This is another DK books entry and it is just as fantastic as everything they publish. Ingeniously presented to make exercise fun, friendly, and easy to do – with full photographs that beautiful illustrate workouts and routines. More than just a pretty picture, the exercises make sense and are fully explained. Using graphics and photographs rather than endless monologues, the programs are easy to follow and provide great results. You’ll feel better and have more energy without having to spend hours fruitlessly at a gym. This is especially ideal for those who, after the age of 40, have become less active and have less energy.
The book breaks down into four sections: fitness basics, exercises, workout routines, and fitness programs. The first section is to ensure you assess yourself properly, shows how to use the book, and discusses safety. The exercises in the second section are broken down by type: locomotion, pushing, pulling, rotation, raising and lowering. The routines are by type; e.g., balance and stability, lower back strength, cool down, warm up, core strength, etc. And then the programs in the fourth section are broken down by type: beginner, intermediate advanced.
To get you right into things, the book gives you a nice flow chart on performing the assessment tests (with step by step pictures and charts), finding your fitness program in the back based on the assessment (with basic instruction on how the plan works and how it is laid out. You then use that to flip to the workout routine with exercises chosen to work together to achieve the workout’s goals. You’ll know at the end of the workout which five fundamental movements the exercises stressed.
The exercises come with large, beautifully photographed images that are annotated to provide tips to make the exercises as easy as possible. The detailed step by step directions are nicely laid out next to the photographs and there are tips as well as suggestions if you need/want to make the exercises easier or harder.
The exercises require only a small set of dumbells and an aerobic step. A mat and chair are also helpful. So there is very little needed to get started right away.
Because this is by far the best book I’ve seen on exercise, especially for those after 40, I’m rating this a solid five stars. And because I only have the digital copy, I am also purchasing the hardback to have handy in my room. Easy, friendly, useful, well written, well designed, and everything one wants to make excise as friendly and useful as possible. I had no problem following any exercises and none were too hard or too easy. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.