|The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything|
At first glance, the premise is simple: Successful writer/fitness enthusiast/Minnesotan mom-of-five performs a year's worth of experiments on herself. Together with her YMCA gym-buddies, Charlotte searches for the best fitness program that can shift those last few pounds while being fun and achievable.
What you get, however, is far more than just a small-sample exercise study. If I used the old cliché, "You'll laugh, you'll cry..." to describe your reading experience, you'd think I was being cheesy or facetious. And you'd be wrong. There is much more to this book than you might expect. I will get to that in a moment.
The backbone of the book is the fitness experiments themselves. Each chapter covers one month of experimentation (for example, CrossFit or Primal Blue Print or Going Vegan) and includes:
- The theory behind the program
- What she liked
- What she did not like
- Practicalities in the gym
- Practicalities out of the gym
- Her results
But don't think for one minute that this book is a 'downer.' Charlotte is utterly hilarious and peppers the entire book with her wit. I promise that you will LOL way more than you might expect for a book that delves into some serious subjects. One of my favorite lines involves her description of the YMCA's heavy-weight room being located directly above the child-care:
"There have been reports of pants wetting. And that was just the staff."
In addition, the girl does her research and shares her knowledge. "How to live to be 100" anyone? Do you know about "The Female Triad?" You will.
Yes, I finally went back and finished the book. Yes, I was sad as 'all good things must come to an end.' And yet I realized that I shouldn't be so sad. I can go and log onto her blog, The Great Fitness Experiment any time I want to learn something new about the latest fitness craze. Or if I just want to laugh. Or cry. Or both.
|Charlotte loves Kettlebells so much, she even trains in stilettos!|