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The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing

The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing [Kindle Edition]

Philip Maffetone , Mark Allen
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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 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 more.
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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4098 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (22 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UI6ECQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 1 Nov 2010
As a sports physician I am naturally sceptical about books like this but so far have found it a good read and a great training guide. After a few years of poor training methods and repetitively breaking myself ( do what I say not what I do! ) I realised I had to do something different. Phil Maffetone's method is backed with quality anecdotes and good science and makes sense. Time will tell what difference it'll make but compared to most guides that preach rigid training schedules that you feel guilty if you fail to keep to this offers a different way. Worth a try if like me you're fed up with the training, breaking, training, racing, breaking cycle I seem to be in. At £10 it's a steal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know 30 Nov 2013
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This book certainly lives up to its title and covers more than just training; the sections on nutrition and injuries / looking after yourself are probably longer than the training section. Topics are covered in quite a bit of depth, although the essential messages are easy enough to remember. At first sight it might seem strange that there is no training programme laid out in the book. Partly that's because the book applies to all types of endurance sport, but I think the main reason is that everyone is different and a one-size-fits-all programme is not what this method is about. Instead there is a chapter on how to personalize your training. For that reason it may be more suitable for experienced athletes, but the method itself is great for beginners as well as veterans. The emphasis is on 'less is more' and all exercise should be done at a relatively low heart rate (you would need a heart-rate monitor to effectively make use of the method).

The book is all about delivering long-term health (not simply fitness), as that is the real key to long-term, injury-free, consistent performance. For the last couple of years I've been following programmes that emphasise the tougher so-called 'quality' sessions, but performances stood still and I got injured. I came across the Maffetone method by accident and gave it a try, which lead to me getting the book. Although I'm only just over a month into the programme I'm seeing the improvements just as they're predicted in the book and I have little doubt that I'll be able to follow the Maffetone method for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been way shorter 5 April 2013
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This is a great book on how to exercise for endurance, as a way to get healthier and fitter. The premise is that you need to slow down and run within a certain aerobic pace as dictated by yout heart rate monitor. You will certainly see your times improve as your body is not under stress anymore. My only gripe is there's a lot of fluff and this book could have easily been condensed to less than 200 pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful tips and info 2 Mar 2012
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I was recommended this book by a couple of friends at my running club. I recently moved up to the fastest group and was surprised to find that they did not train any faster than our group, but that they did train by their heart rate instead. It's a great technique, simple to implement and works wonders for your times and overall fitness.

The book is full of all the information that an endurance athlete needs to perform to his or her best.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 7 Jan 2011
By Busnel
Love the simplicity of the book on this rater complicated topic. It has really got me back into training and I'm enjoying it more than ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 July 2013
By nathang
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I Highly recommend this book.

Well researched and clearly written this book is a must for any one wanting to improve as an endurance athlete.

As with most readers when I started training at the proscribed i felt exceptionally slow, particularly running where i had to alternate between walking and running. however stick with the plan and within about 6 weeks you start to see the results. I am now warming up on my bike at the same intensity i used to have within the training zone. My running is also coming along nicely whilst feeling comfortable and injury free.
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T.B.B.O.E.R.A.R. - Or if you find that a bit of a mouthful then simply call this book "The Bible".

This book is built upon Maffetone's holistic approach to health and wellbeing, having been a medical practitioner and working with some of the world's top athletes over a career of several decades. Everything you need to know is here.. BUT there's no training plans, no workout guides, and no sport-specific advice. Instead, what he does it outline what we all need to understand and be mindful of in order to become the healthiest human beings that we are capable of being - that means increasing your aerobic potential, being mindful of your diet, and understanding that the body is a whole and to look at problems in biomechanics and injuries in relation to the whole, not just the symptom. Improve your health in all these areas, and they give you the platform to be better endurance athletes. Maffetone's methods have been well proven down the years, but they are not sexy; in today's world where results are expected quickly they are often overlooked or glossed over in favour of "quality" work, but those who astutely follow his approach will never go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book, a true design for life 2 July 2014
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A brilliant book, a true design for life. If I could only give one book to my 20-year-old self it would be this one. Genuinely. I wish I had known about this book 20 years ago (even though it would not yet have been published, but you get my drift). Truly life-changing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing it goes on the line of the big book ...
This book is amazing it goes on the line of the big book of health and fitness bur more endurance specific . A must read
Published 1 month ago by savino
5.0 out of 5 stars Love ultra love this book
This book will change your perception of diet and fitness. You will get back to enjoying running for running. I was amazed / I did the two week diet challenge and feel fab. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MR GREGORY HASSALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Top book for learning about running
Heard great things about it on the trail runner nation podcast and been a long time admirer of the likes of Doctor Phil and Sock Doc. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matthew Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars The theory worked for me
A good combination of theory and practice. If you commit to the "go slow" theory you'll be surprised how efficient an athlete it can make you even if you're well past your... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MDJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Transforms your training
It takes something special to get me reviewing and this is it. This is an approach to training and life which challenges all the accepted norms of training. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Michael Ormond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I loved it a lot! Could you help to develop your running speed and stamina, very very good book, I can offer to anyone!
Published 16 months ago by Laszlo Mohacsi
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it's weight in gold to me. Buy it if you want to run injury free
I am not exaggerating when I say that this book has changed my life. I have run throughout my life, but have suffered innumerable injuries along the way. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mark Lidster
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