Timothy Ferris sin nye bok, med det fulle navnet ‘The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman‘, nådde raskt topplasseringen i New York Times sin velkjente ‘bestseller’ liste, jeg forhåndsbestilte den tilbake i november og mottok den rund midten av desember, og har nå lest ferdig hele ‘beistet’ på nesten 600 sider.
Boka er i essens en slags selvbiografi om alt som har med menneskekroppen å gjøre; trening og ytelse, helse og kost, livskvalitet og lengde, mm. Skrivemåten er ganske lik hans tidligere suksessbok The 4-Hour Workweek, som jeg likte meget godt. Boka er som nevnt et beist på nesten 600 sider, men det er dog en del bilder i boka, og den er helt klart lettlest, interessant og underholdene – dette er ikke en slitsom bok å lese 🙂
Det er en hel haug med kapitler, noen bedre enn de andre. Det sier seg selv at ikke all informasjonen i boka blir av den ypperste kvalitet, når en person skal skrive om såppas mye. Det er helt klart en god porsjon overdrivelser i boka, for ikke å snakke om markedsføringen av boka, du må absolutt ikke forvente å få til det som en hevdes i markedsføringen, f. eks «how to produce a 15-minute female orgasm», det kapittelet dreier seg f. eks ikke om orgasme slik de fleste tenker på det, men heller 15 minutter med nytelse – uten den noen klimaks i form av full orgasme.
Når du leser kapitlene, så er de dog mye mindre ‘overdrevet’ enn titlene foreslår, så jeg ble positivt overrasket der. Likevel, om du tar alt i boka som 100 % korrekt, kan du få problemer. Selv om det er en del forskningsbasert informasjon i boka, så er det i hovedsak basert på Tim’s egne erfaringer og eksperimenter, og mye har ikke nok forsknngsbasert grunnlag til å kunne kalles for sannhet – noe Tim også gjør klart flere steder i boka.
Om du dog leser boka med litt sunn skepsis, så kan du absolutt få mye ut av boka. Det kan være både underholdende og lærerikt, både for den erfarne fitness-‘eksperten’, og for ‘mannen i gata’.
Absolutt en god bok, jeg kan ikke anbefale den for å tilegne seg faglig kunnskap, men den er likevel god for å dyrke idéer, motivasjon og ikke minst som underholdende lesning for alle med interesse for menneskekroppen, dens funksjon og dens ytelse.
Terningkast: *** (3)
Her følger en liste av mine favorittkapitler, og to kapitler jeg ikke likte noe særlig. Helt nederst i artikkelen finner du også en hel haug med ‘tags’, som vil gi deg et solid overblikk over hva du kan lese om i The 4-Hour Body.
– Alle kapitlene under ‘Reversing Injuries’: s. 293-345
– How to pay for a beach vacation with one hospital visit: s. 319-323
– Pre-Hab: Injury-Proofing the Body: s. 324-345:
– Hacking the NFL Combine 1: Preliminares – Jumping Higher: s. 347-353:
– Hacking the NFL Combine 2: Running Faster: s. 354-366:
– Ultraendurance 1: Going from 5K to 50K in 12 weeks – Phase 1: s. 367-385:
– Ultraendurance 2: Going from 5K to 50K in 12 weeks – Phase 2: s. 386-404:
– Alle kapitlene under ‘Getting Stronger’ er rimelig gode: s. 405-432.
– Closing Thoughts: The Trojan Horse: s. 471-474:
– Spotting bad science 101: How not to trick yourself: s. 491-500:
– Spotting bad science 102: So you have a pill…: s. 501-504: Av Dr. Ben Goldacre.
– Alle kapitlene under ‘Substracting fat: s. 69-156’.
– On Longer and Better Life: s. 459
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