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The Ultimate New York Body Plan: Just 2 weeks to a total transformation
Name: The Ultimate New York Body Plan: Just 2 weeks to a total transformation
Author: david kirsch
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Year: 2004
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Copyright 2005 by David Kirsch. All rights reserved. Manufactured i n the United States of America. Except as permitted under the United States Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publicati on may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the p rior written permission of the publisher. 0 07 145983 9 The material in this eBook also appears in the print version of this tit le: 0 07 144649 4. This book is for educational purposes. It is not intended as a substitut e for individual fitness, health, and medical advice. Please consult a qualified health care professional for individual healt h and medical advice. Neither McGraw Hill nor the author shall have any responsibility for any adverse effects that arise directly or indirectly as a result of the information provided in this book. All trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Rather than pu t a trademark symbol after every occurrence of a trademarked name, we use names in an editorial fashion only, and to the benefit of the trademark owner, with no intention of infringement of the trademark. Where such designations appear in this book, they have been printed with initial caps. McGraw Hill eBooks are available at special quantity discounts to use as premiums and sales promotions, or for use in corporate training programs. For more information, please contact George Hoare, Special Sales, at [email protected] hill.com or (212) 904 4069. Interior photographs copyright by Shonna Valeska. TERMS OF USE This is a copyrighted work and The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc. ( McG raw Hill ) and its licensors reserve all rights in and to the work. Use of this work is subject to these terms. Except as p ermitted under the Copyright Act of 1976 and the right to store and retrieve one copy of the work, you may not decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, reproduce, modify, create derivative works based upon, transmit, distribute, disseminate, s ell, publish or sublicense the work or any part of it without McGraw Hill s prior consent. You may use the work for your ow n noncommercial and personal use; any other use of the work is strictly prohibited. Your right to use the work may be te rminated if you fail to comply with these terms. THE WORK IS PROVIDED AS IS. McGRAW HILL AND ITS LICENSORS MAKE N O GUARANTEES OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE ACCURACY, ADEQUACY OR COMPLETENESS OF OR RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED FROM USING THE WORK, INCLUDING ANY INFORMATION THAT CAN BE ACCESSED THRO UGH THE WORK VIA HYPERLINK OR OTHERWISE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTY, EX PRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABIL ITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. McGraw Hill and its licensors do not warrant o r guarantee that the functions contained in the work will meet your requirements or that its operation will be un interrupted or error free. Neither McGraw Hill nor its licensors shall be liable to you or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error or omission, regardless of cause, in the work or for any damages resulting therefrom. McGraw Hill has no responsibility f or the content of any information accessed through the work. Under no circumstances shall McGraw Hill and/or its li censors be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, punitive, consequential or similar damages that result from the use of or inability to use the work, even if any of them has been advised of the possibility of such damages. This limitatio n of liability shall apply to any claim or cause whatsoever whether such claim or cause arises in contract, tort or other wise. DOI: 10.1036/0071459839 TLFeBOOK


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vii It has been a few years since I wrote my first book, Sound Mind, Sound Body. I faced writing another book with great trepidation. I was no longer a neophyte author. The more one knows about the process of writing a book, the more daunting is the task of writing another. I had presented a lot of information in the first book and wasn't sure I had more to say. As you will soon see, I did have lots to say, and the program I developed for The Ultimate New York Body Planis short in duration but long in effect. I have approached this task very much like many others in my life in a methodical, organized manner. When considering whether to take on the project, I pondered the same questions that concerned me the first time around: "What are my objectives in writing this book? What are the thoughts and feelings that I want to resonate long after the last page is read?" I ruminated over these questions after appearing on the highly popular television series "Extreme Makeover." In this show, men and women are teamed up with a personal trainer and plastic surgeon; these professionals are charged with the task of taking them from flabby to fit, fat to slender, sun damaged to radiant, all within a very short period of time. The show taught me that many men and women perhaps you are one of them are looking for a quick fix and a fast way to transform their bodies. For many years, I didn't believe in quick fixes. I told my clients t hat they had to stick with me for at least six weeks before they would see major results. The "Extreme Makeover" challenge of training and transforming four women in a short period of time opened up a new universe to me. I realized that many people, given the right exercise and nutrition plan, can achieve stunning results in as little as two weeks. Even more important, if they stick with the right maintenance plan, something the "Extreme Makeover" show does not develop, they can maintain these results for life. PREFACE Kirsch_FM_C1 2_Final 8/25/2004 2:28 PM Page vii TLFeBOOK


