A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety

A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety is the book you didn’t realize you needed…until now.

Whether looking to hire a personal trainer, join a gym or work out on your own, there are certain things everyone needs to be mindful of when making these and numerous other decisions in regard to your fitness and nutrition agenda.

Have you ever considered asking:

  • What’s the difference between certified and QUALIFIED fitness professionals and how to distinguish the difference between the two?
  • Whose nutritional advice are you taking (or buying) and are they educated enough to dispense it?
  • What role does your family history play in your fitness program?
  • Do you have any contraindications to exercise (that you’re aware of)?
  • Whether you should fuel up before a workout… or exercise on an empty stomach?
  • What is an automated external defibrillator (AED) and what is it used for? Is there one in YOUR gym? Your residential community?
  • Why are warming up and cooling down extremely important?
  • If you are pregnant, are there certain conditions under which exercise is not advised?
  • What is a “special population” and are you in this category?

Have any of these questions even crossed your mind?

While exercise is capable of offering numerous benefits, believe it or not, there are hidden dangers that lurk beneath the surface that if left uncovered, could cause more harm than good.

This book will help guide you toward making smart and educated decisions about your health and well-being. It comes equipped with:

  • Useful health factor tables.
  • Injury prevention and procedures.
  • Links that connect you to additional helpful information.
  • Stories of unfortunate circumstances during exercise (the reason for the book).
  • Helpful resources.
  • Examples of training done right.
  • Philosophies designed to help inspire inner peace and encourage personal responsibility.
  • And much more…

A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety…What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You.

About Exercise Safety

Dana Gore completed the curriculum at Fitness Institute International, Inc. as an outstanding graduate in 2009.

Going through the courses opened Dana’s eyes up to the fact that while there was an abundance of health and fitness information out there, very few took safety into account.

After graduation, she started writing about topics regarding weight loss and healthy living. She soon went on to have her own “Fitness Tips” column in one of the local newspapers and became a contributing writer for Nothing But Good News Magazine.

You can also read some of her recent work by visiting Formulatedfitness.com.

When it was time to follow a childhood dream of writing a book, Dana began composing “A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety”.

What was originally slated to be a book about weight loss and healthy living changed course once she realized that there was nothing on the market discussing exercise safety, which in the beginning was only meant to be a chapter of the original book.

After having heard Dr. Anthony Abbott, MS, MSW, EdD (the president and chief instructor of Fitness Institute) discuss several of the commonly overlooked aspects to exercise safety awareness that has led to preventable and unnecessary injury (sometimes resulting in death) of individuals seeking to improve the quality of their lives through health and fitness, she decided it was time to bring this awareness to the public.

Since the book’s completion and subsequent publication, Dana has written several articles about exercise safety on various websites including Sparkpeople.com and Natural News Blogs and has discussed the topic at length in radio shows and interviews.

She has received an “Award of Merit” for her efforts to educate the public about unsafe exercise practices.

Dana aims to bring guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner. She believes that the body follows the guidance and instruction of the mind and spirit. She inspires her readers to seek inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

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Book Reviews

Want to know what others are saying? Check out the exercise safety book reviews.

“Dana has done a great job at putting together basic, but necessary information for all exercisers, especially the beginner. In a world where we are losing personal responsibility, this book goes a long way to restore this very important human concept. Read this book and take personal responsibility for your well-being. “

– Juan Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS – Founder of The Institute of Human Performance 

“A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety” is a must read for not only the general public but for fitness professionals as well. Dana’s ability to nail down such valuable content while keeping it easy reading is ingenious.”

– Jeffrey A Segal, BS, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, CPTS – Founder of Balanced Personal Training

Press Reviews

New Book On Exercise Safety (as written in the November, 2014 edition of “The Exercise Sports and Sports Medicine Standards and Malpractice Reporter”)

“A new book has been written and published in 2013 by Dana Gore entitled A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety, What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You. The book is divided into 19 separate chapters, as well as an introduction, a summary and an appendix, the sum of which is unique to the industry due to the advice it provides. The chapters cover a variety of topics, all dealing with the provision of relevant tips and information for individuals about to embark upon an exercise program. The chapters include information regarding the dangers of extreme weight loss, exercise for general and special populations, safe and proper exercise programs, warm up and cool down, qualifications of trainers, proper breathing techniques, and related topics. It is full of practical and useful information. Anyone embarking on an exercise program would benefit from reading this book.” 

