This is the first book review I am doing, so I hope you follow with a choppy review. I am new to reviewing books and used speed reading to read the book. This is not a knock on the author Scott Van Hoy, but for me, a lot of any book is ‘review’. Sadly, unless I am reading a medical text book (You can get them surprisingly cheap off of amazon or eBay for previous years) most of what I read is review and can be repetitious. Keep that in mind, that this review should be taken with a grain of salt.
I do keep in mind that I know a lot about fitness and health, so do try my best to judge any work accordingly. Full disclosure, I paid the full asking price for the book. No discount, no incentive, nor was I asked to review it. The links in this article to check the book out are simple URL shortener links on my custom URL shortener. I make nothing from you clicking on it and buying anything. Again, I make nothing with this review. I have nothing to gain if you like the book or not.
Scott is a man I respect so I decided to pony up, buy the book, and read it – just to review it for you. Although I like Scott, this is a ‘no holds barred’ review.
The Purchase – All Amazon
I purchased the book off of Amazon. I could have signed up for kindle unlimited for free, but I bought the book for 3.49. I have written book’s myself in the past and I know the pay structure well on Amazon. I also know the science behind the affiliate commission from Amazon. What you want to know is if Scott wanted to ‘give the book away’ he would need to list it at 0.99 – or the lowest he could list it. At 3.49, he maximizes his readership while getting ‘something’ for writing it. Still, he is getting a very small percentage on the book. Frankly, if he put the book on his website with advertisements he would make more money from the same amount of typing he put into the book.
Given that you can get the book for free with Kindle Unlimited, I personally believe he released the book like he did to get it to as many people as possible. This is a pure labor of love in my opinion. Amazon gives him the biggest platform to get the book in the hands of people who want to read it for the least amount of money. Plus, there is a psychology behind paying something for a book. The act of clicking ‘purchase’ makes you more likely to follow the advice and value it. Knowing Scott, I am willing to bet that this was all done intentionally to actually force people to read the book and follow the advice. This format will help more people than an article would, and make him less money.
Plus, formatting a kindle book is a pain in the butt. So is making a book cover. Sure, you can pay someone to do it, but you are looking at $$$ to get both done. He will never make that money back.
This does not impact my actual review, but knowing this puts this book in a different category than other books. You can buy a hard copy for $6.99 (At least at the time I purchased it. The printing cost is over half that for a small run print like this, and Amazon takes a large percentage. Scott is not making much on this if anything.
To pick it up on Amazon, go ahead and go here.
First Impressions – Introduction
“Sometimes you have to dive in head first.” – Admiral McRaven
I am pretty sure I just broke copyright law by posting that, as it is the start of day zero in Scott’s book. That is okay, I am stealing a quote from another person, I am no lawyer, but I think I am safe. What I am is a guy who originally wanted to be a teacher. I also had some books I wrote in the past. Why does this matter? While I have spent time boxing, and time learning fitness and nutrition, I also spent time learning how to teach.
That is what impresses me about this book. Scott is not a teacher. But the book is laid out in a way to force you to learn it. You read a chapter a day and follow the advice. The table of contents helps you jump to the section you want. This makes the entire book easy to read. Scott set the book up this way because he has actual experience helping people hit their weight loss goals and health goals. What I went into a class room to learn, he picked up from teaching others. This is evident from the books initial flow. If you want to read a book which you can actually learn from, this checks the boxes.
Most books about ‘becoming’ healthy or fit have huge flaws. Too much information, too little information, or horrible formatting which prevents learning. With ebooks like this, normally they are formatted horribly and also do not have enough information. This is because the author wants you to buy another product after reading the short ebook and they also have no idea how to teach another person.
My first impression is this book is a rarity, you can learn from it. That is important for me personally and gives me faith in continuing to read it. I can tell this will not just be a sales pitch from start to finish.
The Actual Lessons
The book starts off very well. I am trying not to give the entire book away, but basically, Scott takes a ‘no – bs’ approach on the truth of getting healthy. Changing is hard. Getting healthy is hard. He is not shy about that fact. This is another huge gripe I have. You may eventually love fitness and be healthy, but no one loves change and exercise on day one.
Scott knows this, and lets you know he knows it. The tone of the lessons has some humor. I did not laugh, but the tone is light. He is not holding your hand, he is not babying you. He calls it like he see’s it, but is supportive none the less. You can expect the book to read like you are getting a personalized lesson plan from a great personal trainer or life coach. Scott tries to speak to as large of an audience as possible, isolate no one, and just have a helpful tone while writing.
It is something my ‘favorite’ fitness and weight loss authors do not have, because to provide me with new information they are not kind and very technical. For anyone without a Ph.D. in a related health field, this is the exact tone you want. Nonjudgemental, honest, and helpful.
Some qualms I have is that I love the tone for the beginner, but it starts too slow for me. Even some beginners will feel like they are going through motions at first. That is until Scott takes the training wheels off.
The lessons are not hard, but they start quickly. Basically, you are forced to take action right away. That is a plus to actually make what is suggested apart of your routine and actually, have real change. That is a plus for the psychology classes I have rattling around in my head.
The book continues with the basic premise in mind of “Act Now, Learn as You Go, See Results.” That is how I am going to describe it at least. I like the actionable tone. The book is set up to make you do, and learn as you go. The education structure is brilliantly laid out in the lessons. One day you learn what you need to know, and the rest of the days build upon the previous day’s lesson. That is how you actually retain information. Day Zero is Preschool, Day Twelve is High School Graduation. They Scott throws in a couple classes in community college for fun.
Did I Learn Anything?
Yes. I did. For a beginner level book, I was surprised. I did not learn any technical information, but that is a good thing. If I did not learn new technical information, that means everyone can follow along. I found a couple new resources. My previous point that Scott was not trying to push other products was 100% spot on. Scott does not ask you to buy anything. He provides you more resources, free resources, to learn more and help you on your journey.
One resource I never personally used I now added to my bookmarks. That is worth the price I paid for the book in and of itself.
I fully believe you can find more scientific information from our resource page, but that is not the point of this book. It is not an ‘Ultimate Guide to Fitness‘ but it is a fantastic place to start taking action.
Should You Buy It?
If you are a fellow fitness expert, no. If you are a normal person who doesn’t know enough to get in shape or lacks the motivation to get in shape, yes.
The book does some great things:
- Provides Motivation.
- Pushes You Into Action.
- Provides Building Blocks to Internalize Information.
- Continues to Instill Good Habits.
- Provides You Resources for Success.
The people who will get the most out of the book are those who simply need motivation, lack the education, or need some one on one coaching. The book really does read like it is a fitness plan from a personal trainer who actually cares about you. Except Scott is giving you the tools to make the decisions for yourself in the future. If you ever considered a weight loss coach or doing a generic gym ‘one on one’ session, this book will get you started at a fraction of the cost.
If you are in that group, buy the hard copy. Scott provides some charts to write in to track progress. You can’t exactly write on your kindle or computer screen. You can write a book. If you are serious about getting healthy, the hard copy will act as an information packet given to you by a doctor or personal trainer.
I do recommend this book, pick it up on amazon. The information is actionable, the tone is friendly, and it provided even someone knowledgeable something useful. Plus, it is not a way to make money off of you. No slimy sales pitches in the book. I would say buy it just to let Scott know you want a follow-up book. This is the kind of book beginners need to lose weight. Not a memoir from a fitness guru and not 200 pages about how exercising is good for you. This is to the point but also has enough helpful motivation to help you actually succeed.
You can find more from Scott on his website at https://2weekstohealth.com