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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (19 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780721986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721989
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
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"The easy, no-gym fitness plan from the doctor behind the Fast Diet... Short exercise bursts get the most from a workout in the least possible time and dramatic changes can be achieved... If your body seems to be unresponsive to exercise, or your life is too busy for long workouts, Fast Exercise is for you" --The Times

"Informative, easy to understand... offers not only good health but a host of spillover benefits besides... Fast Exercise is the way of the future." --Professor Stuart M. Phillips Ph.D., FACSM, FACN Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Metabolism Research Group McMaster University, CANADA and Visiting Professor, School of Exercise, Sport Science, and Health
Loughborough University, UK

"Fast Exercise is a great practical introduction into the field of high intensity exercise. The personal perspective matched with references to the both old and new scientific literature provides compelling reading." --Carl Johan Sundberg MD, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

"A health revolution"

--The New York Times

About the Author

Michael Mosley trained to be a doctor before joining the BBC, where he has been a science journalist, executive producer and, more recently, a well-known television presenter. He has written and presented series on BBC One, Two, Three and Four as well as BBC Radio Four. He has won numerous television awards, including an RTS (Royal Television Award) and being named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association. He lives in Beaconsfield, and is married to a doctor and has four children. Peta Bee is an award-winning journalist who writes regularly for The Times, Daily Mail and Sunday Times. She has degrees in sports science and nutrition and is a qualified running coach. Peta won the Medical Journalists' Associations Freelance of the Year Award in 2008 and 2012 and appears regularly on television and radio. She is the author of six previous books on health and fitness including the official guide to women's fitness for the London 2012 Olympic Games. She lives with her family in Berkshire.


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241 of 252 people found the following review helpful By OliverS on 12 Feb. 2014
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After reading the reviews and seeing that the author has a best-selling book within the dieting field, I bought this one with high hopes. Let me divulge here that I'm a qualified personal trainer and have worked in a gym for five years using HIT with many of my clients. HIT truly is the most superior method of training for weight loss or any number of exercise related goals. Unfortunately I was left underwhelmed by this book; please let me explain.

I'll start with the positives and say that Fast Exercise is extremely well written; I understand the author is a journalist. I applaud the book and the writer for bringing HIT to the attention of more people - It works truly well. Now onto my criticisms:

First of all, the book references many studies, which I applaud, but precious few of these actually compare HIT to other forms of training which leaves you unable to see for yourself just how superior HIT is against the competition.

This being an exercise book, I would expect to put it down and be motivated to exercise. Unfortunately it falls a little flat here. Early on we are given statistics on arthritis and how exercise can cause and exacerbate this, yet we are given no council on reducing the risks. We are only told that we can expect crippling injury if we take part in this form of exercise. This should never be the case with a varied regime and good exercise preparation.

The book mentions some of the benefits of HIT, ie, weight loss, improved athletic performance and VO2 max. But it fails to mention some of the many other benefits such as beta endorphins or improving your tolerance to strenuous activity by pushing back your anaerobic threshold. The author sells HIT severely short here.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cork Boi on 28 Mar. 2014
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I found this book to be excellent. It strips down exercise to its bare essentials - so stripped down that there isn't much to this book. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more to it.

I exercise regularly (5 times a week.) I run (5 kms up to marathon), competed in martial arts tournaments, weight lifting etc. Due to work commitments and having a young family I don't have the luxury of spending hours each day exercising.
I undertook the HIT part of this book to replace my running/cardio. Due to a calf injury I have not run properly since December. Previously I would run 3 times a week for 30-40 minutes per run (using a variety of runs: LSD, Thresholds, Fartlek,etc.)

After 4 weeks of only HIT (doing 3-6, 20 second bursts), i ran the 12 minute Cooper Test and I matched my previous Personal Best. My resting heart rate is now in the mid 40's and my VO2 max is 53mg/l (estimated from the Coopers Test). At this point in my life Fast Exercise is perfect. I wouldn't use it to train for a marathon, but thats ok as I'm not running one any time soon. It's not sports specific but it will keep you very fit.

Einstein once said make everything as simple as possible but no simpler. I think 3 X 20 seconds is a good example of that.
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149 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Dr Claire B on 6 Jan. 2014
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I'm a GP and many of my patients found that The Fast Diet very helpful. I can see the Fast Exercise book also being something that could really help people who are overweight, not particularly fit but motivated to change. It is simple to understand, extremely doable, science based but radical in its approach. The Fast Exercise book is partly based on Michael Mosley's Horizon, "The Truth About Exercise" but he has also injected a lot of new content. He explains in clear detail the science behind the claims and adds in a lot of useful references. I like the fact that he is a self confessed sloth, but has written this with Peta Bee, who is clearly much more athletic. I don't particularly enjoy exercise and do it mainly because it makes me feel better, so I was particularly encouraged by the fact that you don't have to be super fit to take up HIT (high intensity training). I typically go for a few short runs a week and wondered if it was worthwhile. Now I inject a bit of HIT into my run (i sprint up hills for 20 seconds, rather than puffing up slowly) and can already, I think, begin to feel the effects.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Whittle on 18 April 2014
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Evidence based action on fitness - easy to read, definitely worth following the guidance, brought my blood pressure down finally
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Prog Rocker on 18 April 2015
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Having read and followed the advice of Michael Mosley's "Fast Diet" book with spectacular results (lost 22 lbs in 3 months), my expectations of "Fast Exercise" were very high indeed, perhaps unfairly so.
Don't get me wrong - this is a very good book indeed and the science behind high intensity training has been well researched and presented by Michael - however I felt it lacked the clarity of his Fast Diet book, in terms of how to practically implement the ideas into your everyday life. As a 58 year old who is not particularly fit, I am also very cautious about the idea of working out at the intensity he recommends, even for short bursts, until I have first raised my basic fitness with less aggressive conventional cardio workouts. I have purchased a Mio Fuse heart rate monitor and will be using this to keep a close eye on my heart rate as I exercise, to ensure that I do not over-stress my heart and will work gradually up to the kind of workouts he recommends. I think it was an omission of the book not to focus more on the potential benefits and safety considerations of using heart rate monitors and also some advice on selecting a suitable HRM would have been useful.
I will post an update on this review after a few months experience putting his ideas into practice. If it works as well for me as the Fast Diet, I may well raise my rating to 5 stars!
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