- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (September 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014312319X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143123194
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
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The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Free--for Life Paperback – September 30, 2014
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“The material and insights detailed in The Running Revolution are scientifically, physically, and emotionally profound. The Pose Method has the potential to be used as a standard by which running performances can be evaluated, coached, and enhanced. If you are a runner looking for a resource to reduce injury risk, improve performance, and build your training program, look no further. In 25 years of working with running athletes, I have yet to find a more meaningful resource.”
—Tom Whipple, Physical Therapist, Penn State Sports Medicine and author of The Endurance Paradox
“Romanov’s teachings have dramatically changed and fundamentally shaped the way we think about, understand, and teach not only running, but all movement. I can say unequivocally, that no other information I have acquired in my career has influenced my teaching process more. The Pose Method is the only teaching method we use for our runners at LA PALESTRA.”
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“To tens of thousands of runners, including me, Nicholas Romanov walks (and runs) on water. Approaching running as a skill to be learned, his groundbreaking, much-copied Pose Method established a new paradigm, promoting a soft, natural landing that minimizes impact, maximizes speed, eliminates injuries, and saves running careers. No one thought about form until Romanov came along; now we know that it is crucial. I've interviewed dozens of runners who simply would not be running without it.”
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—Major Angela Diebal, US Army Physical Therapist
"There's no doubt about it, the Pose Method made me a more efficient runner. And the beauty of the system is that no matter who you are, if you stick to the principles and apply them in each training session, you can't help but improve."
—Andrew Walters, Elite Australian Marathoner, Pose Method coach and founder of Setai-Do Australia
“I discovered Dr. Romanov's Pose Method about four years ago, and it has changed the way I understand running. Since then both my athletes and I have gained the ability to run great distances with less stress on the body, faster recovery and reduced running-related injuries. This book will help transform you into a smoother, more confident athlete.”
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—Debbie Savage, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Australian Sports Commission and former elite sprinter
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About the Author
Nicholas Romanov is a two-time Olympic coach and world-renowned sports scientist known for creating the Pose Method. He consults with elite athletes and professional teams around the globe. Over the last several decades, the Pose Method has been utlized at an institutional level with large organizations including the United States Military, CrossFit, and professional sports programs including the National Triathlon teams of Great Britian, the United States, and Russia. He lives in Miami.
Kurt Brungardt is one of America’s top personal trainers and fitness writers. His books include the national bestseller The Complete Book of Abs and The Complete Book of Core Training. He lives in New York City.
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Short background (I'll get to the point fast, I promise!). I grew up swimming, played competitive water polo through college, and took up running 3 years ago. I found myself constantly injuring myself, despite some significant accomplishments for a non-runner (43:16 10K is my best PR). After getting sick of injuring myself I thought about how much time I spent growing up doing swimming drills. We did nothing but drills and stroke work for years, that made me an efficient/injury-free swimmer, and I wanted to take that approach to running. I tried a running coach, but he had the old school mentality of 'just run,' not to mention one session was three times more than this book....
"The Running Revolution" explains that with the right technique and approach to running, anyone can have a long running career. Not just a few years until your knees give out. That's what I wanted, and that is what this book will help you do (assuming you have the mind-body awareness to be your own critic). First by re-build your running form from the ground up. It starts off with simple workouts, but is building your foundation. The first workout is all about your foot, and you reinforce these principles before each workout. I had already taken steps to move away from heel-striking, so this seemed obvious, but I maintained a positive attitude towards it. I had made the decision to follow the program all the way through, and wasn't going to be deterred because I thought a few drills were common sense. As you progress the workouts stack on top of each other and become more complex.
What the book tries to do is get you to think and feel every aspect of your run. From your foot strike, to your leaning (falling) angle, to your recovery (pull), etc.... I find some technique drills awkward, but they serve a purpose. I can tell you the first time I did a number of swimming drills felt awkward too. But today, almost 4 weeks in, I can say that everything is starting to fit into place. When I am running correctly, it feels right, like the first time I held good form on a new lift... something just clicks now. I know I am not faster, in fact I am sure I cannot go out and maintain my old pace with the new form i am learning, but that when I get back to running track workouts and racing I will continue to improve without the high rate of injury.
I have two tangible improvement's at this point I would like to share:
(1) I have noticed that I really feel the effort my calves and hamstrings put into each workout. As the book describes, previously I was actively striking the ground which put a lot of stress on my shins, quads, and feet (where I had a lot of my injuries over the last few years). But now I feel like I am properly using the correct muscles when I run. It reminds me of the first time I performed weight workouts with slow-controlled reps, I felt sore, and couldn't do near the weight as I did with improper form, but knew it was a good thing. It has not been easy to make the transition, but it feels right.
(2) I have a Garmin Felix 2, which tracks my cadence, ground contact time, and vertical oscillation (how much you are moving up and down during your run). Previously my vertical movement was terrible, something like 12-14 CM. After my last jog, I averaged a 8 CM vertical oscillation, which is not perfect, but the difference from 12 to 8 is significant, and shows that I am running much more efficiently that I was previously.
I am sure there are dozens of books that will give you a similar insight into running. Each will have a structured path to efficient running. I can't say this is the best book on the market, but am happy with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone I know.
I found the author's style easy to read and very simple to follow - with a series of drills and ways to prepare yourself, I have got back on the running trail and over the last 10 days have really seen an improvement in my running and despite my history, I have not yet had an injury (knock on wood!). I am excited to continue to implement the tips and tools I have (and continue to!) learned from this book and will be looking for his other book about the Pose method as I found the shortened version in this book to me very helpful to a long-term running struggler like myself.