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The World's Fittest Book

Narrated by: Ross Edgley
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.

How to train for anything and everything, anywhere and everywhere.

The World's Fittest Book is set to become every fitness enthusiast's bible. Dubbed the body's complete user guide, it will become the go-to resource for learning all you need to know about building muscle, losing fat, eating (healthy) cake and unlocking your superhuman physical potential. 

Packed with workouts the author tried and tested in the pursuit of multiple world records, it's more than a book, it's the greatest training tool ever written! Designed for anyone who wants to make permanent and lasting changes to their food and fitness, it's the first book to combine the teachings, tips and tricks of Olympic and world champions into one easy to follow resource.

This book will show you how it's possible to:

  • Live below 10 percent body fat with the aid of chocolate and Mayan secrets
  • Add 27 percent more muscle mass, courtesy of tips from world heavyweight champions
  • Increase speed by 10 percent, thanks to gold medal winning Olympic sprinters
  • Squat, deadlift and bench weights you never dreamed of lifting, with the guidance of the world's strongest men
  • Improve endurance capacity by 60 percent, thanks to the knowledge of world champions in multi endurance-based sports

...all of which the author has achieved during the 10-year 'fitness pilgrimage' that has taken him around the globe. 

Aiming to be the most eclectic and comprehensive fitness guide ever created, The World's Fittest Book is the sum and substance of over a decade of research and the collective wisdom of some of the greatest minds and athletic bodies in history. By learning the lessons within it, listeners will understand 'fitness' better than the vast majority of the population. Every chapter has an easy to digest workout within it and can be listened to individually. But if you want to listen to the stories and the science behind the routines, that's there, too. 

Until now, there hasn't been a book covering such an ambitious range of areas, catering for the casual fitness enthusiast seeking clarity and guidance in their own gym routine and kitchen habits as well as the seasoned sportsperson who's hit a plateau and is searching for tips, tricks and tweaks they can make to their training and diet. This book changes that and will take you on a journey to whatever level of fitness you want to find.

©2018 Ross Edgley (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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the bible

absolutely loved ross read it perfectly had real enthusiasm and passion. listened to it multiple times

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Entertainment, education and inspiration.

A passionate and enthusiastic journey through the cutting edge and tried and tested methods of fitness training.

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Summarises everything fitness related

Great info from his adventures, summarises things nicely. Enthusiastic narrative. Jumps all over the place so keep an ear open

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fantastic for beginner fitness freaks

I am a fitness coach and this book is so good on so many levels. Highly recommended for beginners and experts! Awesome book Ross 👍🏽😎

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Excellent

The only fitness book you'll ever need! Ross is a humble, hilarious and honest inspiration. Keep it up :)

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Great insight with experience to back it

Ross has personally pushed himself to the limits to investigate human performance and couples his experiences with university studies from around the world to help you become your own expert in the area of your personal health and fitness. No one size fits all approach

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Not great

very common knowledge. Struggling to finish it. Could have been much better. It seems that the author kept a diary about some of his travels and then filled in some other recent studies.
summary: start small and build it up until you reach your potential

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Really motivational and educational refreshing

Really motivational and educational refreshing take on fitness and the athletic body. So excited to restart my own new adventure at 46 this has inspired me to push my limits.

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I really enjoyed this

I loved listening to the stories of Ross training with the Russian wrestler, the african runners, wim hof and the Japanese monks.

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Not what I expected, interesting guy though.

Well narrated, very intelligent and knowledgeable on health and fitness.
PDF download was a bit of a let down, would have liked more info on nutrition and some results to do with the different diets Ross was on

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-2019

The world's most 'less than mediocre' book

I really want to like this book. But it's really bad. It starts hopeful, when he says what he thinks is wrong with fitness magazines. They promise things that aren't realistic, they use cheap slogans etc. etc.
Here is the thing. The subtitle of the book 'promises' to be x% better in this and that. Well that's not true.
It's just a blatant lie.
1. Literally the only thing he mentions about endurance and running is to not heel strike.
2. He mentions random scientific articles.
3. Random recipes. Seriously 10 min long he talks about how to BBQ a steak. Nothing more.
4. Offers some random programs that suit everyone yet at the same time nobody.
5. Every few minutes he mentions his website which is almost completely a bunch of ads.
6. Uses this 'book' to promote his company.
6a. Here is the 'fun' part. While bashing highly processed foods he forgets that is the thing exactly what he sales on his site.
7. Every story chapter is the same 'here I am, totally out of place
8. Just like all those instagram and fb accounts... just cite either Buddha, Einstein or Emerson every now and then.
Ah well.. this list goes on and on.
This would have been nice as a blog or something. Bro science...
But if you've read my review you probably come to the conclusion this book is precisely what he bashes at the beginning. A fitness magazine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-2019

Better Book Than Audiobook

Some chapters were informative and interesting, others were Ross reading recipes for 20 minutes. Overall I enjoyed the book, but it feels like it didn't translate well into an audiobook.

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  • Justin
  • 26-04-2019

Lots of great info!

great book with loads of great information. I enjoyed how the author told stories to relate information.

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  • C. Aparicio
  • 15-03-2019

Wonderful learning experience

This book is amazing! Anyone who wishes to learn more about the human body and the potential we all have within us will benefit from this book. I never heard of Ross Edgley before now and I’m truly thankful he wrote this book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Will
  • 06-03-2019

So good I read it twice!

