The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing

The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing Are you a triathlete runner cyclist swimmer cross country skier or other athlete seeking greater endurance The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing teaches athletes how to stay healthy achi

  • Title: The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing
  • Author: Philip Maffetone MarkAllen
  • ISBN: 9781616080655
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • Are you a triathlete, runner, cyclist, swimmer, cross country skier, or other athlete seeking greater endurance The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing teaches athletes how to stay healthy, achieve optimal athletic potential, and be injury free for many productive years Dr Philip Maffetone s approach to endurance offers a truly individualized outlook and uniqueAre you a triathlete, runner, cyclist, swimmer, cross country skier, or other athlete seeking greater endurance The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing teaches athletes how to stay healthy, achieve optimal athletic potential, and be injury free for many productive years Dr Philip Maffetone s approach to endurance offers a truly individualized outlook and unique system that emphasizes building a strong aerobic base for increased fat burning, weight loss, sustained energy, and a healthy immune system Good nutrition and stress reduction are also key to this commonsense, big picture approach In addition, Dr Maffetone dispels many of the commonly held myths that linger in participatory sports and which adversely impact performance and explains the truths about endurance, such as The need to train slower to race faster will enable your aerobic system to improve endurance Why expensive running shoes can actually cause foot and leg injuries The fact that refined carbohydrates actually reduce endurance energy and disrupt hormone balance And If you are looking to increase your endurance and maximize your athletic potential, The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing is your one stop guide to training and racing effectively.

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    1. Knocked off a star for lack of citations. If you're going to repeatedly reference studies, please note somewhere which studies they are!

    2. What would you think of an author who redefined common, well-known terms to suit his own preference?The usual definition- Aerobic - with oxygen - metabolism yields 26-28 ATP per glucose molecule (depending on metabolization pathway)- Anaerobic - without oxygen - metabolism yields 2 ATP per glucose molecule.These are not loosey goosey terms. They have a specific meaning with lots of research behind them.His redefinition:- Aerobic - metabolization of fat- Anaerobic - metabolization of sugarAerobic [...]

    3. This book really should be every runner that values longevity's bible. Packed with knowledge it can and should be the guide to be a good runner's guide.

    4. After reading Natural Born Heroes I was motivated to start running myself and to try out Dr. Maffetone's method of slow aerobic running. The method itself can be found on the web together with a lot of additional information so you can save money and don't have to buy this book.I feel with the readers who think that the book is too long. This probably has to do with the fact that the training method is different to what people used to do and many are not willing to take it serious. The author ha [...]

    5. While this book has some good information in it, I think there's a couple of problems.First off, it's WAY too long. I feel like I was being given the same information in multiple ways, multiple times. Maybe I wasn't supposed to read this end-to-end, as I did. Maybe it's meant more as a reference. But I didn't come away from the book feeling excited and motivated. Second, it feels more opinionated than I'm sure he probably intended. I understand the ideas behind systems dynamics, and that physica [...]

    6. It's not a big secret. I have a love affair with the marathon. It's without a doubt my favorite, yet far and away my worst distance. And I'm not going to stop chasing my potential in it anytime soon. That being said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The time has come to change things up - enter Dr. Phil Maffetone.This book brought two very interesting concepts to my attention and did a pretty damn good job of justifying them. [...]

    7. Most of the recommendations made for endurance training seem reasonable, thoughtful and worth a try. I'm going to. It doesn't seem like there is much to lose since there is a strong common sense aspect to the guidance. Although, maybe that is because I am already undergoing a transition toward longer distance at slower paces.Some of the claims (particularly with regard to diet) are fairly bold and argued with more certainty than the constantly changing science of diet, physiology and training ar [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book and learning about Dr. Maffetone's philosophies. This book did convince me to take an (albeit short) 3 week aerobic only (mostly) "break" from my years of anaerobic training. Now that I'm back to anaerobic workouts, I have forced myself run easy on easy days. I am feeling more rested and am sleeping much better! I'm also trying to adhere to some of his diet philosophies; we'll see how that goes :) overall, very good information and an easy read (if you're into that kin [...]

    9. If you're looking into low heart rate training, this is a pretty good primer. Maffetone is pretty rigid in his methods and they seem counterintuitive. However the few times I've stuck with it, I've seen some results. As far as the flow of the book, it's pretty dry and cumbersome, but the information is so valuable it's makes it easier to take in.

    10. I have read and followed the book for a about 12-15 months. These methods don't work as much as the author insists. You will see some improvements, but only if you volume is pretty high. But the approach is too imbalanced to be useful in a race. In reality, one needs to train cardiovascular system as well as the muscular system. Races can't be the only stimulation for high intensity activity.

    11. The definitive book on aerobic threshold training by the man who invented it. A must read for endurance athletes who want to improve their game.

