Reach for Fitness: A Special Book of Exercises for the Physically Challenged

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Presents an exercise and nutrition plan for people handicapped by a variety of medical and physical problems

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This comprehensive and creative fitness program for the disabled is by the author of the Never-Say-Diet Book and founder of the Reach Foundation, which establishes fitness centers for the disabled nationwide. The book comprises simple exercise and nutrition programs for adults and children, and an appendix of medical conditions and physical challenges that individualizes the regimen for each reader. The book's deficiencies in style, depth and sophistication are glaring ("Life is a gift; every day is like a Broadway show. When the curtain goes up and you step out there on that stage, you don't know if you're gonna be hit by a Sara Lee truck or what"). Yet, the author's empathy and respect for the disabled and his cheerleaderlike enthusiasm for fitness are clearly communicated and will go a long way toward boosting wilting egos and bodies. Photos not seen by PW. 35,000 first printing; $35,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Simmons's book addresses a group frequently neglected in the exercise and fitness boom: the physically impaired, or, as Simmons prefers, the physically challenged. TV fitness coach Simmons is relentlessly upbeat in his attempts to encourage everyone to keep a positive mental attitude and avoid self-pity. Nutrition, his other specialty, is covered as an integral part of the program. The exercises are rated by position (sitting, standing, lying down, etc.) and type (isometric, isotonic, warm-up, etc.). The exercise models are all physically challenged; their disabilities include spina bifida, paraplegia, postpolio, and cerebral palsy. A valuable appendix outlines a variety of illnesses and disorders, and the limitations they impose. Recommended for public libraries. Carol Spielman Lezak, General Learning Corp., Highland Park, Ill.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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