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The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Steve Magness

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If you are looking for how to finish your first 5k, this book isn't for you. The Science of Running is written for those of us looking to maximize our performance, get as close to our limits as possible, and more than anything find out how good we can be, or how good our athletes can be. In The Science of Running, elite coach and exercise physiologist Steve Magness integrates the latest research with the training processes of the world's best runners, to deliver an in depth look at how to maximize your performance.

It is a unique book that conquers both the scientific and practical points of running in two different sections. The first is aimed at identifying what limits running performance from a scientific standpoint. You will take a tour through the inside of the body, learning what causes fatigue, how we produce energy to run, and how the brain functions to hold you back from super-human performance. In section two, we turn to the practical application of this information and focus on the process of training to achieve your goals. You will learn how to develop training plans and to look at training in a completely different way. The Science of Running does not hold back information and is sure to challenge you to become a better athlete, coach, or exercise scientist in covering such topics as:

· What is fatigue? The latest research on looking at fatigue from a brain centered view.

· Why VO2max is the most overrated and misunderstood concept in both the lab and on the track

· Why "zone" training leads to suboptimal performance.

· How to properly individualize training for your own unique physiology.

· How to look at the training process in a unique way in terms of stimulus and adaptation.

· Full sample training programs from 800m to the marathon.

Biographie de l'auteur

Steve Magness is a runner, coach, exercise physiologist, and a writer. He holds a M.S. from George Mason University in Exercise Science. Magness is the current cross country coach at the University of Houston and coaches professional runners including Jackie Areson (15th at 2013 world championships in the 5k), and multiple time world indoor competitor Sara Hall. In addition, he has worked for Nike, and served as a consultant to numerous Olympic runners and triathletes. He has been a serious runner since the age of 14 and has had numerous running accomplishments ranging from holding the Texas High School mile record (4:01.02), to qualifying for NCAA nationals. His writing include work for Running Times, Competitor magazine, and Runner’s World, IAAF’s New Studies in Athletics, and numerous other publications. Additionally, he maintains the popular running website www.ScienceofRunning.com

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 344 pages
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  • Editeur : Origin Press (17 février 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Running With Science 27 février 2014
Par Geoffrey J. Wilhelmy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
In the past year, there have been a number of excellent books on training distance runners published: Greg McMillan's You (Only Faster), Owen Anderson's Running Science, Jack Daniels third edition of his Running Formula, Pat Tyson's update of Joe Newton's classic Coaching Cross Country Successfully and now the most recent addition to this list is Steve Magness's The Science of Running. For those of us who remember when the only guidance on the subject was Fred Wilt's How They Train and a quarterly publication, Track Technique, we appreciate their efforts.
Steve Magness's avowed purpose is to integrate the separate silos of coaching practices and research science. His own qualifications are impressive: high school phenom, disappointing college career followed by a quest to study the best coaches and coaching in the world and then his absorption of the science of running and exercise physiology (much of what appeared on his informative science of running blog). He also spent a stint with the Nike Oregon Project, seeing and supervising first hand the training of world class athletes. All this has been distilled into the Science of Running, a 331 page opus that is divided into two parts: the science and then the coaching.
Mercifully, the 144 page science section is not a biology lecture on mitochondria, lactate threshold, and VO2 Max concepts.True to his promise, he attempts to use science to guide training. One learns that there is no rational basis for the current fixation on the emphasis of running at VO2 max. Other insights include that there are numerous signaling pathways activated by different types of training that can accomplish the same adaptation, that sprinting is the best plyometric, the importance of correct biomechanics to optimize the storage of kinetic energy. Before transitioning into the coaching portion of the book, the author concludes that the disconnect between science and coaching can be attributed to science's need to test a single variable in isolation vs. the integrated environment that the coach needs to actually train his
athletes in.
The coaching section's central premise is that the athlete's training should be oriented on his muscle fiber types with separate training programs created for the two types of athletes. He explains different types of training for both muscle fiber types, starting with the 800 meter runner progressing all the way to the marathon. This approach is also used when discussing supplementary training such as core exercises and strength training. Despite the fact that we are now into the coaching section, science insights are still injected when evaluating training. For example, the reader learns that probably the best core training is to run at various speeds.

