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The Gym Junkie's Guide to Poetry Gold Edition: Your Ultimate Guide to Fitness and Health! by Linda Skerman is what it says it is, and a whole lot more. Illustrated by Owen Morgan, this book is an enjoyable and insightful read. Divided into three parts such as The Nuts and Bolts of a Happy Bod, All About The Food, and The Art of Being an Entrepreneur, it is an insider’s take on the gym lover’s world, a compilation of amusing descriptions of human bodies in their battle against the bulge. Take for example, these amusing lines: "Imagine if a sit up/Could give you abs of steel/But you forgot to do your legs/You’d end up like an eel!"
Written by Linda Skerman, one of Australia’s foremost fitness professionals, The Gym Junkie's Guide to Poetry Gold Edition is a delightful collection of poems about a most unlikely topic: Gym Junkie. And although I am not a gym lover myself, I would make precious space for it in my overcrowded bookshelf. Skerman is obviously a nimble observer of her own world and a healthy dose of her sense of humor shines through. For gym lovers, relating to these poems shouldn’t be difficult, and for those who are gym shy, this is probably the best introduction to becoming a gym junkie themselves. The pace is crisp and fast, as if the poet is pivoting from line to line, navigating through each poem on a rope swing. Towards the end of the book, however, there is a change of tone, heading for the analytical, and this goes to show that Skerman is one gifted poet.