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Wells, Hillary

Works: 1 works in 2 publications in 1 language and 321 library holdings
Genres: Sports television programs  Documentary films  Documentary television programs 
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Most widely held works by Hillary Wells
Marathon challenge( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NOVA assembles a team of 13 sedentary non-athletes aged 21 to 60 to face the ultimate test: Run the 26.2-mile Boston marathon. The program: -reviews why the novices joined Team NOVA.-profiles the team that will be coaching the runners from start to finish.-shows the tests team members undergo at Tufts University to establish baseline fitness levels - a sophisticated body composition analysis and a maximum oxygen consumption measurement, known as VO2 max.-notes that runners who are at an ideal body weight may still be over-fat and under-muscled.-reveals through animations how VO2 max provides information on heart, blood vessel, and capillary fitness.-reviews the runners' 40-week training regimen.-notes the circulatory system improvements that occur after nine weeks of training - hearts are more efficient, arteries are more elastic, new capillaries have developed, and mitochondria have increased to aid aerobic metabolism.-chronicles the physical injuries and mental challenges the runners face as they carry out their training.-identifies the two types of muscle fibers in the human body.-presents the idea that humans evolved anatomically to run long distances, an advantage that would have allowed them to engage in long-distance hunts.-notes that most heart attacks are caused by blocked coronary arteries - often due to a poor diet and lack of exercise - rather than by a tired and stressed heart muscle.-retests body composition and maximum oxygen consumption in the trained runners and finds that while most have dramatically improved their VO2 scores, few weight or body composition changes occurred.-explains why running on its own is not particularly effective for active weight loss efforts.-points out that the body uses both fat and carbohydrates for fuel to run, and that while even lean people have a large reserve of fat, carbohydrates stored as glycogen in the liver can be depleted during a marathon.-follows Team NOVA members as they run the 2007 Boston Marathon
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