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The Hidden Mechanics of Exercise

Molecules That Move Us

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$28.95 • £23.95 • €26.00

ISBN 9780674724945

Publication Date: 03/17/2014


352 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

9 halftones, 24 line illustrations

Belknap Press


Gillen’s enjoyable account emphasizes the molecules and protein structures that allow us to move, run, jump, control fuel use, and regulate adaptations to exercise training… Refreshingly, Gillen approaches the subject from the system down rather than the molecule up. Throughout the book, he emphasizes how tiny changes in protein structures scale up to produce whole-body movements… Gillen offers exercise enthusiasts wishing to understand the science behind their training an interesting read. The book also serves as an engaging primer for exercise-science students who want to begin to understand some of the underlying molecular mechanisms. The Hidden Mechanics of Exercise introduces concepts that make the step to the specialized textbook or research article easier. At the same time, researchers studying the behavior of the individual molecules may find Gillen’s account enlightening in regard to the functional implications of their work at the whole-body level.—Stephen D.R. Harridge, Science

Anyone who has an interest in how the body and mind works in a sporting context will not only gain an insight and much knowledge, but also enjoy the way that the message is put across.Athletics Weekly

To most of us, what happens deep inside our bodies when we exercise is a mysterious black box. This entertaining and illuminating book lucidly explains for nonspecialists the marvels of how molecules literally move a body. Gillen provides the ideal introduction to the physiology of exercise for anyone interested in how bodies work.—Daniel E. Lieberman, author of The Story of the Human Body

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