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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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    Dee South MS 05-25-14
    Dee South MS 05-25-14 Member Since 2004

    bookie

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    "Don't Waste a Credit on This One"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is another snake oil diet book. He says that is a 'lifestyle' change but it is really the Atkins regurgitated.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Cannot stomach another chapter. Getting my credit back on this trash.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Vinnie Tortorich’s performances?

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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

    Anger and disappointment. Disappointment at this "author" for putting down everyone who has put in the study time, effort and observation but who have different opinions that this "expert".


    Any additional comments?

    The first chapter of this book caught my attention - diets do not work. So right. I thought this would be the book that changes the way of thinking of the American public. But as I continued listening to him trash other fitness experts and fitness equipment it is obvious that he is only in this for the money even though he says this is not his motive.

    This book is the Atkins Diet and nothing more. This guy sounds like a caveman with a mouth full of dinosaur meat and a big drumstick in his fat fist. And either he has a speech impediment or he sounds like the typical guy who has taken way too many steroids. You all know that voice, we hear them on tv all the time.

    Yes, I too, am a health care professional. Interestingly enough I have many clients who are of a healthy weight and bmi but whose cholesterol and triglycerides are out of control even though they pay close attention to everything that goes into their mouths. This brings about the question, is it better to be thin and fat or fat and fit?

    I could go on and on but do not care to spend any more time on this book. It is a ridiculous piece of dribble obviously meant to gain a cult following for a guy who is an Adonis in his own mind and has a very large ego. He should revisit all of his theories when he passes middle age and his arteries are clogged from so much animal fat that he can't get off of his couch. The only other thing that would be even better is that he change into a middle aged, post menopausal woman. Better yet, his middle aged, post menopausal wife will have to bring his statin drugs to the bed because his arthitis is so bad that he cannot get out of his hospital bed unaided.

    This book just is not worth the effort after the first chapter. He is right about one thing - diets do not help and whatever eating plan you choose, you will have to maintain it for the rest of your life. It's that simple and it's that hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 05-11-14
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 05-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Better for beginner health/fitness interests"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The book was a bit all over the place. The guy Vinnie is obviously a great dude. I'd recommend this book for novices to health and fitness.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There was no real ending really, since there was no continuing story line. It was multiple little stories all tied in together.


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

    He does some personal commentary that's not in the book. He seems to have a lot to say, and would probably be really good to talk to 1-1. But for the book style it can kind of be a bit off topic at times.


    Could you see Fitness Confidential being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see it being a great TV reality series with Vinnie training a variety of people from complete novice to amateur athlete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea 04-28-14
    Andrea 04-28-14
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    "Simple, effective fitness advice + entertainment!"
    Where does Fitness Confidential rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fitness Confidential?

    The part about his childhood


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The cancer story


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended - the audio gives some hilarious and insightful bonuses. Well-written, well-read book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Church NC United States 04-25-14
    R. Church NC United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Hoot!"
    If you could sum up Fitness Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    No Sugar Grains


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

    none, its totally unique


    Have you listened to any of Vinnie Tortorich’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    only his podcast, check it out


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    made me want to ride my bike and get fit


    Any additional comments?

    great story teller, inspiring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 04-17-14
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2000

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Terrible writing, Terrible reading."

    1) Terribly Written. The author just plain cannot write.
    2) Terribly Read. The author/narrator will not stay on script. He ad libs useless, off topic, uninteresting information as he goes along.

    Does he have wisdom to pass along? Most people will never find out because of the terrible delivery of the information. Go find a different book to learn about fitness and health.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    witt 04-14-14
    witt 04-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Highly recommend"
    What made the experience of listening to Fitness Confidential the most enjoyable?

    I loved it. Inspiring and motivating to change your eating and exercise habits, and there was an additional twist which I found just as interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Have you listened to any of Vinnie Tortorich’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leta IA, United States 03-21-14
    Leta IA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2011

    Love books. Hate to read. Audible is my friend!

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    "Interesting Message. Real Results. Awesome Guy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already have! If for no other reason it's an interesting read. But I have adopted what Vinnie is saying & I feel amazing!


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

    None I've found. Vinnie tends to go off the book from time to time & it's cool. You feel like he's talking with YOU and not reading to you like a 1st grader on a carpet in the library.


    Have you listened to any of Vinnie Tortorich’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I began listening to his podcast AFTER the book. He is very passionate & consistent with his message.


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

    Yep! At 1.5x speed, then find a podcast to learn more.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never met Vinnie, but his voice & attitude are uniquely genuine. GET THIS BOOK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Cape Town, South Africa 02-22-14
    John Cape Town, South Africa 02-22-14
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    "Very entertaining"
    Where does Fitness Confidential rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is right up there with other books i've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fitness Confidential?

    Love vinnes recollection of beating cancer and taking on the 508


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an honest view of the fitness industry today

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary mesachie lake bc, BC, Canada 02-14-14
    mary mesachie lake bc, BC, Canada 02-14-14
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    "entertaining book about the author's experience"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Vinnie Tortorich? Why or why not?

    If I am in the mood to be entertained rather than taught, yes.


    Which character – as performed by Vinnie Tortorich – was your favorite?

    Himself.


    Do you think Fitness Confidential needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lucille Ball CA 01-25-14
    Lucille Ball CA 01-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "So entertaining and interesting"
    Where does Fitness Confidential rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


    What about Vinnie Tortorich’s performance did you like?

    HIs accent is charming. I just love the way he talks.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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