Below is my review of Tony Horton’s book titled “Bring It! The Revolutionary Fitness Plan For All Levels That Burns Fast, Builds Muscle and Sheds Inches.” The book is 304 pages long and shows readers how to build their own fitness and nutritional plans based on their individual, lifestyle, preference, and goals.
I am a multi-round graduate of Tony’s Power 90 and P90X workout programs. I have nothing but praise for those programs since they were responsible for helping me with my own physical transformation. Since I have read the book and have gone through some of Tony’s DVD workout programs I wanted to explain what exactly is covered in the book as well as some similarities and differences between the two.
The book is structured in four parts or chapters. They are the Principles, the Routines, the Moves, and the Meal plan.
In the Principles chapter, Tony speaks about his philosophy on working out and its benefits. Tony goes into how to develop your own fitness strategy that you can modify over time to meet your fitness goals. To gauge what type of fitness level you are at, Tony has included some tests for the reader to determine his or her Fitness Quotient and Level. The Principle section ends with Tony explaining why most people fail and quit an exercise program, what to avoid doing, plus tips for succeeding with a fitness program.
In the Routines chapter, Tony lists three types of workout routines based on what you scored in the FQ test from section 1. There’s the Beginner’s routine, the Striver’s routine, and the Warrior’s routine. Each of the routines contains a weekly schedule which includes three days of resistance training, two days of cardio, and one day of Yoga. There are multiple examples of resistance training workouts, which include how to properly warm up, stretch and cool down. The resistance workouts are full body circuit training style. For all three of the routines, I would say the overall structure is like a P90X, Power 90 Masters Series hybrid.
In the Moves chapter, Tony gives instructions explaining how to set up and perform all the exercises listed in the Routines chapter. The moves are broken into 5 parts; Cardio, Upper Body, Arms, Lower Body, Core, and Flexibility/Yoga. There are over 120 pages in this chapter which covers about 128 moves. There is nothing new to anyone who has gone through P90X, but for someone who has not gone through one of Tony’s program there is a lot packed in here.
In the Meal plan chapter, Tony discusses his approach to nutrition. He says it is a commonsense, simple, nutrition-focused approach to improved health and weight loss. He does not subscribe to fads and emphasizes the benefits of eating healthy beyond just weight control. He calls his plan a “flexitarian” approach which means eating a primarily plant-based diet focusing on whole foods. This gives your body all the nutritional building blocks it needs. The meal plan includes high-fiber complex carbohydrates; lean, healthy proteins; tons of fruits and vegetables; and healthy fats. The meal plan is broken into three parts. The first part is the Cleanse. In this 30 day phase you will gradually clean your body of all the toxins. This is not a fast. This is about getting the bad out and teaching your body about the good. The second part is the Nourish. In this phase, you will find listed, highly nutritious foods. The right types of vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, dairy, organically produced proteins and healthy fats. The third part is called Supplements. In this phase Tony speaks about using supplements, only when you have your actual diet squared away. It is not meant to replace everything in the Nourish phase.
The book ends with what Tony calls his “11 Laws of Health and Fitness” and over 20 pages of actual recipes.
I am huge fan of Tony and his fitness programs, and as a P90X graduate I found the book to be more of an inside look into how he puts his programs together and his philosophy on nutrition, than the paint by numbers approach to his DVD workout programs.
Overall, I think this book is a good read. Someone who is new to fitness or looking for motivation and basics might get a lot out of the book. If you have completed P90X, do not expect to learn any new moves. Most likely, you are already at an advanced fitness level and I don’t think you will find this book will take you to the next level. However, what you will get out of the book is a peak inside of Tony’s head for a bit. If you feel the book falls shots on being the next P90X, in all fairness I do not think that is what the book was designed to do, which is why Tony has his P90X One on One and MC:2 programs.