Ultimate Fitness

  • by Gina Kolata
  • Narrated by Gina Kolata
  • 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"Kolata brings both personal enthusiasm and journalistic skepticism to her subject." (Publishers Weekly)
"Kolata challenges many prevailing fitness assumptions." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Really Bad

I thought I would get something more than the narcissistic ramblings of the author. I kept hoping it would get better, but with a good hour spent on her and her husband's spinning class, it was truly a waste of time. Trust me, the time listening to this book would be better spent working out.
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- Hilary

waste of time

I too was hoping for some substance. I couldn't believe how boring and trivial most of this book was - a love letter to the author's current obsession (spinning), with very little of the serious analysis and insight I was hoping for. There are a few gems - a few cites studies - buried in this book, but they are not discussed with the scientific rigor I would expect from a science writer.

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- Kelly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2003
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio