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The World's Fittest Book

Narrated by: Ross Edgley
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.

How to train for anything and everything, anywhere and everywhere.

The World's Fittest Book is set to become every fitness enthusiast's bible. Dubbed the body's complete user guide, it will become the go-to resource for learning all you need to know about building muscle, losing fat, eating (healthy) cake and unlocking your superhuman physical potential. 

Packed with workouts the author tried and tested in the pursuit of multiple world records, it's more than a book, it's the greatest training tool ever written! Designed for anyone who wants to make permanent and lasting changes to their food and fitness, it's the first book to combine the teachings, tips and tricks of Olympic and world champions into one easy to follow resource.

This book will show you how it's possible to:

  • Live below 10 percent body fat with the aid of chocolate and Mayan secrets
  • Add 27 percent more muscle mass, courtesy of tips from world heavyweight champions
  • Increase speed by 10 percent, thanks to gold medal winning Olympic sprinters
  • Squat, deadlift and bench weights you never dreamed of lifting, with the guidance of the world's strongest men
  • Improve endurance capacity by 60 percent, thanks to the knowledge of world champions in multi endurance-based sports

...all of which the author has achieved during the 10-year 'fitness pilgrimage' that has taken him around the globe. 

Aiming to be the most eclectic and comprehensive fitness guide ever created, The World's Fittest Book is the sum and substance of over a decade of research and the collective wisdom of some of the greatest minds and athletic bodies in history. By learning the lessons within it, listeners will understand 'fitness' better than the vast majority of the population. Every chapter has an easy to digest workout within it and can be listened to individually. But if you want to listen to the stories and the science behind the routines, that's there, too. 

Until now, there hasn't been a book covering such an ambitious range of areas, catering for the casual fitness enthusiast seeking clarity and guidance in their own gym routine and kitchen habits as well as the seasoned sportsperson who's hit a plateau and is searching for tips, tricks and tweaks they can make to their training and diet. This book changes that and will take you on a journey to whatever level of fitness you want to find.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2018 Ross Edgley (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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The World's 'Toughest' Fitness Book to listen to!

TL/DR Some good advice, poorly delivered and hard to listen to and written in a way that not much if anything will stick. Not sure where the high reviews have come from with this book, avoid must be better fitness books out there.

Ross breaks down some foundational fitness principles throughout this book and has 'some' nuggets of advice based on sound research and tough personal experience. But there are too many negative points that let this audiobook down.

Firstly the narration of this book is poor, the author Ross Edgley does his own narration but it would have been better if he'd hired a professional to narrate it. He is slow, overly pronounces words and is overly dramatic in his storytelling. And sorry Ross but your voice is annoying to listen to, for a 9hr+ audio book.

I like the fact this isn't a quick fix fitness book, and Ross attempts to distil the principles of fitness, but it's a long slow hard listen to get there.

He is overly descriptive in the storytelling aspect of this book which in my opinion adds little value to when he eventually gets around to the fitness principle tied to the story. I think the story about when he could not fold toilet paper after a climbing rope challenge was meant to be a joke, wish he put the effort into other more important areas of this book!

Can't help but feeling that he comes across a bit egotistical (boasting about the places he's visited and his GQ column, writing for men's health magazine, his tree-athlon, car pulling, rope climbing challenge, tractor pull, everybody he trains with is just the 'best/greatest!' in their field etc..)

While his long-winded stories add something to the book I think they should have been toned down and hard principles and advice been better treated. Seems to be 30 minutes of story time from Ross summed up in 5 minutes of fitness principle (should be the other way around).

The amount of times he narrates the link to his website is too much. Ross, I understand their a lot of diagrams and healthy recipes available you do not need to remind the listener every 5 minutes. He must give us his website address, at least 50 times plus throughout the book, one of the things you will remember by the time you finish this book (if you buy it) is his website address. And why to god do you have to narrate your recipes in the book (*facepalm*, Ross this is the time you can give your websites address out!)

In the book, he promotes the whey protein company he works for, and their awards etc... don't know what this has to do with giving good fitness advice.

Ross has written this book like his university dissertation, with all the references material fully narrated (These should be kept brief if given at all just put in the appendix). It's like he's trying to hit a word target for each chapter.

Has too many cringey and unnecessary quotes from famous people from Buddha to Bruce Lee.

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  • 19-01-19

A gem amongst fitness hyperbole

Extremely informative for novices and "experts" alike, delivered in a very clear and refreshingly humble style.

Thanks Ross

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Amazingly delivered.

Would definitely recommend this audiobook. In fact it was so good I bought a hard copy.

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Fantastic

Made me think about fitness and nutrition in a completely different way and dispelled several 'fitness fairytales' I always thought were complete rubbish.

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like an old joke you've heard to many times.

