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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (July 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071343318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071343312
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

" A sensible and balanced approach to better fitness and health."--Kent Johnston, strength and conditioning coach, Green Bay Packers

"Dr. Maffetone . . . looks at health and fitness as an integrated balance. He deals with the whole picture clearly and directly. Fascinating and illuminating--and I feel great!"--James Taylor, singer, recording artist

"I appreciate your contribution to both my own physical health and to others."--Anthony Robbins, best-selling author

"Dr. Maffetone is one of the most sought-after endurance coaches in the world."
--VELO NEWS

"The great conductor Arturo Toscanini once remarked, 'Tradition is the last bad performance.' Like Toscanini, Philip Maffetone questions some of the weary tenets of performance training. His stable of athletes is perhaps the purest expression of his craft."--John Howard, bicycling legend and coach

"Dr. Maffetone is a modern day medicine man whose views, practices, and techniques extend far beyond the turbocharged adrenaline of the exercise kingdom."--William R. Katovsky, founding editor of INSIDE TRIATHLON and TRIATHLETE magazines and two-time Ironman

"The only difference between training to win the Ironman and training for life is the distance. The principles are the same. I used Phil's workout structure during my competitive years and was able to win the Ironman six times. I still use Phil's training principles to keep me fit for life."--Mark Allen

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From the Back Cover

The Maffetone Method Will Show You How Simple It Can Be To Feel Good Again

Here's what people have said about Philip Maffetone's approach to health and fitness:

"Dr. Maffetone's system goes beyond dealing with symptoms; he looks at health and fitness as an integrated balance. He deals with the whole picture clearly and directly. Fascinating and illuminating--and I feel great!" --James Taylor, singer, recording artist

"I appreciate your contribution to both my own physical health and to others." --Anthony Robbins, best-selling author

"A sensible and balanced approach to better fitness and health." --Kent Johnston, strength and conditioning boach, Green Bay Packers

Eclectic, insightful, inspirational--doctor and coach Philip Maffetone has helped some of the world's premier athletes achieve astonishing results. But he's equally interested in the athlete inside each of us. In The Maffetone Method, he destroys the "no pain, no gain" training myth and introduces a revolutionary fitness program that not only engenders peak performance but can help you enjoy the most vibrant health of your life. Clearly, simply, and sensibly, Dr. Maffetone explains the benefits of aerobic fitness, proper nutrition, stress reduction, and even choosing the right exercise shoes (expensive is not better!). The Maffetone Method will show you how simple it can be to feel good again.


More About the Author

If you've lost track of me, I'm still here. After devoting my life to private practice and working with many athletes around the world, I expanded my horizons. I spent a considerable amount of time researching plants to find the most therapeutic phytonutrients. This culminated with the development of a number of nutritional products unique to the industry. I continued to lecture and write (I'll list some of my books below). I recently developed a unique form of neuromuscular biofeedback (Manual Biofeedback)and incorporated neurofeedback, spend time with some rock bands as their doctor, and other exciting ventures.

In 2004 I further expanded my world, plunging nearly full time into a singer-songwriter career. Yes, this seems like a radical change, but it's what my mind has always wanted but never made it clear enough. I went to LA to work with producer Rick Rubin and have written about 200 songs and recorded five demo albums, and my first CD is due out December 2006.

With all these different directions, I have not abandoned my own personal health and fitness philosophies and practices I began teaching many years ago.

