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The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing Paperback – September 22, 2010
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"If you don't read Phil Maffetone, you're turning your back on one of the most powerful, probing minds in endurance sports. The brilliance of Maffetone's work is his re-discovery of the ancient understanding that the human engine doesn't need to be fueled on suffering, and that pain is only the penalty you pay for back-burnering your brain. The best advice you could give any athlete, no matter what their level, is to read Maffetone and start over." ----Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe"
"In the over-populated world of fitness and health books, what does this new one have to offer? The first thing that springs to mind is authority. Methodology is another element that sets the book apart. Because of its tailor-made approach, the book is good for beginners and for those who've read and seen it all, but who are still not performing their best." --Lava Magazine
About the Author
Mark Allen is six-time winner of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.
More About the Author
Phil is an internationally-acclaimed author, having published more than 20 books including the first on heart-rate monitoring (early 1980s), the first on the benefits of barefoot running (1990s), and other topics such as low-carbohydrate eating and hyperbaric therapy, and continues to write and lecture worldwide on health and human performance.
His latest up-to-date books:
FOR ENDURANCE ATHLETES
"The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing"
"The Endurance Handbook"
"The Big Book of Health and Fitness" (replaces all editions of "In Fitness and In Health")
"The Healthy Golfer" 2nd edition
"Healthy Brains Healthy Children"
NOTE: Other books are out of print, older or not updated.
Health and fitness website: www.philmaffetone.com
In addition, Phil is a singer-songwriter with six albums. His music website is MaffetoneMusic.com
Top Customer Reviews
With his methods I've achieve a sub 2:35 marathon in 4 decades and we've even opened a small running and walking store in a small rural community teaching his principles ([...]
We are also trying to transform how the US Air Force approaches fitness and help them achieve success in their annual fitness tests and their demanding jobs. This, of course, involves Maffetone principles.
Mark Cucuzzella MD, Assoc Prof of Family Medicine West Virginia University and Lt Col USAF Reserves
* The principle that fat utilization must be maximized for peak endurance performance
* Dietary principles of reducing excessive carbohydrate intake and eliminating allergenic foods (such as gluten) for optimal health
* The appeal of an relatively easy-intensity way to good health and peak performance
As one who'd tried higher intensity training efforts for amateur running and cycling, I found Maffetone's message very appealing. I especially gravitated to it after cutting the carbohydrate in my diet which limited my access to higher intensity training. I tried adhering to his heart-rate based formula to keep my training intensities within the prescribed training band and started, after 3 months, to see slivers of success in training. On the treadmill, over time, I eventually saw a 0.5 mph improvement in pace at the same heart rate. On the bicycle trainer, a 30 watt improvement at Maff heart rates. These changes were very gradual, however, as I train only 3-4 hours / week. In fact, for 3 months, I saw virtually NO improvement at all. Now, I was not a perfect adherent to the principle of NO anaerobic work; I did weight train, but only 2x a week and only for 30 minutes at a time (actual time in the act of weight lifting was likely only 15 min a week with rest-between-sets time factored out). Does this invalidate my results?Read more ›
The information on 'carbohydrate intolerance' and Dr. Maffetone's Two-Week Test are priceless. I've completed the Two-Week Test and experienced the benefit of more even energy levels and reduced belly fat. Why do we eat so many refined carbohydrates and so much sugar anyway? Stop it for two weeks (based on the protocol outlined), see how you feel and how much weight you lose, and then decide how you want to eat. Dr. Maffetone also details how eating fewer refined carbs and less sugar will improve your training and racing. But don't take my word for it - the MAF test (running a set course at MAHR) will provide you with the results.
Results: at age 29 I qualified for the Ironman in Hawaii and completed the race in 10:37. Several years later I started using Dr. Maffetone's methods and competed in races up to ½ Ironman in length. (This book includes the information from two of Dr. Maffetone's earlier titles, Training for Endurance and Eating for Endurance.) At age 43 I qualified for Hawaii again and set a goal of beating my previous Hawaii time. I completed the race in 10:19. This would not have happened without Dr. Maffetone's methods.
I give this book to the triathletes I coach and it is the basis for our work together. The key is that athletes feel and see the results; this is motivating. "The Big Book" truly is THE book for faster race times, reduced body fat and better overall health.
There is a lot of other information in the book, and he has added a lot of anecdotes from individuals that have used his methods and had success, so whatever your sport or activity, if you are doubting what he says, others have too, but doing it his way has given them great results. Just about every person that gives you their story basically says "I thought there was no way this would work, it sucked and I thought that I was losing my speed and ability, and in the end I was not only faster, but I had fewer injuries."
I just want you to be mentally prepared for the fact that if you buy this book, and are going to use his methods, you should understand that buying a heart rate monitor is mandatory.
Also, there aren't really any pictures or charts that are better in the print version than the kindle version, so if you are trying to decide if the hard copy is worth it, you can get the kindle without losing anything.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book overall. I am a recreational endurance athlete. I run 10K to marathons and do triathlons mostly half IM. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jamie
Great book for endurance training, however, it falls short when it comes to dietary advice. For example, the following quote comes from the book:
"About 40 percent or... Read more
Wish I'd read this book when I was a kid, it all rings very true, from the training approach to the nutrition chapter.Published 3 months ago by Ross
Well researched, well organized, well written, and very compelling argument for reasonable and effective endurance training.Published 4 months ago by Alan D'Augustine
The absolute best training system for those that want to improve their endurancePublished 4 months ago by Greg Breckell
When starting running again, my goal basically was to run faster and longer, and I tried that in pretty much every training run. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kai Griebenow
This is a great book and I would recommend it to any person interested in endurance sports.Published 4 months ago by Paul Gray
Great information and resource on the subject. Have been training with the recommended heart rate and slowly seeing results already!Published 5 months ago by Nathan P. Swartzendruber