Daily Archives: 01/02/2017

Abandoned Book #1: Strong by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove

strongThat’s right!  My first book review of 2017 is a book I abandoned.

tl;dr This book isn’t for me, but it might be for someone else.

This book was a recommendation from Kelly Coffey of Strong Coffey.  I know her in real life and she is the real deal.  Knowing that it’s going to be near impossible to book time in January with the trainers at my gym, I figured I’d give this book a try to learn about lifting.

The problem isn’t with the book.  I’m the type of person that needs someone to show me how to do the thing.  Learning a new game?  You read the directions and explain as we go.

Looking at pictures of exercising and then replicating them isn’t going to work for me.  I need someone there to explain how to move and where to adjust.  I can’t position myself to look in the mirror to see if it matches what I think was in the book.

I can totally see this book being someone else’s bible though.  There is great information here and I appreciated that Schuler looks for recent studies and isn’t using the latest trends unless there’s science to back it up.

It’s also super honest that you need to follow a plan in order for the plan to work.  WHAT?  LOGIC?  Readers who complain the most that they didn’t get results are the ones who changed everything to “make it work for them.”  Uhm.  No.

If you’re the type of person who can translate text and images into real life movement, then this book is totally for you.

If you need someone to show you how to do it, skim through this at the bookstore or get it from your library like I did and then use it as inspiration to get on the waiting list for the trainer at the gym.