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Runner's World Guide to Cross-Training Paperback – September 23, 2004

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About the Author

Matt Fitzgerald is a runner, triathlete, and coach. A former editor and current contributor for Triathlete magazine, he writes articles for national publications such as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Outside, Stuff, Maxim, Fitness Runner, and the Runner's World Web site; and serves as managing editor of the sports nutrition Web site Powering Muscles. He lives in San Diego.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579547834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579547837
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Fitzgerald is an award-winning endurance sports journalist and bestselling author of more than 20 books on running, triathlon, fitness, nutrition, and weight loss, including Brain Training for Runners and Racing Weight. His byline appears regularly in national publications including Men's Journal, Outside, and Women's Running. An experienced running and triathlon coach and certified sports nutritionist, Matt serves as a Training Intelligence Specialist for PEAR Sports and as a featured coach on

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey J. Wilhelmy on January 31, 2009
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Cross Training has historically been the last refuge of the injured runner, something to do to maintain a modicum of fitness until the injury has healed and running can be resumed. Cross training has gained greater respect in recent years as its value in preventing injuries and developing greater fitness than is possible with merely running has been recognized. In this volume, the prolific Matt Fitzgerald, a triathlete himself, provides an in depth look at the uses and benefits of cross training. Interspersed throughout the book are 14 profiles of world class athletes, mostly runners, who have benefited from cross training. The book provides valuable information about the importance of strength training.It emphasizes the importance of maintaining balance in muscular development and identifies which muscles are most likely to suffer as the prime movers become overdeveloped.It illustrates a variety of exercises for strengthening every muscle that will contribute to running improvement. The chapter on stretching is a valuable synthesis of the different types of stretching with recommendations on what muscles and connective tissue need to be stretched and what are the most effective stretches. Included within the text are training schedules that demonstrate how to integrate cross training within a running program. This book is an important resource for any running program.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tormod Guldvog on July 12, 2007
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This is an interesting book. As a runner who recently picked up training after about 20 years of (more or less) inaction, this book has brought back old skills and helped me see the importance of cross-training. At the same time it has shown me that I need to keep up my stretching and strength training. The author does not really help you pick a new sport, but explains why cross training is important. There are some suggested programs but this is more an introduction to cross training than a manual.

You have to be dedicated to put the suggestions in the book to good use, but if you're not dedicated then you probably don't bother with this book anyway.

It's a good book to have in your library, and the writing is good enough to read from cover to cover. But you will want a more focused book when you choose your xt sport, for example cycling.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Bailey on November 28, 2014
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I found this book to be very helpful in preventing me from "over doing it" as I am prone to do
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