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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (November 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411657357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411657359
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am wondering what the reviewer, slim... was reading. His comments never refer to the materials contained within this book. I am a former athlete that competed at National levels in Track and Field and was a small college All-American.

We were always under the assumption that to increase one's strength that heavier and heavier weights was required. In other words we were adding bulk and extra pounds to our body. Now comes the author's work showing one can double their strength without putting on weight. I did not see this mentioned in the reviewer's note. This is a very important aspect and this book goes against the established grain. Perhaps this was bothering the reviewer. I am familiar with the book as well as enjoyed watching Felix compete in the olympics. The author was working with this athelete in high school.

Anything that is different seems to fight through so much of the 'old established way'. But when you have examples of something that works...that is the test of the pudding.

If I had this when I competed in the 1960s I know exactly how much I would have improved my performance. Now it is too late for me...but not for you.
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This book is exceptional with regards to its content. There is gold in here. Not only for runners, but for whomever may wish to increase explosive strength. Strength training beyond almost exclusively aesthetics routines.

It could have more instructions concerning Verkhoshanski's shock method (plyometrics), as well as some illustrations.
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I run, I play basketball, I play soccer ... a book that promises to improve my explosiveness and speed, written by a coach with an incredible track record? I'll definitely try it.

The suggestions are good and would probably work. I learned a lot about physiology and training. However, for me there are two problems. First, it assumes that the reader is familiar with terminology used in a strength training gym. I'm a runner, I have been avoiding gyms all my life, I'm not sure what a proper dead-lift is (although I can guess, but I'd rather not). Not _that_ big a deal though, it can be looked up.

Second problem is that I'm not sure a gym would approve of someone walking in and using the methods listed, as they involve dropping weights from knee height (instead of putting them down gently). Maybe they do ... as I said, I rarely go to the gym, so I may be wrong here. It just seems odd, that's all.

Still, a great and fast read.
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A bit overpriced, but still a great read to learn more about the physics and biomecanics of running faster. Totally recommend it.
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I like what I have read now I'm a week into putting it to action. So far so good and really like what I'm feeling already.
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There are gems hidden in here, but since bearpowered.com shut down, there's no insight about how to set up the sprinting sessions that allegedly worked so well for Ross's athletes. Generally, lift very heavy and avoid fatigue. His rants about why the snatch and power clean are "unacceptable exercises" are rather far-fetched. Otherwise, there are quality insights into training fast-twitch athletes here and, though Barry's "evidence" is fuzzy at best, the practical aspects of designing lifting this way have been verified by many coaches, including in my work with Frisbee players.

Read it, consider it, and implement one or two ideas.
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Great book. Very thought provoking and insightful. Different than most anything else out there that I have read on the topic of improving running speed. Good clear explanation of the "why" along with the "what" which was very helpful. Wish that the website mentioned in the book to view images of the exercised worked. It has apparently been hack and redirects to all different sites.
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