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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
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Just got this book in the mail today. First thing I'll say is that the quality of this book is excellent. Pages are large, paper it's printed on is not cheap. (For this book I wouldn't recommend the Kindle version since it's something you'll reference while working out and/or healing. Plus, the graphics are outstanding.) It's well organized with a large section devoted to injuries types, and how to prevent them and/or resolve them. (About 60%) Graphics of muscles/bones is very detailed. The rest of the book has excellent workout programs with nicely detailed graphics and how-to instructions.

I'm a runner and I will get much use of this book. But you don't have to be a runner as it's designed for all types of athletes. (Both beginner and advanced) Highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
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I saw Dr Metzl speak at corporate event and he had great advice. I spent $13 on this book, and so far have increased the range of motion of my neck, improved plantar fasciitis, have my husband doing stretches to improve his IT band, and my father-in-law working on his ankle issues as well. Great to know how to prevent and heal those things that plague active people once they pass 30.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
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I got this book last week and I've already referred to it twice. It's extremely comprehensive, yet perfectly accessible and easy to navigate. Having used the Internet as my source before, I value having all of this information in one reputable source and appreciate that it comes from the viewpoint of an expert who really understands the mentality of an athlete. As a new runner, it's a comfort knowing that this book is on my shelves.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
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This book is great. Its like an owners manual for your body. It simplifies concepts in how your body works and how to think about preparing it for peak condition. Anyone starting out in exercise should be handed this book. And for those already engaged in fitness, it's a great way to re-focus and make sure you're taking care of yourself the right way.

Thanks Dr. Metzl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
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I have been watching Dr. Metzl's Runner's World videos for some time. I was so impressed with those, that I bought the book. Following his directions, I've managed to significantly reduce my lower back and hip pain.I highly recommend this book, not just for athletes, but for anybody with any pain problems.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Every New York-area runner who has ever been injured has heard of Dr. Metzl, but most have not visited him because he takes no insurance. However, for the cost of an insurance co-payment, I now have an amazing resource, with easy to understand descriptions and diagrams of all the body parts which tend to go wrong in athletes, and information about how to self-treat or prevent most chronic injuries. (Lest you think this book is all about self-treatment, there is a sidebar in each section indicating what symptoms should require a doctor's visit.)
Because Rodale puts this under the "Men's Health" imprint, the cover has to offer "secrets for a leaner. . .body", but that isn't the focus of the book.
Also, despite its being from "Men's Health", there are women-specific sections, including a good briefing on selecting a sports bra. Preventing one bad sports bra choice would more than pay for this book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I admit, I am a bit biased because Dr. Metzl is my orthopedist! But the book is truly wonderful. It is well-written, filled with valuable advice and contains several excellent regimes, with really helpful graphics. It is not just for athletes - it is helpful for anyone looking to take care of their body. The advice is particularly good for individuals who love to work out, whether or not they are participating in a sport. Dr. Metzl made me healthy and strong after several painful ski accidents and various other exercise-related injuries. His book is almost as good as seeing him in person (I say almost because he is quite adorable so in person is better!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
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When I received Dr. Metzl's book, as a gift from my husband, I truly enjoyed reading it and began exercising with a completely different perspective the very first weekend. The information is put together and communicated with such an ease to understand for anyone who wants to learn how to exercise efficiently, effectively and prevent injuries.
This book is absolutely brilliant. It is not a conglomeration of home remedies or what to use to rid yourself of cramps; what it is, however, is a book written by a distinguished physician who is extremely knowledgeable and readily shares his knowledge succinctly and clearly. The information will benefit athletes and people who might be considering exercise as part of their every day lives.
I was a competitive gymnast in my youth and have been exercising and running for the past 40 years. I have learned, from reading this book, that my warm-up routine was not efficient, sufficient or correct and how strengthening specific areas with specific exercises yields increased strength, success and enjoyment.
Dr. Metzl is a nationally recognized Sports Medicine Physician who has competed in 29 marathons and 9 ironman triathelete competitions. His simple and straightforward approach to strength and training allows the reader to reach his or her level of comfort and competitiveness while staying injury free. The results are an amazing book written by an amazing physician evenly applicable to the novice or competitor. MARCELA SPEERT
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2012
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I have been a patient of Dr Metzl since 2009 for my knee. I left my last appointment in tears thinking that my running days were coming to an end, but he recommended that I get his book and start the iron strength work out and foam roll the *BLEEP* out my leg. I have read it almost cover to cover, even sections that do not relate to my injury. I've got to say, it really does help! I haven't had knee pain in a long time! And I really don't predict any pain in my future if I stay committed to this plan.

