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The Lance Armstrong Performance Program [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606710346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606710340
  • ASIN: B000FDB73Q
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very odd book 23 Sep 2004
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Some useful bits, and a lot of skipped pages! 17 Nov 2004
By A Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book For Beginner Cyclists 15 Aug 2005
By A Customer
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book For Beginner/Intermediate Cyclists 4 Nov 2003
By A Customer
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 28 Feb 2003
By A Customer
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to perfect training programs/ideas
This book gives you a really good view of training programs and other relevant matters considering cycling.
Great book for inspiration and easy to practice
Published 2 months ago by Christian Damsgaard
1.0 out of 5 stars What would Lance do?
Whenever it says these words, "what would Lance do?" I see an image of a shallow conceited man with a syringe of EPO. Read more
Published 18 months ago by I. HART
1.0 out of 5 stars Lies.
Seeing that his success wasn't down to physical prowess, but rather illegal drugs, one wonders why this book is still on sale.
Published 18 months ago by T. C. Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading
At no point in the book are we told how to dope successfully! Nothing about blood transfusions, epo, growth hormones, how to bully your teammates into doing everything for you and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mike T
1.0 out of 5 stars It was not a good book before we learned he was a cheat!
I had this book before we learnt that Armstrong was a fraud. My initial impressions were that the book isn't very helpful if you are a serious cyclist. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andy Holland
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing chapter
Seems to have been edited rather too ruthlessly, where is the section entitled 'EPO, Steroids, Blood Doping, pressuring team-mates do the same and bank transfers to Doctor... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Reader 0001
5.0 out of 5 stars Lance Armstrong Performance programme
Fantastic book with everything you could possibly need from eating all the way through to set up tips and a 7 week training plan to a better ride. Highly recommend it.
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by Abs9
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I bought this after a colleague loaned me his earlier edition. Its a good read both from the fitness side of cycling and Lance Armstrong's amazing recovery from Cancer. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by Shaun
3.0 out of 5 stars not much new...
I've been training very structured for 5 years using The Cyclist's Training Bible and wanted to get new inspiration from the greatest cyclist of our time. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2009 by Bent Kattrup
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the beginner but of little use to the serious cyclist
Some of the reviews already written here cover this book in more detail than I will.

Suffice to say that this is not be best piece of writing I have ever read. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2008 by G. Hendrie
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