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Stronger, Faster, Smarter

A Guide to Your Most Powerful Body

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After a decade behind bars for a murder he did not commit, Ryan Ferguson learned that physical strength and confidence are keys to survival – he now shares his strength secrets in Stronger, Faster, Smarter--the smartest, realest, and most doable fitness guide you’ll ever read.

How many of us really understand that every moment counts, and that physical strength and confidence enable our mind and spirit to make the most of our lives? Ryan Ferguson does. He survived nearly a decade behind bars for a murder he did not commit.

An innocent collegian imprisoned at nineteen, Ferguson’s disbelief turned to resolve after his father told him: “Son, do whatever you can to get stronger, faster, and smarter. This is now your number one priority.”

In his darkest hour, even after countless appeals and disappointment, in a place that threatened physical violence, malnutrition, and offered almost no medical aid, Ferguson knew his physical health was paramount.

In this startlingly elegant, authentic, and inspiring guide, Ferguson shares his simple, universally attainable recipe for health and power.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 05, 2015 – After being accused of murder and jailed at age 19, Ferguson took his father's advice and dedicated himself to becoming "stronger, faster, and smarter," in order to survive prison. As this warm, uplifting guide recounts, Ferguson entered prison in 2005 as a skinny kid and left, after his conviction was overturned in 2013, as a lean, muscular young man. Based on his own workout, he presents an approachable DIY exercise and diet plan that doesn't require special equipment or ingredients. Chapter topics include physical preparation; research; building lean muscle; cardio; a doable "forever" life diet; abs; and more. He also offers pertinent personal stories, such as, in the cardio chapter, the realization that he needed to turn the "unsculpted heap of muscle" he had initially focused on "into something more useful" than a physical deterrent to fellow inmates. He also covers exercises for different parts of the body and healthy food options (Greek yogurt or oatmeal with fresh fruit for breakfast and chicken or salmon with salads for lunch or dinner). Adding to the book's appealingly earnest tone, Ferguson includes a note to women clarifying that the lifestyle outlined here is intended for both genders, but with different results. Recently-liberated Ferguson will invigorate and inspire readers of all shapes and sizes with this accessible, interesting take on fitness.

Customer Reviews

A solid first book

I was captivated by Ryan's story and eager to hear more. While he does explain what happened to him ten years ago and the struggles of staying sane in prison, the majority of this book is about developing a lifestyle that will lead to better health and overall fitness. I am in good shape today but plan to use some of Ryan's recommendations.

Stronger, Faster, Smarter
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Published: Jan 02, 2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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