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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (March 11 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880117702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880117708
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on Sept. 25 2003
Format: Paperback
I have been interested in improving my performance for years, and finally decided to take the plunge and look into heart-rate monitoring. This book does not really support a specific philosophy and who knows if the so called "science" is supportable. I also read "Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot" by John L. Parker and recommend it. It appears much more scientific and emphasizes recovery over training in a zone. Don't buy this book. Rory Donaldson roryd@brainsarefun.com
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I do inline skating, skiing, and weight training, but every time I tried to take up running, I would hit a wall. I just couldn't run for long sessions, and after a few I would hurt something and give up. Then I read about Ed Burke in Outside. This book, along with Burke's "Optimal Muscle Recovery" (I tore an Achilles tendon and developed plantar fascitis from skating and skiing) and "Stretching" finally got me to understand that I wasn't building the base I needed in order to run better. By following the training programs in this book, I've greatly increased my capacity without injury, and am slowly seeing my speed increase. Also liked this book because it took a different approach for each covered sport, and it treated inline skating with the respect it deserves as an endurance activity.
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By A Customer on May 28 2001
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I had bought the book to help me with Mtn. bike training and my son with running. The book didn't provide information for mtn. biking though it did have a section on road biking. The running chapter seemed incomplete. The major table that was supposed to explain the heart rate targets was not explained fully. Also, oddly, there is a quote in there that is identical in two chapters but attritubted to two different people!
In summary, I was disappointed with the book but it may be helpful to someone else.
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Given some of the less-than-favourable reviews here I thought I was going to find an average, if not hum-drum book. I was very pleasantly surprised! This is a great book, very detailed with good descriptions of the Karvonon method of calculating HRR (Heart Rate Reserve) and its correlation to VO2 Max and Net VO2 and how to use this information to determine appropriate training zones. It had some good sections on various other fitness activities (such as cycling, swimming and walking) and serves as a good resource for anyone wanting to get fit faster while lowering your chances of injury or overtrainig.
I think if you combined this book with "Heart Rate Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot" you'd posses all the information you'd ever need to train to maximum effectiveness with your heart rate monitor.
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Ed Burke, Colorado's most noted exercise physiologist and a professor at the University of Colorado has written another great book. Ed has been a professor for over two decades and a respected author as well. He hasn't traumatized his own body--like traumatizing means engaging in the eco-challenge, 100 mile runs and other dance until you die events. I think most people want to be fit and have fun. Fun is what Burke is all about.
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I think that George's point is that calling yourself a "tramatologist" doesn't mean a thing. I study trauma too...but that doesn't make my review of a heart-rate training book any more valid. My review was based on facts. The book isn't that great...for the reasons I gave. I can even be more specific about my reasons. Note: saying it is "fun" and "informative" means absolutely nothing...just like saying, "I'm a tramatolgist." (sic) And that would be...a MD? PhD? BA? A mail-order degree? Think about it... The book isn't terrible and I'd recommend going to the library to check it out if you're looking for a cursory introduction to heart-rate training...but I wouldn't buy it. By the way, Sally's book isn't that good either.
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For the "reader" below--whom I assume is really Sally Edwards--a book competitor--a traumatologist is someone who studies trauma! The Denver Post recently did a wonderful story on Ed Burke and the host of books he has authored unlike Edwards who does not write hers--and how Ed makes learning fun and informative! She should take time reading it....instead of globetrotting.
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It is interesting to note that the "reader" from Telluride, Colorado does not list any reasons "why" this is a great book. In fact, no one does! Why? The book is not that good! Ed makes learning fun? Please... An article in a fitness magazine provides as much "fun" information! Also, just because someone claims to be traumatologist (whatever that means!) and endorses the book, it doesn't make it any more legitimate. If it's so "great" why doesn't anyone give any reasons why? Hmm...I'm not against Burke & I'm not against Polar...I am for honest, fair reviews based ON fact. An honest review? This book is simply okay.
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