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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607742861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607742869
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This revolutionary guide is perfect for every big girl who wants to incorporate more movement into her life. Hanne Blank is my ideal coach: hilariously entertaining, utterly motivating, and ready to defend fat women’s right to exercise wherever and however they so choose. With Hanne at your side, you’ll be able to hit the ground running, improve your health, and exorcise the Ghost of Skinny Jeans Past.”
—Linda Bacon, PhD, associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis, 
and author of Health at Every Size

About the Author

HANNE BLANK is a lifelong fat girl and movement coach who has a devoted (but not monogamous) relationship with her elliptical machine. A writer and historian, she is the author of six books including Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) and has taught at Brandeis and Tufts universities. She divides her time between north central Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia.


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Hanne Blank is the author of "Straight: The Suprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality" (Beacon Press, 2012). She spends her time thinking, learning, writing, and speaking at the crossroads of bodies, self, and culture. Joyfully spanning the town/gown divide as well as the mind/body split, her books include the histories Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality (Beacon Press, 2012) and Virgin: The Untouched History (Bloomsbury, 2007), the cult classic sex and body-acceptance book Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) (Celestial Arts, 2011), and numerous others.

Hanne's work has been featured in periodicals ranging from Penthouse to Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and in anthologies ranging from Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking The Rules to Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.

A former Scholar of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Hanne has taught in various capacities on campuses including Brandeis and Tufts. She is also a popular speaker and guest lecturer, with appearances ranging from Harvard University to the inaugural Femme Conference in 2006.

Hanne lives in a 175-year-old stone mill cottage on a dirt road in the middle of Baltimore, and travels frequently to speak and teach. She is a passionate defender of the Oxford comma, is a tea and cider drinker who lives in a coffee and beer country, and has a nice tnettennba.

Photographer Copyright Credit Name: Kyle Cassidy, 2012.

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Yes, I have gotten off the couch!
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I'd recommend it to anyone (no matter what size) who's in need of a little extra motivation!
Katherine Schultheis
The book is very well written; it's lively, witty, and fun to read.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By kryalen on January 31, 2013
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I really, really wanted to be able to rate this book five stars. In the end, I couldn't quite do that.

The book is very well written; it's lively, witty, and fun to read. It's also well-structured and very accessible. Blank's bluntness about the plight of plus size people (and anyone else who doesn't fit the mold of young, slim, and athletic) and how it can affect their body practice psychologically is refreshing, to say the least. She put many of my emotions that I previously couldn't find expression for into words, clear cut and simple. I found this aspect of the book to be inspiring and encouraging...simply knowing that you're not alone in your fear and doubts is so important to getting through any complicated emotions. I particularly like her statement that you do NOT exist to decorate the world for others, which is something that holds many of us (women in particular) back from living freely, fully, and in the moment. I also liked the inclusion of a resource guide, although I didn't find it quite as helpful as I had hoped.

With all that said, I was really hoping for more practical guidance. She does include some, but it seemed to me the bulk of the book centered around encouraging you to get out there and just do it, rather than telling you HOW to do it. Most of the practical advice she does give centers around the gym. Since I don't use gyms (partially for emotional/psychological reasons addressed in the book, but also in large part because of an array of more practical concerns), I didn't get much out of it on that end of things. I was really hoping for more outside-of-the-box suggestions and practical guidance.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Bear Bergman on December 29, 2012
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So good for anyone who wants to get over whatever is keeping them from moving their body - if you're fat, if you're scared of locker rooms, if you have a mobility impairment, if you think you're too old, if you're afraid of looking ridiculous, whatever. Blank has you covered.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Clare C Gmur on January 30, 2013
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I've been telling folks that the theses of this book are "there is no wrong way to have a body" and "I can move however the heck, wherever the heck, whenever the heck, and whyever the heck I want to, and haters can get out of the way" (I might not have used "heck" when talking to folks.

This book gave me a whole new language and perspective to think and act on incorporating movement and fitness into my life. It reminded me that I can and should have a "body practice" just because it makes me feel awesome, and that changing my size doesn't have to have anything to do with it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on February 3, 2014
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I've struggled with fatness and health professionals of all sorts my entire adult life. Gyms made me feel uncomfortable and unwelcome, classes sometimes had instructors that shamed me publicly, and for a long time I lacked the discipline to work out daily. As someone who is a fat activist, and believes in Heath At Every Size, I didn't know how to support myself in developing healthier exercise habits while also loving my body.

This book is a great balance of loving kindness and encouragement to move forward on your goals, whatever they may be. I appreciated that losing weight wasn't the only goal given air time, either, but increased mobility, mental health and other reasons also got attention. I felt validated and supported, and many of my questions about nutrition, workout clothes, and strategies were answered. If you've had difficulty finding ways to get yourself moving around regularly, and it feels intimidating, give this a go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary on November 21, 2013
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Parts of this book made me weep for joy that someone actually gets it, as far as getting one's body moving healthfully while fat, with no goal other than the awesome joy of movement. I want to read it again but gave my copy away. I think I'll buy another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2013
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Her frank language and moxie combined with a sharp wit makes this a enjoyable read, and is very inspiring. Yes, I have gotten off the couch!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Schultheis on June 8, 2013
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Excellent guide, chocked full of helpful tips, and several one liners, that will leave you laughing out loud. I'd recommend it to anyone (no matter what size) who's in need of a little extra motivation!
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By tbattagl on September 11, 2014
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Although the book gives the basics of exercise, it is highly opinionated. Continuously telling your readers, who are attempting to make a lifestyle change-which is why they are reading this book, that they shouldn't push themselves too much while exercising is a bit silly. It doesn't matter if you want to lose 10lbs or build your upper body strength, you're going to have to work for that. It doesn't just happen overnight.
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