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The Physics of Fitness – PDF

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Doug is graciously offering a 25% discount on this PDF until June 30th due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

These are difficult times, especially for those who cannot work and are facing financial struggles. We hope this will in some small way help.

 


Available only in PDF (Digital Download) until the print version is released in the Spring.

“…Now, thanks to Doug Brignole’s book I can say that awareness of our unique long-term human musculoskeletal adaptations can be used to establish the basis for more effective exercise with reduced probability of injury. That’s practical.”

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The human evolutionary lineage is marked by its unique brain, which has expanded in size by roughly 300% over the last three million years. However, the changes in our brain and behavior follow and build upon the evolution of upright posture and bipedal locomotion that began at least six million years ago. That revolution in locomotion set in motion profound anatomical changes throughout the human postcranial skeleton. These occur not only in the legs and feet, but also in the shoulders, arms, hands, and back. All of these evolutionary skeletal changes have had multiple consequences in changing muscle masses, origins, and insertions. The Physics of Fitness is a rare example of a work on exercise training that is not based on repetition of approaches using stock movements sanctioned by long traditional use. Rather, it is based on an original, informed understanding of the primary function of each muscle. This knowledge then has been used to generate productive resistance curves that maximize the benefit of each given exercise while minimizing injuries that could result from unnecessary joint strain. As an evolutionary biologist I often am told that knowledge of human adaptive change over time is interesting but of no practical use. Now, thanks to Doug Brignole’s book I can say that awareness of our unique long-term human musculoskeletal adaptations can be used to establish the basis for more effective exercise with reduced probability of injury. That’s practical.

 

Eckhardt, Robert. (2017). Technical Report on The Physics of Fitness. 10.13140/RG.2.2.34680.14082.

3 reviews for The Physics of Fitness – PDF

  1. Frank Leo Eekhout (verified owner)

    Were meaning to read this book for Christmas, but I started reading one page, now two days after I bought it I’m about 60 pages in. Really enjoy it, it makes me think about movements when I’m even just out with the dogs. Really appreciate your work that have gone into this book. Thanks, Mr. Brignole!

    Best regards,
    Frank

  2. Jon Salte

    Hands down the best book for anyone wanting to learn the correct way to lift weights. I’ve had the PDF since it came out and will buy the hardcopy the second it comes out!

  3. Perry

    In college, I was fortunate to train in an invitation-only gym, where about half the guys were getting their graduate degrees in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, so I got exposed to biomechanics early. And I’ve maintained a love of biomechanics and exercise phys my entire adult life. But, that said, Doug’s The Physics of Fitness completely changed my training. Revolutionary wouldn’t be too strong a word. I wish I’d known this stuff decades ago. Now, even at age 60, I’m seeing results from incorporating Doug’s approach. Eye-opening and refreshing. The pity is that what’s in the book flies in the face of gym mythology and dogma, and regrettably many will ignore it for that reason alone. Do yourself and your training a favor: put the ego aside, buy the book, and put it into practice. Your ego will only be on the shelf for a month or two, because the results will be evident before long.

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