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Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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"This book takes practical, real-world, time-in-the-trenches thinking to a whole other level. It’s not often I come across a training manual that teaches you how to eliminate chronic pain, balance your hormones, detox your body, maximize fat-burning efficiency, and even hack your brain waves. This truly is the last book you’ll ever need in order to master endurance, health, and life." (-Chris “Macca” McCormack, Ironman World Champion)
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Ben Greenfield is a coach, author, speaker, ex-bodybuilder, and Ironman triathlete. His science-based approach to discovering a potent balance between health and performance has revolutionized the way thousands of athletes and exercise enthusiasts around the world live, train, and eat. Ben now works with athletes, CEOs, and soccer moms alike, helping them achieve amazing feats of physical endurance without destroying their bodies in the process.
In 2008, the National Strength and Conditioning Association voted Ben America's top personal trainer. He holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics from University of Idaho, and is a certified sports nutritionist (C-ISSN) and a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS). He has more than a decade of experience teaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports how to be healthy on the inside and on the outside -- and coaches people of all ages and backgrounds on performance, fat loss, nutrition, lifestyle management, and wellness.
In addition to being the head coach and nutritionist for Pacific Elite Fitness and the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, Ben is a consultant for WellnessFX, the host of the Get-Fit Guy and Ben Greenfield Fitness podcasts on iTunes, the author of more than a dozen programs and books for optimizing health and performance, and the owner of EndurancePlanet.com, the world's top endurance sports entertainment website. He also trains and mentors physicians, personal trainers, and physical therapists from around the globe via his mastermind Superhuman Coach Network at SuperhumanCoach.com.
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I also enjoyed the info about creating more efficient, smarter workouts-this section was actually a breath of fresh air.
Unfortunately, much of the rest of the book is simply bewildering and overwhelming. There' no question about Greenfield's passion about this subject. But even if you read through it (as I did) with the attitude that "I believe you Ben...everything you have to say...just tell me what I have to do"..ignoring the pages and pages of medical and scientific data, much of the advice is about the use of supplements and pharmaceuticals, expensive medical procedures, and the purchase of expensive/questionable exercise and health devices; as well as lots of "crazy uncle" advice: ground yourself to the earth's frequency when you sleep, wear magnetic bracelets, replace your shaving cream with $20/7 oz. tube of brown sticky paste to avoid getting poisoned, etc...
That being said, I waded through the book and found a few, valuable nuggets of info that more than justify the purchase price.
Use what works and discard the rest.
Even if you are not into endurance training you'll gain insights into training, recovery, VO2 Max, sore muscles, etc. If you are an endurance athlete you have hit the bible of training.
The book puts you in the middle of the science in a comfortably non-scary way. At least for me it does. Be prepared to learn a few new terms, which I enjoy. Knowledge is Power! (fist raised)
In the end why I like this book because of two things: 1. it makes me say "I never knew that", and 2. the fact that I can implement many of the suggestions, hacks right into my life easily and often with little or no cost. So far I've changed a number of my own habits and choices because of this book.
I would have liked larger print (it's mee eyes and I hate glasses), more pictures and maybe a colorful fold out.. but that's the kid in me wanting to be entertained.
You only need to get a hot cup of hacked coffee, grab a note pad/iPad, maybe some yellow stickies, and don't be afraid to mark up the book. I suspect this will be one of my more battered, stained and well worn books.
Ben is a great author, the book is well organized, easy to follow & written in a language that the non-degree level fitness enthusiast will comprehend and make use of.
Ben's aim with this book was to condesne the conplex worlds of sports performance, nutrition, diet, lifestyle, etc into a powerhouse book that provides the essentials to give you a practical guide & resource to help boost your potential not only as a gym goer or athlete but as a human. Full of practial hands-on tips, plans, and advice, the book is definitely a full resource to help you unserstand and take your diet & performance to the next level.
I also recommend Ben's podcast on iTunes, I have listened to it for a couple of years now, and its my go-to spot for knowledge, insight & advice. My sporting performance (running, boxing), strength, injury prevention and overall health have all been taken to the next level with Ben's output, he's an inspiring guy armed with an insane amount of knowledge and talent to convey it in an accessible way. The book is a great addtion to the podcast material.
Great work Ben, keep it up.
Put this book on your bookshelf!