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The Ergogenics Edge: Pushing the Limits of Sports Performance Paperback – October, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880115459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880115452
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The Ergogenics Edge is a book that can be thoroughly recommended in this day and age for athletes looking to maximize their potential but wishing to stay within legal limits."

Modern Athlete and Coach

"Melvin Williams, PhD, … devoted more than 30 years to research, much of it on sports ergogenics. It is a pleasure to have his thorough analysis, in easily readable language, of what is known in this field. The Ergogenics Edge is highly recommended for anyone interested in optimal performance and making sense of product claims."

Running & FitNews

About the Author

Dr. Mel Williams is a professor in the Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Recreation at Old Dominion University. With more than 30 years of research experience with sports ergogenics, Dr. Williams is both a highly respected scientist and a renowned author. His first book, published in 1974, was one of the first to focus specifically on drugs and sport. His definitive college text, Nutrition for Fitness and Sport, is entering its fifth edition. Dr. Williams is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

Apart from his scientific achievements, Williams has coached football and wrestling at the high school level and cross-country at the college level. A competitive road racer for more than 20 years, his most significant performance came in winning the 50 to 59 age group in the 1989 Boston Marathon.

Dr. Williams lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His leisure activities include running and training for road racing, traveling to historic sites, and reading historical novels.


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He provides information on the type of carbohydrates, when and how much to take.
Daniel Hurley
The Ergogenic Edge is organized in a way that it makes it very user friendly which makes for easy reading.
viktor marinkovic
This book is a really nice book to help us all get most of the "misterious" ergogenics.
Marcelo Iannini

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By viktor marinkovic on May 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
The increasing number of performance enhancing supplements on the shelves in the drug stores is increasing rapidly. Many people are buying those products without knowing their effectiveness or safety. This book can serve as excellent source to help athletes and coaches of all levels to get the necessary information that will help them make informed decisions regarding the use of sports ergogenics as a means to enhance performance in sport. This book discusses the effectiveness, safety concerns, legal status, and ethical issues of a specific sport ergogenic that should be considered by all the athletes prior to its use. Athletes can find excelent recommendations about what spplements to take or not to take depending of the sport they are participating. The Ergogenic Edge is organized in a way that it makes it very user friendly which makes for easy reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo Iannini on December 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a really nice book to help us all get most of the "misterious" ergogenics. How many times did we enter in a SNC/GNC store and got confused with so many options? What does creatin or anything else exactly does? Stop having false and biased advises. This book is a reliable database with good bibliographic references. First starting point before heading to any supplement store is to get your hands on this book. Guaranteed to help you spend your $$$ better there!

Only "drawback" (may I use this word?) is that many of the supplements are so "new" in terms of scientific research that even this book being recent there may be drastic changes in the knowledge of the product. Make sure you do your own researches (the internet is a good point to start) on the "newer" stuff where this book may become incomplete or vague.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TMG on January 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mel Williams is regarded as one of the leading sports physiologists in the US, and this book shows why. I've read many guides to using sports supplements and this is the only one I've come across that's balanced and well-researched. By far the best book of its kind on the market.
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