Bring It! by Tony Horton

Bring ItThose that are familiar with the P90X workout, either by using it or viewing the infomercials, know Tony Horton. The energetic trainer, and creator of P90X, now brings his workout philosophy, exercise routines, and diet guidelines to print in Bring It! The Revolutionary Fitness Plan for All Levels That Burns Fat, Builds Muscle, and Shreds Inches.

The book is laid out in an organized fashion and contains the important elements Horton wants you to incorporate into your lifestyle to get fit, live long, and live healthy.  The book is divided into four main parts, and these include:

Part 1 The Principles. This part has four short chapters that focus on setting the groundwork for your fitness plan. This includes determining where your current levels of fitness are and where you should start. Besides the basic principles Horton covers, he brings humor and motivation to his lessons. Reading this book makes you want to work out.

Part 2 The Routines contains three workouts. The beginner’s, the striver’s and the warrior’s.  These are the names Horton uses for his beginning, intermediate and advanced workouts. This part is pretty short, because he doesn’t explain the exercises, but rather just lists what you need to do.  If you are not familiar with some of the components to these workouts, don’t fear, they are illustrated in the next chapters of the book.

Part 3 The Moves is the longest section of the book because all of the stretches and exercises are explained and illustrated. They are divided into six parts or chapters: Cardio Fat Burners, Upper Body Blasters, Firm Arms Fast, Lower Body Blitzers, Hard Core, and Flex Appeal.

In a nutshell, these workouts consist of combining yoga, bodyweight exercises, and some dumbbell and exercise band movements. (pull ups are also in there.)  Horton combines the different exercises into different circuits for burning calories and increasing cardio fitness and others for increasing strength. An example from the intermediate workout, or striver’s workout, has you doing the following routines:

Monday – cardio training 35-40 minutes.

Tuesday – resistance training 35-40 minutes

Wednesday – cardio training 35-40 minutes

Thursday – resistance training 35-40 minutes

Friday – yoga 35-40 minutes

Saturday – resistance training 35-40 minutes

Sunday – rest with some yoga moves or some fun sport you enjoy

The routines are not set in stone, and there is room to change and modify things to your own fitness level and time constraints. When you get to the warrior, or advanced level, you need to block out at least an hour a day.

Part 4 The Meal Plan provides some simple guidance on eating healthy and using supplements. Nothing real new or groundbreaking here, but solid basic advice on eating well. The book then concludes with some recipes.

Bring It! is a good book for anyone wanting some routines to get into better shape. But make no mistake about it, for the routines in the book to work, you must put in the effort and really work hard for the time you are working out. It’s not an easy fix. Horton has you working out at least 6 days a week, if not every day (periodized though, doing different things), and he instructs you to work hard for those workouts. And in that, I agree, and feel if followed as he presents the workouts in this book, readers and exercisers will increase their fitness levels, lose fat, and achieve their fitness goals.

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