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  1. says:

    I got this book for my husband thinking that he would enjoy it as a geek I imagined it would clearly lay out the science behind diet and exercise principles in a scientific manner leaving out the photos of musclebound dudes that I'd imagine would turn off a geek from other fitness booksWhat was I not expecting? A thinly veiled piece of Paleo diet propaganda When I say veiled I only mean that it was not mentioned on the front or back covers I'm not saying paleo doesn't work for some people but I don't appreciate it being described in such smug scientific terms when the science behind the diet is in fact not as solid as it might appear Occasionally the author will ask an actual dietitian uestions in a sidebar often including what do you think of Paleo? as the final uestion It doesn't present options other than paleo and offers dubious advice please note chocolate is not actually physically addictive You may have an emotional need for it but your body does not suffer withdrawl if you stop Don't compare it to coffee it is not the sameAlthough called Fitness for geeks the diet portion takes up the majority of the book When we finally get to fitness the info is cursory at best and no surprise CrossFit is pushed actually I don't mind CrossFit but it's not useful in a book like this and it's totally expected from the paleo leanings in the beginning At this point it became clear to me that while called Fitness for Geeks what it meant was Fitness for geeks who are also dudes There are exactly 3 photos of a woman in this section In all three she is demonstrated using weight machines except one where she has tiny dumbbells and does hammer curls The male demonstrator meanwhile shows exercises such as back suats with a barbell I know a fair bit about fitness I'm geeky and also a weight lifting enthusiast and one of the most damaging things to women is this concept that they musn't use heavy free weights Of course all the text in the book is aimed at men gee I wonder why there aren't lady geeks maybe we are all bad at math? Or maybe we sense that we are automatically excluded even from pandering pieces of poop like this book The info on tracking is very detailed far beyond what I think a beginner geek would care about Overall the book is poorly organized and I cannot recommend it There are many better books on diet and fitness to be found and they all come without the side helping of condescension

  2. says:

    I tried to like this bookAbout three chapters in I decided this book wasn't for me From indirectly talking about people's auras after working out to indirectly recommending paleo diets this book just hit my woo woo trigger one too many times I enjoyed the discussion about different sites for tracking fitness but when push came to shove about nutrition and such I felt like I was spending time on the web trying to verify every little piece of information in this book I felt like I was reading the euivalent of an infomercial for something that will be thoroughly debunked in ten yearsI was really hoping this book would be something I could enjoy reading without having to be too critical but this book isn't itNote I received a promotional copy of this book from the publisher of whom I have enjoyed just about every other book they've published

  3. says:

    Fitness for Geeks is a cool idea an O'Reilly book targeted at geeks all about staying healthy As a geek who has lost 100 pounds in the last few years and who wants to lose 40 this was the perfect book for me Or so I thoughtThe book is actually very disappointing Despite clearly being targeted at geeks it even includes a number of detailed references to programming it's unsatisfying A chapter on nutrients goes into extremely geeky detail about the chemical makeup of various foodstuffs but none of it has any apparent practical applications not much in the way of do this do that kind of advice just a bunch of isn't that neat? factsIt also contains a chapter and many sections within later chapters referencing available tools and web sites you can geek out on or use to collect statistics and measurements I understand where this comes from my ability to closely monitor and study things mathematically was instrumental in my weight loss but such material inherently dates the book it's less than a year old but already many of the tools mentioned have been supplanted by better ones Material like that needs to be current which means its better suited for a blog post than a printed bookFitness for Geeks is also full of an awful lot of woo Party of my geeky nature is my tendency to be skeptical so a lot of the pseudoscience about the Paleo diet it has its benefits but it's got a LOT of problems and the usual buy only from local farmer's markets and whole foods crap I found uite irritating It's one thing to make these kinds of suggestions but to assert their factual superiority with so little supporting scientific evidence is another matter and it set my skeptic alarm bells ringingGood chapters on exercise routines decent chapters on food and a handful of good stuff on sleep were in the book but were largely surrounded by filler that couldn't be turned into actionable tasks The book left me wanting much much detail in terms of actual things I could do How does a book like this not include some kind of FA with uestions like I've plateaued what can I do? or What are some good snacks for the middle of the day? How does the exercise section not include suggestions for alternatives to certain exercises for gyms that lack the euipment or for people with common injuries?One chapter brings up intermittent fasting but barely goes into any detail about it at all Why even bring it up if all usable information about it is behind a Google wall? The book is also annoyingly written with constant asides and inline data boxes so numerous that they actually occasionally make it difficult to just read the normal book part of the book Speaking of which DO NOT GET THE KINDLE VERSION The constant formatting changes and layout adjustments make the Kindle version of the book literally unreadable I had to re purchase the book on O'Reilly's site to get a PDF versionOverall not that great and inferior to spending a day or a couple lunch breaks Googling around I wouldn't really recommend it people who are looking to get healthy if they are not currently will find it sorely lacking in useful information in favor of pointless factoids and those who have adopted a healthy lifestyle will find it largely uninformativeGreat idea weak execution Perhaps a second edition is in order

