Thrive Fitness, second edition: The Program for Peak Mental and Physical Strength--Fueled by Clean, Plant-based, Whole Food Recipes

Thrive Fitness, second edition: The Program for Peak Mental and Physical Strength--Fueled by Clean, Plant-based, Whole Food Recipes

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As nutrition consultant to the Cannonade-Garmin Cycling Team—as well as for several NHL, MLB, NFL, and Olympic athletes—former professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier is one of the world's leading experts on nutrition for professional athletes. Here, Brendan presents his own easy system for total health and fitness, complete with new photos and step-by-step exercises, to get maximum results in minimal time. Whether you're a time-crunched beginner or an experienced athlete, Thrive Fitness will help you sculpt strong, lean muscles; enhance the quality of your sleep; reduce body fat; minimize your risk of disease; increase energy; sharpen mental clarity; cut sugar cravings; and prevent sports injuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738218533
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 595,486
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brendan Brazier is the international bestselling author of Thrive, Thrive Foods, Thrive Fitness, and Thrive Energy Cookbook. Brendan is head of nutrition for the Cannonade-Garmin Cycling Team and nutrition consultant to several NHL, MLB, NFL, MLS, UFC, and Olympic athletes. He is a former professional Ironman triathlete, two-time Canadian ultramarathon champion, and creator of Vega, the award-winning line of whole food nutritional products.

Table of Contents

Foreword Venus Williams xi

Preface to the Second Edition xv

Introduction xvii

What Happened to Our Health? 1

1 The Decline of Our Well-Being 3

The Obesity Epidemic 5

Overfed Yet Undernourished 8

The Economic Cost 10

The Environmental Cost 12

Reasons? Or Excuses? 13

What is Thrive Fitness? 15

2 The 4 Components of Vitality 17

Program or Lifestyle? 17

High-Return Exercise 19

High Net-Gain Nutrition 39

Efficient Sleep 47

Uncomplementary Stress Reduction 51

Training, Living, and Improving 57

3 Sharpening Your Focus 59

Train Your Weakness, Race Your Strength 60

Justified Confidence 60

Persistence 60

4 Preventing and Reversing Disease 65

Sustainable Health Is Possible 65

Achieving and Maintaining Thrive Fitness 71

5 Performance-Building Exercise 73

Getting Started 73

Exercise Fundamentals 73

The Adaptation Phase 78

Fixing and Preventing Common Problems 81

Efficiency 85

ThriveFhiit at a Glance 87

ThriveFhiit: The Workout Programs 89

Max Strength / Build / Afterburn 89

Strength Conversion / Power / Efficiency 102

VO2 / Lung Power / Functional Strength 113

Raising VO2 Max 125

Putting It All Together 125

Supercharge Your Results with Natural Human Growth Hormone Production 126

6 Fuel for Fitness 131

Eight Key Nutrients 131

Top Foods for Peak Performance 137

Performance Fuel for Pre- and Post-Workout 145

7 33 Thrive Performance Recipes 149

Sport-Specific Recipes 149

Non-Sport-Specific Recipes 173

Sample Menu Plan 183

Shopping List 184

Vega Products 185

8 Questions and Answers 187

Afterword 193

Mobile App 209

Glossary 211

Resources 215

References 219

Index 223

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