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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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    Scottiiee665 Melbourne, FL, United States 11-11-13
    Scottiiee665 Melbourne, FL, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Its a good listen despite being totally misleading"
    What would have made Fitness Confidential better?

    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


    How could the performance have been better?

    The author tries on many occasions to make the narration sound spontaneous with little anecdotes. It doesn't work. Bad Idea.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fitness Confidential?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good listen despite being totally misleading about the content.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Juliana Beuel, Germany 10-15-13
    Juliana Beuel, Germany 10-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for me unluckily, nothing new, too much story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A more fundamented concept. He brings the same already known protein + fat based diet that tones of authors did and honestly there are better books if you want to follow an Atkins style diet (Atkins itself or TNT...). By the way, Atkins himself died of a heart attack, not a good sign.I don't believe the "diet" - or eating style - he proposes is good for everyone I personally tried it several times before reading his book and lost weight in the first 2 weeks only, then the body seemed to adapt and keep the weight. Besides, my skin was extremely oily and I looked older and tired and I literally felt dirty inside. The advice for exercises is also not new, it basically says you get out from it what you put into it.


    What could Vinnie Tortorich have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe I'm just the wrong target since I study nutrition and have read several books on the topic. But anyways, less story and more concept and more practical advice would have been good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular, although he has nice stories, I bought the book looking for a different content.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Vinnie is a funny guy with nice stories to tell. It'sjust not what I was expecting.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Waipahu, HI, United States 11-26-13
    Frank Waipahu, HI, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Vinnie's story"
    What disappointed you about Fitness Confidential?

    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.


    Has Fitness Confidential turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No just his future books!


    What didn’t you like about Vinnie Tortorich’s performance?

    Vinnie thinks he is a comedian so he continually broke script from his written books to crack unfunny jokes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that I wasted money on the book and Vinnie profited from it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a penny on the audio.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Kartchner 01-26-15
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    "One of the best fitness books ever read!"

    Great book to get inside the life of personal trainers.....and I especially loved the part that broke down how fitness clubs and mega gyms run.....very inspirational!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Kowalski 01-20-15
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    "Awesome Book"
    If you could sum up Fitness Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, Educational, Entertaining


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

    Having Vinnie read the book gives additional interest and authenticity to the material. The tone of his voice and emotion that comes through take the content to a whole new level.


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

    I absolutely wanted to listen to this book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Vinnie adds a great deal of additional anecdotal content to the audio book that you wouldn't get from the print edition. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in being entertained, enlightened and informed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jillian416 01-19-15
    Jillian416 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book!"

    I am so motivated after reading this book! Loved it!! Vinnie has lived a hard life but was able to find motivation in everything. Even using some of that negativity to fuel him to cross the finish line of the furnace creek 508. So inspired!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Isabel Torres-Baez 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome mix of fitness and a great story"

    I really enjoyed this book
    Have been listening to the podcast for some time so this was great
    Keep it up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Medardo Orellana 01-11-15
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    "Grains and sugar"

    All you need to know about this book is grains and sugar. That's his main point the first few chapters and then the rest is his life story. He tries to disprove the calories out/calories in saying but all he does is support it. If you don't eat sugar or grains, you will be eating a less calories because protein, fat, veggies, and fruit will make you feel full and satisfied. That in turn makes you lose weight. I don't like how he bashed the calorie in/calories out concept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    selen 01-10-15
    selen 01-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally audio book isn't a book read out loud"

    Really cool book which is a memoir of a personal trainer. Funny, engaging, informative. Great story telling and narrations. But the best part was the digressions between the story. And the little bit extra ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nada 12-31-14
    Nada 12-31-14
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    "Amazing story"

    Easy listen. Author is funny and it is a great story that puts things in perspective. I will listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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