THE NEXT BOOK: From Rapid Fat Loss to Strongmen: A Guide to Becoming Superhuman


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It’s finally time to tell you all.

My next book will be a hacker’s guide to the human body. The working title is “From Rapid Fat Loss to Strongmen: A Guide to Becoming Superhuman.” It has actually been planned for more than two years.

I’ve recorded almost every workout I’ve done since age 15, and my house looks like an ER, with dozens of gadgets and medical devices for capturing data. I’ve had hundreds of blood tests performed and have been doing this since 1996, with costs now totalling well over $100,000. I’ve taken my weight from 145 lbs. to 225 lbs. (lean) and back down, and I can remove or add 20 lbs. in 3-4 weeks on-demand.

So, what is the result of all this OCD madness?

I can show you how I safely do things outdated physiology textbooks tell you is impossible. This isn’t because I have some unique intelligence. It’s because I’ve tested the most basic assumptions of nutrition and exercise… and I experiment with outrageous alternatives that end up working.

Cut 2% bodyfat in two weeks? No problem. Increase muscular strength 30% in 48-72 hours, or drop 50-100 pounds of fat? Not an issue. I’ve done the guinea pig shotgun approach so you don’t have to. I’ll spare you the 10,000 pages of literature on a given topic and give you the one unusual 1-2-3 method that produced unbelievable results. That is not to imply this book will not be limited to me. I’ll attempt to include replicable results on multiple subjects (of both genders and including 60+-year olds) instead of “It worked for me, therefore it will work for you” in almost all cases.

Self-experimentation galore, cutting-edge labs from the Ivy League to the Middle East, interviews with superhuman athletes, and a guru-killing examination of results with some of the brightest PhDs and MDs in the world will form the backbone of this book. It will be equally designed for men and women.

And I need your help.

I am looking for research assistants to help with this book, as well as elite athletes (national level or above), trainers of elite athletes, case studies, MDs/PhDs/researchers doing interesting work, and anyone else who thinks they have something that could fit in human performance. Normal people who’ve made incredible progress or found an unusual method that works? Let me know.

Just send me a quick note here.

The 4-Hour Workweek has been sold in 35 languages, has been on The NY Times business bestseller list for more than 2 years unbroken, and has hit #1 NY Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 BusinessWeek, among others. I expect this next book to be MUCH bigger. The names and findings of those featured will be launched worldwide.

Some of the topics I will address include: fat loss, muscular hypertrophy, and reversing injuries (acute, but especially chronic). There will be dozens more, but I have to keep them under wraps for now. I apologize, but trust me — you won’t be disappointed.

Can you help, or know someone who can? Please let me know here.

Exciting times ahead :)

Posted on: June 22, 2009.

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398 comments on “THE NEXT BOOK: From Rapid Fat Loss to Strongmen: A Guide to Becoming Superhuman

  1. Looking forward to the next book Tim. As a lifelong sportsman…sailing, swimming, cycling, surfing, skiing and now adventure racing…I’m also fascinated by fitness and rapid gains. Its especially appropriate for part time athletes who are deprived of serious training time due to work & family commitments. Can’t wait.


  2. First 4HWW and now this? You’ve hit two branches of my life that I’m most involved in/excited about. You’re the best Tim, I can’t wait!


  3. This is really exciting news, but I see its still work in progress, for when do you think it will be ready cause I can’t wait !


  4. Very interesting stuff! Im very into fitness and healthy lifestyle so this book will be a must read for me. I run about 20-30 miles every week and besides that put in an 4-5 gym workouts. I have experimented alot with amount of calorie intake and different diets. Good thing with running is that its very easy to track your performance. Basically just run the same distances and time every run. Over a period of time you can examine the data and come to conclusions.


  5. Interesting concept Tim. I think the title might need a bit of polishing… ;)

    One thing I’ve learned as a trainer and coach is that the mainstream idea of performance enhancement is “stuck in stupid simplicity.” I’m looking forward to seeing what your personal discoveries have been.



  6. Still trying to be the Hulk after all these years Mr. Ferriss??? Don’t forget sleep and nutrition in your latest tome in progress as your hacks on each are rather good reads. Good luck with the book.


  7. Sounds great, Tim!

    I’m amateur bodybuilder and swimmer who tried different approach and I would love to read your next book.

    Wish you luck and thanks for the real value you’re delivering with your blog and books!


  8. Sounds like a great book, I’ve been trying out different systems for years. All the way from Stu Mittleman’s, Slow Burn which I used to run a marathon to Pete Cisco’s, CNS workouts for which I used to lift incredible weights!

    I wish I had been more organised and kept detailed accounts of what I have been up to like you.

    Looking forward to the book.


  9. Looking forward to the book Tim.

    I have a website that improves the productivity of fitness (specifically endurance) training, enabling people to train to their peak in 3 hours per week – please have a look.


  10. This is fantastic!

    You always have great insight into conquering physical performance. I look forward to having all your findings in one book.

    Best of luck with the release.


  11. TIM! I will be your guinea pig if you need one! I am a skinny professional dancer who needs to build some serious muscle. Honestly, I’m puny! Minute muscles. TINY! So, help me out! I wait with bated breath for my transformation to a muscled maniac! Chat soon!


  12. In all seriousness, this sounds really cool. I’d love to see someone do a Freakonomics-style assessment of a large set of workout/nutrition data, and it sounds like you do indeed have the data to do that.

    One thing, though: I cringe whenever you use the term “fat loss.” It immediately makes me think “scam.” I understand why you do it, though… it provides better talking points than “low glycemic” or “low carb.”