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1 When ABC approached me about participating as the fitness and wellness expert for its popular television show "Extreme Makeover," I felt honored, but also conflicted. The basic philosophy of the show not only include d diet and exercise (which I would be in charge of), but also extensive plastic sur gery, including nose jobs, brow lifts, liposuction, and face lifts. I am not opposed to plastic surgery (not that I have or will ever elect to have any), but I didn't want to endorse the notion that someone would need to undergo such extreme and often painful means to look his or her best. That's just not in line with my philosophy as a trainer and wellness coach. That said, I agreed to participate, and the process helped me to develop the program that eventually grew into this book. My decision was based on my desire to not only transform these women's bodies, but also help them transform their lives. I felt that I could show these women and millions of viewers that one could have a makeover, and a pretty comprehensive one at that, by adhering to the sound eating and exercise principles of my program. Not only was I going to transform their bodies, but I was going to empow er them by teaching them how to maintain their results throughout their lives. My task on the "Extreme Makeover" show was daunting. I was asked to help women completely make over their bodies in just 14 to 21 days. Generally, I suggest a much longer program for body transformation, one that lasts about six weeks. Yet, because the "Extreme Makeover" show wanted extreme results in an extremely short period of time, I modified the THE ELEMENTS OF YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS 1 Kirsch_FM_C1 2_Final 8/25/2004 2:28 PM Page 1 TLFeBOOK


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2THEULTIMATENEWYORKBODYPLAN traditional nutrition and fitness program that I generally prescribe to my clients. Basically, the nutrition and fitness plan became much more intense. Although all the women had cosmetic surgery, they all agree that it was the workout and the nutrition regimens that still resonate in their everyday lives. They all still follow my training program, albeit maybe not as rigorously, and adhere at least to a certain degree to my nutrition plan. The results got me thinking. What if I could convince others to embrace the notion that ultimate makeovers were attainable and could be realized with sweat and determination but no plastic surgery? The Ultimate New York Body Plan was born. EXTREME VERSUSULTIMATERESULTS My objective here is not to bash the "Extreme Makeover" show. I think the human element in the show is compelling and makes for good television. I haven't watched the program much, but did turn it on one night as I was edit ing this chapter. There were three makeovers, and the results were pretty extreme. I was pleased to see that the show's producers were finally paying more attention to the physical training aspect, but I was dismayed that the y failed to recognize that nutrition is a huge part of the equation. There was another glaring omission as well the maintenance program. It is great to feature transformations, but if you don't give people the tools necessary to maintain the results, then you're really doing them a disservice. How do people get to the point where they need extreme makeovers? Why are so many people overweight in America? Why are child obesity rates increas ing at such an alarming rate? If you don't get to the root of the unhappiness (and I'm not talking about big noses or saggy bottoms), you are not going to maintain whatever superficial results you may achieve no matter how dramatic they are. Nutrition counts for up to 70 percent in our overall wellness quotient. I don't care how many push ups you do. If you are still going to reach for the burger and fries, then all the liposuction in the world will not keep you skinny. For this program, your nutrition plan is just as important if not more Kirsch_FM_C1 2_Final 8/25/2004 2:28 PM Page 2 TLFeBOOK


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3THEELEMENTS OFYOURULTIMATESUCCESS important than your exercise plan. The biggest distinction between my Ultimate Body Plan and the "Extreme Makeover" program is that I not only train you, but I also feed you and teach you how to incorporate nutritio n prin ciples into your everyday life. Remember, makeovers should be about empowerment! With empowerment, you will have the courage, willpower, and fortitude to stay the course. THE ULTIMATE MAKEOVER After working on the "Extreme Makeover" show, I began introducing this faster, more extreme program to clients. I had many clients who were very fit and who ate well, but who wanted to take their bodies to the next level. They wanted to look great for bikini season or sculpt their best body for a wedding or upcoming reunion. Often, when they told me of these goals, they would sheepishly look at me and say, "But it's just two weeks away." Before I worked on the "Extreme Makeover" show and before I began applying what I learned for the show to my everyday clients, I would have told you that two weeks is not enough time to get into shape. I would ha ve talked you out of your desire for fast results and into embarking on a longer, six week program designed to last a lifetime. Even for the "Extreme Makeover" show, I was at first skeptical of how much could be accomplished in so short a period of time. I'll never forget the look on my clients' faces when I did the final body fat measurements. We all burst into tears! The per centages (although impressive) were only part of the reason. There is some thing powerful and empowering in helping to transform someone's life. I feel blessed for the opportunity to have worked with these amazing women. The y helped transform a skeptic (myself) into a true believer. Even after all these years of personal training, I, too, learned a valuable lesson. Anyone ca n make over his or her body and life. No one is too big or small, old or y oung. The makeover, when looked at as a life transforming experience, delivers the fuel you'll need to drive you through life's toughest travails and challenges. Kirsch_FM_C1 2_Final 8/25/2004 2:28 PM Page 3 TLFeBOOK


