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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:
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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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    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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