Steve Magness can be justifiably proud of his contribution to the literature of distance running training. And since this book is probably destined for several more editions, I would encourage him to improve his current edition in two ways. First, there are numerous typographical errors throughout the text, misspellings and missing letters, distracting but easily corrected. Secondly, there is no index, which makes retrieving some of his insights more difficult than necessary. Despite these shortcomings, this is an outstanding guide for any coach or runner, at any level, wishing to become better and / or faster.
13 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good info, needs an editor 19 avril 2014
Par Allan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is packed with information. Steve obviously knows his topic and I found the science and physiological details very interesting, although they may go over the head of people without a background in science. He really does a good job of explaining the science of training and how different stressors create different adaptations and how to use that information to design training.

I hadn't seen his breakdown of athletes by muscle fiber type before and this section is very interesting because it explains how to adapt training plans and workouts based on whether a runner has predominately fast twitch or slow twitch muscle fiber for their event. This would help explain why, besides other genetic variations, different athletes respond to the same workouts differently. He definitely is not a fan of cooking cutter training plans and really gets into adapting training for the individual athlete.

He's also doesn't seem to be a fan of zone training and advises to through it out of the window. His classification of workout paces makes a lot of sense and has been proven effective by coaches such as Renato Canova. Also his explanation of funnel training was new to me and varies quite a bit compared to Lydiard type training.

So the fly in the ointment is the plethora of misspellings and grammatical errors and is the reason for not giving it 5 stars. They book just needs a good editor to go through it and help fix those basic errors and perhaps to refine the organization of the content and make it read better. The book is still quite readable, but it's been a long, long time since I've seen these kind of problems in the age of word processors.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the greatest compilation of runners knowledge I've found on the general ... 12 août 2014
Par KoalaFace - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For sure, the greatest compilation of runners knowledge I've found on the general subject. From the 400m sprinter to the marathon runner, this book digs deep.

Fist, it delves headfirst into the scientific concepts of running and basic kinesiology in the sport. Digging deep into the physiological process your body goes through from mile one to mile twenty+ between activating muscle fibers to pulling glycogen from the muscles, the marginal increase of muscle fatigue, etc... A bit of a read for someone uneducated in the subject such as myself, but read at a slower pace, soak in the information and take notes and it becomes less overwhelming.

Second section is the training portion. First going into philosophy, theory and application then helping tailor a periodized training routine based on your own individual needs. It helps put perspective and focus on one's end goals and helps create a system in which you can attain those goals. Not simply by stating "Do X on Monday and Y on Wednesday for Z amount of weeks, invariably", no it goes deeper than that into theory and the application thereof to assist in developing a regimen specific to ones own needs.

This is a great book and I will soon be utilizing it to create a new training regimen and hopefully be on my way to running a full marathon and even ultra's next year (not coming from a couch potato of course).
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book 13 mars 2014
Par Chase Englestead - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I have read quite of few running books. This one of my favorites. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a coach or who want to take there running training to the next level. Magness does a really good job and letting see the whole picture of training. I also enjoyed it because there are very little bias towards certain training types.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Very poorly written, and nothing new. There are far better books on the market for less money. 16 juillet 2015
Par Theodore J. Lemerande - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Not worth your money, for several reasons:

1) The writing of this book would barely be acceptable for a high school student. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure are all miserable, and it makes the book exceedingly difficult to read. The concepts are there, but word choice and poor writing mechanics make it too hard to extract those concepts from the text. Several times I have had to re-read a section many times to figure out what he was trying to say, because of a missing comma, run-on sentence, or incorrect word choice (then vs. than, or except vs. accept or effect vs. affect). The author really needs an editor, but apparently decided against it.

2) There are no new concepts in this book. It seems the author set out to write a simplified version of Dr. Tim Noakes' "The Lore of Running," and succeeded only in restating and paraphrasing that book. The worst of it is that, because of the poor writing mechanics, the author of this book has failed to simplify the book he was mimicking, because the writing problems make it so much harder to grasp the concepts. He overly complicated another very fine text. It's not plagiarism, because he continually cites the source of his material, but since he uses so much of it wholesale, you might as well read the original source document.

3) Repetition. There are entire sections of this book that are copied and pasted from other sections. It's apparent that the author intended to reintroduce a concept before breaking it down and discussing it further, and did so by copying paragraphs straight out of the introductory chapter. There are better and more readable ways to do that. It ends up feeling as though the author decided in advance how many pages he wanted his book to be, and when he came up short on actual material, he started looking for ways to expand the word count with filler.
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