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The Athlete's Guide to Recovery: Rest, Relax, and Restore for Peak Performance Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Recovery is your secret to becoming a faster, healthier competitor.
Hit a wall in your training? Maybe you aren't giving the gains enough time to take hold. Hard workouts tear down the body, but rest allows the body to repair itself and come back stronger than before.
"The Athlete's Guide to Recovery" is the first comprehensive, practical exploration of the art and science of athletic rest. Certified cycling, triathlon, and running coach Sage Rountree guides you to full recovery and improved performance, exploring how much rest athletes need, how to measure fatigue, and how to make the best use of recovery tools.
Drawing on her own experience along with interviews with coaches, trainers, and elite athletes, Rountree details daily recovery techniques and demystifies common aids such as ice baths, compression apparel, and supplements. She explains in detail how to employ restorative practices, including massage, meditation, and yoga. You will learn which methods work best and how and when they are most effective. Recovery is critical to performance gains. "The Athlete's Guide to Recovery" offers recovery plans that target various training and race distances in events ranging from short-distance bike races to ultramarathons as well as examining recovery between seasons.
This invaluable resource will enable you to maintain that hard-to-find balance between rigorous training and rest so that you can feel great and compete at your highest level.
Sage Rountree is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and holds coaching certifications from USA Triathlon and the Road Runners Club of America. Her popular yoga classes for athletes draw students ranging from Ironman(R) triathletes and Olympians to everyday cyclists, runners, and walkers as well as team-sports athletes. She is a frequent contributor to "Runner's World," "Yoga Journal," "USA Triathlon Life," and "Endurance "magazines and is the author of "The Athlete's Guide to Yoga" and "The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga."
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Athletes tend to put recovery on the back burner, which results in overtraining and injury. The Athletes Guide to Recovery does a fantastic job presenting scientific evidence outlining the various cycles of training, and further educates how to take your own personal inventory so as to avoid overtraining.
A large portion of the book is dedicated to recovery techniques, and covers absolutely everything you could possibly imagine from sleep, self-massage, nutrition, hydration, compression socks and so much more. Many of the techniques described are simple and low in cost, yet have a tremendous impact.
The protocols for applying the techniques described in the book are broken down for short-distance training (under two hours) and long-distance training (over two hours). Again, proof that any athlete can benefit from this book.
Bottom Line: Buy this book TODAY, along with sticky notes and a highlighter pen. This is an invaluable training tool.
In Sage Rountree's new book The Athlete's Guide to Recovery, Rest & Restore for Peak Performance, he explains how its harder to RECOVER than it is to Exercise.. it's about finding the balance between working enough and resting enough. You should treat recovery as an extension of your training.. Say if you are passionate about Bodypump, then you should be JUST as passionate about recovery ! "You have to go easy to be able to go HARD." Now it's starting to make sense.
Paying attention to recovery takes time and discipline. Of course our idea of recovery may be to kick back and relax, watch some television, while folding laundry AND checking the facebook account. NOT> The body needs to have quite a fine balance between work and recovery. "You can drive a car across the country, and then get in the car and drive the next day.. You can't do the same thing with the body. Use your energy where it is best spent. When you rest, REST.
I'm only on chapter 11 in the book, but I've learned SO much already. Rest involves planning workout days and REST days. He talks about the importance of breathing and work load. Each chapter is delegated to a section that stands alone. Hard work tears down the body, but REST allows the body to repair itself and come back stronger than before.
I found this book a valuable resource. In the back there are charts and such. Whatever you need to know about recovery, you can find it here... Definitely a good read, OR a gift to a person in your family... :) The Athlete's Guide to Recovery: Rest, Relax, and Restore for Peak Performance
Thank you Sage for an excellent contribution to the athletic/health literature.
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