Synopses & Reviews
This empowering exercise guide is big on attitude, giving plus-size women the motivation and information they need to move their bodies and improve their health.
Hanne Blank, proud fat girl and personal trainer, understands the physical and emotional roadblocks that overweight women face in the word of exercise. in this one-of-a-kind guide that combines exercise advice with a refusal to fat-bash, Hanne shows readers how to choose workout options from WiiFit to extreme sports, avoid common sports injuries, get proper nutrition, source plus-size work out gear, and more.
"Personal trainer Blank (Big Big Love) describes herself as a lifelong fat girl who has never weighed less than 200 pounds in her adult life. So this book is 'not about getting thin.' Rather, Blank believes that it is quite possible to improve health and stay healthy at any body size (she cites the HAES 'Health at Every Size' approach, first introduced by nutritionist Linda Bacon, to shore up her argument). In this empowering and informative book Blank contends that it's a fat woman's birthright to move and enjoy her body. Instead, society stigmatizes people of size (many gyms, the author points out, are actually built with the needs of those who are already fit in mind). She takes readers through the ups and downs of exercising, including such topics as literally how to get up off the floor, the right bra, and how to shop for a 'fat-friendly' gym. Blank addresses the pros and cons of various indoor and outdoor sports, solo exercise, team sports, and includes such 'stealth exercises' as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking the dog. Exercise, Blank writes, is about developing a healthy relationship with your body: 'Movement gives your body back to you.' Plus-size women hoping to focus on overall health and well-being will welcome Blank's personable, fun, and frank guide to staying fit and active." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
HANNE BLANK is a lifelong fat girl and movement coach who has a devoted (but not monogamous) relationship with her elliptical machine. A writer and historian, she is the author of six books including Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them)
and has taught at Brandeis and Tufts universities. She divides her time between north central Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Excuse Me—I Think This Is Yours
Incendiary Act #1: Refuse to Apologize for Having a Body
Whys and Wherefores
A Note on the F-Word
30 Things to Love About Exercise (None of Which Have Anything
to Do with Your Weight, Your Size, or What You Look Like)
What Do You Think You’re Doing?
What Do You Want to Do with Yourself?
25 Sample Goals for Your Body Practice
What Do You Call It?
Health At Every Size
Getting the Right Feedback
Incendiary Act #2: Pay Real Attention to Yourself
What’s So Bad About Boredom?
Give Yourself a Break
Incendiary Act #3: Have Your Own Reasons to Do the Things You Do
Getting Back on the Horse
Chub, Sweat, and Jeers
That Target on Your Back
Incendiary Act #4: Don’t Make Yourself Responsible for
Other People’s Bad Behavior
Voices in Your Head
Opinions Are Like Assholes
When Compliments Aren’t
Incendiary Act #5: Don’t Do the Assholes’ Job for Them
Get Out of My Way
Incendiary Act #6: Claim the Right to Be Unattractive
(Just Like Anybody Else)
Finding and Creating Fat-Friendly Space to Move
What Am I Going To Do?
Outdoors Versus Indoors
Group and Class Exercise
At Home in Front of Your TV
Incendiary Act #7: Flail Proudly
Team and Competitive Sports
Personal Trainers and Coaches
101 Things You Can Do with Your Body
Hit the Ground Running
The Unapologetic Fat-Girl Lowdown on Gyms
Choosing a Gym: A Checklist
The Locker-Room Thing
Hitting the Showers
Incendiary Act #8: Know That You’re Not Alone
Safety and Weight Limits
Comfort and Ergonomics
A Fitness-Equipment Shopping Note
Dressing for It
The Well-Shod Fathlete
A Word About Bras
Coping with the Belly Flop
Action and Reaction
The Long Haul
Play, Work, Meditation, and Vitamin Pills
The 80 Percent Rule
Building a Workout
Two Sample Workouts
Incendiary Act #9: Play to Your Strengths
Managing Your Expectations
Incendiary Act #10: Dare to Not Compare
Change Is Inevitable
What’s Buzzin’ Cousin?
Wanted Versus Unwanted Changes
Incendiary Act #11: Focus On What Makes You Fierce
Body Weight and Size Changes
Stop Right There
Common Sports Injuries and What to Do About Them
Some Insider Secrets for Happier Body Practice from the Ancient
and Exalted Sisterhood of Incendiary Fat-Girl Exercisers
Getting What You Came for at the Doctor’s
Nutrition and the Active Eater
Getting Down (and Up Again)
Incendiary Act #12: Know That You Are the Authority on You
Institutionalized Body Hatred and the Unapologetic Fat Girl
Epilogue: What Moves You
About the Author