You have to appreciate the straightforward honesty of a book when the second chapter is titled, "Report for Duty, Fat Ass." This is a fun book to read, mostly because corporate fitness trainer Patrick Avon believes that if you don't enjoy exercising and eating well, you won't do those things. The program includes simple ways to measure your present condition (including the easiest body-fat measurement system you'll ever see), and the usual ways to improve strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility. But Avon makes good, often original arguments for why you should improve each (the chapter on flexibility exhorts you to go to a nursing home and see for yourself the consequences of allowing a body's elasticity to deteriorate), and he makes sure you're entertained along the way. --Lou Schuler
About the Author
Patrick "THE SARGE" Avon's Sergeant's Fitness and Nutrition Program began in 1989 in the Washington, D.C., area, and he is now opening Boot Camps nationwide. He lives in Rockville, Maryland.