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60 Second Sweat by Patrick Striet.jpg60 Second Sweat by Patrick Striet

The 60-Second Sweat combines hot fitness trends High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Metabolic Resistance Training (MRT) into a single efficient and effective training program, with each exercise requiring no more than 1 minute at a time.

There are—literally—thousands of fitness programs out there to choose from. What makes the 60-Second Sweat different?

For the past 15 years, Patrick Striet has run a fitness training facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has worked with hundreds of every day men and women—working moms, college students, senior citizens, middle-aged men, and more (plus a few elite athletes). Through this experience, he has identified the barriers most people face when it comes to exercising consistently—lack of time, lack of results, injuries, boredom—and specifically designed the 60-Second Sweat to address them.

The 60-Second Sweat is:

Efficient: Most mainstream fitness programs call for a 5 to 6-day per week commitment, with workouts ranging up to an hour (or more) in duration. What’s more, most programs focus on one component of fitness in each workout. For example, you might do cardiovascular exercises for 45 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and then strength train for an hour on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Who has time for that? Not me…and probably not you either. With the 60-Second Sweat, you’ll work out between 20 to 40 minutes a day for 3 to 4 days a week, and you will never be performing the same exercise or activity for more than 1 minute at a time.

Effective: HIIT (high-intensity interval training), in which you alternate between bouts of intense exercise and short “rest” periods, has been a growing fitness trend for several years now, and for good reason. Research has shown that it’s more effective than traditional steady-state workouts for both building cardiovascular fitness and shedding fat. However, it neglects muscular fitness, which is key for boosting metabolism. So the 60-Second Sweat combines HIIT with MRT (metabolic resistance training) to build strength along with cardiovascular fitness in one comprehensive workout.

Safe: Keeping in mind the typical orthopedic issues most “real world” adult face—cranky knees, aching backs, stiff shoulders, and sore necks—the 60-Second Sweat gives equal weight to every muscle group, and not just the showy mirror muscles emphasized by many fitness programs. Exercises progress gradually in difficulty and intensity so that you start seeing results right away, building from a beginner level to advanced in just 9 weeks.

Varied: The 60-Second Sweat is a balanced and functional movement-based plan, requiring basic and fundamental human movement patterns performed with bare bones equipment. During the 60-Second Sweat workouts, you will never be performing the same exercise or activity for more than 1 minute, so you will never get bored. Every exercise, set, rep…every minute…will count for and towards something: developing the best and fittest you!

Bottom line: the days of inefficient, archaic, time-consuming, unsafe, and impractical fitness workouts are over. Based on the most up-to-date principles in modern exercise science, the 60-Second Sweat is a program, not just a workout. It is not a short-term fix, but, rather, a roadmap to the fittest, most confident you. While the 60-Second Sweat workouts will certainly challenge you and leave you dripping in sweat, that’s not the end goal. The purpose of the programs in this book is for you to attain phenomenal and sustainable fitness…safely and realistically…1 minute at a time.

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Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead by Steven Pinker.jpgDo Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead by Steven Pinker

Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms, and the spread of global norms empower individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. What is seen as a breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality.

In the seventeenth semi-annual Munk Debates, which was held in Toronto on November 6, 2015, pioneering cognitive scientist Steven Pinker and best-selling author Matt Ridley squared off against noted philosopher Alain de Botton and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell to debate whether humankind’s best days lie ahead.

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George Lucas by Brian Jay Jones.jpgGeorge Lucas by Brian Jay Jones

On May 25, 1977, a problem-plagued, budget-straining, independent science-fiction film opened in a mere thirty-two American movie theaters. Conceived, written, and directed by a little-known filmmaker named George Lucas, the movie originally called The Star Wars quickly drew blocks-long lines, bursting box office records, and ushering in a new way for movies to be made, marketed, and merchandised. It has become one of the most adored–and successful–movie franchises of all time.

Now, the author of the bestselling biography Jim Henson delivers a long-awaited, revelatory look into the life and times of the man who created Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Indiana Jones.

If Star Wars wasn’t game-changing enough, Lucas went on to establish another blockbuster series with Indiana Jones, and he completely transformed the world of special effects and the way movies sound. His innovation and ambition forged Pixar and Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and THX sound.

Here, Lucas’s colleagues and competitors offer tantalizing glimpses into his life. His entire career has been stimulated by innovators including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, actors such as Harrison Ford, and the very technologies that enabled the creation of his films–and allowed him to keep tinkering with them long after their original releases. Like his unforgettable characters and stories, his influence is unmatched.

