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Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard Paperback – October 1, 2008
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I got a copy of Running the Lydiard Way in 1978 and it went everywhere with me, 24 hours a day for at least two years, while Arthur's way changed me from an average club hack into a county-class runner. I don't know where Keith Livingstone's book is going to take me, but I've already started carrying it around.
Finally, 30 years on, we get an update and a full explanation of what the Lydiard system really is and how it works. Very exciting!
Even better, Keith writes as a New Zealander born and bred right there in Lydiard land, being himself coached by Olympic medallist Barry Magee, one of Arthur's originals. So here is the true word on Lydiard, direct from original sources.
It's become fashionable to bash Lydiard these days; many of us who had direct contact with the "master coach" have tried and failed to correct the complete tosh that is often claimed as being "Lydiard training" - the most common myth being that he advocated a minimum of 100 miles a week at barely above jogging pace. Here at last is chapter and verse on EXACTLY what Arthur intended, with plenty of real-life examples of how Arthur and his runners adapted the basic system to individualise it for runners of different capabilities.
You'll see, for example, how to use sessions of long slow distance therapeutically, to help recover form. Keith has also done a great job of providing the missing science; although Arthur has been hailed as the greatest running coach of all time, Keith reminds us that Arthur was actually a milkman; he worked things out by experimenting on himself and then with trial and error plus intuition.Read more ›
I finished it at 4.00am and felt like going for a run. Five stars is not enough!
During my days of teaching and coaching in the 1960's and 1970's, New Zealand athletes were the trend setters.
Moving from training athletes to caring for athletes, after retraining as a Chiropractor in Canada in the mid 1970's, I now see how knowledge of what Keith Livingstone explains in his book would have made me a better Chiropractor for the athletes I cared for.
If you teach or coach athletes or you are a practitioner who cares for athletes I highly recommend you purchase this book.
John Hinwood, DC, Dip PE, Cert LC, FAIM, FICC, FACC
The Australian Spinal Research Foundation
Healthy Intelligent Training by Keith Livingstone is simply awesome.
As far as I am concerned, it is the best book written about the Lydiard method of training. Healthy Intelligent Training is written 'layman' enough for those who do not want to be weighed down with heavy scientific tech-speak. However, the book provides enough scientific reference to provide credibility from the technical end of the perspective; the reader gets the best of both worlds.
Should you prefer case studies that are not done in a lab over 3 weeks under controlled circumstances, but examples provided from 10, 20 and 30 year careers - Olympic accomplishments and just outstanding results, then Keith writes it out so everyone gets their fill of what they need to better understand the Arthur Lydiard method of training and physiologically speaking the method matches what the body is meant to do - move!
Although the book is said to be geared towards serious middle-distance runners. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to train to their optimum for middle and long distance, right up to the marathon.
The book is a series of chapters (more than 15) on various topics such as an explanation of the Lydiard method, hill training, ananerobic conditioning, nutrition, etc. The beginning chapters explain the physiology of running and as it progresses explains principles. Throughout the whole book are numerous examples of how the techniques can be applied to training schedules.
While there seems to be some good material, the book is rambling and tangential and many of the topics are not explained well. I have re-read the sections on aerobic, subthreshold, and threshold runs and still do not understand what they are getting at. Some chapters reference future material that hasn't been covered and explanations for certain topics later in the book are at the beginning which makes it confusing. Right now I am in the aerobic conditioning phase but I really have no idea for what to aim at from this book except that the 100-mile/week advice is for serious runners and I should build up slowly, increase my runs gradually, and run at a good pace. In fact all of the advice on aerobic running can be found on the chapter summary on page 91 but it is all very general advice and not very specific. Some subtitles in this chapter include Maintain Speed and Technique, Learn about your body, etc.Read more ›
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