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Brain Training for Runners: A Revolutionary New Training System to Improve Endurance, Speed, Health, and Res ults Paperback – September 4, 2007
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About the Author
TIM NOAKES is the Discovery Health professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), as well as co-founder and director of the Medical Research Council/UCT Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. In 2002 he received a doctor of science degree from UCT for seminal research findings in the exercise sciences. Noakes is one of the 22 founding members of the International Olympic Committee s Olympic Science Academy and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. A veteran of over 70 marathons and ultramarathons, Noakes is the author of the award-winning "Lore of Running".
Top Customer Reviews
Of all the books, I had narrowed my "favorites" down to three = Lore of Running by Timothy Noakes, ChiRunning by Danny Dryer, and Run Less Run Faster by the Runners World and the Furman Institute. I found these books contained the science, running form, and training plan I needed that made the most sense and seemed to be the most current, effective information available.
When I received Brain Training for Runners, I was immediately impressed and I'm happy to report that it does an excellent job of summarizing the key points in my three favorites noted above and is now my new favorite.
If you are ready to take your running to a new level, I strongly recommend you read this book. The author does a good job of explaining the role our brains play so you can understand what's going on behind the scenes...and train smarter to push through mental barriers that may be holding you back from your true potential. He is a believer in the "central governor model" proposed by Timothy Noakes and I think he does a great job explaining how it all works in layman's terms us runners can comprehend.
In my opinion, the author also does a great job of explaining stride mechanics and providing some excellent cues for you to focus on while running to improve your stride.Read more ›
The two-part book begins with a well thought out presentation of the brain-training system applicable to runners of all experience levels. Fitzgerald's motto, "train the brain and the rest will follow," explains how the main goal of brain-training is to develop a heightened awareness for feedback from the running experience to increase maximal capacity, efficiency of stride and injury-prevention.
The Brain Training System
The three feedback loops--collective, objective and subjective--compose the awareness center of the brain-training system. The first step in transitioning to a brain-centered training model is with a thorough understanding of the feedback loops, which Fitzgerald explains extensively in the book. Basically, the collective feedback loop includes classic training strategies; the objective feedback loop records and applies your own performance data such as speed, distance and heart rate to customize the brain-training system; and the subjective feedback loop is information relayed from body to brain through experience. Developing effective communication of this feedback is essential to getting the most from your training.
Fitzgerald's journey through the biology of the brain was a tad overwhelming, but he actually suggests that the reader skip forward to the next section, which illustrates how well he knows his audience.Read more ›
The author cites numerous studies but rarely, if ever, tells the reader what the titles of the studies are, where they were conducted, or where the results were originally published. Simply saying "Studies show that..." or "A study done in (insert place name) revealed..." wears thin after a while. As a trained researcher, I was disappointed that these claims weren't backed up very well. The lack of a proper bibliography or list of references definitely caught my attention.
This author clearly has significant experience and enthusiasm. It would appear, however, that most of the evidence cited in this book is based on his personal experience or anecdotes, rather than science.
I found the book easy to read and follow, but I would have liked more evidence to support his claims.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first major training book to stitch together the central governor theory and proprioceptive cue running all in one compendium. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrea F
A bit long on the scientific explanations, but it's geared more towards beginning runners, which I like a lot.Published 7 months ago by BB
I liked M. Fitzgerald's other advice but this book didn't do much for me. The underlying concept of running better by outsmarting one's own brain to go beyond normal fatigue... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ron A
As with other books of Matt Fitzgerald, Brain Training for Runners is very complete. It comes with extensive training packages, for beginner, intermediate and advanced, for 5... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dave Lommen
Dont waste your time.Youd be better reading a book on how to manifest your future and imagining yourself crossing the finish line. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. P. Schofield