Life changing advice on how to approach training and life! Truly inspiring tales of human experimentation that will inspire you to push a little harder and a little smarter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-2019

AWESOMENESS

Ross you ABSOLUTELY KILLED IT MAN! 1000% would recommend to anyone really! Fitness centered or not hands down great book. #TakeMyMoney

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  • Jeff
  • 14-01-2019

Informative and motivating at the same time

This book is worth it for the pdf alone that’s super informative and gives full workouts meal plans charts graphs etc. Ross does a great job condensing a decade of fitness adventure and research into a book that really touches on all the essentials for anyone interested in that sort of thing. Whether you are starting off trying to find what you’d like to do when you “train” or are experienced this book is worth the read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-2019

Packed with everything

This book has a lot of information from all directions. I can't wait to re-listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2019

Edgley Nation

I’ve been listening to Ross Edgley speak and watching him do these things that seem impossible but through principle he achieves anything he puts his mind to. This book is beautifully illustrated and insightful, so I would suggest buying a copy. The best part, though, is that it’s narrated with his voice. Quite honestly, the best part!

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  • Jesus
  • 15-01-2019

The Bible

This book covers all sorts of fitness avenues and gives you enough insight to spark interest in new fitness programs and mentality. Ross also provides further explanations through his website which can be used as a learning tool. Over all the book very insightful and easy to follow.

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  • Gordan Peters
  • 14-02-2019

The World's Hardest Fittness Book to listen to!

Ross breaks down some foundational fitness principles throughout this book and has 'some' nuggets of advice based on sound research and tough personal experience. But there are too many negative points that let this audiobook down.

Firstly the narration of this book is poor, the author Ross Edgley does his own narration but it would have been better if he'd hired a professional to narrate it. He is slow, overly pronounces words and is overly dramatic in his storytelling. And sorry Ross but your voice is annoying to listen to for a 9hr+ audio book.

I like the fact this isn't a quick fix fitness book, and Ross attempts to distil the principles of fitness, but it's a long slow hard listen to get there.

He is overly descriptive in the storytelling aspect of this book which in my opinion adds little value to when he eventually gets around to the fitness principle tied to the story. I think the story about when he could not fold toilet paper after a climbing rope challenge was meant to be a joke, wish he put the effort into other more important areas of this book.

Can't help but feeling that he comes across a bit egotistical (boasting about the places he's visited and his GQ column, writing for men's health magazine, his tree-athlon, car pulling, rope climbing challenge, tractor pull, everybody he trains with is just the 'best/greatest!' in their field etc..)

While his long-winded stories add something to the book I think they should have been toned down and hard principles and advice been better treated. Seems to be 20 minutes of story time from Ross summed up in 5 minutes of fitness principle (should be the other way around).

The amount of times he narrates the link to his website is too much. Ross, I understand their a lot of diagrams and healthy recipes available you do not need to remind the listener every 5 minutes. He must give us his website address, at least 50 times plus throughout the book, one of the things you will remember by the time you finish this book if you buy it is his website address. And why to god do you have to narrate your recipes in the book (*facepalm*, that's the time you can give your websites address out!)

In the book, he promotes the whey protein company he works for, and their awards etc... don't know what this has to do with giving good fitness advice.

Ross has written this book like his university dissertation, with all the references material fully narrated (These should be kept brief if given at all just put in the appendix). It's like he's trying to hit a word target for each chapter.

Has too many cringey and unnecessary quotes from famous people from Buddha to Bruce Lee.

TL/DR In summary, some good advice, poorly delivered and hard to listen to and written in a way that not much if anything will stick. Not sure where the high reviews have come from with this book, avoid must be better fitness books out there.

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  • Grafton Bailey
  • 14-02-2019

like an old joke you've heard to many times.

New and relevant info can fit on a sheet of A4, the rest is him waffling on about his fabulous life, he got on a plane and went some where, Wow! . And you get to hear about it. How meany times can a guy say his own name?. I didn't know cheese spoke.
Now the hard copy has work out programs which is helpful but nothing you can't find elsewhere and everywhere. There are also recipes to support your training, recipes using exotic expensive ingredients the kind you will have to Google.
I recommend Evolution by Joe Manganello , straight forward and effective.

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  • Michael
  • 20-01-2019

I don’t understand the high ratings - I presume they’ve been bought...

This book should be renamed “people I’ve met in the fitness industry and me complimenting them”.

I learnt nothing and I consider myself an average person in terms of fitness understanding.

Sorry, I really wanted it to be good and I’m sure it was written in good spirit and well narrated, but the content was not there for me.

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  • JAMES
  • 20-01-2019

Starts well, and finishes slightly bland.

Looked forward to the book due to the authors achievements, but ended underwhelmed. Ultimately disappointed.

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  • carl wibberley
  • 03-01-2019

Just when you thought it couldn't get better

I've read through the paper version twice now and each time it just fills me full of more and more knowledge. Now its in an audio version it means i can take Ross in the shower with me too, everyones a winner. 100% a must read for anyone wanting to have a better understanding on how to take hold of your own personal fitness, diet and mental health.

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  • Tommy
  • 23-02-2019

shite book, could've written it myself

pure scuttery scutter with a large sprinkle of scuttery Mr whippey shit
e sprinkle on top....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-2019

Good info but poorly written and spoken

Very basic language, repetition very often but good information - shame it takes a while to obtain it however.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-2019

Very interesting topic

I have found this both very entertaining and extremely interesting. Lots to put into use.

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  • Neil Walker
  • 17-01-2019

Fantastic

Made me think about fitness and nutrition in a completely different way and dispelled several 'fitness fairytales' I always thought were complete rubbish.

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  • Nick
  • 15-01-2019

Read it twice in first 2 days it was released

Captivating, encouraging, well written and well informed book. Recommend to anyone looking to improve their physical and mental fitness.

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