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Lift: Fitness Culture, From Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors

Daniel Kunitz · Harper Wave
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

A riveting cultural history of fitness, from Greek antiquity to the era of the "big-box gym" and beyond, exploring the ways in which human exercise and physical ideals have changed over time - and what we can learn from our past. How did treadmills and weight machines become the gold...
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Swimming in the Sink: An Episode of the Heart

Lynne Cox · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

From inspired and inspiring open-water swimmer and supreme athlete, able to endure cold water temperatures that would kill others, author of Swimming to Antarctica ("Riveting" - Sports Illustrated) and Grayson ("Moving, mystical" - People) - a powerful book about...
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Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before

Ken Ilgunas · Penguin Books
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Told with sincerity, humor, and wit, Trespassing Across America is both a fascinating account of one man's remarkable journey along the Keystone XL pipeline and a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the extremes to which we can push ourselves - both physically...
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Dust Bowl Girls: A Team's Quest for Basketball Glory

Lydia Reeder · Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, began dreaming. Like so many others, he wanted a reason to have hope. Traveling from farm to farm, he recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance...
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Hapkido: Korean Art of Self-Defense

Scott Shaw · C.E. Tuttle Co.
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback

Hapkido, "The Way of Coordination and Internal Power," is one of the three major Korean martial arts. Founded in 1963 by Master Choi Young-Sul, it is a complete system of self-defense, encompassing, striking, kicking, and grappling techniques. Conceptually, Hapkido techniques...
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The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics' Top Score from Nadia to Now

Dvora Meyers · Touchstone
Pages: 319
Format: Print book

Just in time for the 2016 Olympic Games and the fortieth anniversary of Nadia Comaneci's "Perfect 10," an exciting and insightful account of the controversial world of gymnastics, the recent changes of the scoring system, and why those changes will drive American gymnasts to the top of the sport...
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Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History

Molly Schiot · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

Based on the Instagram account @TheUnsungHeroines, a celebration of the pioneering, forgotten female athletes of the twentieth century that features rarely seen photos and new interviews with past and present game changers including Abby Wambach and Cari Champion.Two years ago, filmmaker...
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Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian

Anthony Ervin · Akashic Books
Pages: 300
Format: Print book

"Here Ervin and swim trainer and journalist Markides combine talents to create a biography that is part first-hand narrative by Ervin, with Markides filling in the details and providing context. The formula works, pulling readers into Ervin's experience of the thrill of victory...
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Fantasy Man: A Former NFL Player's Descent into the Brutality of Fantasy Football

Nate Jackson · Harpercollins
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

The New York Times bestselling author of Slow Getting Up chronicles his descent into the madness of early retirement and fantasy football. In Slow Getting Up - hailed by Rolling Stone as "the best football memoir of all time" - Nate Jackson told his story face down on the field....
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Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town

S L Price · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 550
Format: Print book

In the early twentieth century, down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company built one of the largest mills in the world and a town to go with it. Aliquippa was a beacon and a melting pot, pulling in thousands of families from Europe and the Jim Crow south....
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Unsportsmanlike conduct : college football and the politics of rape

Jessica Luther · Edge Of Sports
Pages: 224
Format: Print book

"Luther's research into rape on campuses is an important exposé demonstrating that the problem still lies within the male locker room...Highly relevant, hard-hitting, much-needed information that reveals the widespread existence of rape by sports players on college campuses."--Kirkus...
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Lennyball: A Memoir of Life on the Edge

Lenny Dykstra · William Morrow
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

A TOP-TEN NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! AN INSTANT CLASSIC OF HUSSLE AND EXCESS ..."Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS AUTOBIOGRAPHIES I'VE EVER READ. It comes from the heart." - Stephen King"THIS BOOK IS GOING TO BLOW YOUR MIND! Obviously...
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Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV

Joe Buck · Dutton
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

In his debut memoir, Joe Buck talks about his life, his career, and his memorable relationship with his father, legendary sportscaster Jack Buck.Sports fans see Joe Buck everywhere: broadcasting one of the biggest games in the NFL every week, doing the World Series every year, announcing...
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American Angler Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout: Proven Skills, Techniques, And Tactics From The Pros

Aaron Jasper · Lyons Press; First Edition edition
Format: Book

The American Angler Guide to Fly Fishing For Trout will, within a brief 176 pages, provide the beginning and intermediate angler with everything they need to know in order to successfully fly fish for the most popular quarry in America. It will contain the essentials of casting, the basics...
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