For those who wish to look past the smoke-and-mirrors of the health and fitness industry look no further than Dr. Brett Osborne. Dr. Osborne is a board-certified neurosurgeon, who also specializes in regenerative medicine and anti-aging. His experience speaks for itself, and he provides a true medical professional’s insight into health, nutrition, supplements and more.
Dr. Osborne walks the walk—just look at him! This is refreshing as having a thorough scientific and medical background and being ripped is a rare combination. You can tell by reading Get Serious that he is not only passionate about getting people in shape, but lives and breathes this lifestyle.
As you can see from the title—Get Serious—this book is a primer for those looking to get in shape once and for all. Although this is a complex process involving habits and discipline, Dr. Osborne starts by forcing readers to take responsibility for their own health:
YOU must take an active role in your own health by first assuming responsibility for your actions and their potential consequences. Don’t sue McDonald’s for your obesity. Don’t blame Philip Morris for your being stricken with lung cancer. YOU are in control, no one else.
It’s quite frankly, bullshit, to blame others for your shortcomings. I had a friend who was 330 lbs. who blamed his weight on genetics. When he finally ‘got serious’ (because he wanted to get laid) he lost over 100 lbs! It really comes down to finding your motivation for change.
One reason a lot of trainees have a hard time sticking around in the gym is because they don’t know which workout program to choose. Osborne sticks with the basics:
if you want to be big and muscular, or if you want to be nicely toned and sculpted, these basic exercises will get the job done.
Osborne lays out a thorough workout program revolving around big compound exercises, and provides a detailed routine for readers. The program is similar to other linear-progression, barbell-based workouts a la 5×5. While some of the facets are different, it’s designed with the beginner in mind.
The problem with this, for me, was that it is too general. While I can’t argue with his physique, I think intermediate and advanced lifters would benefit from a variety of exercises, rep ranges, and intensity techniques.
it’s injury prevention first, get strong second.
The principles in Get Serious are about longevity and feeling your best—it’s only natural to advocate for injury prevention. Plus it comes from a common sense standpoint that if you keep getting injured you will never make progress in the gym. Dr. Osborne routinely does spinal surgery so for him its impotant to stress the safety of lifting weights.
Nutrition is an overlooked and underappreciated asset of getting fit and healthy. I think all of us all are a bit guilty of failing to adhere properly to nutritional protocols—myself included.
Be advised though:
This is NOT the next diet book. I don’t believe in diets. In fact, there is no such thing as a diet.
The reason diets suck is because a ‘diet’ implies that it will only last for a short period of time. You need to follow the proper nutritional guidelines for the rest of your life!
One such example, when it comes to building muscles mass, is protein consumption:
1g protein/ lb of bodyweight. Simple, easy to remember, yet easier said than done. Health takes work, remember! Naysayers among you are thinking, “I don’t need all that protein to gain muscle” or “that amount of protein will damage my kidneys.” With regard to the first, always err on the side of surplus protein consumption.
An interesting point. I had wavered myself quite a bit on how much is too much or too little protein, but since Dr. Osborne substantiates the 1g per lb. it seems suitable for me.
The Truth About the Healthcare Industry
It’s one thing for some to rant about Big Pharma, but it’s another thing for a medical professional to substantiate these types of claims:
There is money in disease, not health.
Disturbing and sad, isn’t it?
Doctors can’t order a blood “stress level.” We see only the effects of its wrath: accelerated aging and predisposition to age-related disease (statistically what is most likely to kill you, remember). Skeptical? See for yourself then. Have a look at the skin or the physique of an avid marathon runner? Aged. Physically aged. Why? Because long distance running stimulates massive free radical release that decimates bodily tissue, stealing electrons from vital cellular structures akin to a thief pillaging a bank of its holdings.
The section I was most looking forward to was this section on supplements. Although supplements are just that—a way to supplement your diet and health—it’s still advantageous to be on the cutting edge of this. Plus, with Dr. Osborne’s expertise and experience with anti-aging, I was expecting some unique suggestions and that I got. As for the specific recommendations, I will leave that to the book.
Neither you nor I are obtaining adequate micronutrients from the food we eat. There are two reasons for this truism. One, your diet simply does not provide adequate amounts of [vital micronutrients]… And two, if you think it does, you’re wrong. Our food is nutritionally depleted of vital nutrients, and it is laden with toxins (i.e. pesticides).
To my relief, I am already taking many of the supplements Osborne advocates. A few of the ones he recommends are for people 35+ and therefore not suitable for me at this point, but I will certainly take them into account in the coming years.
Time to Get Serious
If you’re a person who stares at themselves in the mirror and wondering what has become of you, you could use this book. Osborne approaches health and fitness in an encouraging manner, that is tough, but not so much that newbies will be turned off.
As a suggestion what I would love to see from Dr. Osborne is a book for more advanced people, in terms of training, nutrition and more. For example, Osborne is a proponent of TRT, but he doesn’t delve into great depth about the subject here. There is much more potential with his mind to make another awesome book.
That said, Get Serious should be required reading for those who are looking to become as fit and healthy as they can.
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