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The Lance Armstrong Performance Program (Rodale): The training, strengthening and eating plan behind the world's greatest cycling victory Paperback – 6 Jun 2003


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (6 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405021020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405021029
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,032,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Behind Lance Armstrong's amazing success is a multifaceted plan of strengthening, bicycling, and nutrition so strong and so effective that it created a legend. Now, with The Lance Armstrong Performance Program, cyclists of every experience level can find the exercises, riding schedules, endurance builders and mental tricks that brought Lance back to the pinnacle of cycling. Now, Lance Armstrong wants you to have his program, too. Inside you'll find: * Practical tips on all aspects of cycling from equipement to essential maintenance * Comprehensive training plans including a 7-week program, training techniques and recovery tips * Eating plans for fitness and enhanced performance Whether a novice or a pro, you can now ride the same path as Lance to achieve your personal best.                 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Lance Armstrong, cycling supremo, and Chris Carmichael, his coach and a U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year, with Peter Joffre Nye, author of cycling books and articles.

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a very odd book, which appears to have no clear idea which readership it aims to address. On the one hand, the central appeal is meant to be the "Lance Armstrong performance programme" for greater fitness and better riding. This involves a seven week programme which assumes the reader will ride every single day over this period. It is reasonable to say that if you're interested in following this plan, you're a fairly committed and probably quite hard core rider.
And yet, on the other hand, the programme occupies only a few short pages while there is seemingly endless filler in which one learns what a clipless peddle is, how a crash helmet can aid safety and why cyclists need to drink fluids. All of which is delivered in a prose style akin to that in a children's book.
So is it for hard core club riders; or beginners of seemingly low intelligence?
We're told that it's good to keep a bike clean; that roads are more slippery when wet and that metal drain covers and the like are even more slippery after rainfall; that it's important to keep warm in very cold weather and avoid getting dehydrated when it's very hot. And so on and so on. Mind numbingly dull padding around what is essentially a magazine article dressed up as a book.
It's also badly put together. The drop out boxes headed "What would Lance do?" contain short pieces supposedly written by the great man himself but quite clearly ghosted and again written in that awful patronising style. At times one is left thinking it has been written by a committee of authors, with no one bothering to read through the whole book or apply any editorial control.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov. 2004
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The central part of the book - the training plan is good information, well structured and clearly written. The rest of the book (in fact most of it!) is mindless padding for a couple of good chapters. If you are going to ride full on for 7 weeks then the author should assume that you are a serious enough rider to know how to change a puncture, put on a crash helmet, what a clipless pedal is, the difference between a t shirt and a bike shirt, etc etc etc. Page after page of such basic information that has no place in a serious training plan starts to feel patronising after a while. The "What would Lance do" extracts are to be honest verging on ridiculous and clearly not written by the man himself. A good book if you want the couple of chapters on training. The rest is a waste of paper and completely out of place for a training plan. Even the photos are fairly poor quality and outdated so not much to look at there either!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2005
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Don't let the title fool you- No secrets unlocked here but good information on Lance's training. It was a very interesting read after watching Lance to another victory, but I don't like most people I know who train have every day programs to follow. Will help you understand what it takes to climb to the top with simple steps with eating and sleeping like the champ. If you are a fan you love it other wise basic training for an die hard cyclists. Also recommend The Backsmart Fitness Plan- a very wicked chapter on stretches that helped me out a lot on those tight hamstrings and lower back muscles.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2003
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When i book this book id been cycling for years but never really that seriously, id never used a heart monitor and never used clipless pedals before. After a good read I took in some of the advice, i got a heart monitor and soon realised that most of my workouts were way too intensive, and using the clipless pedals correctly was like learning to ride a bike all over. There is a lot of good advice in there for the newbie rider who is serious about seeing what they can get out of their body and bike. After a while you realise that its by no means a comprihensive manual but there is alot of stuff in there such as adive on nutrition, pedaling mechanics, bits of bike maintainance, mental attitude, off season training and loads more. It kick started me into a whole new world of cycling and id recommmend it for anyone who wants to get serious on the bike.
I also noticed after reading the whole thing you get an idea of the importance of training and how if done correctly can improve an athlete many many times over. It shows that a guy like lance, even before he was hit by cancer, doesnt just jump on a bike and start winning races, it takes time, effort and commitment, there are always improvements that can be made and compromises that must be made. I think this book is chris carmichaels glimpse into some of the things that made lance armstrong a better cyclist and they can work for everyone who is willing to put them into practice.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2003
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I'm not a club cyclist, although I have been a keen cyclist/mountain biker for some years. I found the information in the book relating to the use of a heart rate monitor, interval training and the different strength and endurance exercises invaluable.
I did find the first part of the book a little basic, but the book is aimed at beginners/intermediates, so you have to expect this.
Overall, I think this book a successful way to introduce people to proper cycle training, I'd definitely recommend it, and it represents very good value for money.
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