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Marijane GreenHold It! You're Exercising Wrong is described by its author, Edward Jackowski, as being somewhat "confrontational." Jackowski says that while the fitness community was rather skeptical of his methodology at first, many are now following his recommendations.
The book contains easy-to-read and easy-to-follow exercise tips and information and the final chapter offers "The Ultimate Workout." As the title suggests, this book recommends that fitness enthusiasts "hold it" and take time to evaluate their fitness routines. Jackowski suggests that walking is not one of the best exercises, contrary to popular belief, and even contends that walking will never get you fit. He takes on stair climbers, reporting that these machines will not trim your thighs and buttocks. He instead suggests jump-roping and details a recommended exercise routine.
Ten chapters include such topics as "Exercise and Your Options," "Just Because You're Exercising Doesn't Mean You're Getting Fit," "Which Type of Exercise is Best Suited for You?," "Your Mini-Guide to Home Fitness Equipment," "Aches and Pains," "Bad Back Blues," and "Fitness Strategies for Special Populations," which covers exercises for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions.
I had the opportunity to speak personally with Mr. Jackowski. In the conclusion of his book he states, as he also did during our interview, "The research done for this book was all based on 13 years of practical experience. The impetus for this book came from people like you and me who are searching for a simple fitness routine that we can follow for the rest of our lives, despite common constraints." Mr. Jackowski says his book was written for those who do not exercise, and for those who presently exercise but are not pleased with the way they look.
Mr. Jackowski wants to redefine the way people look at exercise. "People don't want to change - they have a fear of the unknown." This book, he says, offers a plan for those who don't know what else to do, especially if they've been following an exercise routine that has not given them the desired results. Jackowski says the book explains, in layman's terms, how to exercise properly.
Jackowski is the founder and CEO of Exude Inc., a one-on-one motivational fitness company based in New York City.
This book is practical, interesting, and thought provoking, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new prescription for fitness. Fitness enthusiasts at all levels will benefit from reading Hold It! You're Exercising Wrong and gaining a different perspective on fitness and exercise.