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Fitness Confidential Audiobook

Fitness Confidential

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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 Member Since 2016
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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!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 10-03-15
    Kevin 10-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "More about the author's life and not advice."

    This is an autobiography. The actual nutrition and fitness advice is lacking severely.
    In summary:
    1. Cut back on sugar
    2. Cut back on grains and breads
    3. If you want to massage women's breast implants then become a personal trainer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 10-20-14
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "BEST. FITNESS. BOOK. EVER."

    Best fitness book ever - and the audio gives extras. This is the beauty of self-publishing. Also, I like the fact that the "ghost" writer gets credit up front and center. That is as it should be. (The publishers wanted cuts or changes. True to self, Vin said "No thanks, I'll do it my way" - well he actually probably through a cuss word or two in there, but you get the ist.)

    No holding back honesty. I needed this kick in the but and hope I remember to plug in to the podcast.

    2 of 2 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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    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 9 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Shaye 05-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best suited for someone new to fitness"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I purchased the audio Fitness Confidential based on the recommendation of the Adam Carolla podcast. I have never listed-to Mr. Tortorich's podcast.


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

    It follows roughly the same format as Fat-Burning Man by Abel James with respect to dietary recommendations and reviewing the evolution of the processed food industry.


    Any additional comments?

    Fitness Confidential is best suited to one completely new to fitness. If you are presently active and looking to level-up your routine this is likely not the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lorib 08-25-14
    lorib 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.

    3 of 4 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
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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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  • 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
  • T. Foster
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    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
  • Lee Randle
    7/18/15
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    "Unimpressed"

    Was very disappointed. was poorly Written and the narrator was difficult to listen to. What little information there was was just repeated over and over

    1 of 1 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
  • Liz
    8/23/16
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    "Wow I love this book. What a guy!"

    This book has everything. A guide to getting off the couch, inspiration for giving up sugar and grain, a legendary fight against leukaemia (which makes you laugh and cry), nauseous inducing procedures without anaesthetic (3 times), extreme fitness (without being a shouty idiot about it), extreme bonkers ultra fitness, a big up of Amy Dodson (what a woman) which makes you realise everything is possible and a sneaky peek at a love story (yeah I noticed). Get the audiobook because Vinnie Tortorich has such a great voice, gravelly Italian from Louisiana - really special. Also there is loads of extra stuff. Wish he read all the audiobooks. And he gives the best advice - don't buy fitness crap, it is overpriced and will gather dust - just get a 3$ skipping rope. Never a truer sentence spoken.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    5/24/16
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    "Loved this book and now a convert (most of the time)"

    First book concerning food that really clicked with me and converted over and noticed massive difference in mood/state of mind/weight. Still have occasionally treats but easy to stick to. Check out his podcasts as well if you enjoy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RealMJfan
    5/5/16
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    "Enjoyable book."

    If like me you are an Americas Angriest Trainer podcast listener and haven't yet bought the book because you think you know everything about Vinnie, then you will be pleasantly surprised to find there's much more to learn. You have to get it!
    The book is funny, exciting and will even bring you to tears, if you have an heart.

    If your new to Nsng or Vinnie then I think this is a great way to get to know Vinnie and what he's all about.

    Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • webmeister
    4/28/16
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    "Not another prescriptive book, thankfully"

    Like Bourdain's kitchen confidential this gives you a behind as well as in front of the scenes look at fitness industry, a personal story and some sage advice for everyone who owns a body!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Spencer
    3/12/16
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    "Vinnie always gives you something extra"

    I read Fitness Confidential about 18 months ago and it took me on my journey to find the truth. Since then, I've learned lot about my health and wellbeing and it all stemmed from this book.

    Listening to it from the mouth of Vinnie was a joy. If you are familiar with the Angriest Trainer Podcast then you will know his style and delivery is pretty engaging.

    I won't spoil the book by telling you the story, Vinnie will do a much better job, but you get something extra in this audio book. Most chapters have a reference story where Vinnie goes off the page to describe his point with a story, this is gold. Also the end has a follow on interview with the co-author Dean Lorey. Again this is something extra.

    Cheers Vinnie, great to hear the story again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Jensen
    Brighton UK
    10/20/15
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    "Surprising, enjoyable and encouraging"

    I didn't really know what to expect. I liked the cover and something just called out to me as a middled aged bloke interested in fitness but not fit enough. Enjoyed the personal story and challenging rally cries about getting fit. Didn't expect the illness or the ultra cycling tales but that's what I enjoyed the most. An encouraging book which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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