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Fitness Confidential | [Vinnie Tortorich]

Fitness Confidential

America's Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood's go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often R-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What's the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What's the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? In Fitness Confidential, Vinnie tells all.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Personal Development, 2014

America's Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood's go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often R-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What's the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What's the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? In Fitness Confidential, Vinnie tells all. So get ready to get fit, get inspired and get the dirt with Hollywood's most outrageous personal trainer!

©2013 Vinnie Tortorich and Dean Lorey (P)2013 Vinnie Tortorich and Dean Lorey

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    Chris PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-13-13
    Chris PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-13-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "The best voice in audible with the lungs to match"
    What made the experience of listening to Fitness Confidential the most enjoyable?

    Unlike 99% of the audio books out there, Vinnie (the author himself) actually reads the book and sometimes goes off the script and inserts rants and thoughts. I have already read the book, which was awesome for its content, but the audio book brings my reading to a whole new level. I also enjoyed the last section with Dean Lorey, co-writer on what went into writing the book.


    What other book might you compare Fitness Confidential to and why?

    I would compare it to a mix between Finding Ultra by Rich Roll and Kitchen Confidential, but much better


    What about Vinnie Tortorich’s performance did you like?

    I love his true southern Louisiana accent in addition to his occasional off text rants.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel every emotion from inspired to laughter to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    A must buy!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca NEW YORK, NY, United States 04-25-14
    Rebecca NEW YORK, NY, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The other reviewers are right, I loved it!"

    I only read this book because it got such great reviews from other readers and I'm very happy that I did. I thought it might be a whole mess of celebrity dirt, and I couldn't have been less interested in that, but it wasn't what I expected at all. The main reason I liked the book is that Vinnie comes across as such a charismatic, decent, no-nonsense, imperfect, relatable guy.

    He gives out a little bit of very sensible fitness advice and mainly left me with the impression that 1) there is a generalized 1-size-fits-all fitness/nutrition plan that anyone can use as a starting point, 2) there are no detailed fitness/nutrition plans that are 1-size-fits-all, and 3) he's on your side, with full awareness of how hard it can be for some people, no matter where you are in your journey.

    The second theme of the book is how the fitness industry fleeces the public. Finally, there are many funny stories from Vinnie's life as well as some inspirational stories relating to struggles that he's overcome.

    It is light reading/listening, but I laughed out loud a lot, enjoyed the experience, and even learned a little.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dagmar Nuuk, Greenland 03-08-14
    Dagmar Nuuk, Greenland 03-08-14
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    "Eye opening book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fitness Confidential to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because it has extras on the Audiobook


    What about Vinnie Tortorich’s performance did you like?

    He is very honest about everything, and he does not promise you anything like you can loose so much weight in a month. But he tells you so you can understand how our bodies work.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to listen to this several times because it is a very good book. Thanks Vinnie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 09-22-13
    Robert SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The best fitness book I've ever read"
    If you could sum up Fitness Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    I must first admit that I am cheating a bit. Fitness Confidential came out on audio book tonight, and I've only listened to about an hour of it. I have however read the physical book fully.

    To sum it up in three words - Simple, No-Nonsense Approach


    Any additional comments?

    Vinnie tells it like it is. He isn't trying to sell you meal plans, supplements, or any of the other garbage that other fitness "programs" offer. I've been following Vinnie's advice now for just a month and I've seen some great gains (losses really). He is a very down to earth person and I think you'll really enjoy this one.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mike REDMOND, WA, United States 02-16-14
    Mike REDMOND, WA, United States 02-16-14
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    "Excellent Audiobook"
    If you could sum up Fitness Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and have to say, this is how they should be done. Vinnie doesn’t do it like everyone else, he gives you bonus material which he calls “Lagniappe” to give his reader a little extra. I found myself eager for each new chapter and at times just couldn’t stop listening. I felt much more motivated and excited about making life changes after this book than I have from other prescriptive books, which focus on a lot of rules and instructions of what to do. Vinnie doesn’t do it that way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fitness Confidential?

