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FastExercise: The Simple Secret of High-Intensity Training [Kindle Edition]

Michael Mosley , Peta Bee
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Just ten minutes a day, three times a week, can change your health for life.

Hailed as “a health revolution” by the New York Times, Michael Mosley’s FastDiet—also known as the 5:2 diet—gave the world a healthy new way to lose weight through intermittent fasting. Now, Dr. Mosley addresses the essential complement to the FastDietFastExercise—teaming up with leading sports scientist Professor Jamie Timmons and super-fit health journalist Peta Bee to turn conventional wisdom on its head when it comes to working out. Responding to the latest research on high-intensity training (HIT), FastExercise dispenses with the practice of boring, time-consuming regimens, demonstrating that all it takes is half an hour a week to lower blood glucose levels, reduce your risk for disease, help you lose weight, and maximize your overall health.

Throughout the book, the authors offer a range of workouts that take just ten minutes a day, three times a week, and can be done anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s pedaling at high resistance while waiting for your kettle to boil or holding a plank during commercials, research has shown the extraordinary impact that ultra-short bursts of HIT can have, whatever your age or level of fitness.

Throughout, Michael Mosley and Peta Bee break down the science behind this radically different approach to exercise and give you the tools to take advantage of the most flexible and efficient method out there. It’s a practical, enjoyable way to get maximal benefits in minimal time, short and fast, something that can become a sustainable part of your routine, as instinctive as brushing your teeth. The benefits are innumerable, and the time to start is now.

Editorial Reviews


“A nice narrative introduction to HIIT... excellent practical advice on how get started with ‘Fast Exercise’ and some really nice tips on how to keep going... informative, easy to understand... offers not only good health but a host of spillover benefits besides... Fast Exercise is the way of the future.” (Professor Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM, FACN)

“A great practical introduction into the field of high intensity exercise. The personal perspective matched with references to the both old and new scientific literature provides compelling reading.” (Carl Johan Sundberg, MD, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden)

Praise for THE FASTDIET:

"A health revolution." (New York Times)

“The biggest diet revolution since Atkins.” (Daily Mail)

“Fans of the FastDiet report becoming radically healthier by fasting two days a week.” (Good Morning America)

“The only diet you'll ever need.” (Mail on Sunday)

About the Author

Dr. Michael Mosley trained as a physician before joining the BBC as an award-winning science journalist, producer, and television personality

Product Details

  • File Size: 26173 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476759987
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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155 of 165 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But With Reservations February 12, 2014
By OliverS
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the reviews and seeing that the author has a best-selling book within the dieting field, I bought this one with high hopes. Let me divulge here that I'm a qualified personal trainer and have worked in a gym for five years using HIT with many of my clients. HIT truly is the most superior method of training for weight loss or any number of exercise related goals. Unfortunately I was left underwhelmed by this book; please let me explain.

I'll start with the positives and say that Fast Exercise is extremely well written; I understand the author is a journalist. I applaud the book and the writer for bringing HIT to the attention of more people - It works truly well. Now onto my criticisms:

First of all, the book references many studies, which I applaud, but precious few of these actually compare HIT to other forms of training which leaves you unable to see for yourself just how superior HIT is against the competition.

This being an exercise book, I would expect to put it down and be motivated to exercise. Unfortunately it falls a little flat here. Early on we are given statistics on arthritis and how exercise can cause and exacerbate this, yet we are given no council on reducing the risks. We are only told that we can expect crippling injury if we take part in this form of exercise. This should never be the case with a varied regime and good exercise preparation.

The book mentions some of the benefits of HIT, ie, weight loss, improved athletic performance and VO2 max. But it fails to mention some of the many other benefits such as beta endorphins or improving your tolerance to strenuous activity by pushing back your anaerobic threshold. The author sells HIT severely short here.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Disappointed March 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was surprisingly disappointed by this book. What should have been a clean and easy exercise program to accompany the FastDiet book (e.g., exercises and content focusing on weight loss) was instead mostly text describing why exercise is important, a couple of exercises with a few 'icon' like pictures, and then more discussions about why exercise is important. It's not set up for either those starting out or for those with a more advanced exercise regimen. As well, a lot of the exercises need gym equipment and aren't really suitable or even comfortable for those overweight (such as running or jumping jacks, both of which could really be damaging to knees, etc.).

The book chapters are broken down as follows: Truth about exercise, What is fast exercise?, Th workouts, Fast exercise in practice, Michael's guide to keeping active, Before you go..., Fast fitness, Fast strength. Out of 117 or so pages, about 20 actually show you the exercises. Most (if not all) you've seen before: jumping jacks, push ups, wall sit... Although the exercises are described with very simple illustrations, the author doesn't give you ways in which the exercises could be done incorrectly, assuming everyone does it correctly.

There is a LOT of text here and a lot to comb through once you've read it and just want to get back to the exercises. There is a lot that could have been done to make this much more friendly. The author's tone is great, knowledgeable yet encouraging, but I have to admit I was also put off quite a bit about everything being about him. I don't want to know about exercise that worked for him - I want to know about exercise that works the general population - I somehow doubt he is a near obese premenopausal 47 year old woman, for example.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time's up ... Well actually the time is right February 5, 2014
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Just like the Fast Diet book, Michael Mosley and co-writer (for this one) Peta have delivered a great book. The premise is much the same - the offer of a way around the hard slog of diet and exercise with results they have proven by putting their own skin on the line. Everything is bearable (except torture) when it's only for a short while. The fasting and the mad high intensity training. As someone who has been big for years I am seeing slow results but, trust me, if I can do it anyone can. Not everything works for everyone but the Fast Diet and Fast Exercise are working for me and a few people around me. Really you have no excuse not to give it a go. The three books on Kindle cost less than an artery clogging meal in a restaurant!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 10, 2014
By Dean
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The value of the content was extremely valuable if not life changing. Much of the method has been "around" some decades, but the scientific twist and validation are new. I plan to act on the methods myself. However, I found the writing style to be lacking and often confusing; the direction of thought had you interested if not excited, but left you dangling and hunting for the expected conclusion. I often felt the urge to re-write it: Not well organized.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Ever since I first saw Dr. Mosley's PBS program on the truth about exercise, I've been a fan. for the first time, many of the "Facts" about exercise are revealed to have o real science or medical evidence behind them. In FatExercise you are given sound medical, and scientific background to how and why exercise works, and doesn't work for some of us. Then you are given a plan to work yourself to a degree of fitness that will not over train you and help you live a fitter, more enjoyable life.
Te book is a quick, easy read, the exercises neatly explained, and the guidelines clearly stated. This is a book that will change the way you see, and do your exercise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 7 hours ago by Coert Erasmus
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read and with both writers it was comparative ...
Informative, easy to read and with both writers it was comparative for different life styles. I am more in tune with Dr Mosley about exercise which has encouraged me to give this... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
At least a third of this book consists of an enormous glossary and there are also several chapters of filler content. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kathleen Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book with info on the research into the exercise programs recommended.
Published 29 days ago by owlish
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Decent sensible info
Published 1 month ago by WVW
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Expensive for what you get.
Published 1 month ago by Mike H. Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Kinsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good advice. good to read.
Published 2 months ago by Peggy C
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the fact I can get results in such a ...
have been doing the HIIT exercise program. Seems to work for me. Love the fact I can get results in such a short time, but I still do a lot of the exercise I was doing before... Read more
Published 2 months ago by maree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Learning lots of useful info which has help to lower my blood sugar readings and lower my weight.
Published 2 months ago by marcos velez
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