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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)
About the Author
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.
The core of this book is about maximizing performance without destroying your body. It has helped me find the balance between performance, health and longevity, to the point that I consider it life changing. If you are a hard charging endurance athlete, you may read some things that you don't want to hear, but don't fear Ben provides an endless supply of methods and biohacks for minimizing the damage while maximizing performance.
If you are looking for every possible thing that you can do to maximize performance, recovery, and health, this is a book for you. There is just so many biohacks and methods in this book that it will be difficult to implement them all. The book gives you the tools so you can pick and choose what works best for you.
When it comes to new Science, newly released studies, or new hacks, Ben leaves no stone unturned and doesn't hesitate getting out on the fringe. This book has been out a couple of years and new information is continuously coming out validating many of the training and recovery methods laid out in the book. I hope and expect to see many revisions to this book since knowledge on this subject is continuously evolving.
This is a book that will always stay within close reach to be used as a reference. I so wish that I had this book 10 years ago!!!
Thank you Ben for all the research and work that went into this book!
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.
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Im blown away from Ben's knowledge and assistance
Go for it if you want alot of info you
might not need for average training.
Science. Science everywhere.