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Science keeps uncovering
information that opens up exciting new paths to health and fitness—and Clarence
Bass writes about them. He keeps training, learning, and writing. TAKE CHARGE:
Fitness at the Edge of Science, his tenth book, is a comprehensive
examination of the latest findings: Strength, Endurance, Cognition, Aging,
Health, Nutrition, Dieting, and Personality. Clarence explains what he does in
each area and why—and then helps each reader choose the way that suits him or
her best. He shows how he uses the new information as a guide for his readers as
they search for their own way to health and fitness.
“The paths to success in fitness
and health have never been more open and diverse,” Bass writes. “We can take
charge in ways that suit us, ways that we enjoy and do best.”
For example, there are many forms
of resistance training that build strength and muscle. Some of them also build
aerobic capacity. On the other hand, some forms of aerobic exercise also build
strength. What’s more, both strength training and aerobic exercise improve brain
and other bodily functions. Another emerging area is diet dynamics, expanding
our understanding of the idiosyncrasies of dieting and weight loss.
That barely scratches the surface
of the wondrous opportunities opening up to people willing to take charge of
their bodies and their lives.
The last chapter profiles six
Take Charge People: the author’s father, a truck driver, a high powered
businessman, a divorced mother of two girls, a law professor, and a married
couple from Australia who are setting indoor rowing records. “We can benefit
from their examples,” Bass writes, “not by emulating them, but by appreciating
their uniqueness and drawing inspiration to find our own way.”
In a Postscript, the author
explains his training routine, in brief. He pinpoints what he believes to be its
single most important element.
Help yourself live longer,
stronger, and healthier—TAKE CHARGE
To read the first two sections of Take Charge,
Clarence has provided a
thought-provoking book that fearlessly flies in the face of a number of “carved
in stone” beliefs currently being eroded by the waves of research. It is
refreshing to read a text that examines the old truths under the harsh yet
revealing light of scientific discovery.
Joseph F. Signorile, Ph.D.,
Professor of Kinesiology and Sports Sciences, University of Miami, and author of
Bending the Aging Curve
I like to think of this book as
the untold solution to this nation’s health-care crisis. If more people in this
country would take charge of their own health and fitness, their own quality of
life would go way up and national health-care costs would go way down. This
book gives everyone the tools that they need to make that happen. Backed by the
most cutting-edge scientific research, Take Charge also tells the reader
how to apply the lessons of those studies to improve their own training. I have
read all of Clarence’s many outstanding books, and this one is clearly the best
of them all. Perhaps more than any other fitness author out there, Clarence
lives what he writes. Once you check out the photos of Clarence at age 75, you
will want to read this book if for no other reason than to answer the question,
“How in the world does he do that?”
Daniel Keating, Tyrrell Williams
Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis.
What Readers are saying about Take Charge,
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