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Not a Life Coach: Push Your Boundaries. Unlock Your Potential. Redefine Your Life. Paperback – 2 December 2020
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- Publisher : HarperCollins GB (2 December 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 000840481X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008404819
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
‘Meet the man changing the way you think about fitness. One of the most sought-after personal trainers in the world (who has) knocked current fitness It boy @JoeWicks for six and stolen the coveted crown of the fitness world’ Sunday Times Style
‘Not a Diet Book mercilessly takes down every fad diet, workout and health drink you have been sold and instead explains [James’] mission to make understanding weight-loss as two words – calorie deficit.’ The Sun
‘Personal trainer James Smith’s new book, Not a Diet Book, offers frank advice on getting in shape and busts some major diet myths.’ Grazia
‘James’ book is the tough love version of life coaching. He tells you straight, refers to his own experiences in life and makes you laugh along the way.’ Metro
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Makes you think about what’s important in life and why you’re doing what you’re doing.
Can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from reading/listening to this book.
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I didn't read his first book and I am quite frankly furious I spent money on this, from my point of view this has damaged his brand, he seems to be on his high horse I presume due to his success. As he says on social media frequently, he doesn't care about people who aren't going to buy his books/sign up to JSA, a category I now fall into.
I'm a 26 yo male so felt this might have been relevant for me but he shouldn't have bothered writing this. It seems to help some people so I'll provide a TL:DR at the end of this review so you can decide if this book will provide any value to you.
The only reason I finished this book was because he blew so much smoke up the final chapter and how good it was, his best work apparently which he is proud of.
I can now conclude that he is just as much of a snake oil salesman, or charlatan as he calls them, as the rest of the fitness industry but he must be much more intelligent than you would assume from reading his book. He has successfully demonised many other fitness figures and portrayed himself as a shining light in the fitness world and cashing in in the process. I wouldn't have agreed with this view point before but this book just feels like a cash grab to capitalise on his popularity at the moment - however long it lasts. Do I blame him? Absolutely not. I'm just salty it was my cash that was grabbed.
Of course I am not anywhere near as successful so take my opinion with a pinch of salt but he should NOT follow his own advice this time and just stick to his day job.
NOT A Life Coach TL:DR: yolo and don't worry about it
*patronizing: showing that you think you are better or more intelligent than somebody else
But this is a stretch out his 'lane' with an odd tone running throughout, stolen lines and ideas from a collection of books and a general 'don't worry' message.
It was just a bit basic without any real substance or ideas.
I've read quite a few psychology/mind books so of course in comparison this is poor HOWEVER I could see a part of the population who this type of talk would be 'game changing' for them.
But for me it was a repetition of old news and I couldn't wait to finish it to start a new book.
Should have done Not A Diet Book 2.0
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2020