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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; Rev Ed edition (1 Jan. 1920)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609807897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609807897
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until recently, the effortless "Zone" of peak performance was only within the reach of serious athletes. Now, with Body, Mind, and Sport, anyone can reach the Zone, regardless of fitness level.
Designed to accommodate a variety of individual fitness needs, the Body, Mind, and Sport program is split into two levels. Level 1 is for non-athletes who want to improve overall fitness; Level 2 is for those who want to train for competitive or recreational purposes. Your own unique mind-body type is taken into account to guide you in achieving your personal best without stress or strain. In this revised and updated edition of Body, Mind, and Sport, fitness expert and trainer John Douillard outlines a program in which your individual seasonal constitution-Winter, Spring, or Summer-determines what exercises or sports are best suited to your mind-body type and what foods you should eat for optimum results.
Using the Body, Mind, and Sport approach you can decrease heart and breath rates while improving both fitness and performance. Dozens of world-class athletes, including Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, have used John Douillard's expert breathing techniques, dietary recommendations, and seasonally balanced workouts. Now you can, too!

About the Author

John Douillard, author of The 3-Season Diet (Three Rivers Press), is a former professional athlete. He currently works as a consultant to the New Jersey Nets and cohosts a top-rated radio talk show in Colorado called "Health Time." He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and five children, where he practices Ayurvedic and chiropractic sports medicine.


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This was an amazingly powerful and practical book for any or weekend exercise enthusiast. Great stories, practical tips on improving performance and interesting descriptions of body types, sport and nutrition.
A great read!!!
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Ameteur and pro athletes need this book! I'm neither but found it informative and interesting. I have been doing the breathing exercises and find them very beneficial.
So this book is not only for sports people but everyone.
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Although some elements of this book were interesting, the more I read the less convincing it became. For example, my body profile was very contradictory and of questionable accuracy. Also, with practice I could run at a good pace with my heart rate at half the max for my age, and breath only though my nose ? Sorry, but I am really not convinced no matter how much practice. I am 53 years old. I run, lift and practice yoga. I am very fit for my age and I do not believe there is any way i could run at a good pace with my heart rate at half the max for my age, and breath only though my nose. Yeah sure i will practice and give it ago but i suspect this tome is really just new age inspired nonsense.
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I purchased the used book Body, Mind and Sport for just [] pound, the book is in a great shape, very good deal. I was surprised it was delivered to the Czech Republic for such a low cost and in a short time.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8bd99e88) out of 5 stars 53 reviews
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bea500c) out of 5 stars Shatters illusions about exercise 15 Jun. 1998
By Peter A. Farrell - Published on Amazon.com
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Your body is supposed to enjoy getting and staying fit! The author gives a number of instructions on how to do just that. His argument for nasal breathing, even at top exertion, is alone worth the price of the book. The many testamonials from athletes who've used the author's instructions successfully shows that I'm not the only one it's worked for.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bf637bc) out of 5 stars Interesting ideas, but poorly documented. 25 April 2012
By MonsoonKing - Published on Amazon.com
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The major messages of this book are as follows:
1) A stress and recovery model of fitness training is likely to lead to burnout or injury. It's better to exercise at a lower heart rate (50% of max) and utilize slow, steady nasal breathing in order to maximize performance while putting a minimum amount of strain on the body.
2) One should use ayurvedic techniques to identify optimal diet, sleeping patters, and season activity for your given body type and disposition. Failure to do so can result in athletic frustration, stress, sickness, and fatigue.

I thought the central themes of the book were interesting; certainly worth a experimenting with for anyone currently suffering under their current exercise regimen. I like the idea of listening to your body and optimizing its performance based on how it's designed to operate. Douillard spends a good chunk of the book advocating for a school phys-ed program that identifies individual strengths and nurtures them rather than leaving kids feeling frustrated or embarrassed if they don't excel at rope climbing or mile running. Sensible, but probably tangential to why most are reading the book.

My primary complaint is that almost all claims are backed up only with individual anecdotes or references to ayurvedic medicine. I'm all for studying the wisdom of the ancients, but I believe extraordinary claims need solid (if not extraordinary) evidence. Some claims are easier to rationalize than others. For instance Douillard argues that ideally, we'd fall asleep just after sunset and wake up at sunrise in sympathy with our circadian rhythm. Fine, I can get on board with that. But other claims raise an eyebrow. For instance (with respect to food), "In the same way as salt melts snow or ice on the road, it also heats up the body, increasing Pitta" or "If the sour taste is taken in excess, particularly by the Pitta type, enjoyment of competition can be soured". A lot of it starts sounding like astrology and it's frustrating to be asked to accept "facts" on pure faith. There are also constant references to mysterious authorities. For example, "It is said that the only time of day in which human beings can properly digest a large meal...is between 10am and 2pm" and "Doctors blame the excessive hormone dependency, the high rate of hysterectomies, and the majority of menstrual complaints on our society's failure to understand the benefits of rest during the menstrual period". In the latter quote, he's probably referring to ayurvedic "doctors" visiting the west, but it's left open ended.

There are a lot of interesting ideas this book and I think it's worth a read as an alternative to the manic, high intensity movement that's become so popular (e.g. P90X, Crossfit, marathons, triathlons and tough mudders), but I think it would have benefited from more focus on the core ideas and an editing of some of the more dubious fluff.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e19e33c) out of 5 stars intergrate and enjoy 12 Mar. 2000
By carlisle montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an elite coach based in Melbourne ,Australia. I have used the principles behind this book with great success with many people. I cannot recommend it highly enough, buy it read it follow it and you will change the way you train and finally enjoy exercise the way it was supposed to be. Good luck and enjoy.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bee242c) out of 5 stars Really cool book about mind/body integration in fitness 28 Mar. 2001
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I picked up this book at a relatives house and could not put it down. After reading it, I have to own it. If you are a serious athlete who has ever over-trained, this book is for you(or, if you simply want to avoid overtraining in the future...) John combines Auyervedic principles with Yoga, creating a way to perform better while straining yourself even less. So far I have only incorporated his principles in one workout, but with complete success. I'll know better as the next few weeks progress how easy it is to follow the principles in the book. I read a different book on Auyervedic principles(Quantam Health?), which was good but not too extremely easy to follow. John has laid out how to live the Auyervedic way, and specifically how to apply it to athletic training, in a simple and easy to follow manner.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8be89498) out of 5 stars Great for the non-elite athlete too 11 Aug. 2003
By RPP - Published on Amazon.com
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I first read this book back in the early nineties after hearing an interview of Mr. Douillard on NPR. The introduction to his book explains that he is looking to make participation in sport more accessible to all people, not just the elite athletes. The breathing techniques he discusses sound nuts at first, and are a little trick to master (especially if you have a cold!) but once you get used to them, they really really work. I was never athletic growing up, but since reading this book, I have used the techniques and completed 17 marathons, including 4 ultramarathons. I never finish first - but I really enjoy participating. Before being exposed to these techniques, I never would have thought I could run a mile - much less 50! If you are looking to start an exercise program, get into shape, or have a specific fitness goal, this is a really worthwhile book.
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