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Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2020
“Starfleet is a promise.”
Body by Starfleet delivered on its promise to reorient how I approach working out. There’s nothing new to this book; at least, not in the exercises presented. As I worked my way through this book, I found familiar exercises from the tortuous days of high school and college Phys. Ed. classes. What this book does better: it makes these exercises entertaining.
The very first exercise, from the Stretches and Warm-Ups section, promises to teach me how to walk like a Gorn. Why would I want to walk like a Gorn? In a brief introduction to the exercise, the book informs me: “The Gorn are a dreaded, extraordinarily strong species with a taste for vengeance as cold as their reptilian blood.” Only then does it go on to tell me the practical applications of a human doing Gorn Walks (warm up your hip joints and get your blood pumping). Better yet, a talented artist created full-color illustrations of a Gorn doing the Gorn walks, so I had a visual to support me in my endeavors.
The rest of the book continues in this manner, leading new Starfleet recruits through Conditioning, Powering Up Your Warp Core, Upper Body, Lower Body, and Special Exercises for Nonhumanoid Species. The Special Exercises will require a slight stretch of the imagination, but they appear doable. (This recruit is still working her way there.)
Lastly, I love that this book doesn’t break character. From the Introduction to the Captain’s Workout Log in the last pages, this book invites new recruits on the adventure of a Starfleet workout. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, or find the motivation to start moving your body, Star Trek: Body by Starfleet will make working out fun.