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The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts
Hanne Blank, proud fat girl and personal trainer, understands the physical and emotional roadblocks that overweight women face in the word of exercise. In this one-of-a-kind guide that combines exercise advice with ...more
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That said: this book is great. It's written in Hanne Blank's usual friendly, no-nonsense, and very, very funny style, which some readers may be familiar with from books like Virgin: The Untouched History and Big Big Love, Revised: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size. It's full of encouragement about exercise that has absolutely nothing to do with losing weight or inches, and ...more
Disclaimer: I am not the target demographic for this book, in that I fall within the range of what's generally considered "not fat" and I have not had the social experience of being considered overweight. I say this just to make it clear that my perspective is from outside that lived experience, and thus there are some things that this book might be lacking that I'm just not aware of.
Ok, disclaimer over. I loved this book. I recently started voluntarily exercising for t ...more
I wasn't quite the audience for this book. It's taken me 2 years of running to admit this but I am a runner. I started running approximately five years ago, after we ran 12 minutes in gym class. I distinctively remember thinking "pfft, 12 minutes, that should be easy,". And nope. It wasn't. I couldn't run 12 minutes. Th ...more
I like the resource guide for clothing, sports bras, etc.
I really like the list of specific exercises to help you get strong enough to get up off the floor.
I wish there were more specific workouts, like, a Couch to 5Kish program for people who haven't exercised ever (or in a long, long time).
I like the funny, friendly, and encouraging tone that Blank has in this (and her o ...more
I picked this up thinking about my mom. It's more something one has to read by themselves, although there's some ideas for simple ways to put some working out in one's life, and the criteria to judge trainers/teachers as fat-friendly will be useful.
I've found relatable the parts about dealing with feeling self-conscious exercising in public, as no one is immune from jerks getting in the way.
I ended up really enjoying the book. I have been an on and off gym rat for years (mostly off, lately), but there was still new material in here for me. Most of it was the less technical stuff: about how we all ...more
There is a lot of "rah rah" here but it's not bullshit or trite, it's soild and meaningful and really does have an impact on your self esteem. The advice is real- how to get off the floor, for example. If you lack trunk strength and you realize that you can't get up, that could be embarassing so this could be seriously important info.
Hanne Blank is someone whose writing I have enjoyed for almost a decade now. She appeared with some regularity on the LiveJournal blogs of other authors I read regularly, and her confidence and intellect were readily apparent. I started following her there at the mostly-defunct LJ, and I have made it a point to read her books at they come out.
This book was one in which I was particularly interested, since Blank's blog entry from back-in-the-day about being a fat girl on a bicycle was particular ...more
I gave the book five stars because it's successful in pointing someone to resources they might want and framing fitness as a positive thing that does not revolve aroun ...more
Yes, I'd like to lose some weight. Just to minimize my chub. The author made it out that wanting to lose weight was a bad thing - that we should focus on what our body can improve internally like breathing, stress, etc. And while I want that, too, I don't want to be condemned because I want to lo ...more
This book doesn't deal with the BS of working out to get thin, but instead working out to take back ownership of your body. The author makes it clear that if you do not wan ...more
While my athletic prowess is far far ahead of the main audience for this book, I took two great things away from this book:
1) It is not your job to "prettify" the world for other people. You do not owe it to people to make sure that they only get to look at people that they find attractive. ...more
But the highlights (aside from the brilliant tone of voice in this book and the laugh-out-loud sense of humor Hanne Blank has!) to me were the encouragement and the empowering words. I am fat and I've been body-shamed on more than one occasion when working out. ...more
I particularly like her Incendiary Act #7, which is "Flail Proudly". Good advice well beyond the physical realm!
Periodicals which have featured her work include Penthouse, In These Times, Southwest Art, Lilith, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, the Baltimore CityPaper, the Boston Phoenix, Santa Fean Magazine, and others. Her short fiction and essays are frequently anthologized.
Ms. Blank's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, The W ...more