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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - easy to understand and useful, January 1, 2011
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This review is from: Running Anatomy (Kindle Edition)
This book is a gem. Style easy to understand, lot of details, great illustrations, this book offers a complete information what to do (and what to avoid) as a runner.
The introduction allows the runner to understand how his/her body functions and which parts are involved in the movement. After reading this book I understand the importance of developing the upper body because now I know the benefits of correct running form and how to maintain it.

I found particularly useful the part with weight exercises to strengthen the upper and lower body, and was surprised (but now I understand the principle) with some exercises that stipulated a greater number of repetitions with low weight. For example, when strengthening the upper arm, long distance runners should avoid muscle gain and rather work on the muscle endurance because during the training and race, these muscles are solicited to help the legs to propel the runner forward. Added muscular mass would only be an added weight to carry for endurance runners. However, this would be OK for sprinters because these muscles would help them to run faster and for short distances it would not be a handicap.

Each exercise is described with a lot of details (which group of muscles it covers, how many repetitions, how to securely do the exercise, etc.) and the illustrations are in color and extremely well done. Each of them shows the muscles involved in exercises, starting and ending position, movement, variations, etc.

Another interesting part is the one with plyometric exercises - the one that help to develop power of running specific muscle groups thus improving the performance.

I would recommend this book to serious runners because of the information that allows them to know better their body and to improve their running.
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