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self-help booksRise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity (2014, Amazon #1 Best Seller) takes principles from sports psychology, “street” psychology (from Nate’s 15 years of working with people from all ages, abilities, and walks of life), some samurai philosophy, and a little bit of surfer dude mentality, and narrows it down into actionable strategies that can help you tackle any obstacle that may come your way.
feast-your-fat-cover-sm-tiltedFEAST YOUR FAT AWAY: The New Rules For Fast Permanent Fat Loss (2013) changes the fat loss game, and will change your approach to eating forever. Life can be enough of a struggle; your diet shouldn’t be. This approach combines principles from Paleo/Caveman Nutrition Theory with Modern Sports Nutrition Science in order to cut through diet industry fluff, simplify your plan, and help you achieve three main goals: improve overall health, reduce body fat, and most importantly, keep it off indefinitely. It does it all without forcing you to turn your world upside down, give up your career, or have your life revolve around food. Buyer beware: Clients and readers have experienced tremendous success from following Nate’s diet plan. Read what they have to say here.
The Samurai DietTHE SAMURAI DIET: The Science & Strategy of Winning the Fat Loss War is my first nutrition book. It provides 112 short nutrition lessons related to building lean muscle, slashing body fat, and improving health. Learn the real reasons why certain “health” foods are not that healthy for us, why the diets of athletes and regular exercisers should be different from those of sedentary individuals, and why much of the “accepted” mainstream fitness advice you read about in Health & Fitness magazines is flat-out wrong. This book goes deeper into the technical aspects of each individual nutrition topic (including scientific references and resources), you know, back when I was trying to impress everyone with how much knowledge I had. It is a perfect “geeky” companion to the more simple and straightforward Feast Your Fat Away protocol.
cancer-warrior-book-final-4x6vhighqualThe Way of the Cancer Warrior: 34 Strategies for Your Cancer War (2013) applies martial arts strategies, sports psychology principles and warrior philosophy to the battle against cancer. Each section starts with a few motivational quotes and is followed by practical application guidelines. It is a resource meant to help patients, healthcare professionals, caretakers, family members and friends collectively fight back against the greatest enemy this life has to offer.To learn more about why this book was written, what it’s all about, and how it might help you, click here.




Old School New Body by Steve and Becky Holman. Steve Holman is the editor-in-chief of Ironman Magazine and has written several books on natural bodybuilding and female physique sculpting. I have been a fan of his training column and programs for years. This comprehensive book puts it all in one spot, and the 4X System teaches the training style that I believe is the fastest, most effective, most efficient, and safest way to transform your body and build a beach-ready physique.

GirondaDay1Bonus21Vince Gironda Legend & Myth by Alan Palmieri. Vince Gironda is the greatest physique-based trainer of all time. In his Hollywood Heyday running his gym and training business, he trained bodybuilding and bikini champions, models, and movie stars. His work has had the biggest influence on my Beach Physique-style training philosophy and programs. This is more than just your average book. It is a tribute to a legend. It includes all of Vince’s handwritten training courses, articles and Q & A’s on his training approach, and interviews with his students. This book is definitely intended for the more advanced and committed Beach Physique enthusiast.
rustymooreebook1Visual Impact by Rusty Moore. Rusty Moore specializes in training programs geared towards achieving the lean, Hollywood look. He uses a technique called “cumulative fatigue” training that I think is a highly effective and efficient way to transform your physique. Check out this quote from his book so you can see we are all on the same page with what we are trying to do (Hollywood Lean, Beach Physique, it’s all about looking good, baby):”There was a time not too long ago, when it was okay to train to improve the look of your physique. It was fine not only to focus on strength and functional fitness, but it was cool to actually care about the appearance of your body as well. A nice looking body? What a novel concept! Many guys at “muscle building” sites care more about raw numbers than appearance. Total body weight & how much someone can lift in one of the BIG exercises is what many guys focus on these days. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just don’t take advice from these guys if you want to look your best. What I see in my gym? Big guys with almost zero definition. I see a ton of guys who seem to have just as much fat as muscle. Body fat helps guys left a little more and increases the weight when stepping on a scale, but creates a terrible look. It may fill up a shirt, but certainly doesn’t look impressive on the beach.”

NewHMPbookHow Much Protein? By Brad Pilon. This is the definitive book on protein research for athletes, strength trainers, and beach physique enthusiasts. It is why I recommend more protein than mainstream standards. These are set for the average person just trying to prevent nutrient deficiencies, not just regular exercisers trying to attain higher-level physique goals. However, it is also why I recommend less than what you will typically see in bodybuilding magazines, whose guidelines are usually influenced by supplement companies trying to sell you protein powders, or are more appropriate for drug-using bodybuilders.



When man comes to a conscious vital realization of those great spiritual forces within himself
and begins to use those forces in science, in business, and in life, his progress in the future will be unparalleled.
— Bruce Lee.


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