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Let's Get Physical

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I was lucky enough to win a review copy of LET'S GET PHYSICAL by Danielle Friedman in a Shelf Awareness giveaway. Thanks for the early look, and have a safe and happy weekend!
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A fun and fascinating exploration of the evolution of women’s fitness, and all that encompasses. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Read if you: Want a hugely entertaining, revealing, and inspiring look at how women created/influenced the workout revolution, from the 1950s to today. Some names will be familiar (like Jane Fonda), while others will likely be new to the reader. Everything from how exercise became an important aspect of the Cold War, to the development of the barre routine, the enduring popularity of Jazzercise, the origin story of Jane Fonda's workout, athleisure wear for women, the rise of yoga as an antidote to the pressure produced by high-energy regular workouts, Cross Fit, and much more. The "whitewashing"/cultural appropriation of yoga, the exclusion experienced by women of color in gyms and the fitness industry, and the growing acceptance of varioius body shapes in fitness and magazine covers is also sensitively detailed. This is fun and entertaining nonfiction at its best, with depth to boot. 

Librarians/booksellers: This is a fantastic example of accessible and entertaining narrative nonfiction. Fitness-especially women and fitness--is an important subject for many. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are lightly discussed (understandably, since we are still in the middle of it!). 

Many thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and NetGalley for a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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