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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569755620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569755624
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joe Friel has a masters degree in exercise science and has trained endurance athletes since 1980. His clients include elite amateur and professional road cyclists, mountain bikers, and triathletes and duathletes. His clients have included national champions, world championship competitors, and an Olympian.

He is the author of several training books and is a contributor to several magazines and websites around the world and offers clinics, seminars, and camps for athletes and coaches. He also consults with national sport federations and with businesses in the fitness industry. He is the cofounder of TrainingPeaks.com and TrainingBible Coaching.

As an age-group competitor, Joe has been a Colorado State Masters Triathlon champion, a Rocky Mountain region and Southwest region duathlon age-group champion, and a perennial USA Triathlon All-American duathlete. He also competes in bicycle races.

For information on coaching, speaking, or consulting services, contact him by email at jfriel@trainingbible.com or through his blog at www.joefrielsblog.com.

Customer Reviews

I wish this book was the only one that I had purchased.
S. Love
I've found this to be a great book for endurance training for the self coached athlete.
Stephen A. Means
Very detailed, in-depth information in an easy ti understand writing style.
Leonardo Teixeira Arantes

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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Pgh, PA on February 16, 2007
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This book is probably a five star book, but I give it a four because of the misleading summary provided by the publisher. This book is definitely not for beginners or those that exercise for general fitness. It is highly technical and really only appropriate for competing athletes that train 10 or more hours/week (or those coaching these athletes). If you want some simple programs that help to provide an efficient program for general fitness (<10 hours/week) you should look elsewhere.
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145 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Racho on December 5, 2006
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Total Heart Rate Training

One of the reasons I got this book was that it, at the time I ordered it (November, 2006), it was the latest (and greatest) book about heart rate training. Being the latest, I expected it to have the most up-to-date information regarding heart rate training. And in that aspect, it does not disappoint.

Another reason I got this book was because I'm a fan of the author, Joe Friel (I already have his Mountain Biker's Training Bible, Cyclists' Training Bible, Cycling Past 50, and The Paleo Diet for Athletes -- my reviews which should be coming soon).

As a comparison, the only other book I have about heart rate training is Sally Edwards and Sally Reed's Heart Zones Cycling, another admirable book (and also as of this writing, a 2006 publication).

I was discouraged a bit that, to get a really clearer picture on how effective heart rate training is, another form of measurement should be used as well, whether it's Rate of Perceived Exertion (free, but subject to, er, subjectivity), or through the use of a Power Meter (accurate, but expensive). I was discouraged (only a bit, mind you) because Power Meters are kinda out of my financial reach at the moment, and I would not be able to reach the potential of the author's advise. Note, you get a CLEARER picture of your fitness progression when these other forms of measurement are used in conjunction with heart rate monitoring.

This does not mean, however, that Power Meters are mandatory -- Joe just says the facts: if you have one, then better. After all, the title of the book is TOTAL Heart Rate Training, not just "Heart Rate Training", and the author would do the reader an injustice if he didn't show the synergy of different measurement systems.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Todd I. Stark VINE VOICE on July 20, 2007
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This brief but densely packed book is a superb reference of conditioning principles for all serious athletes. The reason is that it combines a safe, practical way of quantifying your workouts with a superb overview of the dimensions of training.

Contrary to the impression you might get from the book's title, this book is not a recap of the usual information about heart rate training, it is rather a concise summary of the long experience of the author searching for both effective training strategies and a way of organizing those strategies into an overall system.

The highlights that impressed me:

1. How to realistically and accurately evaluate your own heart rate training zones. "Max heart rate" is risky and unneccessary to test and uselessly inaccurate to estimate from age. Friel's approach is to use lactate threshold and work back from there because it is much easier to determine and more meaningful to most training programs.

2. The physiological and functional effects of each training zone, related to perceived effort and types of training drill. This breakdown tells you exactly how each type of training affects your basic athletic abilities and gives you examples of drills for each zone.

3. An easily understood adaptation of Bompa's system for relating basic athletic abilities (endurance, force, speed-skill) to advanced abilities (muscular endurance, anaerobic endurance, power).

4. Practical suggestions for determining what sorts of training you need to support activity of different durations.

The book focuses primarily on training for endurance sports, but its quantitative approach to training will help anyone in any athletic activity to systematize and improve their own program.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Brain Drain on January 19, 2009
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With regards to my goals of using heart rate to help me focus my twice a week cardio workouts in order to increase overall fitness, this book was a flop. Although there is a great deal of useful information, the author relates everything to training for a competition. What I was expecting (from the title TOTAL HEART RATE TRAINING), was an explanation of the various zones and how I can use the zones to increase my cardiovascular fitness. Instead I was given advice on how to set up workouts in preparation for a triathlon.

For the person who does compete, or the coach of competitors, this would probably be a worthwhile read. But those who have no intention of doing such things, I would skip this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julio Prieto on September 26, 2008
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Basically this book directs the reader to get the most of his Heart rate monitor and helps very well to change the reader into a more dedicated amateur or professional athlete by giving us the information (always backed with scientific literature) and the more pragmatical advises to improve our training. I find very easy to follow the books instructions in order to find my lactate threshold and organize an annual training plan (something I haven't). I think the book was written with a lot of expertise behind the author and he actually put all that info and experience in the hands of the reader. With that, the simplest Heart rate monitor transforms itself in a powerful tool.
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