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Tony Robbins is flooding cable with 30 minute commercials selling his motivational, self-help, and success CDs called The Ultimate Edge. I have DirecTV and there are multiple showings at all times, day and night. I listen to CDs on a variety of topics while I drive, so I decided to buy The Ultimate Edge.
First off, be warned; The Ultimate Edge runs over $350 with shipping and they try to sell you even more once they have you on the phone. Also, The Ultimate Edge is largely recycled from Tony Robbins’ Personal Power program from years back.
There are serious problems with the program that require mention. First, he spends a lot of time on relationships. What he fails to mention is that his marriage of 15 years ended in divorce. But don’t worry about Tony Robbins spending his evenings alone. He remarried less than six months later. How is that for building relationships? Click here for more details.
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Second, he talks about exercising in the morning to increase metabolism. I have no problem with that statement. However, included with his program is a DVD outlining how you only need to work-out at the gym 3 minutes every few weeks. The DVD is really a tool to sell more stuff. I believe in consistency and Tony presents a dichotomy in the materials sent.
The most disturbing part of the program is his discussion on balancing your blood Ph, the acid-alkaline level. He admits the diet advice he gave for years was wrong, but now he has the latest and greatest idea in better health. His claim is that many health problems result from too much acid in the system. He wants you to eat more vegetables, which is sound advice. But it doesn’t stop there. He presents a diet I find unbalanced and a cleansing process I would never try without first consulting my doctor.
My skepticism required I do my own research on acid/alkaline balancing. It seems the medical community doesn’t agree with Tony Robbins. In the articles linked below, it is stated that there is no research to date leading to the conclusions Tony presents. Further, if you have too much acid in your system, faster breathing removes it. No need to buy more Tony Robbins products to get the job done.
Read these two articles for more information on acid/alkaline balancing by professionals in the field.
The Acid / Alkaline Mystery Solved
by Stephen Cherniske, M.Sc.
Alkaline Diets and Cancer: Fact or Fiction?
By Stephanie Vangsness, R.D., L.D.N.
It would behoove you to verify what is presented before putting your health on the line.
I’m returning The Ultimate Edge for a refund. If they give me a headache, I’ll let you know.
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Tim on August 19, 2015:
I've been listening to Anthony Robbins for over 15 years and continue to do so. I also share his information (along with other speakers and such) with my clients who find the words helpful. I don't believe he tries to scam anyone and I firmly believe that someone who tries to make the world a better place and who has been around for over 30 years clearly has something to say. It's a shame you felt compelled to try to smear his name because you aren't happy with your own being.
Brad on June 11, 2015:
Every so often someone comes along that would rather believe life can't turn out the way they want it to and so they write an article to help other people come down to their level and believe what I perceive to be the real BS. Truth is man, with anything in life, you get what you put into it. And because of how jaded and pessimistic our society has become, a man with such optimism is WITHOUT A DOUBT going to get haters. Lots of haters. The guy's not right all the time. Nobody is. But damn he's helped a lot of people. I agree with the comments about the upsell. It can be a bit much. But we have enough downers in the world. I'll take one more guy like Tony Robbins any day, because at the end of the day, it's his enthusiasm that inspires and its when we have enthusiasm that we inspire ourselves.
Ronald McDonald on May 18, 2015:
i think its good he has a crack at cutting edge ideas, some fire and others may not but just getting someone to change what they think and stop being a victim is good for us, as no one wants to see and hear from fat, downer, victims.
everyone has a different situation, and TR would not be as successful as he is, if he didn't get results.
you know he has a lot of fans, and he's not pushing any religious fantasy smack talk either.
It doesn't matter if you like him or not? who cares?
"if they could, they would..
but they think they can't, so they don't..."
KaFaraqGatri on March 19, 2015:
Yeah, he changes lives; he convinces people with no life that they have one. He has a secure niche market with gullible, stupid people that really want to be something. It's easier to accept Robbins' BS than to admit they're complete losers.
Keith Schroeder (author) from Wisconsin on October 22, 2014:
Well said, Joe. You make important points.
Joe on October 22, 2014:
I have the Ultimate Edge and Tony offers a LOT of good advice on it. However, no one has ALL of the answers. I would say, use what is useful to you and throw out the rest. For example, the alkaline diet sounded like BS to me as well, so I just ignored that part. But some of the strategies Tony gives for goal-setting and utilizing your emotions were really useful. The problem starts when you put ANY resource on a pedestal (i.e. Tony Robbins, the sports star or musician you idolize, your priest, your mother, your teacher, your friends) because the moment you do you sacrifice your common sense. Use the tools Tony can give you (of which there are many) but don't turn off your critical thinking skills. Yes, Tony is a master of the upsell and this is a turn off, but that doesn't mean everything he says is false or unhelpful. Learn to appreciate the nuance. Maybe he's not all good or all bad but, like everyone else, somewhere in between. Ultimately I think it is too bad that he is such an aggressive salesperson because it undermines some of the great stuff he does. Ultimate Edge has improved my life, but only because I engaged with it using both my enthusiasm and my common sense. Apply the stuff that makes sense to you, try a couple of the things that you are unsure about to stretch yourself and see if they work, and if something feels wrong, don't do it.
Jim Nash on October 27, 2013:
Personally Tony Robbins Changed my life.
He showed me the way and hope of light.
He is not an angel or God so he can mistakes too, but he is a great teacher and Mentor. He changed the life's of Millions of People and me.
Before you critize other think what u did to change people life.
Looks like you are a looser and don't want any person succed.
derp on August 21, 2012:
Why is it that he can help the athletes at the top of performance, but he cannot help you guys ?
Jason on March 27, 2012:
Tony Robbins sent his cheerleader to our small business to get us hyped up. A few us signed up for his event. We later found out that it was 15 hour days. We were never told this when we signed up. Of course it was sign up right now to get a deal. When we tried to get a refund we are told we have to attend the event for a day and a half (20 hours). Everyone is the organization has been programed with the same song. Our rep said he could help, he had a woman who was interested in buying my ticket. When I called her she told me that she told him no way. Guess its my own fault for not seeing a SCAM.
seth on March 15, 2012:
its horrible that this man claims has all the answers. and he claims one of the "must haves" in life is the ability to help people. well mr. robbins, if you feel it is such a NEED to help people then why do you charge $1,000-10,000 to attend a siminar, and upwards of $100,000 for a one-on-one session? i don't understand it. to me, it seems as if someone who has been as successful as him would want to help people awaken to a higher level of consiousness.
iamageniuster on January 12, 2012:
I used to listen and read a lot of his stuff, but not anymore. Thanks for sharing.