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Man Vs Ocean By Adam Walker

Release date: 07th January, 2016
Publisher: John Blake

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Fitness is big business at this time of the year. Retailers, gym owners and magazine publishers, amongst others, are conscious of the impact the past few weeks’ seasonal indulgence has had on our bodies and endeavour to persuade us that the methods they advocate to lose weight are most effective.

In truth, moving more and eating less is a sure-fire way to shed excess pounds and there’s very little need to spend a fortune buying weight-loss gadgets, pills or gym memberships provided you’re committed to becoming less overweight and, in time, achieving your ideal weight.

People scrambling for inspiration to walk, swim or run more should read Man Vs Ocean, an uplifting account of a man who was already fit and an accomplished swimmer and who, after he suffered a potentially debilitating injury, invented a new swimming stroke which enabled him to successfully tackle the Ocean’s Seven Challenge, swimming’s equivalent of mountaineering’s Seven Summits Challenge. Only six people have ever completed the Ocean’s Seven.

Adam Walker is one of them and in this terrific read, he explains how an unassuming guy from Nottinghamshire, achieved it. He doesn’t preach, nor boast, a writing style which immediately engages the reader; Walker wants to get onto the ‘good bits’ quickly and skates through those areas of his life which he believes will be of little interest. If only other sportsmen would follow his example.

Walker’s story begins in earnest in 2007 when he saw a documentary about a man attempting to swim the Channel. It proved a turning point in his life. Within a year, he conquered this treacherous strait in under 12 hours, despite rupturing his bicep tendon, an injury that resulted in medics advising him to jettison long-distance swimming. Walker pressed on.

Over the next few years, he developed a technique designed to maximise speed and efficiency as well as save energy, reducing the strain on the elbows, neck and wrists. By 2011, Walker was tackling the two-way crossing between Spain and Morocco. Soon after, the Ocean’s Seven was born; desperate to participate in the challenge, he refined his swimming technique into the Ocean Walker stroke which enabled him to tackle the task head-on.

If you’re searching for inspiration to move more, Man Vs Ocean is inspirational. If you’re simply intent on reading a tale of a man who overcame debilitating injury to achieve his ambition, this is an engrossing read.


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