Saturday, September 25, 2010

Built For Show Product Review

When I first started training people, I was very good at teaching exercises and writing personalized warm ups. One of the most important factors in fat loss training is keeping people healthy. I knew that, and that is what I was good at. Without good mechanics and without the proper warmup, any exercise program can go downhill fast.

My very first body transformation client had a few major issues when it came to exercise. First, he was afraid to do lower body exercises. He had always heard that squats and deadlifts were bad for your back and knees. Second, he had very poor posture. His upper back was hunched over, as were his shoulders. He couldn't completely reach overhead. His hips were a disaster. His pelvis was tilted so far forward that he could not properly use his glutes. Third, he didn't trust me.

When I got to working with him to correct these issues, it dawned on me that what I was doing wasn't going to help him achieve his physique goals. In fact, I freely admit that I had no idea how to program for him! So, rather than make something up, I decided to use a proven system. That system was found in the book Built For Show.

Built For Show, written by Nate Green, ended up being the perfect book for my client. I was able to control all the aspects of his warmup, and at the same time, I was able to coach him through the programming from the book without worrying about whether it would be effective. I taught. He executed. What I liked best about Built For Show is that the program lasted an entire year. It is broken down into 4 separate seasons, with two phases per season. This made for a total of 8 different individual programs. Each phase and season built upon what was developed in the previous phase or season.

I believe that the entire program, when viewed as a whole product, is a powerful testimony to the main theme of The Theory of Fat Loss. In fact, Built For Show provided me with key insights when I chose to write my book. It was an inspiration. The results speak for themselves. Below is the transformation picture of my client from when I first met him to when he finished his program. He doesn't even look like the same person! I promise you that he is.

That being said, I would highly recommend the book Built For Show for any man willing to put forth the effort to make a change in his life.

Built for Show: Four Body-Changing Workouts for Building Muscle, Losing Fat, andLooking Good Enough to Hook Up


  1. Looks like your client lost fat and gained muscle simultaneously. Did he follow "the theory of fat loss"? Then how could he gain muscle if was on fat loss diet?
    What diet plan do you recommend for "Built for show" if i want to put on muscle(probably look like this guy) but don't have excess fat to lose?

  2. Hey "anonymous"!

    That was the result of a year of programming. He put on a lot of strength and a lot of mass. Then he had a final cutting phase. So the net product was gaining muscle and losing fat.

    To be completely honest with you, I'm not your best resource for anything beyond basic nutrition advice. I'd check out Tyler English's blog. He's the author of the upcoming book "The Men's Health Bodybuilding Bible"


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