“Roy Benson has more specific coaching experience for every age and competitive level than anyone I know. Combining that practical knowledge with the scientific expertise of Declan Connolly, this book is an unparalleled guide to maximizing your training using a heart rate monitor, providing both the how and why for each element, and putting it all together in an accessible, easy-to-apply package.”
Jonathan Beverly -- Editor in Chief, Running Times
"Heart Rate Training offers unparalleled exercises and advice for athletes of every sport, every level, and every age."
Alex Krebs -- Eastern Development and Competitions Manager, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
“In Heart Rate Training, Benson and Connolly show you how to interpret and apply your heart rate data into a practical science-based training program that provides results.”
Malachy McHugh, PhD -- Director of Research, Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma
Roy T. Benson, MPE, CFI, is an exercise scientist and distance-running coach. He has run competitively for more than 40 years, and he has coached professionally for 46 years for military, club, university, and high school teams. From 1993 to 2008, his boys’ and girls’ cross country teams at Marist High School in Atlanta, Georgia, won a total of 16 state championships and his cross country and track runners won 21 individual state titles. Benson is also the owner and president of Running, Ltd., a company that has been operating Nike-sponsored summer camps for both adult and high school runners since 1972.
Benson has been a consultant about heart rate training for both Polar and Nike and has written three books for runners on the subject. He also serves as a special contributor to Running Times magazine and has been a contributing editor for Running Journal magazine. His booklet Precision Running, published by Polar Electro, has sold over 200,000 copies and has been translated into seven languages. Sales of Coach Benson’s Secret Workouts book have reached more than 7,000. Benson lives on Amelia Island, Florida.
Dr. Declan Connolly, FACSM, CSCS, is a professor and exercise physiologist at the University of Vermont where he is also director of the Human Performance Laboratory. He consults to numerous sports organizations including the National Hockey League, the National Football League, U.S. Rowing, and U.S. Skiing and has served as a consultant to the International Olympic Committee on several occasions. In addition to more than 300 publications in scientific journals, his work is widely quoted in the popular media, including stories in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, London Times, Runner’s World, Prevention, Health, and Self. His work appears on more than 24,000 Web sites and has been the subject of news stories on Fox, BBC, CBS, and numerous other TV and radio networks.
Connolly is a lifelong exerciser and athlete, boasting several national cycling championships as a school boy in his native Ireland. More recently he has turned his focus to triathlon and Ironman competitions. Connolly lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Love it! I bought my 1st Polar H7 and Absolutely Love The History Tracker and also knowing what heart rates I need to get the results I want. I even beat my old heart rate records. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Carlos Lopez
This book is spot on! I'm a personal trainer and use many of the concepts and techniques!Published 28 days ago by lakeman
Roy Benson was my coach for a time and he is the most brilliant man around. No one knows more about HR training than him. The book is super helpful, very clear and easy to read.Published 1 month ago by Hilary S Lorenz
This has made a huge difference in my training. By keeping in the correct training zones, I can go longer on my runs and feel much better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark Coudray
Outdated information and the author constantly gives inaccurate advice about weight loss in a book he repeatedly says is about becoming a better athlete. Save your money.Published 2 months ago by B. Zuniga
Well organized , easy to read with clear guide lines on how to train with a hart rate monitor use.Published 4 months ago by Abdullah alsager
This book is too big for what the subject is! This book has been a help to my runners who want to use a heart rate monitor when they train. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ray Tetrault
I like the concepts in this book I just think it could be a little more well organized. It has many different methods of getting a max heart rate but then says the best way is to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pablo R.