(No longer being sold that I can find)
Author: Reuben Bajada
Format: Online Member’s Area
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Regardless of what specific diet or training plan you choose to follow, if you are going to succeed in your quest to build muscle and change your physique, it will be your mental toughness that deserves a lot of the credit. You will have to push through a lot of adversity to achieve your goals.
The above statements are ones that I am confident Reuben Bajada would agree with. In his program, “Permanent Muscle”, he puts considerable effort into helping his readers get their minds to a place where they can succeed.
He introduces readers to methods of goal-setting that have worked for him. At times the program comes off as a life lesson instead of a bodybuilding lesson. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Bajada is engaging and there is some good stuff in there.
However, at times, it seemed a little long-winded.
This isn’t to suggest that bodybuilding isn’t the main focus of the ebook. It is.
There is a lot of great information there – Bajada is definitely an accomplished, enthusiastic trainer with a lot to offer. But the book seemed to lose its focus at certain points.
I did get a lot out of it. Specifically, I loved his discussion of dealing with your pain threshold, of the battle between strong and weak emotions as it applies to bodybuilding. He characterized it well and presented a strong plan of action for successfully keeping a positive state of mind to reach your goals.
Permanent Muscle’s training specific stuff was also very good. Bajada covers every major muscle group and provides solid advice on how to best train each.
Considerable effort is made to present a complete exercise database within the ebook. Each exercise has a before and after picture but no descriptions or tips. Can an inexperienced trainer learn to adequately perform stiff-legged deadlifts from a couple of pictures alone? Will he learn to slightly bend his knees, move his hips back, etc. from those pictures?
I don’t think he will.
And therefore I’m not sure the database presents any value. Bajada covers a lot of exercises (over 200 I think). I’m not sure that an ebook is the best place for such an undertaking (a website seems a better place and I can think of several free ones that do a better job).
Note: After this review was done, Bajada went to an online member’s area and a monthly charge so maybe the above isn’t really an issue anymore.
The nutrition part of Permanent Muscle is geared toward teaching people to make their own diets that are realistic for them individually. Bajada states emphatically that stock diet plans (plans that give you specific foods for each meal of each day) don’t work. I couldn’t agree more. They don’t.
I also thought Bajada did an excellent job covering supplements.
Of note, while working on the review I was on Bajada’s site and there was a little chat window that said “Reuben is available to chat” or something like that. I clicked on it expecting to get a robot or some sales pitch. Instead, to my pleasant surprise, it was actually Reuben. He seemed more than willing to help and answer all questions. He told me he was on there during business hours (Australia) most days.
Big kudos for being available and passionate – a lot of authors of these programs are hard to contact.
Overall, I really felt that Bajada had a lot to offer. I found a lot of good and interesting tips and tactics in the program. I did, however, feel it sometimes lost focus and failed to target its target audience (beginning trainers looking for mass gains?).
Still, definitely a solid program that all readers are going to get something from.
(No Longer Being Sold That I Can Find)
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