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Ultimate Fitness - The Quest for Truth About Health and Exercise

Gina Kolata

The bestselling science reporter from The New York Times tells us what works and what doesn't when we work out Ultimate Fitness is Gina Kolata's compelling journey into the world of American physical fitness over the past thirty years. It is a funny, eye-opening, brow-sweating investigation into fads, fiction, and the science and hucksterism of fitness training. From the early days of jogging, championed by Jim Fixx--who later died of a heart attack--to stretching, cycling, aerobics, and Spinning, Kolata questions such popular notions as the "fat burning zone," "spot reducing," the effects of food on performance, how much exercise helps build fitness, and the difference between exercise to help the heart and exercise to change the body. She explains the science of physical fitness and the objective evidence behind commonly accepted prescriptions. Along the way she profiles researchers and mavericks who have challenged conventional wisdom, marketed their inventions, and sometimes bucked criticism only to back down from their original claims. Ultimate Fitness spotlights the machines and machinations of the fitness industry, exposes the charlatans and gurus, and cuts through the marketing and hype not only to assess what is healthy, but also to understand what our obsession with staying healthy says about American culture today.

The bestselling science reporter from The New York Times tells us what works and what doesn't when we work out Ultimate Fitness is Gina Kolata's compelling journey into the world of American physical fitness over the past thirty years. It is a funny, eye-opening, brow-sweating investigation into fads, fiction, and the science and hucksterism of fitness training. From the early days of jogging, championed by Jim Fixx--who later died of a heart attack--to stretching, cycling, aerobics, and Spinning, Kolata questions such popular notions as the "fat burning zone," "spot reducing," the effects of food on performance, how much exercise helps build fitness, and the difference between exercise to help the heart and exercise to change the body. She explains the science of physical fitness and the objective evidence behind commonly accepted prescriptions. Along the way she profiles researchers and mavericks who have challenged conventional wisdom, marketed their inventions, and sometimes bucked criticism only to back down from their original claims. Ultimate Fitness spotlights the machines and machinations of the fitness industry, exposes the charlatans and gurus, and cuts through the marketing and hype not only to assess what is healthy, but also to understand what our obsession with staying healthy says about American culture today.
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The bestselling science reporter from The New York Times tells us what works and what doesn't when we work out Ultimate Fitness is Gina Kolata's compelling journey into the world of American physical fitness over the past thirty years. It is a funny, eye-opening, brow-sweating investigation into fads, fiction, and the science and hucksterism of fitness training. From the early days of jogging, championed by Jim Fixx--who later died of a heart attack--to stretching, cycling, aerobics, and Spinning, Kolata questions such popular notions as the "fat burning zone," "spot reducing," the effects of food on performance, how much exercise helps build fitness, and the difference between exercise to help the heart and exercise to change the body. She explains the science of physical fitness and the objective evidence behind commonly accepted prescriptions. Along the way she profiles researchers and mavericks who have challenged conventional wisdom, marketed their inventions, and sometimes bucked criticism only to back down from their original claims. Ultimate Fitness spotlights the machines and machinations of the fitness industry, exposes the charlatans and gurus, and cuts through the marketing and hype not only to assess what is healthy, but also to understand what our obsession with staying healthy says about American culture today.

Language:

English

Length:

3h 48m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:31