Book Review – Your Mind Builds Your Body

Your Mind Builds Your Body – Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book: “Your Mind Builds Your Body: Unlock Your Potential with Biohacking and Strength Training” Roger Snipes, Watkins Publishing, 2021.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book Available May 11, 2021

First of all, I have to start off by saying I was not the target audience of this book. It is primarily by a man for men. However, as a woman who is interested and has been interested in lifting weights for decades, I thought I would give this book a “Go!”

I had not realized I knew the author and bodybuilder, Roger Snipes, but when I saw his picture, I realized I had. I have seen him and his natural bodybuilding body featured on social media. He has a very nicely proportioned and fit body that is recognizable.

He starts off talking about his past and how he came to be interested in running, sports and being number one in all the things he pursued.

In this book, Roger talks about charting your progress to understand your potential and pretty much everything in between. He speaks a lot about visualizations such as visualizing the muscle you are going to affect with the weights you are lifting so as to get the desired effect. He talks about engaging your brain and not just your physical apparatus. 

Roger does go through some physical scientific information Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) to various diets to intermittent fasting and also tracking macros. He reviews the main six parts of the body – legs, chest, back, core, arms, and shoulders.

He seems to use some of Wim Hof’s techniques as he uses cold treatments and does quote him in another part of the book. Roger looks as if he has been training and researching how to improve the body to the max through a variety of sources.

Overall, I give this book 3.75 out of 5 based on the sincerity of the author to help people. It is a good basic start to weight lifting and bodybuilding. I would have appreciated, nonetheless, a better series of photographs with the various movements either with dumbbells or barbells in the start and finish positions. I feel the same about needing photographs or illustrations for the machines as well. There are a few but if this book wants to stand out as an all informative book for men (or women), it needs to remember that there are new lifters and it would have been advisable to have a full range of options with the weights. They could have been black and white to save money and illustrated by animated figures as well.

Finally, a quote I like is “Fantasies come in the form of dreams, goals or desires, but the main point is, they will always remain personal to the individual.” I think this book helps people with a starting point on their fitness journey.

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Living Forever Young

Living Forever Young

 

Book: “Living Forever Young: The 10 Secrets to Optimal Strength, Energy and Vitality” by Skip Archimedes, Watkins Publishing, 256 pages.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Right away when you learn about the author Skip, you have to be amazed. He was a gymnast but had an accident and broke his back. He was told by doctors and specialists that he would never walk again. Within 18 months, he was back on his feet and winning a championship, the English Sports Acrobatics Championship. He has helped change many people including his mother who walks her dog and swims a 100 lengths every day. What is also very important to note is that the forward was written by David “Avocado” Wolfe who is well known in the natural health industry.

The ten main chapters of the book are:Breathe, Move, Nourish, Rest, Love, Shine, Believe, Learn, Commit and Live. This book is not an exercise or nutrition book but more of a life-enhancement book. It is important to have an alkaline body – not one based on acid.

With the first element breathing, it is important to breathe deeply with the exhale longer than the inhale. Interestingly, breathing deals with 70% of toxins. Breathing during exercise or while outdoors is important. Try to exercise for 30 to 45 minutes of good breathing. The second element, movement is important to your body and Skip offers up his Mom as an example. At 69, she had physical troubles, then she went on one of Skip’s retreat and lost 28 pounds and soon afterwards took up swimming and walking her new dog. At 74, she is in great shape and is active. Try aerobic, anaerobic exercise and yoga. The important thing to do is to find an activity that you enjoy.

Did you know that jogging, skipping, circuit training and rebounding can stimulate bone growth and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, especially in women?

With nourishment, the third element, it is important to drink 2 litres of water a day. Skip is a vegan but indicates this is an individual choice. He does suggest a plant-based diet is best. Skip suggest juicing and making smoothies from scratch so that you know what goes in them. He has a number of Morning Green Juices to start his day before breakfast. Superfoods such as wheatgrass, barley, chlorella, spirulina, hemp protein, chia, and cacao add to your smoothies and boosts your nutritional intake. Eating a raw salad helps too. Fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods which are good for dealing with you pH levels. If you are going vegetarian, there should be enough protein in a diet filled with fruit, vegetables, nuts, beans, pulses, seeds and grains.

The fourth element is rest or regularly scheduled sleep which is important to the body. A change is as good as a rest such as a change in routine or small vacation. A meditation or guided visualization is a good option for changing a mood.

Love is the fifth element. As Lucille Ball said “Love yourself first and everything falls in place.” It is important to love yourself first and foremost before loving others. Esther Hicks says that what you give out is what comes back to you whether it is negative or positive energy. Consider also how love will imprint your DNA to affect future generations in your family.

The sixth element is sunshine both in terms of vitamin D requirements and also a metaphor for your internal sunshine – of light emanating from inside of you out. There is, after all, no life without sunlight. You should be exposing 40% of your skin 20 minutes daily. Rats had more serotonin when exposed to more natural sunlight which deals with depression.

The seventh element is believe so that you can live an authentic, valuable and rewarding life. It is important to find your purpose and passion and combine the two if possible. For this to happen, you need self-belief and a lack of doubt. As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

The eighth element is to learn that stimulating your mind is also nourishing your body. Likewise in a similar fashion, Plato emphasized exercises as being important for the mind.

The ninth element is commitment and being able to visualize the end goal that you desire. It is your beliefs, passions and purpose that define who you are. It is important to have thankfulness and a positive attitude in reaching one’s goals.

The final and tenth element is to live. You have your inner world of body and mind and now you need to deal with the outer environment that you physically live in. Your spirit is vitally important. For internally, you should do a detoxification, such as a 3 day juice fast of fruits and vegetables (5 pints or 2.5 litres). Failures are only lessons so continue on your way with trying everything from A to Z.

These in a nut shell are the ten elements to a successful life. This was a good read and I recommend it to be people would like to be encouraged.

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