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I’m the most improved soldier in our District, thanks to the awesome strength training information I got from this book. --Rogelio A., Soldier in the US Army, April 22

About the Author

Rob Price is a first class certified personal trainer and a former fitness consultant at the University of Wisconsin. He is a national weight lifting champion and state bench press record holder who has been featured in newspapers and magazines all over the world, including the USA Today, for his sports-training expertise. Rob is a contributing author to Golf Fitness Magazine, Swimmer's World Magazine, US Bowler Magazine, and OnFitness magazine and is the founder and head trainer of SportsWorkout.com's e-Training service. In addition to being an internationally recognized fitness expert, Rob also holds a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University where he was honored as one of ten Moritz Scholars.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Price World Publishing; 2 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932549439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932549430
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Price is a first class certified personal trainer and a former fitness consultant at the University of Wisconsin. He is a national weight lifting champion and state bench press record holder who has been featured in newspapers and magazines all over the world, including the USA Today, for his sports-training expertise. Rob is a contributing author to Golf Fitness Magazine, Swimmer's World Magazine, US Bowler Magazine, and OnFitness magazine and is the founder and head trainer of SportsWorkout.com's e-Training service. In addition to being an internationally recognized fitness expert, Rob also holds a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University where he was honored as one of ten Moritz Scholars.

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Format: Paperback
First, you must be aware of the fact that this book is part of a series of about 30 books called "Weight training for...", including diverse activities such as rugby, bowling and cheerleading, and which are very similar one another. The author had the wonderful idea of writing basically one book and selling 30. Genius.

The book is structured as follows:
- A running-specific introduction
- Generic advice about gym workouts: basic stuff like the necessity of warming up and cooling down and making sure you don't lift more weight than you can
- Tons of (generic) exercises
- Two pseudo-scientific articles (one about technique and another about nutrition). These were the only remotely useful bits of the book, and they were written by other specialists.

From the above, it doesn't sound so bad. You could even thing this book was worthwhile. This is why it is not:

- The only running-specific advice is contained in the introduction (and the two articles), which is just 9 pages long (with huge font and big tables!)). All the rest of the book is totally generic, addressed to runners, racquetball players and golfers alike. Seriously, there is no other running-specific advice anywhere else, meaning around 85% of the book.

- The explanations to the exercises are pretty basic, similar to what you'll find printed in most decent gym machines. No value added there.

- Even worse, not even the selection of the exercises seemed to be really thought for runners. Only 20% (12 out of 60) of the exercises are for legs. I'm totally for a balanced work-out and training the core muscles, but you'd think runners would want to focus just a little bit more that 20% on the legs, right?
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First off, this book has about a 16 point font and is very short. It looks like my 6th grade book reports where I was trying to fill as many pages as possible. The author is a weight-lifter first and foremost and doesn't seem to have any particular insight into running. He just lists basic exercises and training programs.

The programs are very specific, and there is little advice on how you would tailor your own if you don't plan on lifting weights according to his strict schedule.

Skip this book, get a good book on basic strength training instead.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Yes, the book get's one star for one single positive thing: the calculation of 1repmax without doing it. After some internet googling I could have found this also for free. The rest of the book is pure weightlifting very little to do with running. The author does not give the impression had a greater idea or even the ambition to do so. Waste of money! Very expensive recycling paper! As it became in my case!
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Found this book to be disappointing. There was quite a bit of content on how to perform different exercises, but it was lacking in running specific information. It did not go into depth on how each of the specific exercises helps running performance, nor did it provide a variety of alternative workouts to achieve different goals. I should have been more careful before ordering this book - had I seen that it was one in a series of "Ultimate Weight Training" books for different sports - not written by someone who specializes in running - I would not have bought it.
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I was disappointed in this book. I was hoping to find out more on the difference in weight training between distance runners/sprinters. There was very little useful information on this topic. I know these drills, weights, but as a distance coach, this didn't help at all. It made me think of how to train my pole vaulters/long jumpers a little more, but no distinction is made for sprinters, middle distance, or long distance. That's what I was hoping for when I bought this book.
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This book contains basic weight training exercises that can be applied to a variety of sports that involve the use of a variety of muscle groups.
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Bad, bad, bad choice. Don't bother. It doesn't even get closer to be a guide for running. Not even a good guide for weight lifting. Cheap trick.
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Not really all that useful. Didn't outline any programs I would have liked to see. If you're looking for a book that outlines a strength program for runners, this is not it. However, it has lots of theory in it.
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