Fitness For Dummies

Pinned on August 14, 2013 at 11:44 am by Linda Wessel

Fitness For Dummies

The latest and greatest in getting fit and staying that way!

Fitness For Dummies, 4th Edition, provides the latest information and advice for properly shaping, conditioning, and strengthening your body to enhance overall fitness and health. With the help of fitness professionals Suzanne Schlosberg and Liz Neporent, you’ll learn to set and achieve realistic fitness goals without expensive fitness club fees!

Featuring all-new informative fitness photos and illustrations, this revised edition of Fitness For Dummies is all you need to get on track to a healthy new body!The original Fitness for Dummies, published in 1996, was a real breakthrough: a book that took a reader through all the fitness basics without being offputtingly complicated or insultingly simplistic. This second edition only improves on that tough balancing act.

The authors are two of the most experienced fitness writers in the business–Suzanne Schlosberg is a longtime contributor to Shape and Liz Neporent is a veteran personal trainer, corporate fitness consultant, and contributor to Shape and The New York Times. In addition to being experienced at explaining exercise, they’re both exercise junkies, and their firsthand knowledge and love of the topic is evident throughout.

Each section of the book–whether dealing with basic fitness issues, cardiovascular training, strength training, flexibility, joining a gym, or exercising at home–offers a combination of well-researched, easily understandable information, combined with informed opinion. For example, in chapters discussing exercise equipment, they’re able to offer personal reactions to the gear–mentioning that Life Fitness makes great exercise bikes but a treadmill they don’t care for.

New information in this second edition includes “100 Reasons to Break a Sweat,” featuring the latest research on exercise benefits; sections incorporating Internet fitness resources; and beefed-up exercise-video advice. That latter section includes tips about avoiding rip-offs (older videos are sometimes repackaged, with new covers promising different benefits) and a handy guide to choosing the best video instructors for different fitness levels.

The core information, though, is the best reason to buy this edition of Fitness for Dummies. Exercise science is complicated, but this book makes it as simple–and entertaining–as it can possibly be. –Lou Schuler


Sam Horner says:

AKA “Fitness-Related Consumerism for Dummies” These authors love to shop as much as they love to exercise.

Uri Raz says:

A dummy book When I bought this book I thought it would cover all the basics (= for dummies) and allow me to start working on my own at home.

Shawn Kresal says:

Exemplary fitness book If only all Dummies books were as good as this one. Extremely well-written with the most clear language one could ever hope for. Full of anecdotes, definitions, and plenty of myth busters. The personalization from the authors gets tiring (“Suzanne thinks that…”, “Liz’s grandmother once…”), but it is tolerable. Many, many aspects of fitness are covered in remarkable thoroughness. General weight lifting (both at home and the gym), supplements, gym etiquette, trainer tips, aerobic machines and classes, and fitness video buying are all covered with impressive detail. (If buying this book used, be sure to get the 2nd edition as it covers many topics that didn’t exist with the first edition: Pilates, Physio balls, elliptical trainers, Bikram Yoga, and more.)

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