New and relevant info can fit on a sheet of A4, the rest is him waffling on about his fabulous life, he got on a plane and went some where, Wow! . And you get to hear about it. How meany times can a guy say his own name?. I didn't know cheese spoke.
Now the hard copy has work out programs which is helpful but nothing you can't find elsewhere and everywhere. There are also recipes to support your training, recipes using exotic expensive ingredients the kind you will have to Google.
I recommend Evolution by Joe Manganello , straight forward and effective.

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Most Helpful Book to Fitness

Narrows down everything there is to fitness opens your eyes how you ve been doing things and how your diet and performance is doing bigger perspective

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Read it twice in first 2 days it was released

Captivating, encouraging, well written and well informed book. Recommend to anyone looking to improve their physical and mental fitness.

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Just when you thought it couldn't get better

I've read through the paper version twice now and each time it just fills me full of more and more knowledge. Now its in an audio version it means i can take Ross in the shower with me too, everyones a winner. 100% a must read for anyone wanting to have a better understanding on how to take hold of your own personal fitness, diet and mental health.

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Starts well, and finishes slightly bland.

Looked forward to the book due to the authors achievements, but ended underwhelmed. Ultimately disappointed.

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I don’t understand the high ratings - I presume they’ve been bought...

This book should be renamed “people I’ve met in the fitness industry and me complimenting them”.

I learnt nothing and I consider myself an average person in terms of fitness understanding.

Sorry, I really wanted it to be good and I’m sure it was written in good spirit and well narrated, but the content was not there for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-19

The world's most 'less than mediocre' book

I really want to like this book. But it's really bad. It starts hopeful, when he says what he thinks is wrong with fitness magazines. They promise things that aren't realistic, they use cheap slogans etc. etc.
Here is the thing. The subtitle of the book 'promises' to be x% better in this and that. Well that's not true.
It's just a blatant lie.
1. Literally the only thing he mentions about endurance and running is to not heel strike.
2. He mentions random scientific articles.
3. Random recipes. Seriously 10 min long he talks about how to BBQ a steak. Nothing more.
4. Offers some random programs that suit everyone yet at the same time nobody.
5. Every few minutes he mentions his website which is almost completely a bunch of ads.
6. Uses this 'book' to promote his company.
6a. Here is the 'fun' part. While bashing highly processed foods he forgets that is the thing exactly what he sales on his site.
7. Every story chapter is the same 'here I am, totally out of place
8. Just like all those instagram and fb accounts... just cite either Buddha, Einstein or Emerson every now and then.
Ah well.. this list goes on and on.
This would have been nice as a blog or something. Bro science...
But if you've read my review you probably come to the conclusion this book is precisely what he bashes at the beginning. A fitness magazine.

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  • Justin
  • 26-04-19

Lots of great info!

great book with loads of great information. I enjoyed how the author told stories to relate information.

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  • Kevin
  • 26-07-19

Great book both scientifically and motivationally.

Fantastic book with a great blend of scientific sourcing and stories to bring the principals to life.

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  • rodrigo
  • 04-07-19

Wow!!

Excelente lo supere recomiendo ya que ayuda a que conorebdas de forma si ole lo importante que es el cuidado de tu cuerpo con un buen ejercicio y que no te limites jamas.

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  • Jsp
  • 07-06-19

Loved Ross Edgley’s book!!

Your journey training with athletes from all around the world was fascinating! Loved learning from your experience and findings! Your stories were inspiring and motivating and yet also made me realize that I can be anywhere and just get started. Just do. Thanks for this treasure of a book!

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  • Thomas Rose
  • 29-05-19

so dramatic

I couldn't finish and maybe it's something that's wrong with me. but the recording sounds like Buddy the Elf telling his story to a bunch of kids. He explains an ice bath with 1,000 ice cubes. (one... thoouuuusand ice cubes). it's so dramatic he counted the ice cubes. I pictured his lining up ice cubes and taking an inventory. your doing cold water training that's it. It sounds like his imagination has completely taken him over and it would be cute if it were a six year old telling you about his day, but it's not my style.

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  • Casey
  • 15-05-19

Great book to help understand a fitness journey

This is a really good book in the fact that it doesn't just say "follow my workout/diet plan and you'll get ripped bro!" Ross does a good job of breaking down what worked for him by giving you all the research but then also challenging you use the information he gave, along with your own personal experience to build a better you. The examples of his extreme charity work also help put you in the mindset that the human body can do just about anything, you just have to work hard for it. It's a read that any beginner in the fitness world should pick up because it really hits on the basics of developing good habits to get yourself in better shape.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-19

Better Book Than Audiobook

Some chapters were informative and interesting, others were Ross reading recipes for 20 minutes. Overall I enjoyed the book, but it feels like it didn't translate well into an audiobook.

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  • C. Aparicio
  • 15-03-19

Wonderful learning experience

This book is amazing! Anyone who wishes to learn more about the human body and the potential we all have within us will benefit from this book. I never heard of Ross Edgley before now and I’m truly thankful he wrote this book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Will
  • 06-03-19

So good I read it twice!

Life changing advice on how to approach training and life! Truly inspiring tales of human experimentation that will inspire you to push a little harder and a little smarter.