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Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot Paperback – August 1, 2009
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"The bottom line is: I ran 20 PR's in 26 races." -- Mark Guralnick, Running Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Happy running to you experienced folks and us beginners too!
This book, plus my monitor, has changed the way I train. My easy running is easier (I even stop and walk without guilt!), my hard running is more structured and intense, my injuries are nil and my times are improved. I would recommend it to any runner who is serious or thinking about getting more serious.
Now, you may notice that I haven't mentioned faster race times. I believe the author has the best comment on that -- IF YOU DON'T RUN A PERSONAL RECORD AFTER FOLLOWING HIS PROGRAM. HE PROMISES TO REFUND YOUR MONEY.
I could go on but the proof is in the pages. If you want to improve your health and your running THIS IS THE BOOK.
When I bought this book, about six years ago, I was looking for an introductory reference on the use of heart rate monitors for general fitness improvements, and wasn't disappointed at all, since what I learned really worked out for me: Armed with a Polar Heart Rate Monitor (the old M61) I was able to drop more than 200 lbs in about eight months, and the heart rate monitor training has helped me keep those lbs off for over six years. Not only I went fro size 44 to size 32 pants, but also obtained substantial benefits that included weight control, cardiovascular improvements, lowered blood pressure, and improved muscular-skeletal strength and flexibility, but also the myriad of mental and psychological benefits derived from being in the best shape of my life.
The book teaches you how to calculate the most important parameters for heart rate monitor training: Maximum Heart Rate, Resting Heart Rate, the Recovery Ceiling, and the Threshold Flour. When I first started training with the heart rate monitor I was unable to jog even for five uninterrupted minutes without gasping for air. After a few months of following one of the training principles lay out in the book (The Hard/Easy Principle): alternating hard training days with easy training days, I was able to go jogging for 90 uninterrupted minutes six days a week.
The book is written in a clear and conversational way, that makes it a must have for anyone and everyone looking for introductory information on the use of heart rate monitors training for sport performance, health improvement or weight control.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't applied the info yet but intro is great, looking forward to combining with my other training plan.Published 5 months ago by Ollie
Quick read and to the point. Had just enough info without going too c easy into details.Published 8 months ago by Chuck
This is a very informative, fun, popular-level read that should benefit even runners who already have a basic understanding of heart monitor training. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steven Taulbee
This was such a great find. My daughter and i are both using the techniques and are looking forward to good results. Makes total sense. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rene Rosa
I am looking forward to using the techniques in this book. Parker makes it seem so simple that i am planning my entire season around his techniques. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Smoore
Simple and straight to the point. Great companion to begin heart rate trainingPublished 18 months ago by Paul D. Maidstone