  4. says:

    There were some really great sections in this book I particularly enjoyed the detailed explanations and the nutrition science sections even showing what macronutrient molecules look like The strength of the book also comes from the uality sidebars that share interviews with medical and sports professionals or share recent research findings I found this particularly helpful in the 'intermittent fasting' section and in interval training section regarding Tabatas etc I also liked the Outdoors chapter that mentioned many of the metaphysical benefits to outdoor fitness Downside and reason for 3 stars which is like 35 stars were that I felt this is another book advocating Paleo diet While I am in full favor of eating clean whole foods I think it can be done without going 'primal' It seems to be en vogue to promote Paleo in every fitness book published in the last year

  5. says:

    Have two words for this book Horse shit

  6. says:

    Really a 355 Some interesting information I like the general philosophy that our bodies are optimized for a different lifestyle than the one we are now leading Science seems accurate but didn't go far enough at times For example the section about various stages of sleep along with the apps available to track them needed explanation on the relevance I enjoyed the overview of the various apps but found the diagrams too small to read I got the paper version of the book Also the text refers to various coloured sections in some figures which are all in black and white Well written an enjoyable read overall

  7. says:

    Informative and helpful I really enjoyed the balance of detailed analysis and pragmatism it's a pity that the tracking tool sections have become a little dated since the time of writing so perhaps less on them could have been better Also men and women not men and girls that dichotomy appeared a few times and was a bit of a mental jolt considering the otherwise meticulous approach of the author

  8. says:

    I'm glad I read the book but it could have been so much better Here are some things I think could have been improved1 Nitpick but it makes a difference be consistent with your use of measurements The book was all over the map metric imperial and even really old fashion pints?? Being from Canada we are well versed in both major measurement systems but the way most authors handle is they put one unit in parenthesis2 Who is the audience? You had me fooled at the beginning I really thought the book was aimed at IT people who are currently lacking in fitness knowledge and practice I'm an IT person and very active I found most of the book WAY beyond anything I'd ever do I think most of the book is aimed at those who are already extremely active and knowledgeable in nutrition3 There wasn't a compelling reason to do many of the things mentioned in the book Fasting? Really? I can't imagine doing so and wasn't convinced it was a good thing to try unless I had cancer or something The same for extreme exercise Reduce my body fat to 5%? Not in my lifetime I'm not sure why anyone would want to do this and if they did how could they find the time4 Chapters seem out of order or written by different people Some of the chapters were really good and convincing Then there are the chapters that dive deep into a topic with little leading Chapters 3 4 were too much based on science rather than practice A sample menu plan may have helped not sure I had the biggest problem with chapters 6 7 Chapters 5 8 seemed to be leading in a natural way but 6 7 were deep dives into the world of extreme exercisers and eaters Not me and certainly not a currently inactive IT personHere are the notes I kept as I was reading the bookJust finished the introduction I like the author and his writing style The topics in the book seem well thought out and I think I'll enjoy reading the book cover to cover I've already been talking about it to friends and now they want to read it as wellChapter 1 started with a stereotypical view of a tech person's start to the day Lack of sleep commute to the office elevator sitting eating crap food home to the couch repeat It is stereotypical but unfortunately there are many people who follow this lifestyleThe rest of the chapter takes readers through the evolution of mankind from caveman days through the agricultural revolution to modern day lifestyle In that time our food and exercise habits have changed dramatically but our DNA has barely changed The end of the chapter has two really great sections First a stereotypical way we SHOULD be spending our day Waking up naturally eating healthy breakfast cycling to train station standing on train walking short distance from train station to work taking the elevator eating well going outside for walks occasionally standing at your workstation All pretty much doableAnd lastly he interviews a former extreme athlete who was a wreck at 29 who transformed his life by changing his eating and exercise habitsChapter 2 gives a description of various exercise and food tracking devices or programs By tracking exercise you are typically motivate to do By tracking what you eat you typically eat better and lose weight if that's what you're trying to do I track but learned about a few new tools that I'm trying as a result of reading this chapterChapter 3 was pretty tough going It was biology lesson on carbs fats and protein Good stuff to know but science than practical information Chapter 4 went into details about vitamins and minerals uite a bit was pretty technical but was very understandable Chapter 5 is about where to find food recommendation farmer's markets Advice also given for how to navigate a grocery store in order to avoid being tempted to buy non foodChapter 6 and 7 were tough for me These two chapters seem to be written for people who are rather extreme both in eating and exercise habits First there is a discussion about fasting I've had to fast briefly for blood tests or medical procedures and I'm not a fan In fact I find fasting to be uite stressful for me The author doesn't give any compelling reasons why you'd want to fast but at one point says you'll want to try fasting I'm not convinced but did learn something interesting There is something called intermittent fasting meaning that you can fast for 12 16 hours I do the 12 hour fasting fairly often because I rarely eat after dinner which is normally 6 pm I do eat breakfast and it can be 8 during the week and later on the weekends So I'm fasting right?Chapter 7 is about extreme exercise and left me wondering what the goal of the book is I'm active and see exercise as a way to have fun stay fit look good and feel good I don't have a desire to run marathons or reduce my body fat to 5% Sometimes it feels like the author believes in exercise instead of work and to have body fat down to 0I've lent the book to someone who I think fits the target audience better than I do and am looking forward to his comments

