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on January 11, 2002
Usually the 'For Dummies' series books are geared for just about anyone interested in the topic. From complete beginners to experts who need a good reference book, most of these books are an invaluable resource. But not this book!
I honestly liked most of the exercise tips and techniques (although the stretching section has A LOT to be desired), but this manuscript should have never been accepting for publication. There is too much politics where none is needed. I think this was just another vehicle for their own exercise/political agenda! An example:
PAGE 38 "As with your goals, you can get pretty creative with your rewards. We know a guy who asked a friend to hold $500 for him. If he reached his goal of lising 25 pounds, he'd get the money back and buy new clothes. If he didn't reach his goal, the money would become a charitable contribution to the Young Republicans. Considering that this guy made Jesse Jackson look like Jesse Helms, this was a very good incentive, indeed. The guy lost his 25 pounds."
Nice anecdote. Funny. But only in moderation. This book is full of items like this. No variation of the anecdotes either. They all are of political in nature and slanted the same way. It gets old and not necessary. By itself, the "indeed" makes you think that it was a good incentive, and they are agreeing with the incentive part, but after seeing the same thing over again, the "indeed" took on a new meaning, to saying that avoiding giving money to the Young Republicans was laudible.
A lot of examples are directed for teenage female althetes too. I can understand wanting to push athletics to a young female audience, but seeing the same thing over again is repetitive.
The book should not have been published by 'For Dummies' and marketed to everyone.
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