Christmas Come Early: The 4-Hour Body

I didn’t realize that when you pre-order a book set to release on December 14 the book arrives at your door on December 14.  I figured Barnes & Noble would get it on the 14th, and I’d be lucky to get my copy before I leave town for the holidays.  I was wrong.

The 4-Hour Body Cover

I ordered a copy of Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Body a couple months back when it went on pre-order.  Unlike many fitness books I own (and I do own a fair few), this one is not written by one of my treasured fitness gurus (Eric Cressey, John Berardi, Chad Waterbury, etc).  The 4-Hour Body is written by a guy who got famous writing The 4-Hour Workweek, which is completely unrelated to exercise.  It’s a self-improvement-book-on-steroids about hacking your lifestyle to make you more productive in less time.  The 4 Hour Workweek was pretty good.  Really good in fact.  So I started following Ferriss’s blog.  Turns out that, in addition to productivity-boosting life-hacking, he’s into fitness in a big way.  Be still my heart.

So that brings us back to the new book, which claims to be a guide to “rapid fat loss, incredible sex, and becoming superhuman.”  So far so good.  I’m skeptical if he can deliver on all of these claims.  His evidence is mostly anecdotal and based on his own self-experimentation, but he does show some pretty good results:

Tim Ferriss Bulking

Not bad for 4 hours of total training time

I’m already pretty familiar with Ferriss’s philosophy on fat loss (low carb) and muscle gain (classic High Intensity Training in the Arthur Jones school).  Although I am curious to see what sorts of new spin he puts on these topics (beyond what’s on his blog), I’m really interested in the more exotic stuff.  There are chapters on running faster, farther (ultra-marathon length), holding your breath, sex, steroids and even stem cell transplants for injury recovery.  It’s an incredibly wide range of physical topics.

That’s a lot of words for a book I haven’t even read.  Rest assured, I will (as quickly as possible).  Stay tuned for a full report, or pick up your own copy.