- File Size: 13335 KB
- Print Length: 325 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: F&G Partners (December 17, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 17, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009JTJ676
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Science of Winning: Planning, Periodizing and Optimizing Swim Training Kindle Edition
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Anyone who's spent even a small amount of time researching endurance physiology has no doubt come across scores of contradictions and ambiguity; Olbrecht acknowledges this and gives sensible definitions to the terms he uses throughout the book without being confusing. He gives solid scientific rationale for his thinking without getting too obscure or technical, and he can back up his recommendations with real-world success. That above all separates him from so many others: he can show you what various athletes did, and how it turned out for them, and then explain why certain things worked and others did not. It's just enough theory tempered with just enough empiricism.
That's not to say he simplifies training, or pretends that any athlete will immediately benefit from the same approaches. He's quick to point out that everyone reacts differently to the (seemingly) same stimuli, and if you read the book in its entirety, you'll gain a better understanding of how to analyze data and react properly to what's going on. But rather than flood an athlete or coach with tons of data, he outlines which things are most important. Knowing what to focus on and why helps tremendously.
Additionally, the book is loaded with great insights for developing a training plan, with intelligently devised periodization. Many people talk about periodization, but Olbrecht details exactly how to do it.
It is specifically for swimmers, but anyone can project the information into their sport with a little effort.
It is highly technical and not easy reading, but is well worth the price for anyone serious about training.
The only issue I had with the book is the charts and diagrams do not scale with the zoom and are hard to read.
There is no way to rotate the book in the PC version of the Kindle reader, and some of the diagrams are landscape,
which also complicates extracting the information. Amazon needs to add a rotate function to the PC reader! A Kindle is easy to turn on it's side, not so much a desktop PC.... :)
I hope the publisher reprints the book, I would buy a physical copy, too...
Very interesting book that gives valuable information an insight into training planning and adaption.
The author is clearly very found of lactate testing. However the book does not provide the new way, and according to the author, better way of lactate testing interpretation, and states that in 40% of the cases in the classical interpretation the advice given based on the results will be wrong. This was a bit disappointing.
The book is extremely interesting and opened a whole new world of coaching methods to me.
I wasn't aware of many of the concepts that the books discussed and think it gave me a hugh boost in understanding different training methods.
It would have been great if Jan could write a book like this about other endurance sport :-)
Yet, it's not for the amateurs. The book is very technical and has a lot of graphs and relatively complicated concepts.
I'd recommend this to the serious endurance athlete/coach wanting to know more about lactate training.
Some of the figures in the Kindle edition were hard to read.