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Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Running, Second Edition Paperback – October 1, 2005
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The book is structured as follows:
- A running-specific introduction
- Generic advice about gym workouts: basic stuff like the necessity of warming up and cooling down and making sure you don't lift more weight than you can
- Tons of (generic) exercises
- Two pseudo-scientific articles (one about technique and another about nutrition). These were the only remotely useful bits of the book, and they were written by other specialists.
From the above, it doesn't sound so bad. You could even thing this book was worthwhile. This is why it is not:
- The only running-specific advice is contained in the introduction (and the two articles), which is just 9 pages long (with huge font and big tables!)). All the rest of the book is totally generic, addressed to runners, racquetball players and golfers alike. Seriously, there is no other running-specific advice anywhere else, meaning around 85% of the book.
- The explanations to the exercises are pretty basic, similar to what you'll find printed in most decent gym machines. No value added there.
- Even worse, not even the selection of the exercises seemed to be really thought for runners. Only 20% (12 out of 60) of the exercises are for legs. I'm totally for a balanced work-out and training the core muscles, but you'd think runners would want to focus just a little bit more that 20% on the legs, right?Read more ›
The programs are very specific, and there is little advice on how you would tailor your own if you don't plan on lifting weights according to his strict schedule.
Skip this book, get a good book on basic strength training instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Less than useless - the idea that generic weight training helps running actually hurt my training. Avoid.Published 19 months ago by Jami E. Nettles
I made the mistake of buying this book a couple of years ago. The sample training programs at the back are generic and not as the title implies specific or even aimed at runners. Read morePublished on April 1, 2011 by Len74
A good weight lifting routine can make one a faster runner with greater stamina. Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for... Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
All of the books in this series are nearly the same which can be a bit annoying. However, I view any weight-training programs offered as just a start rather than as the end all of... Read morePublished on March 14, 2009 by Samuel Clements