The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. It contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of elite athletes, dozens of MDs, and thousands of hours of jaw-dropping personal experimentation.
From Olympic training centers to black-market laboratories, from Silicon Valley to South Africa, Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek, fixated on one life-changing question: For all things physical, what are the tiniest changes that produce the biggest results?
Thousands of tests later, this book contains the answers for both men and women. From the gym to the bedroom, it’s all here, and it all works.
YOU WILL LEARN (in less than 30 minutes each): How to lose those last 5-10 pounds (or 100+ pounds) with odd combinations of food and safe chemical cocktails.
- How to prevent fat gain while bingeing (X-mas, holidays, weekends).
- How to increase fat-loss 300% with a few bags of ice.
- How Tim gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, without steroids, and in four hours of total gym time.
- How to sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested.
- How to produce 15-minute female orgasms.
- How to triple testosterone and double sperm count.
- How to go from running 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers in 12 weeks.
- How to reverse “permanent” injuries.
- How to add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months.
- How to pay for a beach vacation with one hospital visit.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 50 topics covered, all with real-world experiments, many including more than 200 test subjects. You don’t need better genetics or more discipline. You need immediate results that compel you to continue.
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The cornerstone of the book is Ferriss’ self-experimentation. As he says, he’s gone out and tried all the crazy treatments and bought all dangerous products so you don’t have to. And that’s very nice of him, certainly, though I suspect he’s really only indulging his own neuroses and OCD issues rather than doing these things out of any sense of altruism, but whatever.
And I do believe that there is a ton of value in self-experimentation. Self-experimentation is where the big theories and scientific discoveries start, take shape, and get you thinking about the world in ways you hadn’t before. It’s is not, however, science. Science is what you do after you’ve come up with all these great ideas and interesting observations.
Ferriss doesn’t seem to understand this, though, skips the middle science part altogether, and goes straight to doling out advice on what the reader should be doing to change themselves. The result is contradictory recommendations that are at best benign and at worse dangerous to the user on a physical and mental level. And then I got to the sex chapter.
Ferriss, you see, decides to teach the world (men) how to give a woman a 15-minute orgasm. As though they too are something to be hacked and experimented on so that men can feel better about themselves and their mad skills. So he talks about his ‘experiments’ in female sexuality while nudgenudgewinkwinking his way through the parts where he finds his ‘test subjects’ and talks to ‘experts’.
And, you know, as disgusted as I was with the whole tone and objectification throughout the chapter, I think I could’ve forgiven a small part of it if I had learned something interesting or been presented with a novel sexual technique. But no. Ferriss’ road to mindblowing orgasms is…manual clitoral masturbation. And I’m still not sure where the 15 minutes comes in. Ugh.
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