Every Wednesday, Gretchen Reynolds singlehandedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her Phys Ed column for The New York Times, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and creates arguments among her readers by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise.
Expanding upon her popular columns, Reynolds tackles the questions we all have and (sometimes) ask about exercise. Consulting experts in physiology, biology, psychology, neurology, and sports, she uncovers how often we should exercise, how long workouts should be, how to avoid injury, and how to find the right form, routine, and equipment for our goals.
She also reveals some surprising answers, like:
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"[This audiobook] delivers answers to many perennial training questions [and] does a great job of myth-busting some well-established beliefs. It's a great guide for the mindful athlete who wants to gain all the benefits of physical training while minimizing downtime from injury or over-training." (Danny Dreyer, Founder of Chi Running and co-author of Chi Running, Chi Walking, and Chi Marathon)
"There has never been a better time in history to grow stronger, faster, and smarter; there has never been a more helpful book than Gretchen Reynolds's The First 20 Minutes. Smart, clear, and beautifully useful, this is the new fitness Bible for the modern age." (Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code and Lance Armstrong's War)
"The First 20 Minutes is packed with interesting tips and insights. Pickle juice for cramps, who would have ever thought! Gretchen Reynolds once again delivers a winner." (Dean Karnazes, uber athlete and New York Times best-selling author of UltraMarathon Man)
Even partway through this book, I was totally convinced! Every cell and function in my body is enhanced by being a person who stands and moves much more than I sit. I have now become a life-long mover.
I think so. The audiobook didn't mentioned data from charts, at least I don't recall such, so I think this is the ideal case when audiobook can replace prints.
The best to way to describe the book is it's a list of facts & myth-busting supported by various researches with no bias from the author.
Really a top well researched book! I picked it up as a side thought. The title kind of short changes the value presented in this book. A majority of this book are things I did not know. Plenty of myths dispelled, and exercise habits tweaked. Thank you for taking the time to write this book!
Some really fascinating stuff in here unfortunately mixed with some outdated misinformation. For example, really interesting stuff on lactic acid myth, some less interesting research about more reps with less weight = more strength. With stats, you can find stats to prove so many things, it's the author/editor interpretation that is really important, and some things here were interpreted poorly. Another example, fructose vs. sucrose for athletes was really interesting/unique and interesting. Flexibility as mostly genetic was just conjecture (no research presented) and just not accurate.
Certainly worth a read, but I hope there is an updated edition in the future.
Technically, the narration is odd, the narrator attempts to impersonate accents, it's really peculiar.
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
yes, it is full of reasonable information that reinforces the notion of living healthy.
the performance was fine
This book is a great review of the current science of exercise, diet and health.
This was good information. However, my emphasis in fitness is on powerlifting and it is tilted toward those who are into aerobic fitness, and especially running. This meant that, except for advice on HIIT/tabata for weight loss, it wasn't as much worth to me as it might be for some others.
Maybe Ms. Reynolds, but definitely not Ms. Saltus
I can't really judge the content, because the narration was unbearable
She sounds detatched, overly cheerful, and condescending all at once. From the way she reads, including a slow pace and strange emphasis, I get the impression she doesn't fully understand what she is reading, and/or assumes the listener will not. Ugh!
Disappointment that such a poor narrator was chosen.
If this title interests you, get it in print.
I was not impressed the amount of documentation of the book. I do not know what Ms. Reynolds qualifications are. She is obviously a proponent of High Intensity Training.
I was simply not a fan of Ms Saltus's voice quality and she is obviously not medically trained. There were several words that we not pronounced with emphasis on the right syllables.
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