THE U.S. ARMY TOTAL FITNESS PROGRAM by

THE U.S. ARMY TOTAL FITNESS PROGRAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A solid if unremarkable workbook for improving health through exercise, diet, and stress reduction. The program presented here was developed over the last five years as the US Army's pitiful physical condition came to light; not only was the physical training program revised, but the daily diet was transformed to reduce fat, salt, and sugar intake and increase the intake of complex carbohydrates. The Hales first set out a self-assessment guide, then provide a basic ""eight-week shapeup plan"" of graduated difficulty. As readers progress, they can develop individualized programs incorporating the Hales' guide-lines on flexibility exercises (which banish outmoded, dangerous maneuvers like the hurdler's stretch), cardiovascular workouts, and strength training. Advice on women's concerns (there are sex-related differences, such as amount of body fat, to consider in planning a program), and basic pointers on injury prevention, round out the program. The Hales move on to nutritional ABCs (recipes and menus included) and, finally, for ""Total Fitness,"" to anti-stress, quit-smoking, and alcohol-moderation steps. All this has been presented equally well before--but this particular, unfussy presentation especially suits an average male audience (by contrast with the Esquire guide and various trendy predecessors).

Pub Date: March 1st, 1984
Publisher: Crown