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
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!
Why we get fat. And what to do about 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
None in particular, although he has nice stories, I bought the book looking for a different content.
Vinnie is a funny guy with nice stories to tell. It'sjust not what I was expecting.
Considering he wrote the book, it's baffling how poorly he read it. I'm not talking about his speech impediment - which he seems to think he doesn't have anymore. I'm taking about the delivery; especially of conversations he's supposed to be re-telling but sound like he's reading them for the first time.
There was way too much auto-biography, which is not what I'm looking for.
The "lagniappe" was still more of the same.
I wish he had taken the advice: "cut it in half and make it a prescriptive."
Or at least take your own advice, Vinnie, and cut the crap.
If you want his memoir, this is it.
If you want fitness and health advice, it's summarized other readers' reviews.
Speaking of reviews, I'm highly suspicious of those that are raving about this book as being "Awesome" or the "Best Book Ever" and those overstating how much valuable information is in here.
I've never listen to a book that instantly makes you wanna jump up and just start moving. Listen to whole book while plugging away on the mountain bike. Great story told by Vinnie.
"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!
"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.
"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.
Vinnie does a great job bringing the book to life and goes off on some funny tangents while reading the book.
"A stone cold monster of a book"
This was a joy to read and love the book having been a fan of Vinnie for some time and loving his podcast it was great to see that he had a book out and it was a no brainier to get the book. I would listen to it on my many walks and loved it. The best way that I can describe the book is its like 4 great books in one and has some very funny and touching moments there too. I would without reservation recommend the book. Vinnie is a joy you will not be disappointed👍
"A wake up call"
No sugar, no grain. Going to make this a part of my life now and also at least take an ounce of the inspiration of this audiobook.
Listened to this whilst on holiday which is outside of my daily routine. It has woken me up to push harder and to push a healthier lifestyle, for myself, wife and family.
"Vinnie for President!"
wonderful insightful story, motivational gold dust and not to mention Vinnie is just a wonderful chap. I cannot recommend this enough!
"Vinnie is THE MAN"
Part fitness / diet book, part autobiography, part an insight into Beverly Hills lifestyle, all delivered with a healthy amount of humor. Vinnie's cosa nostra like accent and breaking out of the book to tell side stories is a real bonus.
This audiobook was amazing and inspiring Vinnie you have help me push on though my own illness and want to achieve great things keep up the hard work and can't wait for you to release another book. If i lived in the US. I would definitely want you as my trainer
Fun and informative. Loved Vinnie's natural narration and a fascinating journey. Also impressed with his professional integrity that shines through.
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