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Fast Exercise: The simple secret of high intensity training: get fitter, stronger and better toned in just a few minutes a day

Fast Exercise: The simple secret of high intensity training: get fitter, stronger and better toned in just a few minutes a day [Kindle Edition]

Michael Mosley , Peta Bee
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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

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Just as Dr Michael Mosley’s Fast Diet – the original 5:2 – alerted the world to a healthy new way to lose weight, Fast Exercise turns conventional wisdom on its head when it comes to the workout . . . Can you really get the benefits of exercise in just a few minutes a day? Michael Mosley and Peta Bee investigate the science behind a radically different approach to exercise – one that is incredibly time efficient. Research has shown the extraordinary impact that ultra-short bursts of HIT (high intensity training) can have, whatever your age or level of fitness. In Fast Exercise, Michael Mosley, a self-confessed sloth, teams up with super-fit health journalist Peta Bee to dispel common exercise myths. They offer practical advice and a range of workouts that take just a few minutes a day and can be done any time, anywhere. Fast Exercise is for everyone: those who don’t enjoy exercise but want to lose fat and stay healthy, those who love exercise and want to enhance their performance, and those who just want to understand the science behind it all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2605 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books (19 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GTO0OK2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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163 of 172 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But With Reservations 12 Feb 2014
By OliverS
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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126 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast but effective 6 Jan 2014
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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6 of 6 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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30 of 34 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is more 28 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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74 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and effective- like HIT 30 Dec 2013
By Dr. Peter Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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All makes good sense and very convenient time wise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book!
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