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The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel.jpgThe Glass Universe by Dava Sobel

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or “human computers,” to interpret the observations made via telescope by their male counterparts each night. At the outset this group included the wives, sisters, and daughters of the resident astronomers, but by the 1880s the female corps included graduates of the new women’s colleges—Vassar, Wellesley, and Smith. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies turned to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates. The “glass universe” of half a million plates that Harvard amassed in this period—thanks in part to the early financial support of another woman, Mrs. Anna Draper, whose late husband pioneered the technique of stellar photography—enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. They helped discern what stars were made of, divided the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and found a way to measure distances across space by starlight. Their ranks included Williamina Fleming, a Scottish woman originally hired as a maid who went on to identify ten novae and more than three hundred variable stars, Annie Jump Cannon, who designed a stellar classification system that was adopted by astronomers the world over and is still in use, and Dr. Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin, who in 1956 became the first ever woman professor of astronomy at Harvard—and Harvard’s first female department chair. Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of a group of remarkable women who, through their hard work and groundbreaking discoveries, disproved the commonly held belief that the gentler sex had little to contribute to human knowledge.

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Great British Bake Off by Linda Collister.jpgGreat British Bake Off by Linda Collister

Bake like you’re in the tent – from the comfort of your own home.

Make brilliant bakes at home with this companion cookbook to the 2016 series. This essential baking book of recipes from the Great British Bake Off team is appropriate for any level of expertise. Each chapter includes favourite classics with a twist, recipes with simple ingredients to create something adventurous, and showstoppers that will guarantee you’re crowned Star Baker in your own home.

Inspired by Paul and Mary’s words of wisdom and advice to the Bakers, this year’s official companion to the series is the perfect way to start baking like The Great British Bake Off – at home.

Includes:
* Recipes from the Bakers of 2016, including Mary and Paul’s technical challenges
* Easy to follow, step by step baking instructions
* Written to help you develop skills and bring out your creativity
* Beautiful photography to help you visualize your bake
* Clear advice on equipment, ingredients and quantities
* Recipes highlighted for ‘free-from’ diets and special ingredients

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green-smoothies-for-life-by-jj-smithGreen Smoothies for Life by JJ Smith

Did you enjoy the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse? How about all the recipes included in the book, could you use a few more?

Here are 30 more exciting and delicious green smoothie recipes for your weight loss goals, as wellas for healthy and nutritious living.

[SAMPLE RECIPE]

MANGO SALSA GREEN SMOOTHIE

This smoothie strikes a beautiful balance between sweet, spicy and savory. With the sweetness of mango blended with the jalapeno pepper and other greens this smoothie has a lot of antioxidant and other vitamins and minerals that promote energy, decrease heart disease and promotes healthy skin and hair.

Serves: 3

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups fresh or frozen mango
2 cups filtered water
½ cup fresh cilantro
½ cup dandelion greens (optional)
½ cup cucumber, peeled
2¼ tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp jalapeno pepper
1½ tsp red onion
¼ tsp Celtic sea salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. If fresh mango is used, add 2 cups of ice. If using fresh mango, peel and slice mango into small portions.
2. Wash and chop cilantro, cucumber and jalapeno pepper.
3. Peel and chop red onion into small pieces.
4. Ingredients can be adjusted by adding more salt, jalapeno pepper, red onion or lime juice, add according to taste.
5. Place all ingredients in blender, process until smooth.
6. Serve immediately.

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Note: This book is not affiliated nor endorsed by JJ Smith’s awesome book,10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days!

This recipe book is a supplement to Ms. Smith’s book which has been created by someone who enjoys green smoothies.

I hope that you will like that this recipe collection book provides green smoothie recipes in a straightforward manner without having to struggle through a lot of text. This book is all about the recipes, some new, some old, but still great tasting and healthy!

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Of All That Ends by Günter Grass.jpgOf All That Ends by Günter Grass

In spite of the trials of old age, and with the end in sight, suddenly everything seems possible again: love letters, soliloquies, scenes of jealousy, swan songs, social satire, and moments of happiness crowd onto the page.  Only an aging artist who has once more cheated death can set to work with such wisdom, defiance, and wit. A wealth of touching stories is condensed into artful miniatures. In a striking interplay of poetry, lyric prose, and drawings, the Nobel Prize-winning author creates his final major work of art.   A moving farewell gift, a sensual, melancholy summation of a life fully lived.

