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Underground Secrets To Faster Running Paperback – November 2, 2005
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We were always under the assumption that to increase one's strength that heavier and heavier weights was required. In other words we were adding bulk and extra pounds to our body. Now comes the author's work showing one can double their strength without putting on weight. I did not see this mentioned in the reviewer's note. This is a very important aspect and this book goes against the established grain. Perhaps this was bothering the reviewer. I am familiar with the book as well as enjoyed watching Felix compete in the olympics. The author was working with this athelete in high school.
Anything that is different seems to fight through so much of the 'old established way'. But when you have examples of something that works...that is the test of the pudding.
If I had this when I competed in the 1960s I know exactly how much I would have improved my performance. Now it is too late for me...but not for you.
Read it, consider it, and implement one or two ideas.
It could have more instructions concerning Verkhoshanski's shock method (plyometrics), as well as some illustrations.
The suggestions are good and would probably work. I learned a lot about physiology and training. However, for me there are two problems. First, it assumes that the reader is familiar with terminology used in a strength training gym. I'm a runner, I have been avoiding gyms all my life, I'm not sure what a proper dead-lift is (although I can guess, but I'd rather not). Not _that_ big a deal though, it can be looked up.
Second problem is that I'm not sure a gym would approve of someone walking in and using the methods listed, as they involve dropping weights from knee height (instead of putting them down gently). Maybe they do ... as I said, I rarely go to the gym, so I may be wrong here. It just seems odd, that's all.
Still, a great and fast read.