"Andersen spent one year testing the latest diets and workouts and chronicled her experience in a humorous and friendly way...she's sweet, funny and has a lot of great information to share."
Abigail Cuffey, Associate Health Editor, Woman's Day
"I came across blogger and author, Charlotte Hilton Anderson, who writes about her experience trying every different fitness program out there and reports her results. How fantastic! Instead of trying to figure it out for yourself, read her experiences and see what has worked for her and her gym buddies who join in with her."
—Rachel Cosgrove, author, The Female Body Breakthrough
"The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything is a chatty and funny account of her trials, featuring a cover photo of the 32-year-old author in pink and black spandex, standing inside a huge lab beaker."
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Month by month, you accompany Charlotte on a year-long experiment where she tests the latest workout and diet trends including CrossFit, veganism, Jillian Michaels’ fitness program and more. Her experiences are candid, laugh-out-loud funny, andin some chaptersquite autobiographical."
Jenn Walters, Fitbottomedgirls.com
"Charlotte is for fitness enthusiasts what Anne LaMott is for writers--her uncompromising honesty and ferocious humor give the pages within this book the kind of substance that's difficult to find on the exercise-and-fitness shelf. Her insight should be recommended reading for fitness professionals, while the rest of us can simply be entertained by her goofy antics and insightful essays. No subject is taboo for Charlotte, no fitness regimen too extreme. Her journey--while not one you may want to make personally--will leave you wishing you were one of her Gym Buddies."
Kara Douglass Thom, coauthor, Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom
"As a longtime fan of the irreverent Great Fitness Experiment blog, I was counting down the days until Charlotte's book hit the shelves. I can always count on her to make me laugh out loud while boosting my fitness IQ. Within 12 hours of reading The Great Fitness Experiment, I was in the gym, trying out the Celebrity Workout...and paying for it - in a good way - the day after."
Leslie Goldman, author, Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image, and Re-imagining the "Perfect" Body
"Andersen's Great Fitness Experiment is far more than an exercise primer. She's created a new genre: the fitness memoir. I laughed, I cried, I grew vicariously sore & starving. Yet, more importantly, through her experiments Andersen reminds her readers exercise need not be about getting "skinny" or nailing a certain BMI. Fitness for her is much more about what we learn about ourselves than how we curl, crunch, cardio & cut carbs. Andersen's unique experience and raw, honest writing is simultaneously riveting and relatable."
Carla Birnberg, award-winning author and fitness expert
About the Author
Charlotte Hilton Andersen runs the popular health and fitness website, The Great Fitness Experiment, where she specializes in exercise, body image and over-sharing. She also writes for iVillage, blogs for The Huffington Post and has been featured on ABC's 20/20 and Fox's morning show. Her writing has appeared in the online content of the Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News, and Livestrong, among others. As these ventures pay mainly in notoriety, her night job is grading the SAT essay where she gets to grade 500 high school essays each answering the same prompt, causing her to curse any time The Scarlet Letter is mentioned in her presence. She is the mother of five children and lives in Minnesota. This is her first book.