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Smart Exercise: Burning Fat, Getting Fit Paperback – 3 Apr 1996

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); First Edition edition (3 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395661145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395661147
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Covert Bailey is a popular PBS personality and best-selling author on fitness and nutrition, whose Fit or Fat series of books has sold nearly 6 million copies. One of the first to emphasize body fat and body fat testing, he has taught millions of people about low-fat eating and adopting flexible exercise programs that are both fun and healthy. Covert Bailey earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and received a M.S. degree in biochemistry from MIT. He likes to say that his training in graduate school was spent with fit rats and fat rats.

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By A Customer on 16 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book and read through, keen to finish. It was easy to read, interesting and made a lot of sense, particularly the explanation on dieting. Dieting isn't working for me and now I am wiser about why that is so. Now it's up to me to put it into practice. :-)
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This book has got to be one of the best books I've read in fitness. It makes sense and by following the way this book was set out really does work.

This my friends is a realistic book without all the faddy crap out there.
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Format: Hardcover
This book represent an ideal summary ( or introduction ? ) of what needs to be known for anyone who'd like to improve their physique, or/and loose some of their fat disposition. It's written in a very illustratory style, and simply explaining the most important and basic points. His use of metaphorical examples and analogies is just staggering and very smart.

The text goes nicely from beginning, but quite deeply. So in a half of the book, you might suddenly feel as a wizard of sport nutrition. But that is only the beginning. Nice analogies simply and gradually bring organized knowledge and system of how to see the human body (with all it's complexities) as an organized, functual mechanism, which can be controlled and lead into a pure health, beauty and efficiency. Even the terms which sound complicated from start, make sense soon in the text.

Be it a glucose, G-string, pyruvic acid, Krebs cycle, lactic acid, ketosis, anabolism, katabolism, etc, in the end of the book, you will master this terminology and see it as simple and understandable. And the book is not all about the theory though. There is a full explanation on many differencies between styles of exercise, along with the nutrition needed for successful progress. The emphasis is on warm-up, and warm-downs to avoid overtraining, and plus the chapter on what to do if you do overtrain anyway. Special tricks like massage, sauna, and monitoring of the progress are also included.

I see this book intended for beginners to middle-advanced sportsmen and for recreational sport people with eagerness to understand more about the human body, sport tactiques, exercise and diet, even metabolism and biochemistry. Very pleasant and informative reading. Last two sections on stress, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and so-called hollow-leg syndrome, brings a lots of insight into biochemistry and psychology of sport. All together - brilliant book. Study material for quite a long time.
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Format: Paperback
This book tells you step by step how the body burns fat. It's written with humour and is easily understood, seeing as it tackles a very complex process (of metabolism) Reading the book, it inspires you, makes you realise where you were going wrong and at the end of the book one should be able to write your own training program. The book allows you to analyse your own lifestyle and the reasons that diets have not been working in the past. I'd recommend all of his books.
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