The Ultimate Fit or Fatby Covert Bailey
With more than three million copies of previous editions in print, this classic exercise manual has shown Americans from all walks of life the route from fatness to fitness. Now Covert Bailey has totally rewritten and revised FIT OR FAT for the first time since the book's original publication in the mid-1970s. His dramatically new approach to fitness incorporates
With more than three million copies of previous editions in print, this classic exercise manual has shown Americans from all walks of life the route from fatness to fitness. Now Covert Bailey has totally rewritten and revised FIT OR FAT for the first time since the book's original publication in the mid-1970s. His dramatically new approach to fitness incorporates the most recent scientific findings. Weightlifting, whose fat-burning potential is only now becoming fully understood, plays a large role in Bailey's new program, which stresses what he calls "the four food groups" of exercise: aerobics, cross-training, wind sprints, and weightlifting. He also stresses the importance of intense exercise, showing readers how to build intensity into their daily programs safely and effectively. Covert Bailey's ULTIMATE FIT OR FAT will not only be of interest to a new health-conscious generation but will be eagerly sought out by the millions of readers who have come to rely on the Bailey approach to keep their bodies in peak condition.
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Meet the Author
Covert Bailey is a popular PBS personality and best-selling author on fitness and nutrition, whose Fit or Fat series of books has sold nearly 6 million copies. One of the first to emphasize body fat and body fat testing, he has taught millions of people about low-fat eating and adopting flexible exercise programs that are both fun and healthy. Covert Bailey earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and received a M.S. degree in biochemistry from MIT. He likes to say that his training in graduate school was spent with fit rats and fat rats.
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Finally, someone (MIT-trained author Covert Bailey) tells us the truth about being fit or fat: women get fit by exercising, but mostly by dieting, and men get fit by exercise (not dieting). I like this book, because the idea behind it is, if you turn your body into a more efficient fat-burning engine, you can basically more or less eat what you want (within limits, of course).
This is the perfect 'weight loss' book for most of the U.S. population. Covert Bailey continues his quest to get America up and moving and to throw away those diet books. Research continues to show that the best way to KEEP weight off is to exercise. This book reviews some of the basic info presented in the 'Fit or Fat' series, but also includes some valuable new information. New results show wind sprints (MUCH easier to do than the name would imply)will quickly increase your fitness level. I've incorporated sprints in to my exercise routine for the past 6 weeks and have noted a big improvement in my workout times. More research info is provided on weight lifting and Covert includes an easy intro lifting program that does not require you to join a gym or purchase any expensive equipment. Also included - some new testing methods so you can truly measure your progress, stratified by age. (Thank you Covert from a reader in the 'over 45' category!) This book is helpful for people with limited time - it clearly outlines a program so you can get the most benefit for your precious workout minutes. This book is GREAT if you have never exercised before - motivating, a clear program, and explanations as to why this plan works. This book is NOT for athletes that already have incorporated an intense exercise program into their daily routine; you already know this stuff!