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
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
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.
Any Actual fitness or diet advice would have been nice. No Sugar No Grains, Lift free weights... That's IT !
Two of the 4 Covers major selling points DON'T EXIST in the book
NO Fitness Advice.
His store does inspire.
No Dirt, other than he hates all but private gyms and all trainers other than himself can't be trusted and are incompetent out only for money.
And it is very confidential. He keeps all the useful information to himself
The author tries on many occasions to make the narration sound spontaneous with little anecdotes. It doesn't work. Bad Idea.
Tell the Truth.
Its your standard Sports biography all about his life and how great he is. Standard " I was born in a log cabin" stuff and I did it all myself except for the help from some of the Top Doctors and endurance athletes Blah blah.
Its a good listen despite being totally misleading about the content.
Truth. Intelligent. Simple.
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.
Yes, great story and very funny
all of it
his real world view of things
Whats wrong with America
Yes. To start with there are a lot of extra bonuses on the Audio When I first saw that the book was written by the author I had my doubts because I've listen to books that were read by their authors before and even though they are great authors their reading leaves a lot to be desired. I checked out Vinnie podcast to get an idea on how he sounded then got the audible. He does a good job with his book and I really like the way he goes on a tangent every now and then it adds to the book.
Vinnie battle with cancer
He brings a lot of extra details to the book there is also a bonus at the end
I highly recommend this book and the podcast they are inspiring
This book was more about Vinnie then fitness. He talks about his young life, being in football, being a fitness instructor, sex with customers, cancer, his bike races etc.
What little fitness he discusses items such as this: calories in does not equal calories out. A clear violation of thermodynamics. Do not eat grains or sugar but all the bacon and fat you want (a modified Atkin's diet) which is unhealthy in the long run.
No just his future books!
Vinnie thinks he is a comedian so he continually broke script from his written books to crack unfunny jokes.
Disappointment that I wasted money on the book and Vinnie profited from it.
Don't waste a penny on the audio.
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.
I would compare it to a mix between Finding Ultra by Rich Roll and Kitchen Confidential, but much better
I love his true southern Louisiana accent in addition to his occasional off text rants.
It made me feel every emotion from inspired to laughter to tears.
A must buy!
this is a very entertaining book, shedding light on diet, nutrition, and exercise plus a great story about overcoming disease and perseverence. Vinnie is a great presenter of his book - well read.
Vinnie Tortorich, author and narrator.
Nothing I have read or listened to, perhaps an autobiography as this is more about his life than a fitness manual.
I can't pick a favourite, I really liked a lot of the interesting stories he told.
It is a true gem - I loved it!
It was great to hear Vinnie tell his story in his own words - and go off the page at times. This audiobook is literally like listening to Vinnie have a conversation with someone.
Even if you own the book, you need to get this audiobook! I can not say enough about this man or how much of an impact he has on people. Buy it, share it, listen to it over and over. You won't be sorry!
"Great book, inspiring history"
Yes, The enthusiasm and common sense to what Vinnie is describing gives a confident feeling to embracing that energy inside.
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.
Laugh mostly, crying? no!
"If you are into Sport/Triathlon/Running Get this!!"
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!!
"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!
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