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Primal Endurance: Escape chronic cardio and carbohydrate dependency and become a fat burning beast! Paperback – January 4, 2016
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Health and fitness expert Mark Sisson is the bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and one of the leading voices of the burgeoning Evolutionary Health Movement. His blog, MarksDailyApple.com, has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom's diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. With over 2 million unique monthly visitors, the blog is one of the top-ranked health resource websites on the Internet.
Besides the Primal Blueprint, Mark has authored The Primal Blueprint 21-day Total Body Transformation, The Primal Connection (which won the Eric Hoffer Award in 2013 for best self-published book, and the Ben Franklin Award silver medal in the mind/body/spirit category); and numerous other books on cooking, athletic training, and health.
Brad Kearns is the President of Primal Blueprint Publishing, and has worked closely with Mark Sisson since 2008 on the Primal Blueprint, Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation, Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal, The Primal Connection, and Primal Endurance. Brad is the director of the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification Program, and host of the Primal Blueprint and Primal Endurance Podcasts.
Prior to joining the Primal team, Brad wrote nine other books on health, fitness, and peak performance for McGraw-Hill and other publishers, including Breakthrough Triathlon Training. Brad competed on the professional triathlon circuit for nine years, where he won 31 events across the globe. Coached by Mark Sisson, Brad was a 2-time US national champion, world duathlon series champion, and the #3 ranked pro triathlete in the world in 1991.
Brad is a longtime coach and speaker in the endurance sports world, known for his humorous but deeply reflective presentation message, and his relaxed and intuitive approach to training. Today Brad's competitive outlet is Speedgolf, where he placed 20th in the 2014 World Professional Speedgolf Championships, shooting 83 while running full speed through a championship course in 51 minutes. To challenge the aging process after turning 50 in 2015, Brad high jumped 5'3" (meeting USA Masters Track&Field All-American standard for age 50-54 category), ran 400 meters in 59 seconds, and repeated his 20th place finish in the World Speedgolf Championships as the second-oldest competitor in the pro field. With continued improvement in high jump and sprinting, he hopes to earn a varsity letter with the local high school track team someday.
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My review in a gist: The book was way too lengthy and trailed on and on.
I really do enjoy Mark's blog and I was hoping that this book would be similar in nature to the writing style found on his blog. However, it wasn't the case at all.
1. The book was way too long. There were so many times in the book where I felt like the authors were going in circles with their information. It's not like there was a bunch of technical jargon that was used as filler - it was just poorly written. Much of the information could have been summed up in half the words. The author kind of got to the point, then skirted around the point, then kind of got to the point, etc. There were times where I was just like, make your point already! e
2. The book is full of a lot of claims but where I think this book really misses is it's lack of academic tone. There's no sources for anything. Because of that the book is kind of a poor reference. Instead of going around in circles the author could have written his points in a clear and concise manner and giving references to back up his claims. Instead, he didn't. So it then became more of an opinion piece followed up by examples of people who put his practices into use. I wish there was more than just anecdotal evidence.
Tips: Skim read. You won't miss anything.
Key concepts this book explores include:
• Exercise should be fun
• Exercise should be varied in intensity as well as activity
• Too much of the kind of cardio we typically do in gyms can damage the heart. While cardio on equipment or in classes is not bad as part of a balanced regimen, just be sure to mix it up. (In my experience, few people actually do because its just so easy to get stuck in a routine)
• Your diet’s macronutrient breakdown influences whether you burn fat or sugar during exercise
• Sugar is not the perfect fuel for athletes, in spite of what most sports nutritionists will tell you
• When your diet supports fat burn, you can listen to your body and TRUST what its telling you (with regard to hunger, fatigue and so on)
Far and away, the most important concept and one that the book keeps returning to is the metabolic state of burning fat is essential to normal health. And contrary to what many athletes assume, its not just exercise that promotes fat burn, it’s also diet. So that no matter how much you exercise, if your diet does not contain the right nutrients, you will not burn fat optimally.
Programatic elements of the book will help you to:
• Enjoy a balanced variety of activities
• Determine if you are overtraining
• Get more results from your workouts with less time
• Adapt a diet that helps to optimize fat burn even without exercise
I run a weight loss clinic and don’t always have time to go over a full exercise program with my patients so I have been waiting eagerly for a book that I can recommend it to my weight loss patients as well as the athletes I work with. This book is exactly what the doctor ordered.
An engaging and easy to read book no matter how you slice it Primal Endurance offers much needed information that brings the best nutrition advise from the medical world into the world of fitness, while providing a balanced approach to exercise.
As far as results you can expect in terms of improving your fat burn, I would expect that you could double your fat-burning capacity in 4 weeks, and go even further into fat burning beat territory the longer you follow this program. I use a similar dietary approach and test people’s fat burn before and after dietary intervention, and this is what I've found so far. For example, if someone starts the program burning 2 calories of fat per minute at rest and a maximum of 3 with exercise, they'll get to 4 and 6 respectively in a month easily. And that's without adding any exercise!
There are lots of easy to understand explanations, analogies, and real-life examples of their approach (including the authors themselves). They also emphasize the importance of a proper diet and plenty of rest, including abbreviating or skipping a planned training session if the runner is not feeling rested, energized, and motivated. The idea is to allow your body to heal, rather than beating it into submission. The latter may work for a while, but almost always results in a hard burnout and/or severe injury.
1. Existing readers of Mark Sisson (like me) will find the chapters on diet, ketogenesis, primal lifestyle, and sleep to be redundant and superfluous. Newbies, on the other hand, may find themselves feeling overwhelmed by just how many changes they are being told to make in their lives in order to be healthy and get better running results (avoid junk food, stop looking at screens within a couple hours of bedtime, take cold water plunges, go barefoot, etc). The Primal Blueprint (previous book) covered these topics ad nauseum. Here they would have been more effective and relevant as brief paragraphs, not huge sections of chapters or chapters themselves. Which brings me to:
2. The book is way too long overall. Many of its pages consist of redundant, belabored information that sufficiently could have been mentioned once. Most of the chapters become tedious and tiresome around the halfway point. The authors could stand to remember that just because they CAN write a 380-page book, doesn't necessarily mean they SHOULD. This book has about 150 pages of real, hard, useful substance. I don't mean to whine, but I am noticing this issue in a lot of books. I don't have an unlimited supply of time, so I want the books I read to give me solid, reasonably succinct info (whether there are 100 pages or 600), not constant rehashes of previously covered material.
That said, this book, and in particular the chapters about running, are definitely worth the read. They bring a much welcome breath of fresh air into endurance training, and I am extremely excited to incorporate them into my own training routine. Just don't be afraid to start skimming if you feel you've already grasped the concept...you'll likely only be missing repeated or longwinded explanations.
Sisson does a good job of summarizing them. And I can attest that these ideas, when applied correctly, do work.