This volume is a wonderful reference source on fitness. Sources of information are carefully listed, and each chapter draws upon up-to-date research studies. While the book will not likely appeal to the typical adolescent reader because of the textbook format, the information may be employed effectively by teachers, parents, and professionals who work with adolescents. A unique feature of the book is the extensive research section appended to each chapter, which includes annotated information about fiction, nonfiction, and non-print materials dealing with fitness. The chapter on motivation is the most comprehensive this reviewer has seen in a fitness book, while the aerobics chapter is equally impressive. Highly recommended for academic and large public collections.-- Kenneth Tillman, Trenton State Coll., N.J.
Gr 7-12-A single source for a broad overview of the different elements of fitness, clearly designed for teenagers, would be most welcome. This book nearly meets that need. Nine chapters each address a different component of the picture, providing definitions; brief descriptions; bibliographies of related fiction, nonfiction, and nonprint materials; and descriptions with full addresses of service organizations. Diagrams and tables break up the text and help readers assess their own programs. The information provided is sometimes very detailed, yet sometimes so limited as to mention little more than the jargon related to an activity, forcing readers to seek out other sources for explanation. The index is lengthy, but does not include references to specific exercises. Research about fitness is constantly being revised, making former ideas dated and sometimes potentially harmful. Although the text itself generally provides current nutritional data and the revised, safer ways to execute most of the exercises mentioned, the bibliographies include several nonfiction titles written before reform made their contents dated. A few of the titles have been among those specifically criticized by fitness experts recently. Flaws aside, this book does contain appropriate up-to-date advice.-Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland
A solid resource, directed toward teenagers (and their concerned adults) but containing material of interest to anyone beginning an exercise program. Covers physical fitness and body types, emotional fitness and stress, measuring health-related fitness, energy systems and exercise benefits, aerobic activities, exercise injuries, nutrition, eating disorders and overtraining, and motivation. Each chapter includes fiction, nonfiction, and nonprint resources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)