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Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts
You have an owner’s manual for your car, your stereo and even your blender, so why not your body? The Fighter's Body is exactly that, an owner's manual for your body, the most complex piece of equipment you will ever own.
As a martial artist, you have special needs. Have you ever wondered how that latest fad diet might affect your performance on the mat? Ever wanted to take off a few extra pounds? How about putting on muscle without slowing down? Make weight for a tournament? Lose 5 pounds fast? Eat better? Change weight classes? Confused about supplements, vitamins and protein shakes? Can't make sense of the food pyramid? Don't know where to start?
Start here. Author Loren Christensen and personal trainer Wim Demeere combine their knowledge of martial arts, weight training, nutrition, diet and exercise to answer your questions and put you on the road to becoming the best martial arts athlete you can be.
This book will answer your questions about important topics including:
• Why some diets are harmful for martial artists
• How to calculate your protein needs for training
• When and how to use supplements
• How to eat at fast food places and not ruin your diet
• Why it's okay to splurge on "Dirt Day"
• How to safely make weight for a fight or tournament
• Why HIIT training is essential to weight loss
• What to eat on competition days
• How to create a plan that works and stick to it
Other books by Loren W. Christensen:
The Fighter's Body: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts
The Fighter's Fact Book
The Fighter's Fact Book 2: Street Fighting Essentials
Solo Training: The Marital Artist's Guide to Training Alone
Solo Training 2
Timing in the Fighting Arts
Street Stoppers: The Martial Arts Most Devastating Trips Sweeps and Throws for Real Fighting
How to Fight the Pain Resistant Attacker
Total Defense - Grappling and Striking Defenses Against Common Street Attacks
Fight Back - A Woman's Guide to Self-defense that Works
Self-defense Against a Dog Attack e-book
Timing in the Fighting Arts book
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Midwest Book Review
Expert martial artists Loren W. Christensen and Wim Demeere collaborate in The Fighter's Body: An Owner's Manual, a straightforward guide to diet, nutrition, exercise, and pursuing health in order to improve one's overall quality of life in general and optimum condition for the practice of martial arts in particular. A range of thematically appropriate issues is covered including diets to avoid, staying hydrated, forming a balanced eating plan, solid strategies to follow when either losing or gaining weight, long-term health strategies and more comprise this "user friendly" self-improvement guide which is especially commended to the attention of all martial arts students and practitioners.
Mgarr Shotokan Karate Club, Malta
In today's fast-paced world where people zip from job to job, deal with children, do housework and make time to train it is often the case that proper nourishment is neglected. "The Fighter's Body" is a guide to proper maintenance of the beautiful machine that is the human body without getting bogged down in the science behind it all. The book starts with a short chapter about myths and lies commonly taken as the truth. This is good as the reader is encouraged to dispel any misconceptions before proceeding. Hence the rest of the book can be enjoyed with an open mind without fear of external "voices of experience" interfering. A strong emphasis is made on the fact that everybody's body is different and that there is no single formula which will work for all. Some people put on weight very rapidly whilst some others never seem to do so at all. In a sense this emphasis also serves as a good reminder that the book itself is to be used as a guideline rather than be taken as the absolute truth. A thought mentioned in a number of sections is that you only get one body - take care of it and use it wisely. Being primarily a book about nutrition it contains a number of chapters concerning food. What to eat, what not to eat as well as when to do it. Different activities require different balances in the different components of food. For instance the typical martial artist relies heavily on quality carbohydrates whilst a body-builder would require extra protein which is used to build more muscle. In a very scientific manner the quantity of food consumed in a day is broken down component by component and analyzed for quality. A table of target calorie counts for different people is provided as an example. The role and importance of fluids and vitamins are described in some detail as they each have a chapter dedicated to them. A nice flipside to talking about The Right Way to do things is a chapter describing bad practices and diets which exist. This picks up where the first chapter left off and provides sound reasoning on why some diets fail to achieve their stated goal. In this way not only does the reader gain constructive knowledge about the body but he or she also finds out what should be avoided at all costs. Once the basic knowledge is dealt with the book launches into training methods designed to change the body in one direction or another. There are training patterns designed for weight loss, others for gaining muscle weight as well as others which were conceived to help minimize injury and improve one's longevity in training. After all training too hard can be as bad as not training at all, especially if months of rest are required to recover from an injury. A very important maxim which is quoted by the authors is that knowing your own body is crucial to working with it. One must know the state, potential and responses that one's body has in order to be able to improve in the best way possible without over training. All in all, the book does a very good job of describing the core set of facts surrounding nutrition as required by the athlete or fighter. Without being pretentious it provides sound reasoning about how to tune up the body with the right substances and exercise as well as key tips to improve the overall reward from training. In spite of a very humble approach and a number of passages which seem like disclaimers, the reader will surely notice that much of the book is built on knowledge which has been gleaned from long years of experience and expertise in the fighting arts. A must-read for any person doing physical activity.
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