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Total Heart Rate Training: Customize and Maximize Your Workout Using a Heart Rate Monitor Paperback – November 1, 2006
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More About the Author
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through his blog at www.joefrielsblog.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this at the same time as my heart rate monitor. This was useful to help me understand how to use the monitor and how to train, using it, to improve cardiorespiratory... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebeccah
Has some good info to help with your training, but does not come with training plans. Expect to either spend a lot of time and effort developing plans after reading, or (as the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James
Very helpful book for any athlete looking to understand how to train well with heart rate and actually takes you through the process of creating a yearly training plan!Published 3 months ago by William Alverio
Great book if you're serious about improving your fitness.
Most of the ideas are well known, however, this books ties them up nicely. Read more
Solid information. Anyone can follow this information and put to use with a good heart rate monitor. Get to know your device and use this book for training and reference.Published 7 months ago by Hilario Lopez
Joe's book and using a HR monitor has improved my training. I've seen a marked improvement increasing my Anaerobic Threshold in 3 months by training hard twice a day, three days a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kent Moore