Audie Award Finalist, Personal Development, 2013
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.
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!
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, because it has extras on the Audiobook
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.
I had to listen to this several times because it is a very good book. Thanks Vinnie.
This book is right up there with other books i've listened to.
Love vinnes recollection of beating cancer and taking on the 508
This book is an honest view of the fitness industry today
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.
I was hooked on the bonus chapter of his experience doing a 508 mile bike race.
I didn't know who Vinnie was before I listened to this audio book. Now I'm a fan.
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.
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.
I enjoyed listening to the book, although it was not so much a teaching manual as a glimpse into a dedicated athlete/trainer's life. Although I kept waiting for more suggestions in how to keep fit, I found myself mesmerized by his life experience and the interesting way he related it. Perhaps I have absorbed motivating tips without realizing it.
If I am in the mood to be entertained rather than taught, yes.
Yes. If he could give me more specific ideas for exercises, how to avoid injuries and workouts to do in my own home, I'd have a look at it. The gym is too far away to be practical and a trainer is too expensive, so I need something that will work for me at home.
I greatly admire Vinnie's stamina and determination. Hearing how he tries so hard is motivating and hearing his reading is authentic. I liked hearing the writer at the end as well. Maybe I should give it four stars, yeah, I'm going to change that. You know what? Historical author Barbara Tuchman has a sign over her desk that states: "Does the reader want to turn the page?" I wanted to "turn the page" on this book.
If he wrote another book and put more fitness tips in it I'd probably buy it.
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!
Not comparable to my knowledge
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!
This book will make you laugh! At times you will think to yourself... "This guys a trip". He is, and it works.
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
I finished listening to this audiobook in just 3 days. Every spare moment was spent pressing play on my iphone. I just couldn't put it down.
It's hard to compare it, because like Vinnie says, it's part memoir, part fitness and diet, and part cancer and life lessons. Just a big, wonderful mix.
HIs accent is charming. I just love the way he talks.
It's not a quick fix health book, nor does it pretend to be. I think of it as a great starting point to learn more about his no sugar, no grain brand. After I finished the audiobook I jumped right into listening to his podcasts. Just as entertaining and informative.
Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.
Vinnie! This guy is the real deal. He is entertaining, goes off on little rants "which is hilarious", and doesn't wine about his childhood. He tells it like it is and does a great job about it.
It made me laugh all the way.
I really hope he writes another one. This guy is great. He gives you his opinion and how he see's it. I have been into fitness since age 16 (I am 34 now) and have experienced much of what he tells you over and over again. I kept finding myself nodding in agreeance, which I might add kind of looks weird when you are in a crowd.
"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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