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An athlete himself, Dr. Peter Janssen, MD, is a pioneer in the field of lactate threshold training. Dr. Janssen has focused his research on training for endurance sports, which benefits marathon runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, and rowers.

Research, training, and testing of elite endurance athletes at his sports medicine advisory center has enabled Dr. Janssen to radically change and improve coaching methods for a wide range of sports. He has worked with both the PDM and Panasonic cycling teams. Dr. Janssen resides in Deurne, Holland.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (May 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736037551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736037556
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter wrote a classic, Training--Lactate--Pulse Rate almost 15 years ago. This new book reiterates the lactate threshold approach to training, expanding on the same themes. The concepts previously introduced-namely energy systems, heart rate, anaerobic threshold deflection point, and blood lactate levels-are fleshed out.
In addition, the author expands on his previous book by adding sections on overtraining, circulation, blood levels, and nutrition.
The book is replete with heart rate graphs and tables which explain training concepts and document training and testing.
Janssen's thesis is that training intensity can be prescribed based on measuring blood lactate levels. If the athlete does not have access to lactate measurement, training can be based on heart rates imputed to reflect lactate levels.
It's a great book for athletes, coaches, and sport scientists. It's targeted toward runners, cyclists, triatheltes, rowers, and cross-country skiers.
Athletes and coaches who read such books are interested in getting down to the nitty gritty: How do I apply this information? What should I do to follow the training concepts? Here, the book also helps. General and specific advice is given, with examples.
The book merits several readings. Scattered throughout the book are numerous pearls. Wisdom that many will miss on their first reading. For example, in small type below a table describing the percentage share in total energy supply for various sports, Janssen notes that although the share of anaerobic energy supply in cycling is only 5%, this is by no means indicates that this source of energy is unimportant-due to the decisive role of anaerobic fitness in breakaways.
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Next to the book, Rowing Faster, by Dr.Volker Nolte; Lactate Threshold Training,by Dr.Peter Janssen, is also a must have for any coach.

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Olympic Medalist,men's single scull rowing
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Lactate Threshold Training (LTT), by Dutch MD Peter Janssen is a disappointing and frustrating read. Since my frame of reference is Wilmore, Costill, Billat, Daniels and other great researchers, I expected the same level of scholarship from Janssen. Unfortunately, LTT is poorly researched, and, thanks to Janssen's choppy writing style, often difficult to follow.
The problems start in the first paragraph of the preface when Janssen references Conconi, then goes on to say: "Heart rate monitoring of workouts and races, with or without lactate determination, is now essential to athletes and coaches." Hence, in his opening remarks, Janssen admits that LTT isn't as much about lactate as it is about heart rate (HR). In fact, lactate and lactic acid don't appear in his glossary!
Replete with HR graphs and tables, LTT is an odd mixture of fact and fiction from beginning to end. Sadly, fiction plays more than a minor role Janssen's treatise. In a section titled The Lactate System (page 5) he claims that "Muscle soreness is a characteristic of increasing acidosis...." He states further that "The acidosis within the muscle causes miroruputures...." Janssen fails to report that intense workouts that create acidosis frequently do not produce muscle soreness. He also fails to mention that muscle soreness is most likely the result of eccentric muscle contractions. This is just the first of many questionable claims that fill the pages of LTT.
Janssen tells us that lactate threshold (LT) and anaerobic threshold (AC) are the same thing, and occur at 4 mmol/l (page 33, graph 21 on page 34). Since numerous researchers have found LT varies greatly from person to person, pegging LT at 4 mmol/l (L4) cannot possibly be right.
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I have a master's degree in neuroscience and I'm working on a Ph.D. I read difficult technical journal articles every day. Furthermore, I'm the coach of a top university cross-country ski team in Canada. The material in this book should not have been difficult for me. Yet I found this book almost completely inaccessible due to the author's inability to portray even the simplest of material in a clear and useful way.
This book is abyssmal. The writing is poor, although I suspect that this might be due to poor translation. Worse, the figures are hopelessly confusing and unhelpful. Many of the graphs lack units or labels on the axis. Absolutely none of the figures have captions and the body of the text rarely explains them. Literally pages of raw data is reported, and it was hard to distinguish between real measurements and theoretical or stylized data in the figures and graphs.
I strongly recommend that you seek an alternative to this resource.
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For someone how just wants to learn more about how the body works while working out, but doesn't want to get a degree in sports science, this is a book that can really help. I found this book to be an excellent reference for when I have questions about endurance training. I can say that I now run faster for longer because of the ideas I found in this book.
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