~ David L. Herbert of David L. Herbert & Associates, Attorneys at Law, LLC and author of  the book, The Personal Trainer, A Tale of Pain, Gain, Greed and Lust

Book Review Commentary (As Written in Formulated Fitness – 3 Health and Fitness Professionals You Need to Know About)

“Dana Gore is in a unique position to identify and comment on some of the icons of the personal training industry, as she has identified the critical need for those about to engage in an exercise regimen to first become aware of what NOT to do, and the trainers she highlights have been sharing their ability to train safely with their clients for decades, and they deserve recognition for their efforts. Moreover, because most people get their “how to” information from the latest issue of the slickest magazine they can find that promises them “a new body in only 21 days”, trainers have been fighting an uphill battle since our first client, so Dana’s book has been a godsend to anyone who wants to get fit and healthy the safe way, which is always the right way.

I’ve been wanting to comment about her groundbreaking book since I first read it over a year ago, and this is a perfect time to thank her for providing us trainers and our clients with one of the best tools to help our clients start right–Exercise Safety–What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You! Thanks, Dana!”

Bill Kyser, Founder of The Kyser Group, Trainer since 1982

Book Review (as Written in Happy Herald Newspaper) –

“This month I am going to introduce you to some lifesaving information, the kind you will benefit from year after year.

Dana Gore, author and personal trainer, has written a much needed book titled, A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You.

Gore’s easy-to-read book, complete with illustrations, is full of important lifesaving tips.

A few examples of what is covered in Dana’s book are:

  • Why you shouldn’t exercise with anything in your
  • How, in addition to your own, your family medical
    history plays a role in risk factors in regard to your
    exercise program.
  • The importance of safe and proper progression if you
    are new to exercise or have taken a hiatus from your
    fitness routine.
  • What makes a fitness professional “qualified”?

Dana has written “Exercise Safety” with passion that comes through because she truly cares about saving people from injury, misinformation in the wellness industry, and death.

Gore’s fact-filled book is full of life-changing truths for every segment of the population. Chapters for beginners, diabetics, pregnant women and advanced exercisers form her brilliant compilation. In addition, longstanding quotes to live by and easy-to-retain tips fill the pages.

Gore explains intelligently the whys of the information and is effective at persuading you that these truths are paramount to building a safe wellness lifestyle. You will truly enjoy reading this and will finish it with gratitude that your eyes were opened to such
useful information. It’s a book you will refer to again and again.

Gore credits much of her adept ability and passion to pass on this information to her mentor, Dr. Anthony Abbott, MS, MSW, EdD. Abbott is the president, director and chief instructor of Fitness Institute International in Lighthouse Point, FL, where she studied.

Dana says of Dr. Abbott: “He is a walking encyclopedia.”

Gore’s decision to go into fitness came from a “bad day at the salon,” where she was a stylist years ago. Overweight and frustrated, she decided it was time for a change. While already employed part time at a small fitness center, she was inspired to pursue formal training in exercise science.

Dana found Dr. Abbott and his expert staff at Fitness Institute International. As her knowledge grew, the weight came off and she found herself empowered. Along her
journey, Dana found her primary passion of writing.

Putting her passion for fitness and writing together, Gore’s much needed book will very easily become a common reference tool in the industry. Dana’s book is technically
helpful, but more than that, it’s from the heart of an author who took responsibility for her life, followed her intuition, faced her problems and is now affecting society for the

She encourages with a believe-in-yourself attitude that is inherent throughout ‘Exercise Safety.’ ”

~  Kelly Rabbitt, Nationally Certified Personal Trainer

Book Review: A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (as written in jsalette.com – My Viewpoints)

“I just finished reading a great book:  A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety – What you don’t know CAN Hurt you by Dana Gore.  It was a real eye-opener for me, since I am a fitness enthusiast.  One of the things that I enjoyed the most about the book is that author  Dana Gore really made the reader think about how exercise affects the body as a whole. Initially, I thought this was going to be just another book on exercise tips, but I was pleasantly surprised by how the author’s easy to read style captivated my attention so much that I could not put the book down.

The book starts off with the author being candid about personal responsibility for our role in society.  This chapter sets the tone for the book and why we should all do our part in the war against obesity. We can’t just sit back and ignore this glaring problem in our society. There is no quick and easy fix to this.  Fad Diets are not the solution.  Beware of Fad Diets and Unqualified Nutritional Counseling is a chapter in the book that goes over the importance of not subjecting the body to risky fad diets for the sake of weight loss. Instead learn how sensible nutrition can help you live and feel better.

A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety is a must read for those that want to raise their level of consciousness. It helps you see why knowledge is so critical in the fight against obesity. You can’t ignore things such as medical history, proper exercise techniques, eating healthy and your overall mental state of being.

