Today I’m sharing a book review on the most recent fitness book I finished: Strong is the New Skinny. While this phrase has become an internet “fitspo” (fitness inspiration), I’m not always crazy about it. I like the idea behind it, but most memes filled with this phrase only show super skinny, ripped women. Strength comes in all sizes; and I know a lot of non-super skinny people that are WAY stronger than any fitspo meme out there.
Ok that aside, let’s get to the book review! The book starts out with some basic fitness talk & advice. This was one of my favorite parts of the book, because it focused so much on the mental aspect of getting healthy & fit. The mental part of exercise is huge; sometimes just getting past our mind talking us out of a workout is 90% of the battle! I loved the advice for getting motivation and staying motivated.
Another part of the book I liked was the strengthening and cardio exercises/workouts included. The authors created a great list of basic moves for the whole body. This is a great starting point for someone looking to add some strength training to their life, as well as for those looking to try something new.
There were 2 parts of the book that I wasn’t as crazy about, however. The first was the fitness tests included that allow you to judge your current fitness level. The concept is great,but some of the wording wasn’t clear. I found the step test to be very subjective since the speed you do it will affect the outcome/result.
The second was the nutritional information. The basics of it were good, but I’m not a fan of “diets” that bash healthy saturated fats while telling you to eat canola oil (please don’t! Its bad stuff – read this article!) I also lean more on the side of a good solid 3 meals/day, where she likes the small meals & snacks method. For more information on the benefits of eating less frequently, check out this article by Robb Wolf on Meal Frequency.
All in all, it was a pretty good book on fitness and taking charge of your health. Reading it for the initial part on finding your motivation, is a great idea.
Below is a little excerpt from the book for you to check out – Happy reading!
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. While the book was given to me, the thoughts & opinions on it are all my own!