FIT Is Coming

Dr. Lon Kilgore has always aimed to develop the realm of fitness, exercise, and barbell training through research, teaching, and writing. His long term vision of developing a manual that anyone could pick up and read and get the real direction on how to get fit has come to fruition.

FIT started as a brief resource to address many of the common misconceptions about fitness and what it takes to program it, yet has morphed into a 300+ page book that beginning and advanced trainees alike can benefit from. Dr. Michael Hartman and I were recruited to add content to what will be an incredibly informative book.

FIT provides the “why” and “how” of the purposeful integration of strength, endurance, and mobility training; addresses misinformation associated with fitness; and gives the readers direction to make decisions regarding their fitness. FIT fills the void in taking the theory and applying it to exercise programming.

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

The strength chapter alone would be well worth the price for a 70’s Big reader. At 50 pages it’s a hefty dose of programming at many levels including an array of templates that aren’t common in the “online training communities”.

The endurance chapter dissects why the traditional long, slow distance method of training isn’t effective, discusses the anatomy of endurance, provides a thorough analysis of running economy and technique, recommends efficient footwear, and discusses specific methods to prepare for endurance goals.

The mobility chapter provides knowledge on the physiology of stretching, motor abilities, how to improve agility and balance, and specific exercises and stretches that can help balance the body.

The 25,000+ word multi-element fitness chapter that I wrote funnels this information together and provides the direction for the fitness trainee. The hierarchy of emphasis in training elements is thoroughly explained and guidelines are provided to the reader. High intensity endurance training is categorized based on the level of stress it imparts on the body with very clear descriptions of each type. However, not all trainees need the toughest stress; types of trainees defined with very clear progressions on how to take someone from sedentary and very un-fit to a strong, sleek, and enduring specimen. There are lines of progression and programming templates for every type of trainee whether they aim to get strong and maintain their conditioning or get conditioned after a specialization in strength.

Each of these chapters are worth the book price alone, yet are all pieces of the project that has become FIT. The paper-back book will be released around August 15th on
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19 thoughts on “FIT Is Coming

  1. Nice book! I’m certainly buying this. Am I correct in assuming the book entails how to incorporate strength training programs with sports?

    Do you mean in a specific sense, as in specific sports and programs? Not necessarily since it’s a fitness book (which basically means strong and conditioned — the way it’s supposed to be). However, there is more than sufficient information to create a program or to use one of the templates for sport purposes.


  2. I’m interested in this book. While normal long, slow distance isn’t effective for most people, wouldn’t it be effective to train for ultramarathons? I don’t think some intensive conditioning for 15 minutes would be specific enough to train for 12 to 24+ hour running races.

    Of the ‘training’ American population, how many do you think are doing ultramarathons? If I have to make every statement relevant to every population, it gets too colluded.

    So, yes, I’d agree that training for an ultra would be different. It’s a neat book, though.


  3. Personally I think mild psychosis is the only effective way to train for ultramarathons.

    I can definitely take this book. I’m getting a pump just thinking about it.

  4. Sounds like this will be pretty good, and not to mention at a decent price, too. $22 for a 300 page book like this is awesome!


    What’s the joke about the softball toss? I missed that one.

    I missed it too for a few days. The CrossFit Games had a skill event that included a softball toss for distance, so it’s been the primary thing to troll people with this past week.


  5. Unrelated but he is Justin’s favorite lifter.

    Snatches 190ish in competition but does 3 high pulls then a power snatch with 120kg from the hang without ever stopping the bar, much less putting it down. It’s too bad the weight classes got reshuffled and 110kg isn’t a class anymore. Seems like that’s the bodyweight that Klokov is able to be his most impressive at.

    Yeah, Saul was looking at the performances of most super heavies, and they either weigh around 125-130, or they go crazy and weigh 160+. Pisarenko was around the lighter threshold, as an example. The classes were probably shifted because 110 was close to that “leaner super heavyweight threshold”, among the other standard reasons.


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  7. get it goin on kindle, i hate buyin non ebook/kindle books now because i have too many book shelves and no enough space to keep them..

    It’ll be released on Kindle but I think there is a processing time, perhaps a month or so.


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