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When working out isn't working out : a mind/body guide to conquering unidentified fitness obstacles
Gerrish, Michael.
Personal Author:
First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 243 pages ; 24 cm
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RA776 .G455 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Uncommon guidance for those who fall short of their diet and exercise goals

Although there's no shortage of books that offer advice about getting in shape, there are none that address the real hidden blocks that will often prevent your success. When Working Out Isn't Working Out is a cutting-edge fitness guide, geared to supply the clues you need to reveal and move past UFOs (Unidentified Fitness Obstacles). By providing a wealth of little-known facts and self-diagnostic tests, this book helps you find the missing links in your quest to be optimally fit, including:

-How family and cultural influences can affect how you view getting fit
-How food and chemical allergies limit your energy, weight loss, and strength
-How common disorders (SAD, ADD, depression) can often be UFOs
-How you emotional history can be a barrier to improved health
-How diet and exercise fallacies can help you from reaching your goals. . .

. . .And much, much more!

Author Notes

Michael Gerrish, M.S., is an exercise physiologist, a personal fitness trainer, and counseling psychotherapist. Formerly a conditioning consultant for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, he lives in Massachusetts.

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Library Journal Review

Exercise physiologist and personal fitness trainer Gerrish has compiled an inspirational framework for unraveling Unidentified Fitness Obstacles (UFOs). Initially, he analyzes self-sabotaging patterns of emotional barriers, energy blocks, and societal pressures that fuel fitness failures. Taking a psychotherapeutic approach, the author explains how physical energy is affected by such mental states as depression, perfectionism, and biochemical imbalances. He encourages fitness fulfillment by exorcising the body-image ego that has been indoctrinated with consumerist obsessive-compulsive fitness aspirations. Gerrish also addresses physical, nutritional, cardiovascular, and weight-training issues. His book is packed with reasonable advice for derailing the pressures of internal and societal UFOs (e.g., seven tips to combat Frequent Exposure to Fattening Foods), although some readers may consider his conclusions obvious and too brief. Recommended for public libraries with consumer health collections. (Index not seen.)Rebecca Cress-Ingebo, Wright State Univ Libs., Dayton, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.