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Editorial Reviews


“Beginners of all ages and fitness levels are sure to appreciate this shallow-end-of-the-pool approach to improving one’s health, whose gentle but comprehensive guidance and instruction will equip them to venture, at their own pace, into the deep end.”

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"If you want to get in shape but don't have a clue about how to do it the right way, Fitness Illustrated is the book for you! There’s no need to plow through pages of boring information. Brian Sharkey's easy-to-read descriptions will help you jump into action."

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD -- Author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fourth Edition

“Do you ever go to the gym and wonder why you are doing a certain workout? With Brian Sharkey's Fitness Illustrated, you will not only get a step-by-step program but also understand why you are performing each exercise.”

Diane O'Donnell -- ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, Health Editor for the Staten Island Advance

About the Author

Brian Sharkey, PhD, is a leading fitness researcher, educator, and author. Sharkey has more than 45 years of experience in exercise, sport, and work physiology. He is professor emeritus at the University of Montana, where he served as director of the Human Performance Laboratory and remains associated with the university and lab. He currently serves as a consultant with several federal agencies in the areas of fitness, health, and work capacity, especially of wildland firefighters. He has won several awards for his work, including the 2009 International Association of Wildland Fire’s Wildland Fire Safety Award for his contributions to wildland firefighter safety and health.  

Sharkey authored or contributed to over a dozen books on exercise, sport, and work physiology and fitness and numerous research papers. He is past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and served on the NCAA committee on competitive safeguards and medical aspects of sports, where he chaired the Sports Science and Safety subcommittee, which uses research to improve the safety of intercollegiate athletics. He also coordinated the United States ski team Nordic Sports Medicine Council.

In his leisure time, Brian enjoys cross-country and alpine skiing, road and mountain biking, running and hiking in the hills and valleys, and paddling the rivers and lakes of Montana. He lives with his wife, Ann, close to his daughter, son, and grandchildren in Missoula, Montana.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (October 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736081585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736081580
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I'm at a point in my life where I have little time for reading...yet I still love to dig deeply into information on subjects I enjoy. It's rare that I find a book, especially a fitness book, that gives such great depth of knowledge in such an easy-to-read and understand, visually appealing fashion. This does. Unlike most books, it uses more visual tools than words (although there are both) to work.

I was going to post some photos of the book open because it's really different than most books and hard to get across in a review...however, I see that you are able to look at excerpts of the book's pages here under the book's posting. I suggest doing so to best understand the difference.

The book is over 300 pages of full-color, graphically designed, glossy pages. Every page is thoroughly, thoroughly (did I mention thoroughly?) well-thought out design-wise to show the reader not only through words, but the best pics possible exactly what they are conveying. And it also keeps one's interest better, much like flipping through a Men's Health or Women's Health magazine...they are full of learning, but enjoyable to read as well.

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on fitness...I teach weightloss classes, I strive to workout to various routines as much as possible, and I enjoy reading as much as I can on the subject...but, by golly, this taught me WAY more on both weight loss and training in almost a "crash course" as I've ever had.

And, consequently, I've lost 10 lbs this month (and I was small to begin with) simply by greater knowledge of training, endurance, fat burning, aerobic fitness training, intensity, duration...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cedric's Mom VINE VOICE on January 1, 2011
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You know what I like about this book? Everything is BIG. Now before you think it's like a kindergarten book, let me say that it isn't. There's tons of information here--personal stories, training plans, nutrition, physiology, to name a few topics--all presented so you want to read it. Open this book to any page and the illustrations invite you with color, a font size that you can read easily (I think it's 14 point for body text), lots of photos of men and women of all ages (as a middle-age woman I'd like to say thank you very much) and all races. These are real people doing their exercise thing, not professional models. Even if you're an elite athlete, though, this book has something for you, too.

There are "Fit Facts", which are useful bites of information with practical value like avoiding muscle soreness, how to eat for your fitness level, how to train for your goals, etc. This is a great book and it's different from other books of its same subject because it's so broad. There's even cell biology in this book, which bolsters a lot of common knowledge with hard science. There are personal success stories, too, of normal people struggling with health and fitness, what they did, what changed, and how they are now. Very inspiring. And this book breaks it down into plans by the week or even the day to show you what to do one step at a time to meet your goals. It's like having a personal trainer right there in your hands whenever you need one.

This is an awesome book, and I've gotten away with something by receiving it in exchange for a review. Human Kinetics publishes Dance Anatomy and Stretching Anatomy as well, and this book uses the same great graphics. No matter what your fitness level or your sport of choice, there's something in this book for you. Anyone who cares about fitness, exercise, or health should have this book in their library. Appendix on energy expenditures by activity; bibliography, and index.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura B. Millar on December 2, 2010
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An excellent book! Easy to understand language and good illustrations covering all aspects of fitness. It talks about the benefits it terms of what it does for you body, aerobic and muscle fitness, nutrition, and weight control. Sample programs that help get you started on your own program are provide but with the proviso that you need to work out a program that suits you. It follows up with health issues, facts and fallacies and discussion on longevity. It is geared to the beginner and intermediate range. Example exercises with good illustrations are provided along with energy expenditure charts. Enjoyed the Fit Facts sidebars (
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 6, 2010
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I found this to be a wonderful book. It's especially good for those who are really unfit and need to understand fitness quickly --- those who need to know "how" to get fit. There's no way you won't get the message with these great, colorful illustrations and easy-to-understand instructions and valuable information.

Moreover, many fitness myths are put to rest in this book. And that's important because most novices believe what they're told or read and what they're told or what they read is not always the truth. I was also pleased to see that fitness for all ages was addressed.

Here's what you'll find in the book . . .


Chapter 1. Activity and Fitness: Why Get Fit?
Chapter 2. Understanding Aerobic Fitness: O2 and You
Chapter 3. Aerobic Fitness Training: A Gentle Pastime
Chapter 4. Aerobic Programs: Have It Your Way
Chapter 5. Understanding Muscular Fitness: Strength and Endurance
Chapter 6. Muscular Fitness Training: Shape Yourself
Chapter 7. Muscular Programs: Designed for You
Chapter 8. Nutrition and Weight Control: Eat to Live
Chapter 9. Health Issues and Exercise Tips: Overcoming Hurdles
Chapter 10. Fitness Facts and Fallacies: What's the Truth?
Chapter 11. Vitality and Longevity: Add Life to Your Years

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