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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gina Kolata Narrator: Gina Kolata Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN:
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Gina Kolata, science reporter to The New York Times, takes a fascinating journey into the fads, fictions and genuine innovations that have defined the world of physical fitness.

By examining fads through the decades, from weight lifting for men and women in the early days, to jogging, cycling, aerobics, and now spinning, Kolata explains the science of conditioning and the objective evidence behind commonly accepted prescriptions. Among the questions she addresses are:

  • What is the best way to exercise for maximum effect?
  • Is there really a fat-burning zone?
  • Why is that some people won't become fit in spite of exercise?
  • Are there foods, drinks or supplements that can help you exercise longer or harder?

    Kolata profiles researchers who successfully challenged conventional wisdom and marketed their inventions, and some who resisted initial criticism only to back down from their claims. With lively sketches of many of the mavericks who have influenced the industry, Kolata presents an eye-opening view of the inside workings of a multimillion-dollar business.

    Lively and engaging, Ultimate Fitness spotlights the machines and machinations and cuts through the marketing hype, not only to assess what is healthy, but also to understand what our obsession with staying healthy says about American culture today. Download and start listening now!

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    Listener Opinions

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess Anderson | 10/22/2013

      " A great book with lots of facts and cited sources - she cuts through a lot of the junk. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Odetta | 8/23/2013

      " "'Eating alone will not keep a man well,' Hippocrates said. 'He must also take exercise. Health ensues when exercise and food are perfectly balanced. When the balance is off people become ill.'" "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia Powell | 10/17/2012

      " Interesting book by a science writer on the history of the fitness industry and the science behind it - while I enjoyed lots of the stories wound around the history and science-talk, I wished that it had come to more conclusions, rather than just considering lots of questions. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/21/2012

      " Enlightening. I felt it was not as well organized as her other book, Rethinking Thin. But she frames each chapter with her own experiences as either a reporter or an exerciser, and I enjoyed that. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lp | 7/19/2011

      " This book is fine when it comes to the historical information. But when she goes all gee-whiz-how-fit-I-and-my-fabulous-husband are, she loses me. I don't care about your spinning class, Gina! "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renae | 7/12/2011

      " I'm officially giving up on this. I've renewed it from the library 3 times and still haven't managed to get through it. I guess that means it's not that great! I really liked it when she talked about herself and her own experiences but the other stuff, not so much. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/2/2011

      " This book wasn't what I expected it would be so I was somewhat disappointed. It's full of statistics and facts so it's informative but I was hoping it would be more of a sociological look at the way thinness is perceived. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroljean | 10/20/2010

      " Science undermines most of what we thought we knew about losing more than twenty or thirty pounds. Changed my thinking. "

    • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rae | 9/30/2010

      " Science behind theory seemed to be based on some random surveys, more like the author found exceptions and based a theory on them than on some kind of hard science. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 9/25/2010

      " Fascinating. Makes a great case for what should be obvious--that diets don't work long term, that people have trouble losing (or gaining) weight permanently. Explores the biological reasons behind this as well. The Penn study described here was interesting and heartbreaking. Very glad I read this. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/19/2010

      " Enjoyed learning and gaining compassion for all tryiing to lose weight. I read it because I was curious about all the diets and weight loss theories out there. Very interesting, but at times a little wordy and text heavy. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/23/2010

      " Very interesting read - at least if you're like me and you like things all diet and food related! Not at all what I expected it to be, but still informative and engaging. "

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    About the Author
    Author Gina Kolata

    Gina Kolata is a senior writer who covers medicine for the New York Times. She is also the author of a number of books, including Ultimate Fitness and the national bestseller Flu.  She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.