Most helpful critical review
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
I was hoping for a critical analysis of high performance. Instead, this is a trite, self-help book of anecdotes. For example, what conclusions can a population derive from one anecdote regarding the placebo effect from 1957?
The take-home message of this book could be summarised in a small leaflet, and it's conclusions are in opposition to the success enjoyed by the team GB cycling team. The 'secret of high performance' as it applied to me was, 'you should have started 45 years ago'. Not helpful.
I thought this a waste of time and money.
If you want some genuine insight into some aspects of sports performance, read 'The Sports Gene..' which covers the genetic aspects of sporting excellence in detail and is very good. This book pretty much dismisses genetics altogether.