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Hill Fit Review

January 23, 2012

Every now and then, someone in our ever bigger blog world, writes a book that gets attention for all the right reasons. Namely, it’s PERFECT!

After reading through the opening of the book, I knew that I would be able to buy this for a few friends and family members, so that they could come to simply read for themselves and understand, concepts I’ve been sharing with them for over 6 years now.

I hope I’m not violating copy rights with this, but I’m going to to take a quote from the e-book to give you an example of how perfect and straightforward this is.

“‘The functional myth

You do not need to mimic the motion of hillwalking to improve the strength to walk. This fallacy of “functional training” has led many astray in recent years. The key is to strengthen the muscles and then apply this strength to your skill area, be it walking or throwing a discus. For example, walking with weights attached to your ankles and wrists might add load to your muscles but there are safer ways to stress those muscles. In any case, walking with weighted hands and feet is a different skill from normal walking. The idea is to build strength with sensible training, then apply that to the skill, which is walking.”
Years ago when I was doing a lot of martial arts training, I remember that one of the guru’s at the time advocated (this was in the early 90’s) taking light dumbbell weights and practicing punching and evading movements while holding the dumbbells to “get stronger”. Very quickly this was dismissed as no buenno by the old japanese teachers and clearly explained to us why this was so. Many of us thought it pretty simple and straight forward….do the movements under load and it will make you stronger. But in their broken English they explained the EXACT thing Chris explains. “build strength sensibly, then apply that to the skill”.
I told Chris that I liked the Ebook for another if not the most important reason to me. If you are buying this book with the expectation to get something out of it, you either will or you won’t. Meaning…here it is folks, laid out simply and straightforward beckoning action. You either will or you won’t. But there are no excuses. This fantastic resource won’t have you re-reading, making spreadsheets, over-analysing, cross-referencing, NO…it’s all spelled out for you and there for the taking. Like I said in a private email to Chris, I like the book so much and I’m excited for him because this is truly a little book that CAN help people. How wonderful is that prospect?
Hillfit: Strength – the missing element in your training

3 Responses to Hill Fit Review

  1. Chris Highcock on January 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm


    thanks so much for the kind words and the thoughtful review.

    • Marc on January 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      From the heart!

      cheers Chris.

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