 

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Relentless Spirit by Missy Franklin.jpgRelentless Spirit by Missy Franklin

The word relentless has many meanings for swimmer Missy Franklin.  In the pool, it reminds her to remain steady and persistent, unyielding in intensity and strength.  In life, it tells her to reach down for her very best, even when it feels like there’s nothing left.  The motto “don’t quit” doesn’t do it for Missy, but relentless gets her where she needs to be. And when Missy faces a challenge or a setback, her relentless spirit is what empowers her to learn, adapt, and move forward into the future.

In RELENTLESS SPIRIT, Missy and her parents, D.A. and Dick Franklin, share the story of how Missy became the athlete she is today, a six-time Olympic medalist, five of them gold. Since her Olympic debut in London’s 2012 games—when Missy was just seventeen—people who have met the Franklins or seen them on TV have wondered what it was like to raise such a champion. What was the training like? How did Missy handle school? How did the family find the right facilities, coaches, and support network?

The story that Missy, and her parents, share inside is both inspiring and heartwarming, explaining how she became both a legendary athlete and a happy and confident woman, something they accomplished by doing things their own way and making the right choices for their family, which includes Missy’s faith journey, something she writes about with inspirational candor.

Including the highs, the tough moments, and everything in-between, Relentless Spirit tells the story of a woman – and a family – full of love, heart, faith, and resilience.

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River of Time by Naomi Judd.jpgRiver of Time by Naomi Judd

The world knows Naomi Judd as one of the most successful and best-loved country music stars ever. What the world doesn’t know–until now–is that after her 2010 and 2011 North American tour with Wynonna, Naomi fell into a debilitating and terrifying depression that seemingly came out of nowhere. Just months after the successful tour ended, Naomi truly believed she had every reason to end her life. Facing severe depression, terrorizing panic attacks, PTSD, toxic drug poisoning, and addiction, she spent the next two and a half years in psychiatric hospitals undergoing treatments and searching for answers. In River Of Time, Naomi describes the agonizing toll this took on her and shares her message of hope after surviving the most painful period in her life.

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The Secret Life of Fat by Sylvia Tara.jpgThe Secret Life of Fat by Sylvia Tara

Fat is an obsession, a dirty word, a subject of national handwringing—and, according to biochemist Sylvia Tara, the least-understood part of our body.

You may not love your fat, but your body certainly does. In fact, your body is actually endowed with many self-defense measures to hold on to fat. For example, fat can use stem cells to regenerate; increase our appetite if it feels threatened; and use bacteria, genetics, and viruses to expand itself. The secret to losing twenty pounds? You have to work with your fat, not against it. Tara explains how your fat influences your appetite and willpower, how it defends itself when attacked, and why it grows back so quickly. The Secret Life of Fat brings cutting-edge research together with historical perspectives to reveal fat’s true identity: an endocrine organ that, in the right amount, is critical to our health. Fat triggers puberty, enables our reproductive and immune systems, and even affects brain size.

Although we spend $60 billion annually fighting fat, our efforts are often misinformed and misdirected. Tara expertly illustrates the complex role that genetics, hormones, diet, exercise, and history play in our weight, and The Secret Life of Fat sets you on the path to beat the bulge once and for all.

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Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPad, 5th ed by Guy Hart-Davis.jpgTeach Yourself VISUALLY iPad, 5th ed by Guy Hart-Davis

As the ultimate entertainment and media device, the iPad is ever evolving. This visual guide gets you up to date on all the latest information for accessing and downloading books, apps, music, and video content as well as sending photos and emails, syncing with other devices and services, and effectively using the multi-touch display. Covering the latest generation of the iPad as well as the iPad mini, and iOS6, this resource provides you with helpful step-by-step, image-driven guidance geared towards users who learn best with visual cues.

Helps you get connected to the Apple app store so that you can enjoy more than 700,000 apps, including award-winning games and amazing productivity tools Shows you how to enjoy eBooks, music, and videos via iTunes Gets you connected to rich multimedia content, social networking, and the power of the Internet Shares a variety of ways that you can maximize your use of your iPad or iPad mini The iPad and the iPad mini go wherever you go and are at your beck and call at any time?and so is Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPad 4th Generation and iPad mini!

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Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss.jpgTools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss

“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed nearly two hundred world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show.The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview, and the show is on the cusp of passing 100 million downloads.

“This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.

“What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?

“I don’t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can’t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.

“Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.

“I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”

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The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis.jpgThe Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’s own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.

The Undoing Project is about the fascinating collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield—both had important careers in the Israeli military—and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind’s view of its own mind.

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The Wars of the Roosevelts by William J Mann.jpgThe Wars of the Roosevelts by William J Mann

The award-winning author presents a provocative, thoroughly modern revisionist biographical history of one of America’s greatest and most influential families—the Roosevelts—exposing heretofore unknown family secrets and detailing complex family rivalries with his signature cinematic flair

Drawing on previously hidden historical documents and interviews with the long-silent “illegitimate” branch of the family, William J. Mann paints an elegant, meticulously researched and groundbreaking group portrait of this legendary family. Mann argues that the Roosevelts’ rise to power and prestige was actually driven by a series of intense, personal contests that at times devolved to blood sport. His compelling and eye-opening masterwork is the story of a family at war with itself, of social Darwinism at its most ruthless—in which the strong devoured the weak and repudiated the inconvenient.

Mann focuses on Eleanor Roosevelt, who, he argues, experienced this brutality firsthand, witnessing her Uncle Theodore cruelly destroy her father, Elliott—his brother and bitter rival—for political expediency. Mann presents a fascinating alternate picture of Eleanor, contending that this “worshipful niece” in fact bore a grudge against TR for the rest of her life, and dares to tell the truth about her intimate relationships without obfuscations, explanations, or labels.

Mann also brings into focus Eleanor’s cousins, TR’s children, whose stories propelled the family rivalry but have never before been fully chronicled, as well as her illegitimate half-brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, who inherited his family’s ambition and skill without their name and privilege. Growing up in poverty just miles from his wealthy relatives, Elliott Mann embodied the American Dream, rising to middle class prosperity and enjoying one of the very few happy, long-term marriages in the Roosevelt saga. For the first time, The Wars of the Roosevelts also includes the stories of Elliott’s daughter and grandchildren and never-before-seen photographs from their archives.

Deeply psychological and finely rendered, illustrated with sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs, The Wars of the Roosevelts illuminates not only the enviable strengths but also the profound shames of this remarkable and influential family.

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The Wellness Mama Cookbook by Katie Wells.jpgThe Wellness Mama Cookbook by Katie Wells

With six kids, a popular blog, and no free time, Katie Wells, creator of the incredibly popular Wellness Mama website, knows firsthand how difficult it is to cook a healthy, homemade dinner every night. Faced with her own health challenges, and also concerned about the frightening statistics on the future health of her children’s generation, Katie began to evaluate the foods she was eating and feeding to her family. She became determined to find a way to create and serve meals that were wholesome, easy to prepare, budget-friendly, and family approved. The Wellness Mama Cookbook is a compilation of all that she has learned, with 200 simple, delicious recipes using all-natural ingredients; meal plans; time-saving tips; and advice that will take the guesswork out of dinner.

The recipes and practical advice Katie offers will help you eliminate processed foods and move toward more healthy, home-cooked meals that are easily prepared—most in thirty minutes or less. The recipes focus on whole foods that are free of grains and refined sugars and without harmful fats, but are still delicious and full of flavor. With a variety of slow-cooker and one-pot meals, light lunches, dinners, and desserts, you’ll be eating better in every way in no time at all. Recipes include Sesame Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas, Sweet Potato Crusted Quiche Lorraine, Beef and Zucchini Stir Fry, and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, as well as recipes for bone broths, fermented foods, and super food drinks and smoothies. Katie also shares pantry-stocking advice, two weeks of meal plans for at home and on-the-go, shopping lists, and more. This is the ultimate cookbook that readers need to incorporate healthy eating knowledge into their daily practices.

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the-whole30-cookbook-by-melissa-hartwigThe Whole30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig

The groundbreaking Whole30 program has helped countless people transform their lives by bringing them better sleep, more energy, fewer cravings, weight loss, and new healthy habits that last a lifetime. In this cookbook, best-selling author and Whole30 co-creator Melissa Hartwig delivers over 150 all-new recipes to help readers prepare delicious, healthy meals during their Whole30 and beyond.

More than 150 recipes for main dishes, sides, dressings, and sauces
Tips to simplify, plan, and prepare meals to save time and money
Variations to turn one easy dish into two or three meals

Whether you’ve done the Whole30 once or five times—or just want to make a variety of satisfying, nourishing meals—this book will inspire you to change your life in 30 days with the Whole30 program.

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