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Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health

Fitness for Geeks
By Bruce W. Perry
O'Reilly
Retail Price $34.99
Amazon Price: $22.77

Book Description:

This inquisitive and highly useful book shows the hacker and maker communities how to bring science and software into their nutrition and fitness routines.

The digital age has made a big splash with new web-connected gear in the sports/fitness world. Fitness for Geeks covers many of these new self-tracking tools and apps, including Endomondo, FitBit, Garmin Connect, Alpine Replay, Zeo, and more. The book shows you how the gear and apps work, relate to human physiology, and can be hacked and integrated into your lifestyle and fitness routine. 

Fitness For Geeks is designed to appeal to a broad audience of techies and other engineers, athletes, gym rats, adventurers, in short anyone with a scuffed-up muddy pair of running or cycling shoes (or bare feet) who wants to take a cerebral approach to health. The "measure mantra" is a useful concept for people seeking fitness ("what gets measured gets managed and fixed"), and now you have the software, gear, and companion book to do it. 

The book includes an eclectic mix of interviews with a wide range of experts, including two NFL pro football players, a mountaineering guide, a national expert on vitamin C, a runner who won a hot Boston Marathon, a scientist who tests the effects of fasting on mice and tumors, an MIT scientist who studies our mTOR growth pathway, an expert sports masseuse, and a former Israeli soldier who studied the diet of the Spartans, Greeks, and Macedonians. 

Fitness For Geeks has detailed chapters on nutrition as well as outdoor and indoor fitness and sports, with explanations of various protocols (for resistance training and sprinting), the physiological aspects of exercise (such as metabolic equivalent of task and calculating your basal metabolic rate (BMR) and total energy expenditure), and of course a number of apps and tools that can accompany your workouts.
 


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The premise of this book is definitely one whose time has come. Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health' is a great read for people who are looking to get healthier in life as it relates to exercise, eating better, and getting enough rest.  If you are looking for reasons and ways to get healthier, take a look at this read, whether you are a geek or not.

~Reviewed by Danny M.

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