The Complete Book of Fitness Paperback – 31 Aug 2000
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I think the people who will find this book most useful are those who regularly work out, but have never been able to afford a personal trainer. This book cost far less than one session with a trainer, and I learned plenty.
So many times we start with good intentions but bad advice. Or our bodies work differently than we expected them to. Knowledge is very powerful, and it helps you take control of your health and really understand your body. Instead of getting frustrated, blaming yourself, and giving up, get some facts.
Here are just a few of the fitness issues this book resolved for me:
Q: How long do I need to do aerobics to burn fat?
A: (p.160) 15-25 minutes for men, 25-40 for women.
Q: Why aren't my muscles getting big, like men's muscles?
A: (p.147) Women's muscles get denser, not larger.
Q: How often should I strength train?
A: (p.113) Two or three times per week, for 30-60 minutes.
Q: What is this pain I get down my arm during lateral raises?
A: (p.79) Sounds like impingement syndrome, a swelling of the rotator cuffs.
I have yet to approach this book with a question and come away without an answer.
To review the contents briefly, the book is divided into:
Strength Training, including
- Muscle charts
- Exercise guides
- Posture and breathing
Cardiovascular Training, including
- Energy and burning fat
- Stretching and flexibility
- Injuries, muscles and ligaments
Diet & Nutrition, including
- Alcohol, caffeine and food additives
- Phytochemicals, minerals and vitamins
- Dieting and digestion
- Fat, protein and carbohydrates
- Yoga, tai chi and chi kung
- Aromatherapy and homeopathy
- Chinese medicine and ayurveda
- Depression and stress
And much more, of course. Fantastically useful. If you own one fitness book, let this be it. Odds are good that you'll never need another.
I read a lot of books on fitness and such and I can honestly say this book is by far the best I own. It's the ONLY book I own. It has everything and I often go back to it when developing a new program for a client. It includes sections on strength and cardio training, Explains what muscle an exercise works with detailed diagrams as well as how to perform the exercise. If your starting out or at an advance level, this book is honest and stright forward. No crap...just the honest facts.
I would also like to take this chance to say that I believe a healthy body makes for a healthy mind. Accept your body for what is it. It is a gift... take care of it, treat it with respect. Set realistc goals for yourself. This book will help you get there. Health and fitness does not have to be chore.
Best of Health to you!
In general, this book is a good supplement to reading current information (such as Health Magazine) and other fitness books. In life you must always cross reference information and question its valididty.