Exercise Essentials

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. Exercise Essentials is a relatively simple guide to getting fit and staying that way. It’s written by Billy Goco Jr, a certified personal trainer. You don’t have to be a gym nut to follow this manual; it’s geared towards the beginner. The first stages of the book explain the best practise habits you’ll need to follow if you want to get the best results. It also explains the potential pitfalls that may arise, and how to overcome them. You’ll also find workout terminology, plus information on the muscular and skeletal systems. There’s also a workout program to help you get started. Or if you’re more seasoned, you may find the workout program useful to jump straight into. The information is presented clearly, with the use tables and pictures where appropriate. However, at times the information lacks character and reads like any Wikipedia article. The author interjects some humor here and there, but I think the work could benefit from more of a distinct personality, so as to separate it from the competition. If the author takes that informal approach to the content, I’d find the information easier to digest. The presentation is decent, and the work was largely free of errors. This is just one opinion. If you’ve read the book, why not leave your own rating below? Exercise Essentials 7.0 Total Score Users Score - (0 votes) Leave your rating Pros * This book is full of useful information, especially for beginners. Cons * Lacks some character and sparkle. Content 7 Delivery 6 Writing 7 Presentation 8 Content 1 Delivery 1 Writing 1 Presentation...

NLP

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. A brief guide aimed at rewiring your brain in order to overcome your fears. There are a lot of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) books on the market, and this offering does little to overcome its competition. The author opens with the principles and history of NLP, before tackling the nature of phobias and moving on to useful techniques for defeating them. Weighing in at 27 pages, the summaries, tips and examples are concise, but the language reads at a hurried pace. This does not necessarily have to be a bad thing, but for a book that relies on educating people, a broader expansion on the methods provided would have been welcome to this reader. There was certainly room to expand on some of the example scenarios of a person suffering from a phobia. It’s important to make a human connection with the reader, and I never felt that with this book. Regarding the size of the work, there is an argument to be made that the author must battle with keeping information that is wholly relevant, and avoiding padding out the manuscript. After all, other books on NLP offer a staggering amount of words to make one point. Yet, this author’s work reads as a bullet point, streamlined version of other texts out there. In this regard, I believe that he has chosen the wrong end of the spectrum. Too little information. Useful information, no doubt, but expect a quick lesson. If you are looking for such an experience, it may just be for you. This is just one opinion. If...

Awakening in the Northwest

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. Often, the problem with memoirs designed to leave a lasting legacy for future generations is that the life of the author is only of interest to their designed readership. Author Alastair Henry states that he wrote this novel primarily for his children, grandchildren, etc. Whereas one may be interested in their grandfather’s history – so as to have a greater understanding of their own identity – reading through the life story of a stranger can be a dull and empty experience. Yet this novel proves to be anything but. The author takes us from his modest beginnings in a church fearing England, to his corporate success overseas in Canada, and eventual retirement. No financial burdens. A beautiful and secluded home. By all accounts, he’s won the game of life. Yet the journey is only beginning. Following an epiphany, Alastair realizes that he’s searching for a new adventure, and decides to return to work. The universe seems to direct him far north, where he takes a job managing an aboriginal community. And this really is the heart of the novel – what truly makes it work. Through Al we explore the workings of the Dene community, an Indian tribe based in the northern frozen terrain. A fish flung far out of water, Al must quickly acclimatize to the workings of a new land and people. What lessons and social norms he’s learned through life suddenly have little power in this world. Perhaps stubbornly, he tries to evoke change, but is only beginning to understand that the real change required may be in his way of thinking....

Boxer Hobo

Download eBook This review contains some spoilers. A professional boxer wakes in a Neuro-Trauma ward and discovers that he has a fractured skull. His injuries, surprisingly, haven’t arisen due to a contest, but in fact from a cowardly sucker punch on the night streets of Tasmania. Doctors say that he can never fight again, but homeless John Noctor sees no option but to fight. A wild premise and opening to a story, but this is no fiction, it’s real life. Noctor writes about the ensuing years following his injury, as he battles alcoholism and takes hard fights for poor money, while inexplicably being screwed over by a range of shady boxing characters. But this is not a completely bitter tale; Noctor is looking for the positive in life, however much it tries to elude him. He loves the sport of boxing, despite the corrupt cast who use him as a sparring partner for their upcoming fighters, or throw him into bouts that he cannot win,  at least not in his condition – recovering from a recent brain injury and still plagued by his thirst for the bottle. While Noctor trades leather in the ring, his real fight is in trying to uncover the identity of the man who attacked him, at the same time trying to convince the police force and justice system to take his case seriously. You can’t help but root for this underdog, and yet fume when he seeks comfort with the booze, further derailing his efforts. Can this boxing hobo keep off the drink and find a measure of peace? Something of a poet, Noctor is an engaging writer, and certainly...

The 7 Deadly Sins of Advertising

Download eBook What’s the worst money that a business can spend? Advertising that doesn’t work. If you’re anything like me, and you’ve attempted some form of advertising in your life, then you probably think that you have the fundamentals down, and that all that’s left is to strike lucky with your advertising platform. Why is that magazine advert that you spent a small fortune on not producing results? I pushed as much information about the business as I possibly could into it. Well, it turns out that there are a whole bunch of common sense facts and tips about advertising that many businesses simply fail to implement. And that’s the beauty of Glyn Williams’ ‘The 7 Deadly Sins of Advertising’ (there are actually eight), they are extremely easy to follow, and just as easy to action. What Mr. Williams does well is explain these principles of advertising in a straight-forward manner. You won’t find clutter or meandering thoughts; the information is direct, concise and swift. You’ll discover the eight sins of advertising and learn how to put them into practise. As the author states, he’s already over delivered by giving you one extra sin. What a salesman! Unlike some other marketing authors, Mr. Williams has proven industry experience. Drawing on his considerable knowledge as an advertiser and salesman, he walks you through the process of creating an advertisement; the who, the what and the why, and how that applies to your customers. Once you finish reading the book, you may wonder why some of this common sense information has never dawned on you before. But the truth is that the advertising...