The Fitness Revival
Revive your fitness with What you Think, What You Eat, and How You Move
Authors: Michael Richards M.S. and Mike Ritter CPT CES
Where to get: The Fitness Revival
Who should read: Those who want some clarity and sensibility in this crazy world of diets and fitness. Those who are sick of trying fads and getting no results. Those who do “everything right” but still aren’t feeling/looking/performing the way they want to. Those who try and try to reach their health/fitness goals but always seem to fall short. Those who legitimately are doing things the right way and want to take it to the next level.
Who shouldn’t read: People who want a quick fix to their health/fitness issues. Those who aren’t willing to put in the time and effort to change their lifestyle, and ultimately, their life. Also, don’t read this book if you perform like LeBron James, have the diet of Robb Wolf, and have the stress reduction skills of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. If you are this person, please write your own book. If you’re not this person, you can and will get something valuable from this book.
Overall idea: Looking good isn’t the same thing as being healthy. Being strong and good at a sport doesn’t necessarily make someone healthy or a great mover. True fitness only comes from “Moving well, and moving often”, and this idea must be explored before looking to create performance. Stress is a major adversary of goals and of living a healthy and rewarding life. Therefore, it’s imperative to manage stress. Diets don’t work, lifestyle changes do. But don’t try to change all at once. Make little changes and stick to them.
“Though different methodologies use different dialects to describe these movements, they are just that: methods. It’s like telling the same story in a different accent. You may delve into different methodologies to heighten your exploration of movement and each practice will teach you something deeper about your body… if you limit yourself to only one method, you are missing out on creating versatility in your physical skills and deeper connections.”
– The Fitness Revival
As you probably already know, we are huge fans of The Result Cult and the work of Mike Ritter and Michelle Richards. They provide a much-needed dose of sanity in a culture where everyone else seems to be furiously crushing up and snorting crazy pills. We get so caught up with trying to create an original and Earth-shattering approach to diet, exercise, and health that we lose the simplicity that often-times leads to the best results. The Fitness Revival provides that simplicity and brilliance that not only has the power to change your life, but also to change the way that we, as a society, view health and fitness.
The book is divided into three major sections: The Stress Relief Project, The Movement Project, and The Real Food Project. Each section digs into its own subject thoroughly, exploring the issues at hand and how they can be overcome effectively. The section then ends with real-world solutions and a 60-day challenge, allowing you to gradually make a major change in either the way that you approach your diet, your exercise program, or the stresses of daily life. The book is designed so that you undertake one of the 60-day projects at a time and then upon completion, move on to another area that needs attention. Theoretically, you could use the information available in this book to turn your entire life around and create lasting changes in a span of only 6 months.
Let’s look a little at each section from the book and why it can be useful to you. Mike Ritter always does an excellent job of explaining the role that stress plays in our lives in both allowing us to grow and keeping us from reaching our goals. If we aren’t stressing our bodies and minds, we aren’t going to grow. Running away from a lion is an awesome way to work on anaerobic capacity (unless you get caught)… You’re body constantly thinking that a lion is coming for you and being ready to run at every moment, however, is not good for health or fitness. Mike Ritter explores this concept and how to get the most from your training while not having a constant underlying stress response tearing up your body.
The next section of The Fitness Revival focuses on facilitating health and performance through proper diet and nutritional practices. Mike and Michelle finally bring some sense to the nutrition conversation. Most of their philosophy follows the Paleo Diet and promotes foods that are nutrient-dense whole foods, preferably from reliable and natural sources. From a macro-nutrient perspective, the goal is high fats, moderate protein, and low carbs. With this as the basis, they also give you variations to help you with your individual goals, whether it’s to lose fat, build muscle, or have the fuel to perform in high level athletics.
They also understand the importance of slow transitions with diet changes in order to make them last. The goal isn’t to get you to turn from the Cookie Monster into Jack LaLanne overnight, but rather to slowly transition yourself into having healthy and goal-facilitating habits.
The third section Mike and Michelle explore is based around fitness and movement practices. They look at the differences between being good at a sport, and being healthy. As devotees of FMS founder Gray Cook, The Result Cult focuses on the simple, but brilliant, idea that we all need to “First move well, then move often”. This approach lays the foundation for physical and mental health, pain-free movement, and then somewhere down the line, optimization of physical performance.
Within this construct, Michelle and Mike focus on adding variety to movement practices and shifting the focus from methods of movement back to qualitative goals for movement. Along the way, they also look at the essential role that playing has, even for adults, in discovering physical holes and in guiding subsequent practice/training. The movement section is ended with a look at how to get started in optimizing aerobic, anaerobic, strength, and movement capacities and how to lay the groundwork for a healthy body and the ability to shift your focus to athletic performance, if you so choose. Along the way, you may even become “accidentally sexy”.
The final section of the book is a treasure trove of valuable resources and tools for you to utilize along your journey to make sure that you stay on track with your progress and get the most out of your 60-day projects.
One of the things that we love most about this book is that the authors have walked the walk themselves. “Chubby Mike” Ritter lost 45 lbs and then gave up his well-paying job to help coach others to get the most out of themselves. Michelle Richards went from being a stressed-out student and chronic dieter to an uber beast CrossFitter and personal trainer. Both of them have made the changes themselves and know not only what to do, but also what it takes.
The ideas contained within The Fitness Revival truly represent the forefront of our understanding of health and fitness. And as we said earlier, unless you are the perfect human being (sorry, you’re not), you will get valuable information from reading this book. Regardless of where you’re starting from, this book will give you the tools to improve yourself and to reach your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be. If you’re interested in checking out the book just click on the image above.
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