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

What a waste

Little more than a few, very thin NY Times articles linked together by tedious descriptions of the author's spinning classes. Frankly, it's hard for me to believe that any publisher would have gone through the trouble to publish this book. If you have almost no knowledge of even the basics of exercise, then you might find this book useful. Otherwise, it's not worth the time or money.
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- Laura

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

Book Details

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