, you’ll probably be a little lost. I would have loved to see a few more ab exercises to do, but I don’t even know if that would be necessary. While the ab exercises aren’t numerous, they are effective. I did them once and was sore for days. I don’t quite have Patrick’s six-pack yet, but it’s helped a lot and if I’m smart, I can get there soon.
Patrick’s book was worth it, for me. For a lot of people it won’t be the right fit. The guide is really focused on people who are relatively in shape but really want to start “getting ripped”. If you fall into that category, you might want to take a look at it. One glance at his resume [and photo gallery] and there’s no question Patrick knows what he’s doing. Personal trainers can cost anywhere from $30-$100+/hour, so $30 is not a bad deal and he even offers a 60 day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. Despite all that, my absolute favorite part about the book isn’t about the eBook at all. Patrick recently founded a charity, A Fit Youth designed to fight child obesity with proper education resources. He just announced that he’ll be walking across the US – 3600 miles in total – in order to raise money and awareness for it. On top of that he’s donating 100% of the profits from the eBook sales to it. So even if you’re not looking to get huge, go ahead and check out the book and what Patrick is doing.