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I believe there are times when it's good to step up your fitness routine and eating plan in order to take your results to the next level. As long as you accept that change any change will include physical, mental, a nd spiritual transformation, then you can do it. You might be asking yourself how or why I chose two weeks as the length of time for The Ultimate New York Body Plan. I didn't arbitrarily choose this period, nor do I feel that it is necessarily the ideal amount of time to embark on a life transforming program. First and foremost, it works. Not only have I transformed the "Extreme Makeover" women in this period of time, but you will read about many other men and women whom I transformed with this plan in later chapters of this book. Second, I chose two weeks because i t is a long enough period of time to be effective but not so long that it is unduly burdensome or boring. After 16 years of training countless types of individu als men and women, old and young, celebrities and noncelebrities alike I've realized that many of us (myself included) often have limited attention spans. In Sound Mind, Sound Body, I set forth a six week life transforming program. It worked in transforming many people's lives. I now realize, however, that not all people have that much time or willpower to achieve their goals. Are you ready to sculpt, lift, burn fat, and eat your way to an ultimate makeover in just 14 days? This is a pretty challenging and rigorous program. It is not for the faint of heart and I mean that literally and figu ratively. If you have never exercised before in your life, my core program isn't for you. It requires a strong exercise commitment an hour to an hour and a half of exercise on most days. It requires you to head into the program with some form of a fitness routine. Yet, if you're currently a couch potato who has never exercised a day in your life, this doesn't mean you can't soon go on t he core program. In fact, I've provided a modified program in this chapter that is designed to help you get in great shape. You'll still sculpt sexy muscle and get stronger and leaner. You just won't work at the same level of intensity as you will on the core program. So whether you have been exercising or not, you have everything you need right here to start striving for ultimate results. You may, however, need to take a smaller step forward and do a little work, physically and mentally, before embarking on the core program. 4THEULTIMATENEWYORKBODYPLAN Kirsch_FM_C1 2_Final 8/25/2004 2:28 PM Page 4 TLFeBOOK


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In this chapter, you will find a series of questions and fitness tests that you need to answer and satisfactorily complete before you can proceed with the 14 day program. Although the program is extreme, it is definitely not unsafe for most people. As with any challenging exercise program, it is prudent to consult with your physician before commencing the program. If you are in doubt as to your physical abilities, lean on the side of being more rather than less conservative in deciding when to start the intensive program. Remember, there is no shame in starting with the fitness test and following with the preprogram before going "all out." The program will methodically train your mind and your body and take them to levels that you previously thought impossible. THE ULTIMATE NEW YORK BODY PLAN You're about to embark on the three pronged attack on flab that includes ultimate fitness, ultimate nutrition, and ultimate motivation, followe d by ulti mate maintenance. U LTIMATEFITNESSThe Ultimate New York Body Plan combines a mixture of cardio sculpting and lightweight and high repetition resistance training. You will use lightweight dumbbells, a stability ball, a medicine ball, and y our own body weight to perform the exercises. U LTIMATENUTRITIONThe nutrition component of The Ultimate New York Body Plan is definitely a little more extreme than my six week program outlined in Sound Mind, Sound Body.Because this program lasts just 14 days, you must minimize calorie consumption and maximize fat and calorie burning. To accomplish this task, you must strictly adhere to my A, B, C, D, E, and F of nutrition, which basically means no alcohol, bread, starchy carbohydrates, dairy products, extra sweets, fruit, and most fats. Yes, as you can see, it's an extreme plan. You will have to give up many of your favorite foods for 14 days. In addition to following the A, B, C, D, E, and F of nutrition, yo u will 5THEELEMENTS OFYOURULTIMATESUCCESS Kirsch_FM_C1 2_Final 8/25/2004 2:28 PM Page 5 TLFeBOOK


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drink two protein shakes a day and eat one wholesome meal and two snacks. (Note: for those of you who prefer to eat rather than drink your calories, I have provided food options in place of the shakes.) Because your body will be under an enormous strain resulting from the extensive exercise and rigorous nutrition plan, I will be recommending that you beef up on your supplements, including antioxidants, minerals, amino acids, and Chinese herbs. If you have never taken any supplements, then you will need to read Chapter 8, Resources, very carefully, as I set forth the choices of supplements currently on the market and indicate some of my favorites. If you are already taking supplements, you may find it necessary to increase the amounts that you are taking. U LTIMATEMOTIVATIONWorking out for an hour and a half a day and giving up many of your favorite foods is challenging. That's why, in Chapter 2, I've provided you with the tools you will need to avoid cheating, bingeing, and backsl iding. I often find myself giving my clients pep talks over the phone in order to help them stay on track, and this chapter is based on many of those pep talks . For example, not long ago, I was about to travel on business for a couple of days when I received an emergency call that Michel, one of the "Extreme Makeover" women, was having a rendezvous with mashed potatoes, street vendor hot dogs, and the occasional H agen Dazs ice cream cone. Because we had so little time together and were trying to achieve very dramatic results, I knew it was time for one of "those" conversations. We were both working too hard to have her drown in mashed potatoes and vendor hot dogs. Those fast food demons were calling, and I was ready to answer swiftly and steadily. I called her into my office late one night after I had finished trai ning and sat her down. We had established a nice rapport, so I just came right out with it: "What's with the mashed potatoes and the dogs?" To her credit, she didn't deny her transgressions and said that she was having difficulty adhering to the stringent guidelines of my food program. I told her, "If it doesn't come in my food bag, you can't put it in your mouth." I told her she had n o choice. To keep training with me, she had to follow the rules to the letter of the law. We had no room and, just as important, no time for her little treats. I'm sorry if 6THEULTIMATENEWYORKBODYPLAN Kirsch_FM_C1 2_Final 8/25/2004 2:28 PM Page 6 TLFeBOOK


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