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.
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