Getting in Shape is a unique workout book for anyone who wants to get fit, written by international stretching authority Bob Anderson, bodybuilding legend Bill Pearl, and exercise physiologist Ed Burke. The authors believe that most recent fitness books are too ambitious for the average person. In the same mode as Stretching and Getting Stronger, this is a simple, visual approach to lifelong fitness.
Among the three of them, they have spent a total of some 90 years working in three different fields of physical activity:
- Bill in weight training
- Bob in stretching
- Ed in aerobic exercise
They’ve worked with many thousands of people.
They watched the fads come and go.
They’ve learned what works — and what does not.
They’ve seen that the exercise programs and “fitness prescriptions” of the last two decades have not worked for most people. For one thing, the standards have been too high for the average person. (Less than 10% of Americans now exercise enough to get cardio respiratory health benefits.)
They’ve also seen a growing appreciation over the past few years for the value of “moderate” exercise. Something one can stick with for a lifetime.
They believe that what’s needed in this day and age are structured, balanced workout programs which:
- Are not too extreme
- Are mainly graphic
- Let you choose your level of commitment
- Will fit within your busy schedule
So they’ve combined their experience to produce Getting in Shape.
Using this book will start one on a gradual, steady path that will lead to a lifetime of:
- Better cardiovascular health
- Greater strength
- Improved flexibility
Getting in Shape is divided into 2 sections:
- Part One, ACTION, contains 32 exercise programs that graphically instruct the reader about the proper ways to workout through stretching, lifting, and moving. This section also contains information on injuries, back pain, and other health problems.
- Part Two, THOUGHT, teaches the reader about the underlying principles of exercise and the human body. This section also deals with healthy eating, exercise during pregnancy, the effect of exercise on health conditions, ergonomics, and information about choosing a gym.
Jean Anderson, famed illustrator of Stretching, richly illustrates the book with hundreds of easy-to comprehend line drawings.
“An all-in-one book by masters from each corner of the fitness triangle.”
-The Dallas Morning News
“. . . simple programs designed for a busy schedule.”
“This simply written yet comprehensive book contains all you'll need to know how to get fit.”
-The Washington Post
“With common-sense applications of movement, stretching and weight-training, Getting in Shape offers great advice for the person less concerned with performance than general fitness and wellness.”
-Atlanta Sports and Fitness Magazine