Body for Life

Are any of you guys familiar with Body for Life? It’s kind of like Getting Things Done in that it has a slightly creepy cult-like following. It also seems almost too good to be true. But I’ve read so many positive reviews that I picked up a copy. Currently I’m just reading it, not doing anything in it. (But I’m only like 30 pages into it, too.)

I’m worried in trying to describe it, because I don’t want to shower it with so much praise that people are repulsed. Cynicism is always appropriate, IMHO. But there are a lot of reviews from people who talk about how it not only helped them get into good shape, but it also ended up giving them so much more energy and so much more self-confidence. While I’m not in nearly as bad shape as some of the people who have gained from it, I still think I could get a lot out of it.

As I said, I’m currently just reading it, but I’m thinking that I’d like to begin following it. But I think it would make the most sense to do it in a place where I can walk to the gym, where I don’t have exhausting labor to do, and where I have friends who can help keep me motivated. (The more people I know who are involved, I think, the harder it is to drop out of.) So I have it in the back of my head that it’s something I should take up when I get back to school.

BTW, I think fair use allows me to quote a paragraph, so I want to quote something in it that blows me away. He talks about how, before beginning, you should set some specific goals and review them every day. And then:

Back in 1953, a Harvard University study showed that three percent of the students graduating that year actually wrote down their specific career goals. Twenty years later, a team of researchers interviewed the class of ’53 and found that the three percent who had written down their goals were worth more financially than the other 97 percent combined.

Anyone else want to browse through a copy and consider doing it at the start of next semester? (Before you buy the book, I have a copy you can borrow.)

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