I wrote this book review for Obstacle Race Magazine.
Rewind back to 2010 when a friend introduced me to a book called The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. The title of the book sounded appealing to him however after a few pages, he dismissed it and gave it me. I loved it so much, I got hooked on the Tim Ferris way of life and bought The 4 Hour Body.
I have read the whole book about 3 times now and am constantly learning new things. I have recommended it to countless friends and all of them that have chosen to follow his advice and have had phenomenal results!
The main approach that Tim advises is MED – Minimal Effective Dose. This is the minimum amount of input or effort required to gain the maximum results. It all sounds fantastic at first however in reality his approaches and methods can be unconventional and this where the majority of people can fall off the band wagon.
The chapters of the book that are relevant to OCR are:
- How to gain muscle in 28 days
- How to reduce body fat rapidly and keep it from returning
- How to go from running 5k to 50k in only 12 weeks
- And how to prevent injury, otherwise known as Pre-Habiliation and how to reverse injuries.
These subjects are the tip of the iceberg, and he covers so much more in the book!
It sounds all well and good reading through the information, however putting it into practise can be tricky as the majority (maybe all!) of his methods are not commonly practised.
I can tell you now, I have experimented with 8 major methods that Tim Ferriss has recommended and all have given instant, significant and long term results!!! A few of my friends who have also tried his methods have all had the same results so it is not a coincidence.
I love The 4 Hour Body Book because you can pick it up, read a few pages, digest what he says and then move on. In fact, he actually recommends to not read it from cover to cover but pick what you would like to concentrate on most.
If you are open minded and feel truly dedicated to achieving the results you dream of then this is certainly the book to introduce into your life.
Tim speaks of a moment called The Harajuku Moment….. “it’s an epiphany that turns a nice-to-have into a must-have,” that real, true, lightening bolt moment when you make the decision to become a better human. For me this meant fulfilling all the fitness and body goals that I had forever promised myself but never got round to.
For years I have always wanted to be able to run, I have always been fit but at aged 29 I could not even run 1 mile without my knees becoming burning balls of fire and my lungs and heart feeling like they were going to explode. My 30th birthday was my ‘Harajuku Moment’, I wanted to be able to run up mountains and in the countryside and actually enjoy it. Welcome Tim Feriss’ Chapter on running 5k to 50k in 12 weeks. My journey began and 2 years on, I am running marathon distances, taking part in ‘death races,’ and I have never been so fit and lean than I am now in my early thirties. I almost wish I could have read the book sooner, however I hadn’t had my Harajuku Moment.
Life is good and I owe pretty much all of it to Tim Ferris and The 4 Hour Body Book. Without it, I would not have started running, I would not have started taking part in OCR and I would not have entered into this incredible community and even more, this incredible way of life and thinking.
Tim’s straight talking approach, his self-experimentation, strong research and humour will keep you going back for more! It could be one of the best books you ever read.
Take the plunge, be open minded, experiment, fulfil your dreams and aspirations and become part of The 4 Hour Body Revolution!
(and by the way, I would always recommend the paper version over the iBook, Kindle or audio version, as you can easily flick through the pages and decide what to read, plus you can highlight and make notes on the pages – oh dear, perhaps I’ve given proof that I am a complete and utter 4 Hour Body geek…..)