If you are thinking about hiring a personal trainer to help you along your exercise journey, you need to read this book. The author provides several examples of actual instances of unfortunate injuries that occurred as a result of improper personal training techniques.   All trainers are not created equal and a Simple Guide to Exercise Safety gives readers all the necessary tools, make the best decision.  There is a entire chapter on this entitled: If you Hire a Trainer, Make Sure They are Qualified.  Since the author, Dana Gore, is a trained, experienced and certified fitness professional, I trust value her opinion on this topic.

If you are looking for new tips and techniques to add to your fitness routine, read this book.  It provides simple, easy to follow and safe procedures that can and should be incorporated into your fitness regimen.  It is a book that can be read over and over again, because it raises your level of consciousness, you can’t help but go back again for more.”

~ J. Salette

A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety Review (as written in geekandjock.com)

“I personally know Dana Gore and know the effort and passion she has for exercise safety and seeing people gain the best out of life and health.
Without question, this eBook has gone from a little known scribbling that she ‘just needed to write’ to help those around her to a volume worthy of everyone’s attention.
Take heed to!
The entire gym and exercise industry worldwide is full of many inexperienced instructors. I’ve personally fallen a victim to this when I started out, to get fit.
I wish I had Dana’s book then – so go check it out. You’ll be glad you did.”

~ Martin Cooney

Reader Reviews

“Dana has done a fabulous job stressing exercise safety from the inside out.  Being a former personal trainer and workout out, I know how the inner game precedes the outside experience. Too many folks force their way through workout regimens without giving any thought to maintaining inner peace, clarity and an overall sense of wellness as they proceed. Dana advises you to be a person of character, to take full responsibility for your life and to become empowered by making your physical morality A1.

I feel the warm up and cool down section in particular is an insightful read because so many exercise related injuries root themselves in ignoring these 2 stages. Get that blood flowing. Stretch the muscles. Then, cool down, to take things down a few notches. Take care of your home; your body. It will take care of you.

She also delves into why you should quick all too popular fad diets, giving compelling reasoning to help you leave these behind….for good! Dana explains how to pick the right personal trainer for you and why you should never keep secrets from them if you want to be safe. I found the “Keep Your Mouth Empty” chapter to be particularly enlightening. That wad of gum can be a real problem if you’re not careful in the gym.

I’ve spent the past 26 years of my life working out religiously and see this as THE exercise safety guide.

Buy the book guys.”

~ Ryan Biddulph of Blogging from Paradise

“Imagine it’s your first time in the gym in a while and you are a bit confused as to what machines to use and how to use them and what exercises are right for you. In her book “A Simple Guide To Exercise Safety (What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You)”, Dana Gore clears up this confusion by giving the reader great simple easily understood techniques to keep them safe as they continue on a path to wellness. Dana makes everything easy and simple so one can implement a proper fitness regimen that will help them as opposed to hinder them. I recommend this book to the seasoned fitness enthusiast and to those new to the fitness game.”

~ Jonathan “JDOGG” Lederman

Very helpful information, clearly presented, easy to understand.

“I have embarked on a new exercise program, and was given this book by a relative. I’m getting a little older, and I guess she doesn’t want me to hurt myself. When I received it, I thought okay, another exercise book, and set it down for a while. I recently picked it back up and read it, and am glad I did. It is packed full of information and is perfect for the beginner, or someone older who wants to get back into shape. It doesn’t provide a specific workout plan, but does provide a tremendous amount of workout and health safety tips that everyone should be aware of as they embark on an exercise program. It is clearly written, is an easy read, and highly recommended.”

A Life-Saving Addition to the Health and Fitness Field

“Dana Gore has done something both simple and ground-breaking. She has written a clear, easy to read book on exercise safety, packed with information on safety and safety assessment. Why then is this ground-breaking? A quick search for books on health and fitness brings up thousands of titles. A similar search for exercises safety brings up less than a handful of titles and most of those were written at least two decades ago or more! As more and more people head to gyms and exercise classes, use exercise videos and work with personal trainers, we need to simultaneously educate ourselves — both about how to go about exercise safely, as well as to how to assess the safety knowledge and response of gyms and personal trainers. Wait a minute, I thought gym personnel and fitness trainers were professionally trained in exercise safety? As Dana Gore’s book shows us, the dangerous answer to this question is…some are and and some aren’t and most of us using their services are simply not informed enough to know what questions to ask. This is where A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You) comes in as a readable, informative book that provides us with information, resources and questions to stay safe both before we exercise, during and afterward. Dana Gore provides not only an essential guide, but also an important public service in a field where fad can overshadow safety. Before you next go to work out, take a run or slip that jazzercise dvd into your player, put your health first by reading A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You).”

Essential Information!