    12. There is a great deal I could say about this book and a great deal of detail in which I could say it. However I'll confine this to a few succinct points. Since these points are themselves lengthy a quick TL;DR is: "The author is not so much wrong as he is only 80% right. Rather than settle for a partial solution that gets you going but petters out: pick up 80/20 running and get a more complete and more scientifically backed approach to endurance training that will have you improving for many yea [...]

    13. The book repeats a central point that you should not overtrain, and as an endurance athlete you should always conduct your endurance training around( or under ) your target heart rate, around 180-age. And by training in the zone, (it's the only?) way for you to build up your aerobic capability consistently and without injury. I like that the author go a great distance to pull up anecdotes and studies(less) to prove his point and convince his readers. I guess get driven athletes to slow down thei [...]

    14. Excellent insight for a sustainable healthy lifestyleIf you are feeling fatigued or stressed, this book offers a different view of aerobic x anaerobic training plus brings good insights about how food can play an importan role in this equation. Enjoy!

    15. Insanely long and informative book about endurance training. Seems like to be THE BOOK if you plan to be an endurance athlete. It didn't get 5 stars from me, because it was too damn long and I felt he was repeating himself a lot about different topics like zone training and muscle imbalance It could have been smaller book saying the same information. Who wants to read almost 70 pages about foot and everything related to it - bones, muscles, injures, massaging, etc.

    16. Really want to like this book due to the pseudo-intellectual nature of it. Many of my running peers recommend this text.I can slough through university textbooks, but for someone attempting to be high-brow while simplifying for the common-man, the book ended up being too long and windy.Needs a better editor. Seriously. I have been trying to finish this one for 3 or 4 years. Finished many university-grade biology, mathematics and physics textbooks within that time span and never really got past h [...]

    17. It is about endurance, and it's big! I'm not much of a runner (more of a crossfitter) but starting to be more interested in aerobic/endurance training. And for that, Mafetone is emerging for me as one of the leading voices. There's a lot to take in here but the best part of the book for me was the portion about training. I am completely on board with his training approach (at least trying it) of slow training. And just like the many patients he discusses, I have had to slow my mile time down by [...]

    18. Explains how to build a good aerobic base and improve body's ability to burn more fat rather than sugar for energy. How specific food can influence this.Build endurance by burning more fat.Add psyllium to your diet.Protien is very important to build muscles and provide enzymes for digestion etc. Our bodies are well adapted to digest animal source foods. Animal foods contain high levels of essential amino acids. Fish, turkey & duck. avoid farm-raised fish. Wild caught fish best. wild game mea [...]

    19. A different perspective on endurance training and probably more geared towards overall healthy and not endurance sports. The singular focus on aerobic endurance is the drawback to the information provided. Yes aerobic development is at the top of the list for maximizing your athletic potential, but there are many other factors that must be applied to one's training. The positive takeaway is that good things take time to develop and cannot be rushed just be careful to never put all your eggs in o [...]

    20. I think some of the stuff in here is tedious. But as a book of reference for every runner out there, it's great. Personally, I see it as a book with a set of ideas, some of which you can adapt and potentially follow. For instance, the maximum aerobic function principle is one I feel like I've benefited from. Thus ultimately, it depends a bit on what you want from this. Perhaps my expectations were a bit misguided, as I hoped for something a bit more motivational, but if you want ideas and resear [...]

    21. I didn't finish this book because it is extremely redundant. I made it through the first half and realized that Maffetone wasn't saying anything that he hadn't already said in either the first few pages or in a couple of interviews I heard with him on the Trail Runner Nation podcast. I would give the book 1 star, but his ideas are at least decent. But instead of trying to read this repetitive book, check out his interviews and lectures on the subject.

    22. I found this book to be very informative. That said, I don't think I will adopt his indications for fully aerobic training. His formula would have me exercising at 136 BPM max for at last 4 months. That would put me doing a few seconds of run and mostly walking. That doesn't sound fun or interesting. It has convinced me that I should probably do more zone 2 (easy) workouts but I don't want to do nothing but

    23. I could've done without all of the meat talk. Overall, this book offered me great insight into the scientific nature of endurance athleticism and how to train right. It's very multi-faceted, not just focusing on training. It makes clear that performance is largely based upon lifestyle choices as well. Nutrition, rest, muscle balance are all important to successful training and injury prevention.

    24. Very interesting book. I have learned lots of interesting things about how the body works, where the energy comes and how is became used. Sometimes little boring but at last is a very well summarized book. I recomend it to all athletes

    25. It has made me start over with running. Slower now, hopefully faster later. It has also made me realize that overall stress in life does have än impact on training results.

    26. Not the most compelling reading, and a little repetitive in parts, but helpful nonetheless as I get back in shape. Love using MAF training so far--looking forward to see how things go this winter!

    27. The author's explanation of why training in a lower heart rate burns more fat and develops the fat burning, endurance muscle fibers has changed my running as I prepare for my first marathon.

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