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Assumption - you know what that gets!!
on December 17, 2012
Pre-statements for this:
I have been coaching endurance athletes for 10 years, mostly runners with a few triathletes thrown in. I attended USAT and USATF level one clinics many years ago. I have dozens of all-americans, conference champions, school records and NCAA trophy teams in XC and Track.
1) The sections on recovery and tissue mobility are worth the price of the kindle book. Myofascial release is given little attention in standard running/endurance texts though it is very important to overall muscle health and function.
2) The form sections are complete, but please refer back to the title of the review. I'll address this later, but it's a solid review of the pose method. Dr. Romanov's books are available, so for further info consult those...
1) The standard Crossfit assumption is how runners just do LSD, paying no attention to mobility/strength/coordination/flexibility, etc. It's that we repeat the same general pattern, distances and exercises from week to week without viewing a runner as a total athlete. It's flat out insulting - majorly insulting - to most running coaches. Part of a "new way" of training is the intonation that the "old way" was flawed and poor.
2) There is nothing new - not even remotely so - in this book. "The runners of tomorrow will be strong. The runners will develop themselves through lifting heavy weight and running sand and hills; anything for a heavy, sweating effort." Percy Cerutty (the legendary Australian coach) said this... In 1955!!!!!
3) Periodization is the idea that you structure training from the least specific to your target race to the most specific work for your target race in a way that gets you to the starting line prepared in the best possible way to succeed at your target race. CFE removes this process. The same basic rules apply that CFE takes as their "new and true". You need different components at different times of year. You can't perform the same exercises more than a few weeks in a row. The body will adapt and plateau if one thing is maintained for too long. BUT, the difference is that it is planned in periodization to get you to the starting line to perform your best.
4) The lifts provided form an excellent base of strength for an endurance athlete. There are more specific/functional strength exercises you can/should perform as you get closer to race day. Yes, they will keep up your ability to perform in everyday life while extending your capacity as an endurance athlete. It's all part of that periodization thing. These variations in training can and SHOULD be planned, but CFE makes them random.
5) POSE pisses me off a bit. It has good intention, but once again there's the assumption no one runs correctly to begin with. I teach all of my athletes to pull with their glutes and hamstrings, maintain their foot strike over their center of gravity and those who don't do it to begin with are sure able to do it by the end. We build the strength in the weight room and teach through every day drills. I don't have a fancy name for it nor do I make a ton of money selling seminars, but it works.
Hopefully this all makes sense. Big words, decent ideas and a couple of big objections!!