11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2002
I was delighted to find the "Everything Total Fitness Book" because I could not get excited about any of the other fitness resources I had found. It seems that every fitness book I looked at fell into one of two categories: (1) some fad diet/exercise program with a stern looking, very buff person on the cover or (2) some hippy-dippy nonsense about "refocusing energy" or "fitness chakras" etc. Besides, if you're like me, you're not interested in losing weight OR in putting on 50 lbs of straight bicep muscle, you just want to keep in shape and improve your diet... Well, that's this book. The great thing about "Everything..." is that it approaches the subject assuming nothing about you or your fitness agenda -- therefore, the book begins with the very basics of nutrition and exercise and goes from there. The author's unassuming, straightforward approach is very refreshing in that it presents the information matter-of-factly and in a manner that is easily accessible to those who know little about the subject. Also, in addition to being comprehensive with respect to what you put into and what you do with your body, it tries to take into account situations that might fall outside the norm assumed by most of the book (e.g., pregnancy, diabetes, osteoperosis, etc.)
So, if you're like me and are interested in fitness (as opposed to "dieting" or "weight training") then this is an excellent book to get you started off with improving your lifestyle.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2001
I was looking for a guide that would not only inspire me to return to working out, but would give me all of the information about how often to work out, what to do when, how to know when I'm training hard enough, etc. The Everything Total Workout Book was better than any of the other books on this subject I could find. The writer seemed very knowledgeable, and while some of the sidebar anecdotes are corny, the information presented was all useful. I am now energized to work out, and feel confident that I can develop a plan for continued fitness. Highly recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2000
This book contains all of the information you need to know to become and stay fit, especially if you are like me and only just starting to become fit. I especially like the detailed information on heart rate zones and designing a fitness program for yourself.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2005
The Everything Total Fitness Book is for people who want to begin a fitness program and don't know where to start. The book is basic, sensible and easy to understand. It's focus is on fitness as a lifestyle, rather than dieting or weight loss.
While the book does provide a good introduction to fitness, you may want to supplement it with one or two other beginning fitness books to get all the information you need (I recommend "Barnes & Noble Basics: Getting in Shape" as a 2nd read).
TETFB breaks down and explains all the components of a good fitness program. It focuses on cardio, strength training, flexibility, sleep, and even stress reduction. I found Chapter 4: The Principles of Exercise to be especially helpful. It focused on using the "FITT" principle and finding your aerobic target zones in order to set goals and make the most out of exercise. Chapter 7: Strength Training explains how to determine the amount of weight, frequency, and duration that is best for each individual. This was also very helpful.
If you need help in choosing the right fitness activities, Author Ellen Karper provides detailed descriptions of the most popular exercise activities, along with the equipment you'll need, and safety tips.
The nutrition section is a primer in how to eat healthy. I didn't find it as helpful as the fitness section. That's not to say it didn't provide important information. It does. I just found it to be a little confusing and technical at times. There's got to be an easier way to find out your nutritional needs without all that math work and measuring!
There is also a chapter that many people will find helpful. It's for people with special needs such as pregnant women, diabetics, and older people. Although I didn't need this section, I appreciate that they didn't leave anyone out. Thumbs up for that.
Finally there is a short chapter on injury prevention and care.
Overall I would recommend this book to beginners. It covers the basics well, is easy to read, and was helpful in beginning my own fitness program.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2009
This is a great book by Ellen Karpay. I've been exercising (after taking a few years off), for the past couple of years. I've purchased several items (read reviews) in order to help me with my physical excercise goals. I like this book a lot, because it contains in very good detail, all aspects of an excellent workout routine, pages to help you track your progress, how to track your progress, varying exercises so one doesn't get bored with doing the same exercise over and over, recommendations on clothing and shoes...
Young, middleaged(?), and older folks will find this book VERY USEFUL AND INSIGHTFUL. Persons who are experienced in exercising and maintaining a good height to weight ratio will find value in this book just as inexperienced persons will.
TRY IT, YOU WILL LIKE IT.