This really struck me as a reference book more than a book to read cover to cover. I still read it cover to cover. Didn’t really take many detailed notes though.
- One way my perspective changed was in regards to drugs and supplements. Tim takes so many drugs and supplements. It’s crazy. Previously I had a pretty negative view of that stuff. I have a less negative view now. My mindset used to be “only if necessary” and now it’s like “if it’d be really good for you or you want to try it”. The distinction between legal and illegal drug is so bizarre anyway.
- The minimum effective dose was a good concept. There’s no point doing more than what you need to get muscle. You’ll just cause yourself an injury or something.
- The emphasis on lifting was to lift heavy, lift few reps. Tim does 2 reps for his deadlift. That’s really not many.
- The injury prevention chapter was good. I didn’t think about left-right imbalances as much of a problem before. Now I can see it’s no good. I like the remedy for fixing that as well. Right left right left left left left – a 2-5 ratio.
- Endurance athletes running pretty much only short-distance stuff – why not. Pretty good for you. I also thought the 15-minute powerwalk preseason training was bizarre.
- Vertical jump needs a lot of arms input. Who knew. Makes sense though.
- Low-carb diet. In retrospect not super good for you, but I can see
how it’d be great for dropping fat. I tried it for two weeks,
didn’t feel particularly great on it. High-protein is no way to get longevity. Not all bad: the experiment helped me cut
out white carbs, which was good.