Review by Wyland -- Beneath the Muscle by Lauren Powers

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Review by Wyland -- Beneath the Muscle by Lauren Powers

Post by Wyland » 14 Sep 2019, 16:47

[Following is a volunteer review of "Beneath the Muscle" by Lauren Powers.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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With pride, Lauren Powers in her memoir Beneath the Muscle: Unleash Your Inner Champion credits her father, David MacDonald, for her Type A personality that has made her naturally prone to positivity. Just the same, isn’t it incredible that as a child she was focused, stayed confident, and therefore, never allowed bullies to bring her down? Yet, after everything, it’s this learned behavior that has allowed her to pursue careers in male-dominated fields later in her life.

Any or all of several women close to Powers could have been responsible for her inspired attitude, namely, her mother, Mary Curtis; her grandma, Leone; and her aunt, Colette. Ever the Pollyanna, she scored a solid 4.0 grade-point average at the University of Hawaii on Maui, even as she excelled in some high-octane adventures both in and out of school: as an example, she was the number-one-woman paddler out of fifty-two women who were selected to paddle on the Molokai Channel, the roughest channel of the Hawaiian Islands.

With an effusive attitude of paying no attention to negative thoughts, Powers’ book certainly provides some food for thought. Through what she calls being “Behind the Mask,” she identifies an aspect of hiding dark thoughts that disguises our true selves so that we can fit into society. While describing this debilitating trait in more detail, she gave the example of a certain celebrity who appeared happy and comical when in public; however, behind this persona, there was a fatally disconsolate individual. Moreover, any of the chapter titles in Part 3 (Keys to Success) of her book read like personal mantras one can adopt to promote positivity in life.

As a former drug addict who found fame in bodybuilding, Powers reminds her readers to never be afraid of making mistakes. Indeed, this is the frame of mind that has contributed to the appreciative tone that characterizes her writing. Accordingly, and in no uncertain terms, she cherishes her mom’s friend and drug rehabilitation staff who came to her aid when she hit rock-bottom because of drug and alcohol-related abuse. After this most trying episode in her life, she developed her “why” in life, which is to use her success as a platform to reach a wider audience, and in the process, help others.

That being so, to help me personalize the advice and experiences in her book in the hope it can help reveal my inner champion, Powers has included a free accompanying workbook. Success is about making the necessary changes in one’s life, and I thought this step was another key selling point of her book. Meanwhile, I got to admire all the numerous cool pictures Powers has taken posing with other equally successful celebrities, like Arnold Schwarzenegger and singer Katy Perry.

After all was said and done, I felt Powers achieved effectively her sole objective of penning this book. Additionally, I was only able to identify minimal editing errors, that is, a few missing commas in two phrases. As I conclude, what I liked most about the book was the fact that the author made the story more about her prospective reader than about herself. For the above compelling reasons, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.

I recommend the book to anyone who feels unfulfilled in life and needs an inspiration to try something new. As Powers will tell you, she ventured into bodybuilding at the mature age of 40, so it’s never too late to start something new.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 16 Sep 2019, 15:41

She was born Laurie McDonald, but Lauren Powers suits her more. She's dubbed as the American Wonder Woman, and that's no wonder. I hope to find what's beneath soon.

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Post by Kibetious » 17 Sep 2019, 14:00

Thanks for the amazing review. I like the fact that author still echoes what I read in a certain book some months ago about the possibility of beginning anything at any time.
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Post by kdstrack » 17 Sep 2019, 20:19

This sounds like such an inspiring life. Her positive attitude, in spite of her struggles, and her willingness to make changes are motivating for readers. I am looking forward to reading her story. Thanks for the amazing review!

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Post by corinaelena » 18 Sep 2019, 03:26

Great review! I have also reviewed this book (I belive it is currently pending in my history), and i was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. She really comes across a very interesting and empathic woman. I am glad to see you enjoyed it as well.

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Post by Aniza Butt » 18 Sep 2019, 05:19

We surely learn with our mistakes and am glad that the author tried to convey this message with her book.
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Post by Tomah » 18 Sep 2019, 12:15

It sounds like an inspiring read that should have something for everybody, even if you're not interested in bodybuilding. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Ever_Reading » 18 Sep 2019, 12:55

It's indeed never too late to try something new or go after your dreams! It's always amazing when addicts turn their lives around, and I'm glad Powers managed to do so through bodybuilding. Not my type of book, so I'll have to pass. Nonetheless, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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Post by rumik » 18 Sep 2019, 15:42

I love inspirational tales from strong women like Lauren Powers. The name really does suit her. Thanks for the lovely review!

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Post by Lindsey Klaus » 23 Sep 2019, 15:07

I love that she used personal experience in order to empower her readers. There's something very powerful about watching someone rise from the ashes. Addiction is a hole not many people are able to climb out of, no matter how hard they try. It's really hard, so seeing such a successful story is inspiring. This was a fantastic review. Thanks!

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Post by Mallory Whitaker » 23 Sep 2019, 16:28

I've read a few reviews on this book, and all of them have been pretty positive. Your review makes me think that this book might be a good fit for me. I'll have to add it to my super long list of books I need to read. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Prisallen » 25 Sep 2019, 11:55

This sounds like a very inspirational book for people who are struggling. I'm glad that she was able to overcome her addictions and become successful. Thanks for a wonderful review!

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Post by Michelle Fred » 26 Sep 2019, 05:14

I like that the book is reader-centred; that tells me she put a lot of thought into the writing and the message she hoped to pass. It is certainly a book I want to read. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by Meg98 » 29 Sep 2019, 16:47

This type of book isn't generally my thing so I think I will pass for now, but it does sound unique and I'm not sure I've ever seen a premise quite like this one. Excellent review! Cheers:)
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