August 24, 2011

FIT Happens

As you may have read on Facebook, or on a handful of other sites, an awesome new book looms on the horizon is now available...FIT. The brainchild of Dr. Lon Kilgore, the FIT project started as brief resource to address many of the common misconceptions about fitness and what it takes to program the elements of fitness: Strength, Endurance, and Mobility.  

Over time the project grew into a 300+ page book and something that could benefit anyone looking to improve fitness.  Justin Lascek (of and I were recruited to add content to the book, and together the three of us worked our collective butts off to put out a high quality publication.  From the back cover...which summarizes the concept behind the book nicely:

Fitness is hard. Very hard. Everyone knows it is, but everyone is also willing to risk time and money on the mythology of easy fitness. If anyone, ANYONE, tells you that there is an “EASY” way to fitness, they just want your money. FIT is a book about how to get fit. It defines what fitness is in measurable, observable, and real-world terms. There is no mumbo-jumbo, just facts, practical information, and a logical approach to creating fitness from the first day of training through the day you reach your goal in fitness. No other training resource provides the reader the programming basics to specialize in one component of fitness or seamlessly program for comprehensive fitness and take the trainee from beginner to intermediate then to advanced and beyond - it’s a book for a lifetime of training. Exercise is dangerous - from 1 yard to 100 miles, 1 pound to half a ton, on land, in the water, on a bike - hazards abound and you need to pay attention to what your body tells you. But the body can adapt to much more than we give it credit for. If you use the concepts in FIT - no excuses, no whining, no shortcuts - and just get to the gym, garage, or wherever, and train hard, you will amaze yourself with results and how fast they are earned.

Essentially, FIT provides the "why" and "how" of the purposeful integration of strength, endurance, and mobility training; address the misinformation associated with fitness; and gives the readers the knowledge to make decisions regarding fitness. While the applications and understanding of fitness (and the three components) have been well reported, there has been a void in a single source of information which provides a clear voice…and FIT fills that void. 

The Multi-Element Fitness written by Justin Lascek currently clocks in at an impressive 20,000 words and provides examples to take someone from novice to advanced stages and, FWIW, is alone worth picking up the book.

FIT is now available exclusively through with the Kindle version slated for release sometime next year. The working Table of Contents is listed below, and for more information and excerpts be sure to check out and "Like" our Facebook page:

FIT: Table of Contents
Fitness -What it is
Fitness Adaptation - How we become fit
Multi-Element Fitness
Strength Exercises
Endurance Exercises
Mobility Exercises
Getting Ready to Train
Physics, Physiology & Food
Exercise Performance Standards 


  1. I am looking forward to the release.
    Thank you for your content Dr. Hartman.

  2. Wow, that looks like an awesome book! Looking forward to its release
    Rock on
    Mike T Nelson PhD(c)

  3. Received my book today. I read the first chapter immediately. Off to read more. Love the beginning establishing the fitness definition.

  4. Hey Doc any updates on when the kindle version is coming out?

  5. We are currently in the process of converting it over to the Kindle format. My best guess would be the first part of November, but hopefully sooner.

  6. looking forward to the kindle edition!

    1. Not soon enough Brooka...not soon enough. The plan is to outsource the conversion so that will speed up the process. We are hopeful that by May '13 we will have a viable Kindle edition.