Oprah’s Book Club Has Nuthin’ On This

Seems like everyone who’s anyone these days has a book club. Since I like to run with the big dogs, I figure it’s high time I put on my game face and make some recommendations of my own.

One of my all-time favorite books is “Facts and Fallacies of Fitness” by the late Dr. Mel C. Siff. I was fortunate to get a personally signed copy only months before his untimely passing in 2003.

Dr. Siff makes you put on your thinking cap as he challenges everything you thought you know about aerobics, flexibility, nutrition and beyond.

At over 300 pages, F&F really is a great read for both fitness professionals and ‘regular’ people alike.

Even though the first edition came out in 1995 – and to the best of my knowledge it’s been 4 years since it’s most recent printing – this book is still way ahead of it’s time.

To illustrate the basic philosophy of the book, here is a short excerpt from Facts & Fallacies:


  • A rule is not a law
  • A theory is not a law

  • A judicial law is not a scientific law

  • A guideline is not a law; it simply points the way

  • Scientific laws cannot be broken; judicial laws can

  • An hypothesis is not a law; an hypothesis is a theory

  • A theory has to be proved repeatedly to become a law

  • Most rules and laws are relative to some frame of reference

  • Beware of absolutes; almost everything is relative

  • Rules change; scientific laws do not; judicial laws do

  • Rules can be and usually are broken

  • Breakable laws are theories

  • Some rules should be broken

  • Look for undiscovered laws

  • Think before you rule

  • Question all rules

Good, bad or ugly, feel free to comment on this post if you’ve read Facts & Fallacies.

Click here to order Facts & Fallacies of Fitness by Dr. Mel C. Siff


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