“Dana Gore brings self awareness to exercise. Straight to the point, a book filled with essential information on how to train safely and take care of your most important asset…You. Great advice for everyone, from beginners starting a new program, to the more experienced fitness devotee.”

I think this product is exactly what the fitness industry needs

“I have been in the industry for over 15 years and think this is a fantastic read for all trainers and clients. When it comes to health and fitness too many people overlook the simple fundamentals and are trying to find the next “big” thing. Thank you Dana for doing what you do and keeping us all accountable.”

A must for the beginner to the advanced exerciser

“As a group fitness instructor with 38 years teaching experience, I applaud Ms. Gore for writing this comprehensive guide to exercise safety. Whether you are a beginner who doesn’t even know what questions to ask or an advanced exerciser who pretends to know it all, this book is for you.
From start to finish there is a vast amount of information presented. Every safety aspect related to fitness is included. It will help make the reader become and remain a successful and safe exercise participant.
This is a gem from a concerned professional who wants you to enjoy a lifetime of good health.”

Clear, Easy-to-Read, and Informative

“There are plenty of exercise books on the market, but few really discuss how important safety is, and give you so many ways to make sure you don’t cause more harm than good. The information is presented well, in a clear and concise manner without being preachy, or boring. I enjoyed reading it, and learned a lot about the topic, often times answering questions I would have never thought to ask otherwise. Anyone thinking about starting an exercise program, or are already involved, should read this book. It could literally save your life.”

Read this before you start a new diet or exercise program!

“I can’t recommend this book highly enough for anyone who’s serious about wanting to improve their fitness or lose weight.
Dana is an expert who clearly knows what she’s talking about, and she manages to put her message across in an engaging, entertaining way. It’s easy to read, but not at all patronizing or ‘preachy’ – Dana talks to you like your own best friend, sharing her knowledge with real enthusiasm and a genuine desire to help her readers avoid unnecessary injuries, illness and distress.
The book’s full of interesting anecdotes and practical tips – and Dana’s very good at explaining why you should or shouldn’t do certain things, in a way that makes perfect sense. For example, it includes one of the best explanations I’ve ever come across about the need to warm up and cool down before and after exercise, and how to do this in such a way that it’s not just a chore.
This book’s a very enjoyable read and also a great reference tool. It’s well laid out, easy to dip into if you want to check on something specific, and there’s a handy summary of all the main points at the end of the book.
I strongly advise you to read this before you join a gym, start a new diet or exercise regime or hire a personal trainer!”

Fabulous Book on an Unspoken Problem

“I’ve always shied away from exercising because the few experiences I’ve had in a gym would turn anyone away. Each trainer would tell me I’m doing the exercise wrong even after being told how to do it correctly. Then I’ve had friends who have injured themselves after doing what they were taught as well. Knowing who to believe was always what stopped me and Dana was spot on with this topic. She’s covered everything I was always concerned about myself and I always knew that this was an issue but didn’t know enough about it to be able to share with others.
Safety is a huge concern and the number one thing people should consider before starting any form of exercise so I’m thrilled that Dana has addressed all of our concerns in this fabulous book of hers. Thank you so much Dana for being interested enough to learn this yourself and then inform us all of what we should be aware of before starting any exercise program.
I know the next time I step into a gym I’m going to have all the knowledge I need. I’ll no longer feel intimidated and I’ll definitely be able to ask the right questions. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into this for us Dana. Great job and a wonderful read.”

MUST READ for anyone at any fitness level!

“The author of this book truly considered all people of all fitness levels and fitness-education levels before compiling her thoughts. She touches on so many aspects of exercising safely, from taking responsibility of our own health as individuals and as members of society to effectively choosing a personal trainer that is best suited and educated for our individual health needs. I have read many books on exercising as well as on positive thinking; however, through the narrative of Dana Gore, this book captivatingly incorporates positive thinking into overall fitness health. Also, this book feeds us with knowledge on so many important issues facing exercise safety that I actually felt empowered the next time I went to the gym. With the combination of positive thinking and the education to practice the safest, and therefore most effective, forms of exercise, this book is a must have for any and all people who exercise. Well done!”

Related Exercise Safety Articles and Podcasts


Natural News Blogs:

Formulated Fitness:


Good Books Online:

Happy Herald Newspaper:

Media – Podcasts/Radio Interviews

Dana Gore Interview – Trainer’s Talk at the Digital Water Cooler (Part 1)

Dana Gore Interview – Trainer’s Talk at the Digital Water Cooler (Part 2)

Exercise Safety with Dana Gore on Phatman Radio

Get Motivated With Jonathan JDOGG Lederman – Exercise Safety

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