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Michael Mosley
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19 Dec 2013
Dr Michael Mosley and Peta Bee investigate the fascinating science behind a radical new approach to exercise, one that is incredibly time efficient. Research done by leading sports scientists has shown the extraordinary impact that *ultra short bursts* of high intensity intermittent training can have, whether you are an athlete or a sedentary couch potato. In Fast Exercise, Michael Mosley, a sloth, teams up with super-fit health journalist Peta Bee to dispel myths and show you how to get the most out of exercise, whatever your age or level of fitness. They offer practical, science based advice and a range of novel work outs designed for the time-starved generation. Workouts that can be done anywhere, anytime and which fit unobtrusively into even the busiest day. This is a book for those, like Michael, who don't enjoy exercising but want to lose fat and stay healthy. It is for those, like Peta, who love exercise and want to get the most from it. It is also for those who are simply curious about how their bodies work.

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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: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But With Reservations 12 Feb 2014
By JJ
Format:Kindle Edition
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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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast but effective 6 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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This has frightened me to death. My him is too high, my resting heart rate is too high, I am too fat, and I spend far too much time sitting on my arse. But this book has inspired me to take some positive action
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 5-2 diet 8 Jan 2014
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If you are following the diet plan, then you will like the exercises that have been designed to complement that plan. Nothing too strenuous. Very easy to follow.
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68 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and effective- like HIT 30 Dec 2013
By Dr. Nicholas P. G. Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is a good book describing High Intensity Training. (HIT) It's a short book- more like an extended article than a book. It gives a good account of HIT, how the idea has developed, how it can be used and then some good routines that help put it into practice. It has enough depth to make its point, but doesn't go any deeper. It is however well referenced if you want more information. For most of us getting on and doing some exercise will be a better use of time than tracking down the references.

I think HIT is an interesting new approach to exercise that many people will benefit from. This book gives a good introduction to HIT and will help most readers understand the concepts behind it.

If you want more information then Gretchen Reynold's book, The First 20 Minutes: The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer is helpful. If you want some reasons to exercise then Spark!: The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain may encourage you.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good advice 7 Jan 2014
By Dashing
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having now followed the advice give, I can vouch for the benefits of adhering to this form of exercise as I now feel the benefits for myself
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Work out 18 Mar 2014
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A good range of exercises giving a good understanding of how these work and how to do them. A good reference book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fast Review 10 Feb 2014
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Fast exercise clearly written in a hurry and quick to disappoint. Needed a bit more muscle and far more preparation
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Evidence based action on fitness - easy to read, definitely worth following the guidance, brought my blood pressure down finally
Published 6 hours ago by Dr. S. T. Whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars SMART
Really useful , evidence based, not gimmicky, realistic, SMART and empowering for the ordinary person wanting to improve their fitness.
Published 7 days ago by Ann-Marie West
2.0 out of 5 stars Looked the kind of book I wanted
This book takes you well into the second half before any sensible workout suggestions.The first half is all about references to this study then another study. Frankly very poor. Read more
Published 12 days ago by grumpy old cyclist
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is more
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. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Cork Boi
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well
High Impact Training is quick and easy to do and the effects seem quite long lasting. A good way to feel great.
Published 22 days ago by Myles McClelland
4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, and great reading
It has been very interesting reading this book, and only over time will it become evident if it will work for me. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Fionafew
4.0 out of 5 stars Good support for the diet
I think this is a very good clear explanation of exercise in short hits. My only disappointment was that it recommends using a static bicycle and that is beyond most peoples... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mrs. Dm Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars A radical and exciting new approach to exercise and weight loss
Love the writing style, the authors' open and frank way of writing. The Science is good, lack of peer review and number of studies is openly admitted. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Trish Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable but it really works !
Really clear and easy to read. Lots of evidence based studies detailed and very inspirational. Personally, already starting to see results and unlikely to get bored because there... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dawn holden
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, good lifestyle advice
I am a firm believer in how lifestyle changes massively affect health and fitness. This book discusses this well along with offering great advice on how to squeeze in fast exercise... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Gardiner
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