Ultimate Fitness

Version: Abridged
Author: Gina Kolata
Narrator: Eliza Foss
Genres: Self Development
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: May 2003
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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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.

Reviews (2)

A little too much spinning

Written by Nicole from Sharon Springs, NY on May 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The writer was knowledgeable and touched on a lot of great topics, but there was way too much focus on her experiences with spinning classes.

Ultimate Fitness

Written by JO from Clovis, CA on November 10th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I can't believe this is an abridged version, the entire point of her book could have been summed up in one CD at the very most. She spends a lot of time taking about how much she LOVES working out and about how she LOVES spinning with the occassional fact about exercise. But what if you don't like exercise..what then? She also spends a lot of time name dropping as if the reader is supposed to be impressed with these people she's spoken to. The basic premise of the book is don't trust anything you hear about exercise. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

Author Details

Author Details

Kolata, Gina

Gina Kolata is a science reporter for "The New York Times" and the author of "Clone: The Road to Dolly and Sex in America." She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.