Monday, June 19, 2017

Fitter Faster Book Review

Disclosure: I was provided with a free review copy of Fitter Faster. As always, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.


Several weeks ago, I was contacted by the publisher of Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day. I'm always a bit skeptical when I hear about "getting fit quickly," but I was pleasantly surprised by the book as the authors dispel a lot of myths and give good, no-nonsense advice.

I like that they start of by stating that weight loss should not be your number one goal when you exercise. They point out that exercise is helpful to maintain your weight, and provide a long list of reasons why you should work out.

The book covers important topics that aren't always discussed such as the importance of having good workout shoes, the right workout clothes, do you need to walk 10,000 steps a day, and much more.

They also talk about heart rate, the benefits of HIIT and discuss questions such as if fasting before aerobic exercise burns more fat and if hot yoga increases your flexibility more than regular yoga.

I found the book to be filled with little tidbits of information I didn't know even though I read a lot about fitness and exercise. I also like that there is an extensive list of references at the end of the book.

The final part of the book is the workout, which can be completed anywhere. It consists of proven, no-nonsense exercises, such as push ups, rows, lunges,  and squats. Each workout takes 15 - 20 minutes to complete. The workout plan looks as follows:

Day 1: Strength Circuit 1
Day 2: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
Day 3: Conventional Cardio
Day 4: Strength Circuit 2
Day 5: HIIT Plyometrics
Day 6: Your Choice
Day 7: Rest

Overall, I think Fitter Faster is a book filled with lots of useful information. It's beneficial for exercise beginners as it gives lots of background information and is also useful for those who exercise regularly but want to mix things up with a new routine as it provides many useful tips and information and a doable plan.

Questions: Do you follow a workout plan at the moment? If so what does it look like?  

Be well,
Andrea

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Right now, I swim 5 days a week and hike once.

    Mary

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    1. It's a really informative book! Your routine sounds good, Mary!

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  2. Thanks for reviewing this book. I'm a big fan of HIIT workouts, and I'm always looking for new ones. Might have to check this out!

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    1. I really like that the workouts can be done anywhere. And there is lots of useful other info in the book.

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  3. I'm always looking for quick workouts that I can do anywhere! Sounds like a great book!

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    1. It's very informative. You should check it out, Julie!

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  4. I'm always looking for quick workouts that I can do anywhere! Sounds like it's a great book!

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    1. Yes! You have a killer routine that you continuously tweak! And you know you'll always be my fitness inspiration!

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  6. The only exercise I have done in the past two weeks has been lifting the fork to my mouth. I forced myself to get on the scales this morning to just know how bad things are. Bad. But I am back on Weight Watcher's and will get back to regular exercise this week.

    I am going to look for this book at the library. Are the workouts illustrated or just described? I really like seeing what I am supposed to be doing and not just reading about it.

    Great book review. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi Leslie, the exercises are illustrated and most are quite standard, but it's nice to have them put together in new ways.

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