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Return to Fitness: Getting Back in Shape after Injury, Illness, or Prolonged Inactivity Paperback – December 7, 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews


Dean Karnazes, New York Times bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man
“Bill Katovsky writes with passion and conviction. No one is more qualified than he on this subject matter. A must read for anyone looking to return to fitness.”

Mitch Thrower, cofounder of Active.com, former publisher of Triathlete magazine
“[A]n excellent guide for anyone struggling to get back in shape. Katovsky provides expert help and his own personal insight to overcome not only physical obstacles, but he also address mental barriers that are common for many dealing with injury and aging.”
RailRiders Adventures & Travel blog, 12/5/10
“Makes an ideal holiday gift.”
The Boston Globe, 12/26/10
“If your New Year’s resolution is to get moving on your fitness goals, picking up this book might be a good start.”
Tucson Citizen, 1/19/11
“[Katovsky’s] personal story of how he turned his life around is nothing short of inspirational…With the advice of personal trainers, fitness experts, and multisport coaches, this well-written and accessible book contains a wealth of useful information.”
“Stuff I Like” blog, 2/21/11
“Passion pervades the pages of Return to Fitness”
MissZippy (Blog)
Return to Fitness chronicles Katovsky's path from a highly trained endurance athlete to out-of-shape couch potato and back again… [his] book is made all the more interesting with stories of others who have similarly struggled with attempts to return to fitness. He also offers up worthy advice from an array of fitness professionals to help anyone in a similar situation find their way back to health…sage advice.”
Curled Up with a Good Book
“Highly readable, and motivational.”

Portland Book Review, 6/29/11
“Appropriately and inspiringly peppered throughout the book are interviews with famous and professional individuals who overcame their own obstacles to get their desired active life backs…This is a book for someone who wants to get serious about their fitness health safely, and easily read through, mark up and read on their daily treadmill routine. It is the perfect book for anyone discouraged with their current body and/or lifestyle.”


About the Author

Bill Katovsky, founder of Tri-Athlete Magazine, is coauthor of Bike for Life and author of Embedded, which won Harvard’s Goldsmith Book Prize. He lives in northern California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Original edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738212318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738212319
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nora L. Ishibashi on December 12, 2010
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Return to Fitness is an extremely helpful guide to rebuilding fitness or starting from scratch. It contains a thoughtful description of the author's own experience, an overview of research in various areas of fitness, and instructions about how to create your own plan. Katovsky is honest about his own struggle with depression, his very human ambivalence at different points of his fitness journey, and his very slow, stop-and-start return to fitness after a ten-year hiatus. His clear explanations of how he felt and what he did make it possible to construct one's own building process. This book fills an important gap in that it addresses people who are attempting to gain or regain fitness when they are older, have been injured or have been inactive for a long time. It includes discussions of the psychological aspects of the task of getting fit, including building motivation, feeling disappointed with low starting points, and making moralistic judgments about one's efforts and performance. He shares the results of his different efforts, both successful and unsuccessful, and tips on resources such as websites and various types of equipment. This book is absolutely perfect for where I am in my fitness thinking. I've exercised more at some times in my life and less at other times. I learned about adrenal fatigue here, which is probably what has slowed me down the last 3 months. I need to start over and think better about how to go at getting optimally fit, and this book is exactly what I need to organize my thinking and my approach.
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I thought the book was an okay read but seemed geared more for ex-runners and ex-cyclists. That's not to say the book isn't without merit. I felt like the author was talking to me, so I rather enjoyed "our conversation". The personal stories were interesting but a bit long. I wish the book was a little more how to and less of a biography, like Body for Life. I think the book could use a better title, something like "Return to Fitness for Runners" or something like that. Did I enjoy the book? Yes. Am I better off having read it? Maybe.
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An amazing read that weaves science, history, evolution of the human body, and the personal experience of some of the wisest athletes and thinkers in the world of fitness and health. As a family doctor seeing patients daily who are where Bill was prior to his restoration of health, I see this book as the inspiration and roadmap. "Return to Fitness" guides us through the maze of faulty marketing and trends with no evidence base. Getting fit is not complex- develop aerobically, listen to your body, eat real food. But there are no shortcuts or products better than the human evolutionary machine though....and this applies even to the marketing of footwear. I have this posted on my patients' must read list. A definitive guide to get over the mental, physical, and physiological barriers to the New Year's Resolution for life

Mark Cucuzzella MD

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