FLEX LIFE ISBN: 978177503991, Flex Life, Inc. Publisher. An e- book by Spencer Langley.
This book is sub-titled How to Transform Your Body Forever, and in the author’s own words “was inspired by my years of struggling to lose fat and gain muscle. It wasn’t that I didn’t have the dedication or the drive. I was simply drowning in information overload and didn’t know where to start.” Answers discovered were “contradicting, confusing, and sometimes bizarre diet and exercise advice.” It is from this mass of utter confusion that the author decided to take the simple solution offered years ago by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” It is from this thoughtful beginning that Spencer Langley has provided the seriously interested reader with a remarkably detailed trail to attainment of this treasured goal. His book contains 15 chapters, each providing specifics pertinent to the chapter’s title. The first 2 provide a template. The 3rd presents details of how the body breaks down and uses food for energy. Number 4 explains flexible dieting to lose fat and gain muscle and suggests specific foods to eat, how to ‘cheat a little’ and the all-important aspects of restaurant dining. #5 covers frequency of eating, the practice of intermittent fasting and nutriment timing. The ‘touchy’ subject of alcohol consumption most interestingly is dealt with in #6. Cardio and weight loss are the subject of #7. The next 2 chapters concentrate on weightlifting – the 12 principles followed by the author’s program. #’s 10 and 11 return to discussing the huge and confusing variety of supplements offered to the public. #12 returns to features of body building. Numbers 13 and 14 present cogent means for maintaining fat loss without counting calories and maintenance strategies while traveling. The last chapter contains the author’s parting advice and the book ends with numerous acknowledgements, a magnificent 19 pages of pertinent references listed for chapter by chapter and a most helpful 4 index pages, alphabetically aligned.
Discussion: The author has included a number of interesting and pertinent quotations ranging from an opening one from Steven King – “The scariest moment is always before you start” to a final one explaining why the author “… truly poured my heart and soul into this book to help change as many people’s lives as possible” and obviously spent a huge amount of time and effort into gathering such a complete collection of material to aid others facing the same amount of confusion as had the author. This quote is from Danny Thomas: “Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” In between, a number of others are included that are amusing as well as relevant; e.g. Mandela: “I never lose. I either win or I learn.” Mark Twain: “The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.” The content is nicely arranged and provided in a surprisingly almost scholarly fashion, BUT still in a most easily readable manner for the individual seriously looking for a useable template to attain the ultimate success. Included are numerous tables containing precise numbers for weight, cardio, reps and other values, and explicit designation of good and bad activities, and good, bad and marginal supplements on the market to mention a few.
In summary: it can only be reiterated that a really exceedingly useful set of procedures has been offered that every individual serious about gaining muscle/maintaining weight and strength, definitely must read.
5* Must read well-written/documented book for serious individuals.