  9. says:

    Some good and useful ideas but overall lacking in scientific rigor I would have preferred a narrower scope with thorough research less anecdotal information and a formal style

  10. says:

    Hav­ing thor­oughly enjoyed Cook­ing for Geeks which I highly recom­mend when I saw that a sim­il­arly novel approach to fit­ness was avail­able I was all on board to enjoy this one as well Andenjoy it I did Bruce Perry’s approach in Fit­ness for Geeks is a com­pre­hens­ive and uirky walk through a new way of ima­gin­ing fit­ness As the author uickly points out things such as fit­ness diets ets are ejec­ted from the dis­cus­sion — not for lack of rel­ev­ance but simply because they con­note some pop­u­lar dis­trac­tions from the geeky approach pro­posed The approach is uniueget into the mind­set of the ‘geek’ not the cir­cus type and look at a dif­fer­ent sort of approach to fit­ness and well being It is prob­ably best summed up in the adage iden­ti­fied early on if one is aware that they are observed or that the met­rics are being com­piled one intrins­ic­ally tends towards doing that little bit to keep­ing things within the boundsor the like Its a bit of a dif­fer­ent approach indeed and for the geek in me I appre­ci­ated the new and novel ways that the author intro­duces to look­ing at tak­ing care of self Its not just abut the gad­gets of which there are many great ones recom­men­ded but about a cer­tain hol­istic approach that brings together a sci­ence and processThis approach cov­ers a won­der­fully diverse series of top­ics and it’s not that the stand­ard aspects of fit­ness that you would find else­where are dis­missed — uite to oppos­ite they are brought together — the hol­istic approach as ref­er­enced — to appre­ci­ate how all pieces fit together The arc of the books is not lin­ear I had a sense that you could jump in at any point and stay with the sec­tion and gain much as well I did work through the book as a whole and enjoyed it immensely The author has a great light and lyr­ical style This prob­ably rather uniue in itself in the fit­ness area as things tend towards being rather didactic and per­ceived as so It is the fun of enga­ging with this topic from this uniue way that fla­vors the book There are tid­bits of things for every­one in this book and I am not uite sure who I would see it dir­ec­ted towards I would recom­mend it to all and think that any­one that can approach fit­ness with a fresh and open mind will appre­ci­ate it It is not try­ing to provide a pro­gramme by way of note its about plant­ing thought­ful ideas in the mind that may take hold and inform your own approach to fit­ness and well being As the author states ‘this is a book about fit­ness and nutri­tion for the inde­pend­ent of spirit and irre­press­ibly curi­ous’ I heart­ily agreeA greatly enjoy­able read Highly recommended

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