- File Size: 1586 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Publisher: Brian Martin; 1 edition (August 4, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005G164RG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Running Technique Kindle Edition
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My biggest issue with this book is the lack of scientific evidence that could've been applied and reported on. The author provides tidbits of anecdotal evidence about his own experience, but I would prefer to hear about how suggested improvements had been applied to a study group and what the results were.
What did I get out of this book? A better knowledge of biomechanics, a handful of useful strengthening exercises, and a clear idea of what good running form looks like. As far as how to fix my own technique or help my athletes with theirs... nope, still in the same boat as before.
It can tend to be a little long-winded for me, but it's easy to skip over sections once you "get it". In my opinion, it's better for an author to explain a concept in too many ways (as Brian has) than not enough. You're sure to understand exactly how running works, what you're doing wrongly, what the elites do correctly, and how you can get closer to elite technique.
Written by someone who had to overcome a lot of technique problems, Brian may not have the credentials of a lot of other running authors, but he more than made up for it with his research and explanatory skills.
Bear in mind it can get a little technical, so don't try to read this while multitasking. However, I thought it was the lowest possible level of technicality without compromising your understanding. This is well supported by videos and pictures on his website.
My only criticism is that he should've stopped before writing the chapter on training programs. If this is a book about how to improve your running technique (and it definitely is), then it should be about that - leave training programs and philosophies to experts like Pfizer, Daniels, Hudson, etc in books written specifically for that.
Overall, think of Brian Martin as your running uber-nerd friend who has done a ton of reading and then explains to you what you're doing wrong in your running technique and how to fix it.
This book is especially important for people just beginning running, but almost every non-elite runner will get a great deal of benefit from it.
At long last we have an author that recognizes the importance of weightlifting to fire the correct muscle sequences for efficient, injury free running. He also understands that minimalist, zero drop running is the anatomically correct way to run.
The only reason i'm knocking off a star is because much of the book emphasizes the importance of the glutes. In fact, on every chapter there was bound to be some paragraph extolling the benefis of strengthening the glutes. It was almost as if a sparknoted version of this book would simply say: Strengthen your glutes to run correct. While important, i think the hamstrings got very little mention in this book for their importance as compared to the glutes.
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Thank you Brian Martin,