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Working Out Sucks! (And Why It Doesn't Have To): The Only 21-Day Kick-Start Plan for Total Health and Fitness You'll Ever Need Paperback – January 3, 2012

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BookPage , 1/1/12
“An audacious approach to the challenges that keep people from getting fit…Less a workout book and more an entertaining, kick-in-the-backside companion.”

American Fitness, March/April 2012
“[Runyon’s] take on exercise and eating well is relentlessly blunt, but he manages to drive all of his points home expertly with a fine dose of empathy and good-natured wit.”

About the Author

Chuck Runyon is the cofounder and CEO of Anytime Fitness, based in Hastings, Minnesota. Brian Zehetner, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, is the health director at Anytime Fitness, a registered dietitian, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist with more than fifteen years of experience in the nutrition and fitness industries. Rebecca A. Derossett, MSW, LICSW, is an executive coach for Anytime Fitness and the owner of Stillwater Psychological Associates in Stillwater, Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738215694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738215693
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[...] Do you need a "no more lame excuses" smackdown to get started on the journey to better health and all around fit-tastic-ness? Do you like stats and quotes that rouse you? You will then respond to the opening chapter-ettes that are designed to get you out of your snuggie and into the gym or outdoors.

I thought the book would be "in your face" and it is, but not in a blaming, name-calling way. More in a sincerely concerned, "Save your own life and money" kind of way.

Bottom line - as the three authors, each an expert in his/ her field explain -- the consequences of staying sedentary suck more than getting off the lazy-boy and into the gym or park or trail.

Quick, easy, motivating read that has a lot of personality.

If you want to see a longer review with more detail and some fun humor, go to [...] Then get moving! ... and reading! Kymberly of Fun and Fit.

63 Motivational Quotes to Help you Get and Stay in Shape
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This book is a very good motivator, giving positive insight for all of our excuses, behavioral modification, and nutritional encouragement.

What I found lacking was positive exercises / activities for those of us who find working out difficult. I was looking for something NEW to entice me. Rather the book ended with a typical menu plan & workout routine.
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Although I was a bit reluctant to read this book because I don't think working out sucks (I'm a fitness instructor and personal trainer), I loved it.
It's perfect for the not-yet-fit who know they should get moving but are having a hard time getting over their activation energy. The authors point out all the things that suck even more than working out, including illness and death.
I particularly enjoyed the second section of the book, ways to change your behavior.
If you need a bit of a kick to get started working out, buy this book!
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Everyone should have a book that tell's you how it is instead of alot of blah blah blah telling you what you want to hear. This book tells you what you NEED to hear. I recommend reading this if your ready to take responsibility for your actions.
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Here's a book that basically slaps you on the face to wake you up and get you off the couch. The first chapters give you better excuses why you SHOULD move your body rather than skip your workout (something I'm pretty good at). The chapters on nutrition and fitness cut thru the nonsense and provide plain, current research based facts and not a "cure all" remedy. If you want to follow the eating plan I find the meal recommendations very livable. No crazy "magic" ingredients or combo's of food that you need to go to specialty stores to purchase. Get this book for someone you care about as a "soft" intervention, and then talk about it with them!
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Chuck Runyon tells it like it is! He doesn't beat around the bush, when it comes to facing the fact, that it takes an honest effort to get in shape, and stay in shape, no matter what is going on around our daily life!
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Should be retitled "being overweight and out of shape sucks" - the author seeks to motivate by illustrating that being fat +/or inactive is worse than working out and eating well. He employs both carrots and sticks in making this argument (figuratively, that is). This book was a little too negative for me, which (contrarian that I am) made me want to NOT work out. The "MILF" (Mothers Into Lifelong Fitness) and "Dude" (addressed to all men) chapters made me want to throw the book away with its presumptions that men are mostly motivated by sex, and women by being good mothers. Also very hetero-normative. The writing style is personable and engaging, but the underlying attitude turned me off. This book might be a good motivator for some people, but not for me. Also, the eating plan (while simple, reasonable, and fairly tasty meals) made no accommodation for vegetarians (unless I missed something). "Strong Women Stay Young" is more my speed.
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And just because I can write a book, doesn't mean you should pay attention to it. Runyon had an 'in your face' attitude about fitness, which I appreciated as a fat guy trying to loose weight. However, the book was repetitive...could have done without that.
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