To those unfamiliar with Martin Rooney, I invite you to head on over to his amazing site Training for Warriors for a little more background info on a guy people refer to as the “Tony Robbins” of fitness. For now let me give you the cliff notes on the man who is leading the “Resistance” and fighting the global obesity epidemic head on.
– Has trained multiple world champions in combat sports (MMA, BJJ, etc)
– Has trained NFL players and helped to frame their annual Combines
– He holds a Master of Health Science and Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Furman University. So it is safe to say he “gets” training and is no “Bro Scientist”
– Former member of the US Bobsled team
– Former MVP track star
– Has been featured on ESPN, ESPN2, Spike TV, Sports New York, Fox Sports Net, Fox Fight Game, the NFL Network, HDnet, NBC.com, Bodybuilding.com, tmuscle.com and in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, The Sporting News, Stack Magazine, FIGHT!, Fight Sport, Fighters Only, Grappling and Sports Illustrated for Kids.
I picked up a copy of Warrior Cardio a number of months back, and to be honest, sort of slept on it. I thumbed through the pages anxiously when it first arrived and was throughly impressed with the presentation, print quality and information within. That being said I am a notorious “skimmer” and I jumped right to the workouts and conditioning circuits instead of reading through the book the way it was intended to be read.
It then went back in the stack, and like a sleeping giant sat silently in the dark until the day it was ready to attack.
Fast forward to about 2 months ago. I saw it on the shelf and thought to myself “I really should READ that”. I cracked it open and to my delight it was an absolute punch to the gut(in a good way) sort of wakeup call. Martin is a smart cookie. He surrounds himself with amazing people and really digs into the “why” of it all.
Instead of chasing the low hanging fruit of monkey see monkey do, Martin instead chose to burrow into the philosophy, mental fortitude and motivation of training. By drawing more attention to this side of the coin I found Warrior Cardio offered a more complex and insightful angle on training. It took a more holistic and measured approach. It pumped me up, made me realize that my inner Warrior was dwindling away and that it’s ok to fight. It is ok to fight for your health.
The workouts themselves are not new, flashy or particularly groundbreaking, but that is the brilliance of it all. With a newly minted mindset and motivation Martin has realized results are more important and cut out the fluff. If you want silly fads and props, look elsewhere. If you want to move some weight, sweat a lot and get a hell of a lot stronger in the process it may be the book for you. I was also really happy to see one of the key contributors was none other than Dr. JB (John Berardi) of Precision Nutrition. Although the nutrition and diet section are not super long it is on point. The Martin and JB tag-team outline the keys to a successful transformation and ongoing wins in both body composition and performance. Definitely a nice add on that was unexpected and once again, a trusted expert was consulted in writing it. The 12 week program within the book itself is also a nice little bonus. While after the first workout or two you may think to yourself “I MUST have to train more than 3-4 days a week!” just give it time…..Before too long you’ll realize just how important those rest days are.
I realize that the whole “Inner Warrior” thing may be hit or miss with some people. It may be a little too macho for some. I will say that I think it is done in a motivating and empowering manner. Never once did I feel like I was being preached to about being “manly”. Still, I wanted to bring that up. The other thing I consider a slight issue is that the workouts themselves rely on some strength and conditioning tools that are not available in most home set-ups or commercial gyms for that matter (Prowler, Truck Tire, Heavy Bags, etc). This is in no way a deal breaker for me as I was able to track down substitution moves for the few that simply couldn’t be done in my gym. Had the book troubleshot this and listed the substitute moves somewhere probably would have gotten my fifth star. I did have to go online and find this myself.
If you can get over that you’ll need to find a few alternative moves and learn to channel your inner Warrior I think that Warrior Cardio is worth it’s weight in gold.
Go get it.