This book has it all, it covers practically ALL injuries, nutrition, stretches, strength training, what SPORTS BRA to buy, and so forth. I have recommended it to so many people -- my father, a swimmer-friend, a friend training for a marathon, and they all have found it to be very helpful. BUUUT -- you need to commit to what the book suggests. You can't just do it once for a fix, or think a couple of days will cure you, you need to be dedicated and do these things right! (There is also a great video online demonstrating how to do some of the iron strength routine).

I've got to say, I am not a triathlete, a marathoner, or some super-athlete or will I ever be -- and I am totally fine with that! I just want to continue running, playing basketball and biking for many more years pain free, and I think with the help of this book I will be. Thank you, Dr Metzl!! And I hope I never see you again (in your office that is!)
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92 of 129 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2012
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This book covers a lot of ground, and provides many "hopefully" good ideas for curing numerous injuries. I have however a few reservations.

Dr. Metzl claims to have 20,000 patients. Let's do the plain arithmetic here. Let's say he sees 40 patients a week and works 50 weeks a year. That's 2,000 patients a year. At this workaholic pace, it takes him a full decade with little vacation to see each of his patients just once! Good luck if you need two or three follow up sessions. Meanwhile he still has time to train tens of hours a week to do Ironman triathlons in Hawaii and elsewhere. Something does not add up here.

Per the back cover of the book, he claims to be "one of the nation's leading sports medicine physicians." I did a quick search for him on the Internet and did not find a whole lot. However, a doctor rating website gave him only a 2 star rating out of 5, as given by nearly 20 different patients. And, the same site recommended several other sports medicine doctors all with 5 star ratings. This did not make him look like "one of the nation's leading sports medicine physicians."

His approach is interesting, but it may not be for everybody.

His dynamic stretching techniques are associated with vigorous bouncing while carrying heavy weights that will put much pressure on all your joints. If you are a 28-year-old triathlete, this approach may be fine. If you are a 50-year-old weekend athlete, this may be a recipe to injure yourself before you have the opportunity to injure yourself doing the sports you like.

He is really big on hard rolls. That's where you roll the side of your body on some really hard foam cylinder. You have to try it to understand what it is like. I have and I found it nearly excruciating with unclear benefits. Maybe it is reasonably more comfortable and rewarding for others.

He also is big on going nearly full out every single day. That seems excessive at least for the middle age weekend athlete type. There is a confusion between a daily active lifestyle that may include mellow days of just walking, hiking, gardening interlaced with more vigorous sports days vs his daily full out style. For middle age people the former lifestyle may be more sustainable and injury free than the latter.

His decision-making is sometimes typical of the Spartan macho archetype. He goes on advising that you should listen to your body and not incur excessive competitive sports stress when you have an injury. Then he goes on sharing that he also had such a crucial decision to make as he had a disabling injury just before doing an Ironman. It seemed a slam-dunk decision that he should not have participated in such a stressful event with such an impairing injury. Then, he goes on telling you that he decided to do it anyway and finish the event in 12 hours, a remarkably good time for someone at any age when you understand what such event consist off. From a medical standpoint it seemed like a stupid thing to do risking permanent damage to his body.

Besides all that, this book may be fine.
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