- Spiral-bound: 144 pages
- Publisher: Patagonia; Spi edition (May 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938340396
- ISBN-13: 978-1938340390
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Alpinism Training Log Spiral-bound – May 19, 2015
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Scott Johnston, who grew up in Boulder, Colorado, has ski raced on a national and international level, and is an avid climber. He currently coaches several of the nation’s top cross country skiers, and climbs, establishing local climbing routes in and around his home town of Mazama, WA, in the North Cascades.
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I was happy to see the Transition Period in the training log. I was worried that the log would be mainly for the Base, Specific, Taper and Peak periods since the Transition Period is mainly a break-in period before the "real" training starts. As stated though, it's an important period to get into athlete mode and ensure that you are fit enough to train.
The actual training log pages where you record your planned training are much more evolved than the logbook pages in TFTNA. You plan out two weeks and write that. Then when you complete the training, you have a separate space to write the actual training performed. There are friendly prompts on each logbook page to remind you of important details such as training volume, sets and reps, and cragging goals.
The training log also has a great Appendix where important information on training the different forms of strength is condensed and consolidated. The final pages are for a reference diagram of Scott's Killer Core Routine. I had written the routine on 3x5 note cards, but it's really nice to have a visual cue of each exercise.
If you have started training using the principles in Training for the New Alpinism or if you are looking to start, this training log will be an essential part of success. I have used a spiral notebook for years, but this will be the replacement. As the preface says, "Go simply. Train smart. Climb well."
That’s why I’m very excited about the Training Log. When I ordered it, I was concerned that it would just consist of some fancy worksheets with some inspiring quotes. It turns out my expectations were way off the mark.
First, the authors have done an excellent job of providing new content that builds upon what you’ve learned from Training for the New Alpinism (TFTNA). They did not copy and paste from the book to the log. When you read the log, you’re getting more practical information on how to craft, implement and evaluate your training regimen. They invite you to ask yourself some very interesting questions regarding your goals, encouraging you to be both inspired and realistic. There is excellent where-the-Vibram-meets-the-trail information about each of the training periods, reminding you of what you’re up to and what challenges you face in the coming weeks. All in all, the content provided in the log further explains the entire training program.
Second, the design and layout of the actual training logs is both practical and beautiful (suggestion to Patagonia Books: allow a preview on Amazon). Well-designed icons provide references to TFTNA, explanations of exercises, and reminders about how the current week relates to the prior weeks in terms of training volume. The spacing of the rows and columns allows reasonable space for penciling in your plan and your results, which is important to anyone who has tried to use Excel spreadsheets for workouts (what exactly is the ideal spacing for handwritten notes? I still don’t know). In physical terms, the ring binder is useful, making it easier to turn the pages and also serving as a handy place to stash a mechanical pencil. The cover is made of stiff, reinforced paper, which can probably stand up to getting stashed in your backpack when you head off to work out.
Third, there is an appendix that focuses specifically on strength training, a subject that I found slightly confusing as a beginner. The supplemental information in the log answers a lot of my questions about maximum strength versus muscular endurance, and also includes some useful tips about how you’re supposed to feel after both (i.e., don’t blow yourself to bits in the gym or walk your legs to the nubbin on countless water carries, and definitely allow enough time for recovery).
In conclusion, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to pony up for the Training Log, I strongly recommend that you go ahead and buy this. It will save you a lot of valuable time during the nuts-and-bolts phase of setting up the plan, taking all of that valuable theory you’ve learned about in TFTNA and putting it into a beautiful, useable, and above all practical format.