9781844544981_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Finally! Is It Just Me or Are Sit-Ups a Waste of Time? is a book that puts to rest the major myths about working out and offers real guidance on what we should all be doing to live healthier and more physically active lives. Graeme Hilditch is a top personal trainer in the UK who effortlessly debunks what we all think we know about the do’s and don’ts of exercising. He will anyone into an expert by the end of the book. And no, sit-ups are not as beneficial as most of us have been taught, and may be a colossal waste of time for anyone interested in developing abdominal muscles (he does offer alternatives that work better in the short and long run for obtaining that elusive six-pack).

The book offers advice on better exercise routines for maximum results, and highlights the answers to the most popular questions regarding working out, losing weight, maintaining or developing muscle mass, and starting a workout regimen. Hilditch also gives helpful nutritional advice to the readers.

The book includes cartoons, charts, graphs, bullet points and a question and answer format to explain what people should be doing to achieve their fitness goals. The author speaks from experience, personal knowledge and common sense, and is able to tell the reader the truth regarding all aspects of exercise routines and food diets. Ever topic is covered, with sections such as: hyperventilation during sporting events to increase breathing as a sport participant (beneficial or not), the Atkins Diet, how women can reduce fat on hips and legs by avoiding specific foods, whether beer gives you a “beer belly,” using probiotic drinks and yogurts to alleviate digestive problems, information on amino-acids and vitamin supplementation, the division of injuries between men and women, and whether dandelion root supplements help you lose weight or not. Aside from the British spelling of words and phrases (“yoghurt” for yogurt), the book is on point with no distractions for the American audience. The advice is good, no really great, and I highly recommended this book to everyone who works out or who wants to start a workout program.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by John Blake. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.