The Science of Fitness: Power, Performance, and Endurance

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The Science of Fitness: Power, Performance, and Endurance provides a scientific explanation as to how exercise and nutrition enable people to live a higher quality life, with a focus on mitochondrial cell energy as the center of athletic performance, physical fitness, disease prevention, and aging. This approach bridges the gap between cellular biology and exercise fitness. The Science of Fitness gives competitive and elite athletes an edge in achieving optimal performance, while also helping recreational athletes who want to improve fitness. It is of great benefit to all who want to improve overall health and vitality. By learning the science of fitness, you will understand why training makes your body more energized and powerful.

  • A presentation of human physiology at the organ and cellular levels to explain why fitness is a biologic process. Fitness is built one cell at a time.
  • Mitochondria are the basis of fitness training. They generate human energy, increase with exercise, and diminish with inactivity.
  • A detailed explanation of exactly how frequent and strenuous exercise improves fitness, builds muscle, burns fat, maintains health, and slows the aging process.
  • Nutrition and hydration explained at the cellular level, super foods that are great for you, and unhealthy foods you should avoid.
  • How exercise strengthens the mind.
  • A case study of Greg LeMond: being the fittest athlete of his era, what it takes to win the Tour de France, how to train like a champion, to being diagnosed with an acquired mitochondrial myopathy.
  • A condensation of the current knowledge in exercise physiology, yet easy to read, and backed by over 240 scientific literature references. What the modern athlete needs to know.

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Doody's Review Service:Reviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)Description: This book explains fitness using a complete integrative physiology approach and details key relationships between athletic performance and cell and molecular mechanisms to achieve optimal health while reaching fitness goals.Purpose: The aim is to introduce lay readers to the importance of integrative human physiology, organ systems, cellular pathways, and macro/micronutrient intake in influencing athletic performance and perhaps equally important, overall health.Audience: The book is appropriate for athletes at all fitness levels. Individuals who may find this particularly useful are athletes who are trying to learn the science of performance training. Coaches, exercise physiologists, and/or health and fitness professionals also might find this book useful in working with athletes or other clientele.Features: The approach that the authors take enables readers to read the book cover-to-cover, or to jump to specific areas of interest. The book contains many detailed figures that help direct readers to key points.Assessment: This is a valuable book for athletes interested in enhancing their understanding of an integrated human physiology approach to athletic performance. The content is supported by an ample body of peer-reviewed articles that help reaffirm that the principles and recommendations of the authors are supported.Score: 100 - 5 out of 5 Stars

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Table of Contents:
The Science of Fitness: Power, Performance, and Endurance

Chapter 1: Becoming a BEAST
We evolved as physical beings that require daily activity. Exercise
prevents the modern diseases of inactivity and sloth
Chapter 2: The Human Machine
Exercise is a whole body process and each organ system's contribution
is explained. Then we delve into the cell. Fitness is built one cell at a time
Chapter 3: Amazing Mitochondria
The symbiotic relationship between our cells and mitochondria gives
us the energy to thrive and perform incredible athletic feats
Chapter 4: Feeding Your Cells
The science of sports nutrition and hydration. Super foods to add to your
diet and unhealthy foods to avoid
Chapter 5: Mitochondrial Supplements
Vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements that assist our cells in
making energy
Chapter 6: Your Body at Work, Play, and Rest
The current thinking in exercise physiology, the best ways to train, and
what happens if you stop exercising
Chapter 7: The Body-Brain Connection
How exercise improves the mind: first recognized in antiquity and
recently confirmed with scientific discoveries
Chapter 8: When Things Go Wrong
Toxicity and how to avoid it, preventing diseases of inactivity, a list of
genetic mitochondrial diseases, LeMond's mitochondrial myopathy
Chapter 9: Slowing the Aging Process
The mitochondrial theory of aging is the latest model to explain the
changes that occur as we get older, and how to slow the process
Chapter 10: Gauging Fitness
The physics and physiology behind athletic monitoring, clearly explained
Chapter 11: BEAST Fitness Training
Practical physical training advice for athletes of all abilities using
scientific principles
Chapter 12: The Finish Line...and a Starting Line
How to change your lifestyle for the better, how the book was created
and evolved, and a call for more awareness and research

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