(No longer being sold
that I can find)
Author: Hugo Rivera
Price: $ ?
Format: E-Book (Electronic Delivery)
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Hugo Rivera is well-known and well-respected in the fitness/bodybuilding world. He achieved great success with his “Body Sculpting” physical books.
Body Re-Engineering is his entry into the online training world.
Hugo has also worked with Cory Everson on some training manuals. That fact makes me jealous. Cory was a hot Ms. Olympia, coming just before the girls started juicing a bit too much and becoming a bit too big for me.
When I was in college, Cory had a daily training show on ESPN. It was easily the most watched show in my dorms. A bunch of guys gathered around the TV, eyes glued to Cory Everson in her spandex…
Good times. But irrelevant to this review, obviously. In a horribly bad attempt to tie it in… Back in college I was bone-skinny (Cory would have had no problem benching me). So, would this program have helped me put on some muscle?
Yes, it would have. Hugo definitely knows his stuff and has a lot to teach.
However, I didn’t think this program ever defined its audience. It seems to be trying to be all things to all people, from beginners to competition-level bodybuilders, from endomorphs to ectomorphs, from young boys to women dealing with menopause.
In trying to cover it all, it loses its impact for specific goals/obstacles (such as, on this website, those with goals of gaining weight and muscle). It is confusing in places. One sentence he seems to be talking to the beginner and in the next he is talking pre-contest strategy.
One specific instance I thought was confusing was when Rivera was talking about the different types of muscle soreness. He seems to suggest that soreness is a good indicator for the effectiveness of a workout. While I believe he is talking about a very specific soreness that the very experienced trainer may be able to distinguish from other forms of soreness (like DOMs), I don’t think the beginner possibly could. And, consequently, the beginner could end up the wrong idea and working to the “soreness” goal which can end up badly.
Throughout the ebook I never got the impression he was focused in on me. Selfishly, I wanted to hear more on his thoughts for the non-competitive hardgainer. I didn’t get that and ended up frustrated. If I was an endomorph woman with the goal of competitive bodybuilding, I think I would have ended up just as frustrated.
The training is a periodization approach. It looks solid. The nutrition is fairly standard, fairly clean eating supplemented with basic supplements. Rivera adequately explains suggested changes to be made for different body types (for example, an ecto would end up training 3 days-a-week instead of 5 and eating more in relation to their bodyweight).
Only the main ebook was sent to me for the review. Rivera offers some intriguing bonuses such as a member’s area with message boards and a video exercise database of him performing the program’s exercises. I didn’t see these bonuses but I think it is a fair assumption that they are well done. Clearly Rivera has passion for the topic and cares about his product.
2 of 5 Stars: It’s a decent read with some interesting points. But Body Re-Engineering’s failure to target a specific audience greatly limits its potential.
(No Longer Being Sold That I Can Find)
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