Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power

with Sarah Toland. Dey St: HarperCollins. Oct. 2016. 272p. photos. ISBN 9780062400581. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062400604. HEALTH
Olympic alpine ski racer Vonn has tried nearly "every exercise diet there is" and here passes on lessons she has learned. Aimed at people of all shapes and sizes, her book emphasizes becoming strong, not losing weight. Strength brings many benefits, including increased self-confidence, elevated mood, and empowerment. Most importantly, strong is synonymous with healthy, and getting healthy means eating lean and clean. The book's first half provides a five-step plan to help readers give up processed and refined foods along with a one-week eating challenge, and Vonn's favorite meals. The second half is dedicated to fitness; Vonn shares tips on making exercise a habit, provides reasons to strength train, and concludes with 65 exercises and circuits, each demonstrated with photographs and instructions. All can be done in a living room or at the gym.
VERDICT While engaging readers with stories of her own successes and failures, Vonn presents a regimen that's authentic, accessible, and inspiring.
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