Grail Body Transformation
By Tom Venuto - Review
Review by Rahul Alvares
Burn the Fat
Feed the Muscle (Tom Venutos first book) was one
of the first books I reviewed over five years ago. I remember
not being all that impressed with it at the time. Back
then I was easily excited by extreme forms of training
and equally extreme dieting. BFFM tamed in comparison
to these books that promised massive gains of rock
hard slabs of muscle and ripped to shreds abs revealed
by zero carb diets.
Over the years Ive
gone back to BFFM a number of times (after I failed on
all my other fancy training books) and Ive slowly
built a grudging respect for Tom Venuto. I finally understand
now what Tom meant when he said Im probably
the first and only person whos going to tell you
that there are no shortcuts to losing fat. (Im
unable to find his original quote so excuse the errors
if any!). But thats pretty much what he said anyways.
And after reviewing and
testing almost a hundred books, and spending countless
hours in the gym I can definitely vouch for the same.
The Holy Grail takes off
where BFFM left off. Its a lovely sequel to its
predecessor and its written in the same style and
includes the same training principles. The only difference
being that the presumption and purpose of this book is
not just to burn fat but gain muscle at the same time
This might sound absurd
to someone sold on the conventional bulking up and
cutting down style of training. But I can tell you
the principles on which this book is built are sound indeed.
Infact they are not only sound but they are also the most
basic and logical conclusions of bodybuilding. The kind
that make you wanna slap yourself as you think how
come I never thought of this myself!
The Holy Grail opens your
perspective to the fact that the body is in a constant
state of flux. Tissue, both fat and muscle, is constantly
being torn down and built up in microcycles all the time.
A microcycle in Toms book lasts a day. Meso cycles
last a week or so. Macro cycles last months.
From what I understand building
muscle and burning fat isnt unlike trading shares
in the stock market. You could buy early morning and sell
by evening making yourself a small profit for that day.
That constitues one successful micro cycle. Keep that
on for several months and you might just end up with a
very profitable macro cycle!
Compared to BFFM which was
a heavy weight tipping in at over 300 pages , the Holy
Grail is a light weight at 74 pages soaking wet. But it
doesnt have to be heavy. Because its still
just as effective. Do yourself a favor and get this book.
And if you havent already got a copy of BFFM then
Id recommend you get yourself a copy of that too.
Believe me between the Holy Grail, BFFM, EDT (Charles
Staley) and Metabolic Surge (Nick Nilsson) youve
got pretty much everything you can get to help you build
muscle and burn fat at the same time!
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