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Roy Wallack, a Cyclist and Longtime Health and Fitness Writer, Dies at 64

Photo credit: Roy Wallack (right) with Gordon Wright during the 2008 TransRockies Run. Courtesy Gordon Wright
Photo credit: Roy Wallack (right) with Gordon Wright during the 2008 TransRockies Run. Courtesy Gordon Wright

From Bicycling

Roy Wallack didn’t have the archetypal cyclist body type, but that perfectly suited the prolific health and fitness writer’s outlook on riding. To Roy, it didn’t matter what you looked like or what your background was; he’d tell you that bikes were the avenue to a healthy, adventurous life, and that was how he lived literally until the end.

Wallack died on Saturday, December 19, after a crash while mountain biking near Malibu, California. He was 64.

Wallack was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of the 2005 book Bike for Life. As a longtime Bicycling contributor, he co-authored with Jacques DeVore one of its best-selling fitness titles, Maximum Overload for Cyclists.

Wallack had a lifelong love affair with bikes, fitness, and outdoor adventures of any

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A fitness writer is facing backlash for saying she wouldn’t hire overweight people ‘because they are more lazy’

Samantha Yardley is a fitness writer based in Coventry, UK.
Samantha Yardley is a fitness writer based in Coventry, UK.

Samantha Yardley

  • A fitness writer is facing a backlash for saying she wouldn’t hire obese people.

  • Samantha Yardley first expressed her views in a 2019 article where she wrote that she wouldn’t work with overweight people because they are “lacking self-control” and might be “severely disturbed.”

  • This week, Yardley was interviewed on “This Morning” to discuss the issue further, and said she thinks life should be “more inconvenient” for obese people to encourage them to lose weight.

  • She has been widely criticized for her “beyond damaging” comments and for promoting diet culture.

  • “The toxicity in this piece is that your whole argument centers around shame, which is completely counterintuitive to supporting change,” said nutritionist Dr. Emilia Thompson.

  • Yardley stands by her comments, and told Insider that “the unpopular truth is that diet needs to be addressed in order to

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