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Runner's World The Runner's Body: How the Latest Exercise Science Can Help You Run Stronger, Longer, and Faster Paperback – May 12, 2009
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About the Author
ROSS TUCKER, PHD, serves as scientific editor of Runner's World South Africa, a consultant technical expert with Adidas South Africa, and editor of Health 24, South Africa's largest fitness- and health-related Web site. Tucker, a competitive runner himself, lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
JONATHAN DUGAS, PHD, holds a post-doctoral fellowship with the University of Chicago. He is the cocreator, with his colleague Ross Tucker, of the popular Science of Sport blog. A qualified USA Cycling coach, he lives in Chicago.
MATT FITZGERALD is a prolific health and fitness journalist. He writes regularly for such national publications as Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Runner's World, and Triathlete. With nine books to his credit, he also creates interactive training programs for runners and triathletes and leads clinics at triathlon and running events throughout the U.S. He lives in Northern California.
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Top Customer Reviews
Assuming the information is accurate, I think this is a good review. It's a little wordy and blathers on in some places, as if trying to add some meat. For the price, it's worth the read. There are a couple of annoying editorial mistakes, like missing graphics, but that's sort of forgivable.
1. NO! muscle soreness is not caused by lactic acid burn. It is caused by microscopic tears in the muscle fiber!
2. There was enough repetition to know which points the authors were underlining. When reading books that have so much information, it is always good to have some things repeated (they can get lost in the way of getting through the whole book).
3. There was just enough technical information to give you the background necessary without turning it into a Biology text. It appears that their journalist co-author (Matt Fitzgerald) helped them to cut down some of the non-essential information. This book was not the least bit bloated.
4. This book could be read in any order if you wanted to skip to the parts that you wanted to read most.
5. There were very useful diagrams of atypical stretches that most of us don't do.
1. As others have noted, this book does not have a bibliography-- and that would have been useful if one wanted to look at the abstracts of some of these articles to check the conclusions and sample sizes for oneself.
2. There were lots of good stretching diagrams, but some of the stretches that they described in the text would have been a lot easier to visualize if they had just included a photo. Why not have just been consistent and put in photos for all the stretches described? In this case, a photo really *would* have been worth 1,000 words! Better yet, a *whole section* of photos on stretching (given its importance in running).
3. I could have done with a section on the racial differences between runners.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is a brilliant guide to better understand your limits as a runner and as an amateur sportsman. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emile
This book's title says it all. It actually delivers on its promise. After I read this book, I got stronger and I did start to go longer running sessions. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andreas Michaelides
Interesting read for someone interested in the changes occurring in the runner's body. Refers to a lot of studies but no clear link to the actual details/names/authors of those... Read morePublished 23 months ago by phyllis