Getting Physical A lively cultural history of exercise in America, this book tracks the development of a new industry that gentrified exercise and made the pursuit of fitness the hallmark of a middle-class lifestyle. Full description
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Very well researched and easy to read30 juillet 2013
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This is one of the most thoroughly researched books I have read. McKenzie describes the history of the culture of fitness in the United States since the 1950s with amazing and entertaining detail. She is very objective and comprehensive in her approach, giving detailed analysis from multiple stakeholder angles of both the influencers and the influenced (including but not limited to government, business, academia, medical and pop culture). It was interesting to see the how the sum of these multivariate influences created, grew and restrained such cultural phenomenons surrounding jogging, health clubs, exercise TV/videos and the like.
Being quite honest, this was not a subject matter I was very interested in prior to opening the book (reading it on the recommendation of a friend) but I must say I am enthusiastically surprised as to how much it held my attention. The thoroughness of the research should appeal to any researcher or historian in this subject matter but to guys like me who just wanted an educational/entertaining read, this really hit the spot. Excellent read!