Edward Yu The Mass Psychology of Fittism

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The Mass Psychology of Fittism

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Modern exercise and nutrition are heavily rooted in the 1st Law of Thermodynamics--a theory which came about from scientific analyses of machines. Yet, if humans are fundamentally different from machines, would we benefit from another way by which to view how we move our bodies (and therefore how we exercise)? The Mass Psychology of Fittism explores how treating humans like machines can lead to increasingly restricted movement, thereby making us more unalive and machine-like.

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Edward Yu is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and the author of The Art of Slowing Down: A Sense-Able Approach to Running Faster. In his spare time, he likes to roll around on the floor, walk in circles and stare into space. Most of his classes and workshops are in fact, an excuse to get other people to roll around on the floor, walk in circles and stare into space (or at least to momentarily look beyond the ubiquitous liquid crystal display monitor). Edward currently resides in the economy section of an Airbus 380, but dreams of settling down with his wife somewhere on the Iberian coast. 

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"The Mass Psychology of Fittism is a brilliant book--entertaining and informative, and for many, possibly life-changing.  Edward Yu not only questions the current fads in the fitness world that rule how people think, feel and act, but leads us into a very thorough discussion of what fitness could actually mean if we were better informed about artistic, aesthetic, and scientific studies of the body and mind. Given the cultural desire to measure oneself and, increasingly, to become digital, this much needed book might help people to become more human as they exercise."
--Frank Wildman, PhD, CFT, author of Busy Person's Guide to Easier Movement, Founder of Feldenkrais Movement Institute
"The Mass Psychology of Fittism is an outstanding, well-written critique on the reductionistic thinking that lies behind the simplistic perspective of fitness culture; a perspective in which the path to the body completely bypasses the role of gravity and the brain in development, learning and healing. This book provides a much needed counterpoint to the mechanistic thinking of our time."
--David Zemach-Bersin, CFT, author of Relaxercise: The Easy New Way to Health and Fitness, Co-Founder of Feldenkrais Institute of New York
"The Mass Psychology of Fittism is, quite frankly, in a class by itself -- a seminal book which is absolutely unique in its scope and details in investigating the complex convergences of commerce, fitness, health, beauty, self-image and quality of life. This book deserves a very careful read, by not only fitness and health care professionals, but anyone concerned about their health, fitness and well-being."--Don Schule, 7th Dan Korean Martial Arts, Taichi Master, Retired Professor of Visual Arts, Penn State University
"There is a microsecond moment between when a motor plan or habit forms when it be either unconsciously carried out or consciously stopped. In that moment one can learn to suspend even the most deeply rooted habits of action. This book will help you move from the culturally determined habits of obsession and compulsion to a way of living with dignity and the freedom of choice." 
--Jeff Haller, PhD, CFT, Founder of Ideal Organization and Profound Strength Academy
"Once you are finished reading this book you will have a new and more complete understanding of what it means to be a human being. Edward Yu's sense-able approach to exercise, health and movement strips away all that is wrong with the fitness industry and leaves you with all that is right about what it means to play like a kid again."--Terrence Mahon, Boston Athletic Association High Performance Coach, 4x USATF World Champs Team Coach, former Lead Endurance Coach for British Athletics
"Edward Yu provides a furious challenge to the fitness industry in this well-researched and provocative piece. This book is the 'bible' for anyone deeply interested in an unconventional and humane approach to movement."
--Jacob Marinko, Founder of Movelution/MovNat Scandinavia
"With thorough and painstaking research, Edward Yu shows us how much of modern fitness tends to impose a machine-like ideal on human beings. Fortunately, he also goes into great depths in helping us find ways of putting the humanity back into our movement practices. Edward gives a clear and reasoned voice to what many somatic practitioners have known and sensed, yet not been quite able to articulate. Thank you Edward for the work you've done!"--John Tarr, MovNat Certified Level 1 Trainer, Professional Musician, Feldenkrais Assistant Trainer
"Is talent inborn or is it acquired through learning? Edward Yu's book sheds important light on this controversial topic by elucidating the often ignored fundamentals of learning. This is a must read for both coaches and athletes wanting to not only reach higher levels performance, but enjoy the process of getting there."
--Krešimir Šoš, Head Conditioning Coach at GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia 

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