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Fitness For Dummies by [Schlosberg, Suzanne, Neporent, Liz]
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Importantly, Fitness for Dummies offers more than just blather You could use this book to set yourself up with a nice little set of workouts to do at home to help you reach a set of goals you set yourself. (fittechnica.co.uk, May 2013)

From the Back Cover

Covers hot trends like yoga and circuit training!

Cut through the fitness myths and get more from your workout

Confused by mixed messages surrounding diet and exercise? Don′t sweat it! This is your essential get–fit guide, covering state–of–the–art fitness techniques, equipment, programs, and health clubs in a practical, friendly way. With expert guidance in proper nutrition and staying active for all ages, it′s your key to a slim, trim new you!

Praise for Fitness For Dummies, 2nd Edition:

"One of the most comprehensive, authoritative — and entertaining — fitness books I′ve ever seen."
—Men′s Fitness

"A funny, irreverent, and very smart guide to wading through the confounding maze of fitness information."
—Cooking Light

Discover how to

  • Test your fitness level and set realistic goals
  • Pinpoint fat sources in your diet
  • Create a personalized fitness program
  • Find Internet fitness forums and Web sites
  • Brave a public gym

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6244 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (17 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CFBLD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Firstly this book is written by two Americans and as a consequence there are occasional references to things American, however i found these instances to be the exception rather than the rule.
To the book itself; It is essentially divided into 7 parts looking at various aspects of fitness. There is an initial part entitled 'getting your butt off the couch' and while this part has some 'throw away' stuff there is useful advice here on nutrition and some advice on testing your current level of fitness.
Following this is a section on working your heart, which focuses predominantly on cardio exercise, and this is following by a section looking at weights, a section on flexibility follows this.
The later sections are on going to the gym, exercising at home, and finally a more general section giving advice that wouldnt sit in any previous part of the book.
Generally speaking this book is pretty good, there is advice in the book that are real gems and are very useful. However i tend to think that overall this book just tries to serve too many masters. In my case i was particularly interested in the strength and nutrition sections, and while this book gave useful advice on these subjects there just wasnt enough there and i have therefore bought the Dummies books on weights and nutrition to overcome this.
I think this book is mostly suitable for people who don't have much idea about where to start when it comes to fitness and for these people i imagine this book to be very useful. However if you have something specific that you need to learn about, i would advise you look elsewhere.
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By A Customer on 29 Aug. 1998
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I did not learn much from this book. A lot of it is advice on what to do inside a health club, and since I've been a member of one, a lot of it was old news. I was looking for something more than simple "do not smoke, keep your heart rate up", advice, I did not find it here.
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There are a lot of Glib one liners, opinions stated as facts and lame anecdotes in this book. It is also aimed more at the American market ( no surprise I guess) where fitness is obviously a multi million dollar industry. It makes me realise how lucky I am to have a reasonably priced fitness centre run by our local council and to live in a nice area for exercising outside !

Having said that, this is also a very good overview of every thing you would want to consider. Even if you have been working out for years you may still benefit. I found it interesting to learn about those weird kettle ball and Yoga classes that other people seem to be so interested in for example.

So to sum it up, this book does contain plenty of good accurate information. In some places it would be have been better to have additional references to back up the content and to concentrate on the facts.
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For anyone wishing to start a fitness programme this book is useless. There are no suggested workout routines, no graded exercise routines, just a lot of rather smarmy, patronising comments. The way the book is plastered with gushing testimonials is also rather irritating. There are vastly superior manuals out there, just do a search on Amazon.
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I've never before bought a 'Dummies' but these days who isn't worried about getting a bit more fit. Every little helps and this is no exception. If you have read pretty much anything on fitness including a favourite magazine or you evening paper then a lot of what is here you will already know. However, now and again there is the phrase that brings a lot of that fragmented knowledge together and which makes the read worthwhile. Good Value!
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I have to admit that this is most likely the best and most comprehensive fitness guide out there for serious beginners. That it comes in an easy-to-read/easy-to-reference format is a definite plus.
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I found this book an excelent guide for bginners in fitness who want not direct advices (i.e. what, how many times etc to do) but general principles to follow. If these basics, provided by book in a very readable manner, once are learned, person can develop and varie a training programm without limitations.
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This is another of the Dummies books that I couldn't live without.
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