Synopses & Reviews
From the highly acclaimed New York Times
science writer Gina Kolata, the book for people who love exercise as much as they value the truth.
In Ultimate Fitness, Gina Kolata, science reporter for The New York Times, takes a fascinating journey into the fads, fictions, and genuine innovations that have defined the world of physical fitness. From weight lifting for men and women in the early days, to jogging in the 1970s, cycling in the 1980s, aerobics in the 1990s, and now Spinning, Kolata explains the science of conditioning and the objective evidence behind commonly accepted prescriptions.
Ultimate Fitness is also a book about the individuals who have challenged and influenced or failed to influence the industry, and the many of us who have participated in
this multimillion-dollar corner of American culture.
"Fascinating...challenges many prevailing fitness assumptions."--Eric Schlosser, The New York Times Book Review
"An appealing hybrid: authoritative reporting enhanced with snatches of autobiography, both related in a clear, easygoing style."--Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"This energetic book will propel many a couch potato into the gym."--Time
"A welcome antidote to most fitness books."--The Baltimore Sun
A science reporter reviews the last three decades of "information" about health and fitness, explaining the science of physical fitness and objectively analyzing the various programs and prescriptions to discover what works and what does not. Reprint.
About the Author
is a science writer for The New York Times
and the author of four previous books, most recently Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It
. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.