A great read while you're riding your stationary bike or walking on the treadmill! Covert Bailey explains the science behind getting fit. This is everything you need to know about exercising SMART! So if you're going to put the work into a work-out, learn how to make it as effective as possible. Don't be just spinning your wheels and not seeing progress. Check out his other books, too.
I bought this book, expecting to learn of exercises, the proper techniques for each (and recommended sets and reps), and what, specifically, a particular exercise would do for my body, but I was disappointed.
After reading the first 75 pages or so, and feeling like I was reading a friendly version of a college textbook, I started flipping ahead to find the explained and diagrammed exercises for different parts of the body. Nothing. I was not expecting lessons in biochemistry (or whatever). I wasn't wanting lessons about adipose, lactic acid, proteins, glucose, etc., etc. The title says "Smart Exercise," and so I believed the book would describe the proper way to do common and complex exercises the smart way, and not with the flawed techniques so many demonstrate out of ignorance. I expected, perhaps, recommended exercise equipment. Nothing.
I guess I'm just the type of person who trusts results. If an exercise is tried and true, I do not need or care to know the science behind it. Just tell me how to do it properly, and I'll be on my way.
I found this extremely useful. Enough scientific background to understand his recommendations, but without bogging down. He covers all levels of fitness, with helpful info for everyone.
Well it's a good book but just reading it isn't going to get your fat ass in shape, which I realized after reading it and being enthused for about five minutes and then driving for a binge at Taco Bell. I'm too gluttonous to keep this book any longer.