David Penney has a BSc and two doctorates in Biological/Earth Sciences. He recently undertook a self-directed weight loss and strength development body transformation, losing approximately one-third of his body weight in around 7 months, reducing from a 46-inch waist down to 33-inches. He is now fitter and stronger than ever before in his life and as of 2018, when he turns 50-years-old, will be competing as a Masters 2 Powerlifter. He is married with two daughters and one son and runs his own publishing business (Siri Scientific Press), which focuses on palaeontology and entomology, having spent more than two decades as an academic researching these topics. He has published approximately 100 scientific research papers and written more than ten books, all of which have been well received by academics and laypersons alike.
When did you first start writing?
I suppose I first starting writing regularly for the purpose of publishing when I started my PhD back in 1994, though I had my first published contribution back in 1986. Since then, I have been constantly writing research papers and books ... I enjoy it and don't see an end to it!
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is based on my own remarkable success at losing weight and getting strong and fit. In my late 40s I was very badly out of shape and obese. One day I just decided to join the gym where I took my daughter boxing and I found that I really enjoyed it. I had no idea what I was doing so had to learn everything as I went along. I soon realized that there was a massive amount of conflicting information about the best approaches to fat loss and strength gain, but as a scientist I was able to critically assess the information and tease out what was likely to work and tweak it where necessary to fit my needs. I am now fitter and stronger than ever in my life to the point that I am now a competitive powerlifter. Weight loss and strength development is actually a very simple process, but most people get distracted by the constant stream of new fad diets and celebrity work-out routines, which are geared more at making a fast buck than generating any sustainable success. My latest book cuts through all this nonsense and explains, in simple terms, what you need to know and do in order to make rapid success towards your weight loss goals.
This book provides all the information needed to set anybody on the road to achieving a great physique in a relatively short period of time. It is not complicated because it does not need to be. As the title states, ‘it isn’t rocket science!’ There are four main elements that combine to make the program effective: Mindset, Nutrition, Progressive Strength Training and Rest.