Fitness Junkie – Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza

Summary: When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin–the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin–her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. Sure, Janey has gained some weight since her divorce, and no, her beautifully cut trousers don’t fit like they used to, so Janey throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution, signing up for a shockingly expensive workout pass, baring it all for Free the Nipple yoga, sweating through boot camp classes run by Sri Lankan militants and spinning to the screams of a Lycra-clad instructor with rage issues. At a juice shop she meets Jacob, a cute young guy who takes her dumpster-diving outside Whole Foods on their first date. At a shaman’s tea ceremony she meets Hugh, a silver fox who holds her hand through an ayahuasca hallucination And at a secret exercise studio Janey meets Sara Strong, the wildly popular workout guru whose special dance routine has starlets and wealthy women flocking to her for results that seem too good to be true. As Janey eschews delicious carbs, pays thousands of dollars to charlatans, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can’t help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place? (Summary from Goodreads)

This shit was hilarious.

Okay, so I live in Orange County which is kind of the mecca of weird-ass fitness crazes. I won’t lie, I’ve looked at the occasional Groupon for a yoga/spinning/barre combo class so this book definitely rang true.

Sykes and Piazza did a fantastic job at ripping into the fitness and diet culture that has become very popular. It’s hard to critique the fitness industry sometimes because, well, exercising is good for you. Who doesn’t want to be healthy? When does wanting so desperately to be healthy (read: thin) start becoming a problem?

I loved that Janey had a brain and was strong, but was still susceptible to the bullshit standards pushed onto women’s bodies.

As ridiculous as some of the fitness concepts sounded, they had that nugget of reality (H2Br0c was definitely ripped from the organic, upcycled paper headlines.)

I also think this is a really important book for anyone who has struggled with their body. I know I still struggle with it. While I’m not saying this book is going to cure any body image issues, it’ll definitely give you a different, hilarious frame of mind.

Rating:  ★★★★★

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