Fitness Book-3rd Edition, Foreword
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
am frequently asked fitness questions from nonrunners.
Invariably, the conversation will go somewhat like this:
"I would love to run, but my knees just can't take
it." Instead of diplomatically suggesting that perhaps
they are merely lazy, I offer other exercise suggestions.
Getting in shape is such a daunting task, and most people
just don't know where to start. So for those people there
is the definitive ACSM book, written by the American College
of Sports Medicine. You won't find fad diets, or revolutionary
training programs in this book. Instead, you will see
a practical step by step guide to increasing your fitness.
Complete with colorful pictures of smiling participants,
you can get your coach potato friends on the road to fitness
in no time. It offers information on determining your
body composition, and fitness tests you will take to determine
not only your aerobic fitness but your muscular strength
and flexibility. You don't need any fancy equipment or
special knowledge to complete the tests. The plans that
follow are specially geared to your specific level of
fitness. For example, although I am the picture of aerobic
fitness, my flexibility is inferior to most people under
the age of 90. Therefore, my workout will include very
basic flexibility drills with my aerobic training. The
exercises used are sensible and easy to follow; naturally,
they are also safe to do. There is even a nice section
in the back to record your progress. Bottom line: This
book is geared to the new exerciser striving to reach
a basic level of fitness. It can also be useful for balancing
a primarily aerobic workout schedule and can alleviate
injuries which occur from lack of flexibility or muscular
strength. Good basic book for your library.