CHRISTINE YU at Books Inc. Laurel Village

Author image of Christine Yu and cover photo of her book Up to Speed

Join award-winning journalist Christine Yu at Books Inc. Laurel Village for a celebration of her book Up to Speed: The Groundbreaking Science of Women Athletes 

How the latest science can help women achieve their athletic potential

Over the last fifty years, women have made extraordinary advances in athletics. More women than ever are playing sports and staying active longer. Whether they're elite athletes looking for an edge or enthusiastic amateurs, women deserve a culture of sports that helps them thrive: training programs and equipment designed to work with their bodies, as well as guidelines for nutrition and injury prevention that are based in science and tailored to their lived experience.

Yet too often the guidance women receive is based on research that fails to consider their experiences or their bodies. So much of what we take as gospel about exercise and sports science is based solely on studies of men.

The good news is, this is finally changing. Researchers are creating more inclusive studies to close the gender data gap. They're examining the ways women can boost athletic performance, reduce injury, and stay healthy.

Sports and health journalist Christine Yu disentangles myth and gender bias from real science, making the case for new approaches that can help women athletes excel at every stage of life, from adolescence to adulthood, through pregnancy, menopause, and beyond. She explains the latest research and celebrates the researchers, athletes, and advocates pushing back against the status quo and proposing better solutions to improve the active and athletic lives of women and girls.


"A brisk, well-researched study of athletic performance." -- Kirkus

"This important distillation of the science underlying women's sports performance illuminates what we've known all along--that we're different but not lesser." --Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim

"Christine Yu deftly skewers the failings of current sports science research, but also finds encouraging signs that the experiences of women athletes are finally being taken seriously. A meticulously reported, often surprising, and ultimately uplifting read." --Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure

"More women are playing sports than ever before, and yet our understanding of how they can best excel remains woefully inadequate. Christine Yu's book convincingly argues that it's time for exercise and sports research to include women." --Christie Aschwanden, author of Good to Go

"This book is a deeply important asset for building a better future for women in sport. Yu gives context to the experiences of so many female athletes and calls for a future where female athletes are studied, supported and valued equally." --Kate Courtney, Olympian and World Champion mountain-bike racer

"Up to Speed is a roadmap and toolbox for athletes of all ages. Every coach should read it and discuss it with their athletes. I wish I had been able to read this book while I was competing." --Kara Goucher, Olympic long-distance runner and author of The Longest Race

"An essential read for all of those women (and men!) trying to navigate the world of sex and gender difference in sport, nutrition, exercise and adaptations." --Dr. Stacy Sims, author of Roar

"Christine Yu goes to great pains to point out the inaccuracy of false narratives about female inadequacy in sports. She celebrates the brave and unsung scientists and advocates who have derailed these claims." --Carole A. Oglesby, Trustee Emeritus, Women's Sports Foundation and Professor Emeritus, Temple University

"A must read for anyone interested in women athletes--their healthcare, their performance, what we know, what we don't know, and why there is so much more that needs to be done to get female athletes the care, resources and answers they need. Thank you, Christine, for this terrific resource!" --Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH, Founder of the Female Athlete Conference and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School


Christine Yu is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on the intersection of sports science and women athletes. Her writing has appeared in OutsideThe Washington PostRunner's World, and other publications. She's a lifelong athlete and yoga teacher who loves running, surfing, and skiing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Event date: 
Friday, May 19, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 16th, 2023

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