See what people are saying about Fit By Nature.


The book has its spiritual side as well, helping us to get out of our incessant thinking and into experiencing our breath, body and place in nature.
— Dirk Hainey
 
Loved it. Common sense stuff but without the gym crap (although personally I like the gym crap too)! Anyone can do it at any pace, one foot in front of another as fast and as long as you want to/need to go. I liked it particularly the easy to follow pictures and directions. All that’s missing is the personal goal and away you go!
— Pamela Ross
Less than one year ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent surgery and followed up with 32 radiation treatments. After I came through this, a dear friend suggested “Fit By Nature,” and thought it a good fit for me (bad pun intended).

It was in need of a physical and mental overhaul, “Fit By Nature” provided all the information necessary to begin my journey to wellness. From A to Z, the book spells it out for those of us who are starting from square one.

The prescribed ‘Daily Dozen’ exercises are the best thing ever and worth the price of the book! I can do them anywhere, anytime, and I do.

Ready for a thought-provoking program that takes you outdoors and beyond the gym? Willing to make a commitment to a better, stronger, fitter you? This book was my golden ticket; it provided all the inspiration I needed to see me through the 12-week challenge.

Worth saying again: Thank you
— Kimberly Yialto
Mr. Colver has created a bit of a gem in Fit by Nature. I have read this with some enthusiasm, as living in a warm weather city like San Antonio I find it very challenging to go indoors to exercise. Fit by Nature gives practical and efficacious advice on getting your workouts completed in a more austere and natural setting, as well as providing some insight in how to establish community around healthy living and fitness. There is a great deal of wisdom in this book; yet another excellent read from the Mountaineers press. I look forward to more from Mr. Colver in the future.
— Sam West
 
An extremely well organized set of guidelines for anyone willing take running seriously. Or any workout really. There are diet guidelines in this book with weekly planners. It reads like a personal trainer. I liked how it’s broken down into weeks. What you can expect as well as what to avoid if you are having any pain issues.
— Stacie Miller
I know many women may think they do not like these kind of exercises but this workout has accencuated my figure more than anything I have done since working out regularly with a trainer. The work on obliques and glutes pays off. I definitely recommend this book.
— Sarah Glass
 
After having a baby, a friend and I wanted to start a serious post-natal outdoor fitness group together in North Vancouver. Getting back in shape after pregnancy is a fitness challenge that many women struggle with due to time constraints with work, childcare and travel schedules. We found Fit By Nature to be an excellent resource to look to for fast and effective work-outs, starting with the Daily Dozen. The photos and descriptions of the exercises are very user-friendly when teaching a fitness group for the first time. There are also many advanced exercises which benefit more experienced athletes and the 12 week progression was beneficial for building on our fitness program. Excellent resource.
— A & P
I bought this book about 6 weeks ago after reading about it in a northwest hiking magazine. The exercises (described clearly) in the book are pretty typical total body conditioning/resistance exercises that many fitness trainers teach. The interesting and most valuable thing is the way the author, John Colver, combines these exercises into workout sessions that are very complete and challenging. The most imortant concept of the book is a workout he calls “The Daily Dozen” - a set of 12 exercises that take 12 minutes to perform (45 seconds per exercise and 15 seconds of rest). I’ve been doing this 4-5 times per week for the past 4 weeks and it has increased my fitness level. Because it takes so little time each day, it has solved one of my major problems with conditioning: consistency. 12 minutes is completely achievable even on busy days and, with no equipment required, very doable in a hotel room when traveling. I haven’t quite worked up to doing these daily yet but I can already see results in the mirror. I know many women may think they do not like these kind of exercises but this workout has accencuated my figure more than anything I have done since working out regularly with a trainer. The work on obliques and glutes pays off. I definitely recommend this book.
— Julie Harmann
 
Great Fitness Boost
— Will Denman
I bought this book about 6 weeks ago after reading about it in a northwest hiking magazine. The exercises (described clearly) in the book are pretty typical total body conditioning/resistance exercises that many fitness trainers teach. The interesting and most valuable thing is the way the author, John Colver, combines these exercises into workout sessions that are very complete and challenging. The most imortant concept of the book is a workout he calls “The Daily Dozen” - a set of 12 exercises that take 12 minutes to perform (45 seconds per exercise and 15 seconds of rest). I’ve been doing this 4-5 times per week for the past 4 weeks and it has increased my fitness level. Because it takes so little time each day, it has solved one of my major problems with conditioning: consistency. 12 minutes is completely achievable even on busy days and, with no equipment required, very doable in a hotel room when traveling.
— Sally Hardin.
 
Readily available and budget friendly
— Quentin
The meat of the book is the exercise program itself. John doesn’t include every exercise under the sun. Instead he includes the exercises that are known to work. The exercises are then put together in various formats to create workouts. These workouts are then varied throughout the program to cover 12 full weeks of training. The basis of the program is variety. So, while you may use some of the same exercises there is plenty of variety built into the program to keep the workouts motivating. All aspects of fitness (strength, endurance, flexibility, etc) are covered in these workouts ranging from circuit training to steady-state running (or swimming, cycling, etc.). If that isn’t enough, the program is also broken down into such detail that nobody should have trouble following it.
— Steve Shaw
Excellent Resource for our Fitness Group
— Charlie Henderson