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The NEW High Intensity Training : HIT : The Best Muscle-Building System You've Ever Tried by PH.D. Ellington Darden (2004-11-06)


The NEW High Intensity Training : HIT : The Best Muscle-Building System You've Ever Tried by PH.D. Ellington Darden (2004-11-06)

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  • By Stevie on 4 September 2017

    This is a solid introduction to the HIT training philosophy from a man who was close to Arthur Jones for many years. It is also well-illustrated and offers template programmes for training and nutrition. In my opinion, Darden's publications are geared towards the average out of shape American with little knowledge about the iron game and who's main interest is dropping a few lbs while going to the gym as little as possible. For that reason, this book delivers. As stated, it is also a useful insight into this mode of training which is essentially one set per body part to failure. Trainees brought up on the usual Weider magazine routines will gain a great introduction to HIT from Darden. The author also provides some fine anecdotes from the Jones era, featuring the likes of Mike Menzter and Casey Viator's Colorado Experiment. My criticism would be whether this type of training is optimal for development. Further, the nutritional advice is downright awful and equates to low calorie ready meals and a few cereal bars in order to meet the recommended 1500 kcal threshold (a very low recommendation) to lose fat. However, all in all, for the reasons stated, I still rate this four stars.

  • By mr s woods on 27 September 2005

    I gave this book a '1 star' rating so that I can write a review.A '0 star' rating is appropriate. The beginning of this frightening book is quite interesting. There is information about the travels of Arthur Jones, creator of Nautilus and credited by many people as the person that discovered the benefits of high-intensity, infrequent resistance training.Why do I dislike this book? Near page 30 the book becomes a horrible read. Darden seems supportive of Jones' violence. Darden seems like a giggling child describing the 'fun' he had with Jones. He hints that Jones would fight with bodybuilders. Jones would give orders, terrorise, threaten, degrade and humiliatepeople. There is an account of Jones challenging somebody to a fistfight at a University lecture. Jones discovered that this person refused to fight in the Vietnam war ('hid out' as Darden describes it). Jones described to the audience how he planned to give him an 'ass-kicking' and tear him apart (literally).Darden writes about 'sissies' and a violent powerlifter.Arthur Jones, if these accounts are true, is a mentally ill, psychopathic (perhaps) bully.My book will be put in a bin.I recommend 'Muscles in Minutes' and 'Heavy Duty 2 Mind & Body' to people intersted by one set to failure training.Visit the mike mentzer website to find these.

  • By Simon Hughes on 18 July 2010

    As somone who loves to lift, I got this book with an open mind and looked forward to learning something new. Unfortunately it failed to deliver anything but a bitter snipe at the rest of the bodybuilding community. It seems that Arthur Jones had a deep seated hate of Joe Weider, so he chose to try and smear his greatest asset, Arnold, widely considered to be one (if not the greatest body build of the Golden Era)For the most part its an ego trip for the late Jones. He claims he pulled Arnold and from a car by his collar and threatend to kick his ass... Arthur was half his size and twice his age.Few facts back up his ideas except an array of, I suspect largely ficticous, anecdotal reports. If this amazing training systme worked so well, I find it strange that so few have taken it up, as it claims to require shorter and less frequent workouts.The Diet section is almost comical.With out being, rude, it verges on twoddle...

  • By abhishek.d77 on 11 November 2012

    The book is divided into 6 parts. Parts 1 to 4 is written is a logical way. Part 5 of the book totally goes against what has been written in part 3 and 4. The other negative thing with this book is that the author recommends super slow reps, 30 sec positive and 30 sec negative. I feel performing such reps in super slow style is like faking it unless the resistance is so high that it actually takes someone in total 60 seconds to perform a rep but then in that case, they would never be able to perform 8 reps which would take them around 8 minutes. Why would someone use this technique when you can do forced reps and negative reps?However the reason, I give it 2 stars is because of the entertaining stories presented in parts 1 and 2 of the book. For HIT, the best book to buy is the one by Mike Mentzer or Dorian Yates. I have both those books and would recommend them over this one.And finally HIT is not suited for beginners or those new to gym or even for those wanting to lose fat.

  • By Mark k on 30 December 2012

    Massive disappointment. How it can say it's a "new" high intensity book living off teachings from old bodybuilders?? The results (in form of pictures) aren't exactly to look at what the book claims "the best muscle building system". And the workouts aren't exactly a daily write up of a programme. Mike mentzers programme is basically the most direct 1 I've came across.

  • By davide on 6 August 2017

    Another wonderful book from Ellington Darden. It's really interesting and it's full of good advices (especially for building mass naturally). This book is higly recommended to all H.I.T. lovers.

  • By Guest on 27 March 2016

    Some really interesting ideas for training that gets you questioning current thinking. Nicely written and easy to read too.

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