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Daniel Kunitz has served as editor in chief of Modern Painters, as well as an editor at the Paris Review and Details, and has been a contributor to Vanity Fair, Harper's Magazine, and New York. He is also an avid CrossFitter and weightlifter. He lives in New York City.


"A thoroughly researched and highly informative account... This thoughtful, accessible, and remarkably insightful cultural history of fitness will appeal to anyone who has set foot into a gym or laced up running shoes while wondering, 'Why am I doing this?'"--Booklist (starred review)
"An illuminating compendium... Writing in lucid anecdotal prose, Kunitz is a master at creating a compelling narrative."--Publishers Weekly
"Kunitz concludes that the most effective tools are already at hand and successfully shows how classic methods of conditioning can still be effective today... This book will be of interest to cultural historians and fitness enthusiasts."--Library Journal
"[An] insightful premise."--Washington Post
"A thorough history of the activity and business of fitness."--New York Times Book Review
"An inspiring read for all shapes and sizes."--Marie Claire, Health News Page, July 2016
"Kunitz artfully narrates the history of physical conditioning and our ever-shifting understanding of what it means to be fit."--Wall Street Journal

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