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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
At last, a book that gives you the theory and means to make serious gains in your running. A refreshing and thorough insight, that leaves Pose, Chi and other guru style running theory on the starting line.

Janos
Published 8 months ago by Janos Pflancer

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5% though the book and really annoyed at the formatting and grammar.
I don't normally review books until the end, but the Kindle version of this book has some real quality issues. The layout of the book is poor - headings all over the place and the table of contents looks more like the Leaning Tower of Piza. The chapters are not done correctly - Only % complete, and time left in book are available. Time left in chapter does not work...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 24 Feb 2014
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At last, a book that gives you the theory and means to make serious gains in your running. A refreshing and thorough insight, that leaves Pose, Chi and other guru style running theory on the starting line.

Janos
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 28 Feb 2014
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This review is from: The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance (Kindle Edition)
Every running coach should read this book, it has became my new training bible.
As good or even better as "The science of winning" or "Swimming fastest".
Proper bridge between science and practise. A must!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in parts, average in others, 20 April 2014
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Steve has an excellent background in endurance running. This is reflected in the parts of this book which are different from others: a review of the research and his individual take on preparing plans for runners. These chapters are really thorough and very useful.
Less good is his take on resistance training for runners which is too vague, and also the biomechanics of running. Frans Bosch is far better on this.
As other reviewers have noted, the typos are too frequent and distract from the flow of the book: where was the editor?
I found the research chapters adding to my confirmation bias that little good comes out of the "science in labs": how does treadmill running economy of university student average runners help transfer to the real world of fast runners on the track and road? Steve covers this really well.
A book for middle distance coaches as much as runners, go elsewhere for the correct supplementary training advice though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for anyone wanting technical information, 19 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance (Kindle Edition)
This is a first class book - some reviewers have criticised it for not providing pracrtical advice - anyone considering buying this book must realise that it does eaxactly what it says on the cover - it explains the science and as such it is very good indeed. However it is not difficult to glean many important practical principles from it if you simply read it carefully and think about it. All-inall a very good buy indeed for any serious runner and very up-to-date - infinatelt bettyer than the hyped up but simply often incorrcet articles found in many runners mags - this book is the real dael.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 23 April 2014
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Reviewing the print version. Excellent book, applicable to all endurance athletes, not just runners. For advanced athletes looking for cutting edge training techniques. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read for competitive runners., 15 April 2014
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A book that is aimed at performance runners. The sections on the physiology of running are cutting edge. The author then uses the science to create a systematic approach to training. In all, very informative and well worth a read for those interested in competitive running.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for endurance coaches, 24 Jun 2014
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This is a great book for endurance coaches who what to get up to date with current research in sports science and put it In to practice. It is easy to read, but would benefit from a few more diagrams and tables. It explains why the same trainng program won't suit every athlete and how to adjust training to get the maximum improvement for all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixes science with the practical. Sort out the mistakes., 23 Mar 2014
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S. C. Collins (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance (Kindle Edition)
This book is split into two halves, the science and theory side of running and then the practical part.

If you were only interested in the training program part you could skip the first half but then you would miss out on some interesting information. The training advice goes all the way from 800m to marathon. In reality most runners reading this book are probably not competing in 800m or 1500m and are more likely to focus on the 5k, 10k and marathon, so not all information will be relevant to your own training.

As with all things, and especially with the way Magness presents the information, you take the things that are going to work in your training for you. I especially liked Magness's take on strength training for runners, emphasising heavy weights and low reps, unlike most of the advice for runners these days which focuses on 'core' and high reps low weight. A good section on running form as well.

The down side is the number of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Did anyone proof read this? I thought this may just be an issue with the kindle edition, but a friend of mine has the hard copy and said the same thing, there is a spelling mistake on nearly every page. The kindle formatting is also not very good. Still if you can overlook this, there is some good info you can apply to your own training immediately.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5% though the book and really annoyed at the formatting and grammar., 11 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance (Kindle Edition)
I don't normally review books until the end, but the Kindle version of this book has some real quality issues. The layout of the book is poor - headings all over the place and the table of contents looks more like the Leaning Tower of Piza. The chapters are not done correctly - Only % complete, and time left in book are available. Time left in chapter does not work.

My 2 star rating is based mainly on the formatting, as I've only got through 5% - Aside from the formatting, the grammar also has issues.

For example:

Section 1: The Science of Distance Running

"Once egos are put aside and wee acknowledge that we do not have all the answers, then I new performance levels will be met".

The quality of the formatting and grammar make me wonder about the quality of the information contained in the book.

Note to the publisher: If you think your book is worth 8 pounds, and expect it to be taken seriously, please put more effort into its appearance.

Edit: Returned for refund

Thanks

Chris
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Aug 2014
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This review is from: The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance (Kindle Edition)
Anyone who is serious about improving running performance should read this
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