    I was hooked on the bonus chapter of his experience doing a 508 mile bike race.


    Have you listened to any of Vinnie Tortorich’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I didn't know who Vinnie was before I listened to this audio book. Now I'm a fan.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really appreciated the frank talk about what works and what doesn't work. He lays it out that there are no short cuts or lose weight fat schemes. It takes hard work and commitment.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe the audio book version is better than the print book because he breaks from the reading with additional material and his narration style feels so natural and real. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chesapeake beach, MD, United States 02-13-14
    Amazon Customer Chesapeake beach, MD, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow! A fitness book that works!"
    What did you love best about Fitness Confidential?

    I love the NON-Formula for success! Vinnie cuts to the chase and tells us this is not a prescriptive fitness or weight loss book. Instead, he tells the story about how he started and became NSNG guy! If anyone could convince you about saying its not a DIET but a LIFESTYLE it's Vinnie Tortorich!


    What other book might you compare Fitness Confidential to and why?

    Not comparable to my knowledge


    What does Vinnie Tortorich bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Vinnie is well known for his personal embellishments and at times diverging into tangents. All good though!! You will get additional anecdotes from Vinnie at every turn. They are great and welcome!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book will make you laugh! At times you will think to yourself... "This guys a trip". He is, and it works.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for Vinnie to come out with another! I listen to his podcast three times a week. It helps keep me motivated! I've actually lost over 60lbs listening to him and Anna on their "Morning Show" LOL

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tangledbrew 08-25-14
    Tangledbrew 08-25-14
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    "inspirational"
    Where does Fitness Confidential rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was the first audiobook I have listened to narrated by the author. I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. Vinnie is very motivating and pulled me right in from the first minute. Helps clear up all the confusion surround the "best" way to eat if you are an endurance athlete...and if you're not.


    What does Vinnie Tortorich bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His stories from his personal experiences had me laughing out loud while I was listening during my run. I could relate to many of his opinions and perspectives. Vinnie comes across as sincere; that he has a message to share.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I listened in two long runs instead!


    Any additional comments?

    Since I listened to this audiobook, I am now a loyal listener of his podcasts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Browne 07-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The cover got my attention. The audio kept it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fitness Confidential to be better than the print version?

    I love the audio version because of Vinnie's rants that interrupt his reading of it.


    What other book might you compare Fitness Confidential to and why?

    I've read a lot of fitness books prior to this one and none of them left me feeling as liberated from my own emotional/ food addiction without ever really calling it that. Vinnie's model is simple, easy to follow and you don't have to buy a bunch of books to get started. This audiobook really has changed my life. So much so that I am interrupting a jog--heart strap monitor on already--to write this review.


    What does Vinnie Tortorich bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This book and Vinnie's reading of his own words has something for everyone as it runs the full gamut of emotions. I laughed, I pondered, I identified, I felt empathy, I'm a guy so I won't say I cried.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Diets are fitness masturbation. Vinnie gives you Fitness Multiples.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook has started me down a lifestyle changing path and has opened me up to viewing fitness information as an informed consumer. I know where to spend my money now--mostly on real food, and how to avoid the diet yo-yo traps. Use your credit and get this audiobook now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 04-28-14
    Tom 04-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Eye opening and life changing!"
    Would you listen to Fitness Confidential again? Why?

    Yes! A candid look at fitness and the fitness industry. The truth about what works and why. Finally someone wrote a book that cuts through all the crap and gets real on how to get real results! Thanks Vinnie!


    What other book might you compare Fitness Confidential to and why?

    Why we get fat. And what to do about it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley E. Willard republic 09-23-13
    Wesley E. Willard republic 09-23-13
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    "Best fitness book ever."
    If you could sum up Fitness Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    Truth. Intelligent. Simple.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vinnie!


    Any additional comments?