Some of my other books include:
Fix Your Feet (Lyons Press)

In Fitness and In Health (The No Nonsense Guide)(4th edition, Barmore)

Complementary Sports Medicine (a textbook) (Human Kinetics)

Eating for Endurance (2nd edition, Barmore)

Training for Endurance (Barmore)

Nutrition for Children with Brain Dysfunction (with Coralee
Thompson, MD; in Press)

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I have learned more from this book than so many others!
Charlotte Saucedo
Dr Maffetone is very pragmatic and sensible in his approach to fitness and this book could apply to anyone who reads it.
Anthony
If you are a beginner to exercise, this is a great book.
Lonnie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By G2H on February 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am 48 years old and have exercised since I was 14. I have read this book three times. It is a godsend. Every concept, every suggestion, every analysis given has proven to be accurate for me. I first changed my training shoes per instructions with amazing results. Second, I purchased a Heart Rate Monitor and it has become my most important training aid. Third, I have slowed my training pace and increased my training time considerably and have received performance results, excellent health and mental calmness eclipsing anything that I have previously experienced. My whole training program is now focused on health. This book should be manditory reading in High School health classes. If I could give it 10 stars, I would.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2000
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Reading this book was a revelation. Not only did I discover that I'm carbohydrate intolerant but I also found out that I have been exercising too hard (anaerobically) for several years now while I'm jogging. After following Dr. Maffetone's carbohydrate intolerance diet and making an effort to jog at a lower heartrate, I feel so much better. My quality of life has gone up because Dr. Maffetone shares information that others don't. I highly recommend this book to other non-professional athletes like myself.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tom G on August 13, 2003
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The Maffetone method is not revolutionary and is not a break-through. Hence the title of this book may be a bit misleading. The MAF method is simply low heart-rate walking in order to burn maximal amounts of fat (instead of carbs) while exercising.
The author makes a very strong case for something that any runner knows: slow running builds fitness, is easy on the joints, and also is maximally effective in promoting weight loss. What makes the book strong is the author's ability to take the time and explain the rationale behind this method of slow aerobic burn. I appreciate mixing theory and practice and presenting his case in an intelligent and learned manner.
For those who are not exercisers and who are looking for weight loss, this is a very important book to explain the rationale and get one going.
The book is best used in conjunction with a heart rate monitor.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Cameron on January 10, 2000
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Dr. Maffetone keeps it simple when it applies to fitness; low stress, realistic, acheiveable goals-nutritional know-how, facts vs. myths, how to train,i.e.with regard to time, heart rate and choice of exercise along with continuously answering why and how. I derived much useful info from Dr. M. with his science/experience based concepts and was able to implement his program with little or no problems. Result: vastly improved stamina, less waist, more vitality. This is a keeper
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on March 22, 2002
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This is the best fitness book that I can think of. I do not read these books very much because I am generally skeptical of these sorts of things. I must say this is an exception. Dr Maffetone is very pragmatic and sensible in his approach to fitness and this book could apply to anyone who reads it. I have run 3 marathons now and this has help me immensely in my most recent run. Additionally, I have been a competetive athelete throughout my life and I think this has improved my performance. You will not regret buying this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Frederick L. Merritt Jr. on April 26, 2004
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I read this book because a coworker very strongly recomended it to me. He also recomended that I try it. Initially I dropped some weight and was pretty well convinced that it worked but I held out the final acceptance until this past weekend when I ran a half marathon and came within striiking distance of a personal best.
I do not agree with all of the arguments of the book. But I have tried running at a slower rate to maintain my lower heart rate and it has worked out well for me. I suggest reading this work and implementing the parts that are right for you.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By bill katovsky on September 1, 1999
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dr. phil maffetone should be--and will be-- a household name. his balanced approach to living well will keep all followers out of harm's way. on his hit list: stress, carbohydrates, bad diet, not listening to your body. there is a method to his "maffetone madness," and i suggest giving this book to all your workaholic friends and family members. toss out "sugar busters," dr. atkins, the zone, etc. you need only one book that makes sense of what we should and shouldn't put in our bodies; this is THAT book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela Waters on January 7, 2009
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I love this guide! I think that Maffetone has a great way to train & have been doing heart rate training recently. The book has so much useful information about being a healthy, fit person completely--not just focusing on 'times' for races, etc. I used to train & my heart rate was so high all the time that I feel so much more fit training by my heart rate. Great information!
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