Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

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Tyler's Book Club: Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha Review

I picked up a copy of "Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha" by co-authors John Romaniello and Adam Bornstein, upon release. I will admit that it was a bit of an impulse buy, based on the description of the book. Now that I have read through the entire thing, I am left feeling as though there were some things missing.

The promo:

Every man has the potential for a great body, insane sex, and an unreal life. (Seriously)

  • Want to lose body fat? That's easy—you can drop 20 pounds in 6 weeks.
  • Want bigger muscles? Done. A 50-pound increase to your bench press, coming right up.
  • Want to be smarter? Not a problem—the strategies in this book have been proven to increase brain function.
  • Want an awesome sex life? Yeah, there's a fix for that, too—increased libido and improved performance are just weeks away.

You were born to achieve greatness, to be a man. But somewhere along the way you started to live an ordinary life. Fitness experts John Romaniello and Adam Bornstein developed a system that targets hormone optimization; their approach is specifically designed to transform you into the Alpha you were always meant to be. Strong. Confident. Powerful.

Based on cutting-edge, scientifically validated methods known only to the fitness elite, Man 2.0 provides a step-by-step road map to regaining your health, looking your best, supercharging your sex life—even reversing the aging process. The systems in this book have changed the lives of countless men who've worked with Romaniello and Bornstein.

In this book, you will discover:

  • Answers to all the questions you have about training and nutrition—and even ones you haven't thought of yet.
  • An easy-to-understand plan designed to work with your body, not against it, to burn fat, and build dense, rock-hard muscle.
  • A comprehensive nutrition program, fully customized for Alphas, complete with meal plans.

When I first started reading, a couple things came to mind right away. "Wow, these guys know their stuff!" "This diet/exercise plan sounds very straight-forward and easy to follow!" "There is a LOT of swearing!"

There is no denying the fact that both Adam and John know what they're talking about. They both come from a history of training as well as heavy involvement in the healthy and fitness industry. In fact, their statements and claims in this book are backed up by research and evidence, so I have no problems with that.

The first third of the book was a bit tedious to me. I really felt like I was reading an infomercial believe it or not. It just felt like there was a lot of repetitiveness and promises to what you were going to be reading later in the book, over, and over, and over again. It almost felt like they were trying to hammer-home a few ideas into your head, so that you would remember them later, but I felt like it could've been done in fewer pages.

Another gripe I had with the start of the book is the amount of swearing. Now, I will be the first to admit that I swear from time to time, and have no problems with seeing/hearing it on TV and movies, but to be honest, it almost felt out of place in this book. There were a lot of 'F' bombs being tossed around, as if the start of the book was trying to be like locker-room chat between a group of guys. It seemed to detract from the scientific nature of the book a bit.

Once I got into the more detailed-oriented section of the book, and the swearing died down, I was able to assess the workout program and diet regimen. The exercise program is quite sound. There are a lot of areas and styles of training covered here, and I am sure the training itself will get you into great physical shape. I have not tried the program as-is, but have used many, if not all of the exercises listed here, and it should work just fine for most average guys!

Keep in mind, however, that some of these exercises require much more coaching on correct form than what may be learned by the average Joe simply looking at the picture and reading a few lines of text. Some of these exercises have the potential for serious injury, and I find the book lacks in its coaching on form/function.

The diet program revolves around intermittent fasting. Now, like any diet (I know the authors hate using that term) there will be lovers and haters. The one problem I found with the book was the fact that in the first third, you are promised that the dieting is so easy to do, and not tough to follow at all. Once you reach the diet sections of the book, however, you realize that the diet really is like any other diet out there. You need to track numbers, monitor what you eat, etc.

That really isn't all that surprising to me, because in order to change your body composition, you have to monitor what you do so that you can make changes to what you do on a day-to-day basis...just don't try and promise the opposite!

Walking away from this book, I will say that I enjoyed reading it...somewhat. I definitely learned some things, and also cemented some truths into my brain, by reading the studies and research John and Adam use as evidence to their claims. I am definitely going to take some of these practices and techniques to tweak my own lifestyle, but the book itself was just ok to me.

If you are interested, and have $16 to spend, I say go for it, I am sure you will learn a thing or two - if you are new or average to this subject. If you have a moderate to advanced level of knowledge in the health and fitness field of study, you have probably read most of what could be learned in this book already.

Score: 3/5