The first book by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady - the five-time Super Bowl champion who is still reaching unimaginable heights of excellence at 39 years old - a deeply practical "athlete's bible" that reveals Brady's revolutionary approach to sustained peak performance for athletes of all kinds and all ages.
In modern sports, some athletes have managed to transcend their competition in a way that no one will ever forget: Jordan. Jeter. Ali. Williams. These elite legends have changed the game, achieved the unthinkable, and pushed their bodies to unbelievable limits. Joining their exclusive ranks is Tom Brady.
"Brady is the healthiest great champion the NFL has ever had, both physically and mentally" (Sally Jenkins, The Washington Post). The longtime New England Patriots quarterback, who in 2017 achieved his fifth Super Bowl win and fourth Super Bowl MVP award, is widely regarded as an athlete whose training and determination pushed him from a mediocre draft position to the most revered and respected professional football player of his generation.
In The TB12 Method, Tom Brady explains how he developed his groundbreaking approach to long-term fitness, presenting a comprehensive step-by-step guide to his personal practice. Brady offers the principles behind pliability, which is at the heart of a new paradigm shift and movement toward a more natural, healthier way of exercising, training, and living - and one that challenges some commonly held assumptions around health and wellness. Filled with lessons learned from Brady's own peak performance training and step-by-step action steps to help listeners develop and maintain their own peak performance, The TB12 Method also advocates for more effective approaches to strength training, hydration, nutrition, supplementation, cognitive fitness, recovery, and other lifestyle choices that dramatically decrease the risk of injury while amplifying and extending performance as well as quality of life.
After using his methods for over a decade, Brady believes that the TB12 approach has made him - and can make any athlete, male or female, in any sport and at any level - achieve his own peak performance. With instructions, drills, and in-depth case studies that Brady himself has used as well as personal anecdotes and experiences from on and off the field, The TB12 Method is the only book an athlete will ever need, a playbook from Brady himself that will change the game.
There have been a number of negative reviews about this book (i.e. ghost written, lack of science, personal commercial for TB12 products). I am the father of pro athletes and was involved in coaching. I bought the book because I am interested in what makes great athletes i.e.Tom Brady tick. The book did not disappoint.
Brady seems to be off the charts in everything he does. The water he uses to hydrate, the food he uses for fuel, the special pajamas he sleeps in, and of coarse, his pliability workouts. While he pushes TB12 products in the book, he does not say you need to follow his workout or use his products or eat exactly what he eats. He does lay out, in simple language and in an easy to follow pdf, basics that you can follow using equipment and foam rollers available at most gyms or at a low cost. The same basics he has used over the years to accomplish what he has achieved as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL.
I decided to put theory to the test and follow the TB12 method for a month, to see what would happen. I was not as strict as Brady in what I did. For example I did not come close to his discipline in what I ate, My pliability routine was foam rollers vs. deep massage, I substituted a run and a personal workout for his bands, did not spend the 4 hours a day in the gym that he spends in the off season and no special pajamas. Result 4 weeks later: eliminated nagging back, shoulder and knee pain I was having, dropped 8 pounds, feel healthier and more alert. My average 5k run training speed (I'm still pretty slow) increased by 20%. I intend to reread several chapters in the book and add some of the things Brady recommended that I didn't implement over the test month.
A lot of Brady's regimen is not new. What he does do in this book is put everything together in an easy to read manual. I gave it a 5 star rating and have to say thanks to Brady for publishing this book, ghost written or not. Books like this, from athletes who have walked the walk, are hard to find, It definitely has the potential to be a life/training changer.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The TB12 Method again? Why?
To find the PDF, go into your Library (via the web) and next to the title, there will be a 'PDF' link. For further instructions, do a quick google search 'audible pdf download'. I saw everyone was having trouble finding it so I'm using my review to help :) love the book.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I started this book about 9 months after a back surgery with the hopes of conditioning my body to prevent the practices and habits that caused my body to break down in the first place. I am going to commit to tb12 pliability approach to facilitate an active pain free life. So far it is working albeit I’m a bit sore as I condition my muscles to be more pliable but it is nothing like the discomfort associated with my earlier back problems.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is his plan for winning. It may work for you, it may not. Definitely cherry picking a thing or two from it. Enjoy.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Where do I get the pdf they speak about? The audio book was great but the illustrations are necessary.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
The book covers the training / nutritional approaches of a top athlete to sustain his performance into his 40's... The scientific content isn't groundbreaking (or entirely accurate) and much of the book seems more like a sales pitch for a new TB12 training facility, program, and supplement line. I suspect Tom had little to do with the content. The book is ideal for those interested in learning Tom's approach to training / longevity in the NFL. Most exercise and medical professionals won't take much from this book, other than reaffirming current trends in training / nutrition.
13 of 17 people found this review helpful
Solid advice on a performance centered holistic lifestyle.
For people who are even somewhat into health and wellness, I don't think you'll find too many of the concepts in this book to be earth shattering. (Drink plenty of water, ingest protein for healthy muscles, try not to Veggies instead of eat junk food, etc) That being said, I think there is enough solid information in this book to provide a great foundation for understanding the concepts that he uses to achieve his desired health/wellness and performance goals. The book definitely doesn't skimp on details as all the equipment, products, supplies and procedures are laid out in easy to understand ways.
Being a healthcare practitioner myself, I think some of the claims in the book are scientifically off-base. Tom claims that he doesn't get sunburned due to his hydration levels . I don't think you'll find a dermatologist in the world who would say that being well hydrated will stop you from getting sunburned. Early in the book it says the primary function of muscles is to protect bones. Again, sorry, that's just wrong. While that may be a side benefit, the primary function of muscles is to move joints and keep us up right. I don't think any concepts in the book are inherently dangerous but eliminating some of the "out there" type claims and citing some peer-reviewed research would definitely help their cause.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book really just felt like a big advertisement for his product line. I was a little disappointed.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I'm impressed - that I made it half way through this book. Wish I could have those hours of my life back. Overly redundant about pliability, which can mainly be accomplished with the assistance of a TB12 certified blah, blah, blah. What a disappointment.
14 of 20 people found this review helpful
Yes the book is motivating... Until you reach the "Pliability" exercise... Then it is all downhill from there. Thanks Tom, but this book has a very limited audience... and feel your book is over hyped. Sorry. But I am still a TB fan.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful