Get Swole like a Klingon With “Body By Starfleet” – BOOK REVIEW

The New Star Trek fitness guide by Robb Pearlman wants to get you fit to serve aboard the Enterprise, and also wants you to laugh until your Trill symbiont hurts!

Many of us Trek fans have dreamed of joining Starfleet and exploring new worlds and new civilizations, boldly going where no one has gone before. Unfortunately, most of us do our dreaming seated in front of a computer or on a couch watching TNG reruns on BBC America. It’s a sedentary life for many of us, but today that changes with this new book that intends to get you fit for service, the Star Trek way.

Published by Running Press, “Body By Starfleet” is a new fitness guide by Robb Pearlman that not only gets you in shape, but gives you some legitimate laughs along the way. Pearlman is an authority on Trek and pop-culture, being the author of more than 30 books for adults and children, including “Star Trek: Search for Spock”, “Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom”, “The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek”, and “Fun with Kirk and Spock”, and was an on-air commentator talking about Star Trek and pop culture on National Geographic Channel’s “Generation X” series. He is also a bit of a fitness guru, and combined his geeky passions with his joy of hitting the gym to make a very unique exercise book. Guiding Pearlman along the way was Coach Chris Tutela, a Strength and Conditioning Specialist from Clark, New Jersey, who runs the Tutela Training Systems gym.

“Body By Starfleet” is a small hardcover that weighs in at 140 pages. It’s loaded with series of exercises and techniques to get your body flowing, whether you are at the fitness level of an ensign stepping onto the mats for the first time, or an experienced Admiral. Each maneuver is illustrated, often with multiple drawings, to show you exactly how to perform each movement. This is not just any instructional, and being a Star Trek fitness book, you have to fill it with references to our favorite intergalactic franchise. This is where some cynics may lose interest in the book, but as opposed to other books that may treat a license as a gimmick, this time the franchise is the focus!

The entire book reads like a Starfleet manual, with a lot of in-jokes that hardcore and casual Trekkies and Trekkers will enjoy. In lieu of the normal mundane names for exercises, readers are treated to Tribble Twists, Bucket of Odo Walks, Trill Tummy Twisters, Gorn Walks, Cardassian Neck Tricks, Andorian Antenna Pulls, and more. Of course, you can’t forget Wesley Crushers and Reverse Polarity Wesley Crushers for your abs! There are far more obscure references in there, and combined with the hilarious (but informative) illustrations of each exercise that include recognizable members of Starfleet doing these moves, you’ll want to make sure you get a good stretch before you start reading this so you don’t hurt your sides from laughing. Seriously, the look on Quark’s face when he is lifting Odo buckets is tremendous!

There is even a section for nonhumanoid species, so there are no excuses for anyone. If a Horta or Talosian can use this book, so can you!

The only con of the book is the lack of assembled routines for readers. It’s a big oversight, and an element common with the majority of fitness instructionals on the market. While each section is broken up by the body part being worked out, it would be very beneficial for people just beginning to exercise to have a daily routine to kick start their regimen. However, the up side to that is most of the exercises include ways to make them more difficult as you level up, and are likewise approachable for a new person. Readers will have to set up their own routines, which can be a challenge and off-putting for some. However, if you have this book and have a routine down, let us know in the comments what you like to do and let’s share some knowledge!

“Body By Starfleet” is an excellent fitness book made for all levels with a perfect sense of humor attached to it. So many exercise books take themselves seriously, because for many folks – it is. That can scare off people who have not begun their fitness journey yet, and often make them never go far in reaching their goals. This book pulls Trekkies in with a tractor beam to keep thumbing through each page to see the next funny cartoon of Spock doing a plank or Riker’s leg extensions, and locks them into drydock with real exercises that are customizable to your level which will get you fit in no time.

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