Item description for Smart Exercise: Burning Fat, Getting Fit by Covert Bailey & Bailey...
Overview Now in paperback--Smart Exercise, Covert Bailey's first book since he completed his 3.6-million-copy bestselling Fit-or-Fat series. Here is a comprehensive guide to exercise and training; an irreverent debunking of weight-loss myths; a lucid explanation of how our bodies stay fit or go fat. Bailey reveals the secret of true fitness: keep your muscles in peak form and everything else will follow.
Publishers Description Best-selling author Covert Bailey has revolutionized thinking about health and fitness. Smart Exercise is a comprehensive guide to exercise and a lucid explanation of how our bodies stay fit or fat. Most important, Smart Exercise reveals the world's best-kept secret about fitness: keep your muscles in peak form and everything else will follow. Using his famous sense of humor to great effect, Bailey explains how muscles function, describes the multiple benefits of a good workout, and shows why muscle efficiency is the key to lowering body fat and improving general health. Take Covert's Home Fitness Test, make this book your exercise bible, and enjoy the benefits of being in the best shape of your life.
Citations And Professional Reviews Smart Exercise: Burning Fat, Getting Fit by Covert Bailey & Bailey has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 470
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 349
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Studio: Houghton Mifflin Co
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1996
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
ISBN 0395661145 ISBN13 9780395661147 UPC 046442661140
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More About Covert Bailey & Bailey
Covert Bailey is a popular PBS personality and best-selling author on fitness and nutrition, whose Fit or Fat series of books has sold nearly 6 million copies. One of the first to emphasize body fat and body fat testing, he has taught millions of people about low-fat eating and adopting flexible exercise programs that are both fun and healthy. Covert Bailey earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and received a M.S. degree in biochemistry from MIT. He likes to say that his training in graduate school was spent with fit rats and fat rats.
Covert Bailey currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about Smart Exercise: Burning Fat, Getting Fit?
Some new and useful thinking Jun 17, 2007
I found a few gems in this book. For one, I discovered that the target heart rate is not as important as we've been led to believe. Indeed, not important at all.
This is a book that will encourage and inspire you if you find it hard to stay motivated in your exercise and eating program.
Smart Exercise, Real World Results - It Worked out for me. I lost 200 lbs Jul 27, 2006
This book gives practical advice to exercise, training and diet, and it does so using a clear way and with a great sense of humor.
When I bought this and a couple of other books, about six years ago, I was looking for an introductory reference on aerobic training, fat burning, and on the use of heart rate monitors for general fitness improvements, and wasn't disappointed at all, since what I learned really worked out for me: Armed with a Polar Heart Rate Monitor (the old M61) I was able to drop more than 200 lbs in about eight months, and the heart rate monitor training has helped me keep those lbs off for over six years. Not only I went fro size 44 to size 32 pants, but also obtained substantial benefits that included weight control, cardiovascular improvements, lowered blood pressure, and improved muscular-skeletal strength and flexibility, but also the myriad of mental and psychological benefits derived from being in the best shape of my life.
I especially like the chapter about measuring your own Fat and Fitness. The formula to estimate Body Fat Percentage is very useful if you don't have a Body Fat Scale or Monitor at Home. I used the formula, and other data that I found on several books to set-up an excel spreadsheet to monitor my progress, which gave me motivation to keep training smarter.
In short terms, based on my experience I can recommend this book, and it's a great reading as well.
Another tools you may want to consider, to complement this book and your strategies for boosting your metabolism, loosing weight, and even more important keeping that weight off are:
- A Body Fat Monitor or Scale. This will help you monitor your progress, to assure that the weight you are loosing is fat (fat lost = increased metabolism) and not muscle, water or bone mass (decreased metabolism). - "Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss", which is another very practical, readable and insightful book, focused on how to boost your metabolism. - "The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life". - A Heart Rate Monitor Wrist Watch. This is an excellent tool that will help you monitor and control your Heart Rate in order to keep yourself in a burning fat state (increased metabolism). - "The Hard Body Guide". Excellent strategies, programs and workouts, aimed to increase your muscle mass.
If you are focused only on your diet, the first three may be worth considering. If you exercise, or want to start doing it right, the last two are for you. If you do both, all the four recommended options can improve your results.
easy to understand Jul 8, 2006
I am a personal trainer and I bought several copies of this book to give to my clients. It explains how we burn fat in a scientific, but easy to understand, way. I suggest this book to someone who is confused about the best way to lose weight.
informative, entertaining Sep 25, 2005
I recently began teaching an exercise program and wanted to become more knowledgeable in aerobic/anaerobic exercise,burning calories and how best to describe and explain it to my classes. Within the first few pages I was gathering valuable information that was easy to understand and retain. I borrowed the book from the library, but will purchase it so I can refer to it as I need to. I'm in a quandry as to why people in other reviews seem to be upset by Mr. Bailey's decription of "fat people". I'm sure these people know they are fat, and in no way is he knocking them, only describing them in the most efficient manner for the purpose of the book. I whole-heartedly recommend this book.
Disappointing May 8, 2005
I purchased this book hoping to learn more about how exercise affects the body, and how to exercise most efficiently for weight loss. That is, after all, part of the title. What I found was a book that was not very informative, focusing mostly on personal opinion and a little on actual research. I would like to have seen a lot more actual scientifically-based information. The author also has a habit of reporting information from a study performed on fit people and writing that it should work the same way for fat people (a term he uses often). He will then have a chapter about how fat people's body is different from fit people's bodies and so can't be trained the same way. Aside from this annoying repetition of contradictions, I also found the layout to be frustrating. Each "Chapter" is, at most, 3-4 pages long, averaging 2-3. This is not enough room to put anything truly valuable, and he wastes most of the room he's given. He either glosses over a topic without providing detail, or provides an excessive amount of detail that the average reader might not understand and doesn't really need (the things he actually knows about - biochem). And yet, even when going so far in-depth, he leaves out important parts of the processes! Maybe it's because I've taken biology courses and have actually spent time reading the scientific literature, but I found the book to be more of a feeble attempt to milk his popularity than something intended to educate the public. It gets two stars because someone who has no knowledge about the human body and metabolism processes (and I mean NO knowledge) would learn something new. If you know the basics, don't bother with this book. He should leave this topic to those who are educated in the fields of medicine and exercise physiology who can provide solid evidence for their opinions. Definitely a waste of money.