We’re going to let you in on a little secret: Reading fitness books rocks. Not only do they teach you things and keep your motivation revved, they also allow you to pop a squat on the couch for four hours without the slightest bit of remorse— because you’re reading about fitness! Hooray!
This past weekend I curled up with The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, and it was a glorious reading experience (especially since I was hella sore from another killer workout at this place and needed some R&R). We’ve long been readers of Charlotte’s hilarious and honest blog of the same title, and I was happy to see that the same candor and hilariousness that shines on her blog was also on the printed pages. Month by month, you accompany Charlotte on a year-long experiment where she tests the latest workout and diet trends including CrossFit, veganism, Jillian Michaels’ fitness program and more.
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Her experiences are candid, laugh-out-loud funny, and—in some chapters—quite autobiographical. Charlotte has suffered from eating disorders and overexercising at different points in her life, and she isn’t afraid to discuss these issues. She’s kind of like the Dooce of fitness, where seriousness and information and entertainment are all rolled into one, and somehow you go from empathizing with the writer to shooting green tea out of your nose after reading a particularly humorous and crass line. That’s how she rolls, and we like it.
Want to read this book for yourself? Leave a comment with the nuttiest fitness- or nutrition-related product or “experiment” you’ve tried, and we’ll select one lucky U.S. reader to win! —Jenn