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Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program Hardcover – May 4, 2010

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“I've always admired Dara's commitment to athleticism and come on, who wouldn't envy that physique? Gold Medal Fitness is a great combination of exercises, nutritional wisdom, and inspiration for anyone who wants to get in better shape.” —Jillian Michaels, author of Making the Cut
 
“In this book, Dara Torres shares her well-informed guidance—developed over years of Olympic training with the best of the best. Her thoughtful recommendations about health and nutrition include easy-to-follow exercises and advice about food that go beyond weight-loss recommendations to useful, adaptable concepts to enhance most people’s daily living.” – Dr. Sanjay Gupta
 
“Dara Torres delivers once again with sound physical, nutritional and psychological advice that can help unleash the inner Olympian in all of us! Her principles are particularly relevant for women of all ages. Dara's program works because it is smart and sophisticated, but it is transforming because it is sustainable!” —Dr. Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Ob-Gyn, CBS News Medical Correspondent and author of The Body Scoop for Girls

About the Author

Dara Torres has set three world records and brought home twelve Olympic medals, including four golds. She is the first American swimmer to have competed in five Olympic Games. She is the author of Age is Just a Number and lives in Florida with her daughter, Tessa. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767931947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767931946
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary A. Close on May 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book even though I am a man and a senior citizen because I admire Dara Torres and also because I heard her talk about her approach to dynamic stretching. If you are serious about your fitness this is an excellent book that covers all the areas - stretching, diet, strength, cardio fitness, and active rest and recovery. Also I like her perspective as a person who has been successful in overcoming the challenges of competing at a world-class level although twice the age of many of her fellow competitors.

As I write this the only other reviewer gives the book one star, essentially for two reasons. First the reviewer says you need access to a gym, a cable system and a partner to make use of the book. Second the reviewer claims the five week timeframe shown on the cover is misleading because the program will take 15 weeks to complete. Regarding the first criticism, while some of the exercises require equipment not all do - many of the stretches require nothing more than your own body. In addition, one should ask where fitness ranks among your priorities - is joining a gym all that difficult for most people who take fitness seriously? YMCA's are everywhere and not all that expensive. In addition, Dara mentions inexpensive equipment such as a BOSU and resistance bands. I belong to a gym and also have a BOSU and resistance bands at home. This is not expensive or exotic equipment. I was in a gas station convenience store last week and I noticed cigarettes cost $50 a carton - now that's expensive, not to mention they will kill you.

Regarding the five week time frame, I have a couple of points. First Dara says she picked five weeks because she thinks it will take the average person about five weeks to LEARN the exercises.
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As a swimmer, I was really excited about reading this book. I enjoyed the sections detailing Torres' physical routines as well as her advice and attitudes regarding exercise, but was disappointed with much of the rest.

The food and nutrition chapter is not really worth reading as the advice Torres gives is misguided at best. She says that all people should take dietary supplements because "we cannot get everything we need from food." This is untrue. Torres also continually refers to "clean" food, which is apparently unprocessed food, but she later suggests that low-sodium, packaged or frozen foods are acceptable and that Klondike bars and Fudgsicles make good desserts. She also calls mayonnaise a dairy product (it is made from an emulsion of oil and eggs) and says mustard is laden with sugar (perhaps processed mustard is, but traditional mustards are not), which also make me feel a bit leery about her food recommendations. Furthermore, the 35-day meal plan she provides does not have nearly enough calories for an active person. I also wonder how different her diet actually is from her suggested plan, especially as it is not representative of the "several small meals" she says she eats most of the time.

Fortunately, the chapters on strength training and stretching seem useful and good additions to a cardio routine. The photos and descriptions are clear and helpful. The techniques and progression training methodology also seem very well thought out. It is true that machines are required for some of her strength training moves, but they aren't unusual ones. A minor detail unrelated to the exercises is the incorrect explanation of Ki-Hara, the stretching technique, as being two Chinese words, when they are actually two Japanese terms.
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I really enjoyed reading Dara's new book and I disagree with some of the previous reviews. I thought the book was straightforward and liked the fact that Dara writes it for the masses, not just her colleagues who are other elite athletes. The exercises can all be done from home and she also gives tips on how to do the Ki-Hara workouts that helped her to reshape her body after having a baby, and also helped her to combat the arthritis pain she had in her knee. The nutrition part of the book is also quite simple and perfect for someone who doesn't want to do a lot of cooking or meal planning. This is one of the few fitness books that I've read cover to cover and have gone back to for advice. I know that I will never be in the shape that Dara is in, but I can utilize her advice to lose weight and gain energy.
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I am a group exercise instructor and a Pilates instructor. I really admire Dara Torres and wanted to know how she trains. This book gives really good advice for the older athlete or average person trying to stay in shape. She focuses on core strength and flexibility and emphasizes the need to listen to your body. I've included her exercises and stretching techniques in my own workout. I've also included the techniques in my senior fitness class. The seniors feel the difference in their bodies and feel more stable as a result.
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GOLD MEDAL WINNER...very easy to read and follow. Complete directions, and many foods, exercieses and routines to choose from. Appropriate for all ages, with easy ways to modify most exercises. Totally satasified. Purchased for both of my grown daughters.
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