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
This is another snake oil diet book. He says that is a 'lifestyle' change but it is really the Atkins regurgitated.
Cannot stomach another chapter. Getting my credit back on this trash.
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".
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.
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.
There was no real ending really, since there was no continuing story line. It was multiple little stories all tied in together.
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.
I could see it being a great TV reality series with Vinnie training a variety of people from complete novice to amateur athlete.
The part about his childhood
The cancer story
Highly recommended - the audio gives some hilarious and insightful bonuses. Well-written, well-read book.
No Sugar Grains
none, its totally unique
only his podcast, check it out
made me want to ride my bike and get fit
great story teller, inspiring
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
Love books. Hate to read. Audible is my friend!
Already have! If for no other reason it's an interesting read. But I have adopted what Vinnie is saying & I feel amazing!
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.
I began listening to his podcast AFTER the book. He is very passionate & consistent with his message.
Yep! At 1.5x speed, then find a podcast to learn more.
I've never met Vinnie, but his voice & attitude are uniquely genuine. GET THIS BOOK.
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 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 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.
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