    I have a hard copy of this book, which is fantastic. When I found out that there was an author narrated audiobook available, no questions asked I was going to get it. Vinnie is a great story teller and you "get a little something extra" via the audiobook as well. If you're on the fence about getting this, don't be, buy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • David
    Llandudno, United Kingdom
    11/26/13
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    "If you are into Sport/Triathlon/Running Get this!!"
    If you could sum up Fitness Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    I loved this book. This guy is a real person and though there is little in the way of technical advice the spirit of the man shines through, BRILLIANT!! I'm listening to it for the second time and I've only just bought it!!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesday Foster
    10/29/13
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    "So much more than merely a fitness/diet book!"

    I downloaded and listened to the audiobook over the last few days, and I have to say, I absolutely LOVED it. I went into it a bit unsure, because I thought a lot of of would be a rehash of diet/fitness info I already knew, and/or lots of discussion about training and competing in endurance sports, which isn't a great interest of mine.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find Vinnie and Dean's book was so much more than my preconceived notion of what it would be like. This book is like a big No Sugar No Grain casserole--there's a little bit of everything thrown in there, seasoned with all sorts of of personal anecdotes from Vinnie. There is diet info, exercise info, info on how to choose a gym and/or personal trainer, and how to get the best deal on gym memberships--this is handy to know. Vinnie also shares some great thoughts on strength training, which actually surprised me! As a faithful listener of the podcast, it's rare that I hear Vinnie or his guests talk much about lifting weights, so it made me very happy to hear Vinnie advocating for strength training, and the old school way--barbells and dumbbells, not the useless machines the globo gyms are all full of.

    Apart from all the useful info, Vinnie and Dean have also woven a really touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching story of Vinnie's personal trials. I won't spoil the book by getting into all that, but I will just say that this aspect of the book follows the trajectory of one of Vinnie's insane endurance events--lots of difficult uphills and downhills, triumphant moments as well as a lot of moments that were anything but. I really admire Vinnie's indomitable spirit and his tenacious nature, and of course his great outlook on himself and life in general. What a dude!

    The only critical thing I have to say, which isn't so critical, is that as a podcast listener, I had a hard time getting into the audiobook initially because I kept expecting/hoping Anna Vocino would pop up and join the conversation! Haha!

    Great book, and I'll definitely recommend it to anyone, whether they think they're interested in this stuff or not. It's entertaining, educational, and a marvellous story as well. Well done, Vinnie and Dean!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C. Walker-Morrison
    Yorkshire, UK
    12/8/13
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    "Great book, inspiring history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, The enthusiasm and common sense to what Vinnie is describing gives a confident feeling to embracing that energy inside.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Vinnie's personal approach to the book, he didn't try to use other sources to fill up his book, it's all first hand material.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh mostly, crying? no!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zakkiwakki
    London UK
    12/17/14
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    "Funny and informative"

    I wasn't expecting quite the listen that I got. I've listened to a few fitness books and they all go in to great detail about the science of nutrition and exercise. This book doesn't. It does tell you all you need to know, wrapped up in funny and entertaining anecdotes. It's well worth a listen even if you're not into fitness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casa
    12/17/14
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    "biggest waste of time"

    it was terrible. the word fitness should not be in the title. waste of time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    Paisley, United Kingdom
    8/19/14
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    "Provides a great insight and some good tips"
    What did you like most about Fitness Confidential?

    It provides some great advice and tips while also being engaging and entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    I had no idea who Vinnie was or what he did and took a chance in downloading this book. it ticked all the boxes, informative, interesting, engaging and funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    5/13/14
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    "Entertaining and worth a listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it gives a useful insigt into the authors journey


    Would you recommend Fitness Confidential to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they wanted a fitness book with a different slant then yes!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Vinnie Tortorich?

    Yes.


    Was Fitness Confidential worth the listening time?

    Yes it was worth listening to..


    Any additional comments?

    A different slant on a fitness book which kept me entertained and the underlying message with regard to Carbs etc.. has some good real foundation currently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    5/9/14
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    "grows on you"
    Where does Fitness Confidential rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first I thought it would be wacky American but Vinnie conversationalist style grows on you and I really enjoyed


    Have you listened to any of Vinnie Tortorich’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no other audio books listed


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    too long for that but listened every opportunity I got


    Any additional comments?

    Would like another book by him

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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