Serious Training for Endurance Athletes-2nd Edition Paperback – Aug 12 1996
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"The ultimate resource for the endurance athlete. This book will take you up to the next level." -- Connie Carpenter, 1984 Olympic Gold-Medal Cyclist, President, Carpenter/Phinney Bike Camps
""The ultimate resource for the endurance athlete. This book will take you up to the next level.""
1984 Olympic Gold-Medal Cyclist
President, Carpenter/Phinney Bike Camps
""Rob and Ray have laid out the nuts and bolts of endurance training, taking into consideration perhaps the single most important factor—lifestyle. SERIOUS Training for Endurance Athletes provides the fundamentals necessary to start developing a training regime that works for you!""
Mark Allen, Six-time Hawaii Ironman Champion
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Nowadays, my own memories of winning the regimental mile (and in a very credible time!) are very distant. Nevertheless, I still go running with a pack on my back (old airborne habits die very hard!) as the battle of mind vs middle age spread enters the hardest phase yet. It is a fact that the older one gets, the harder all physical training becomes. This book, however, proved its worth in the first few pages by showing me an easier way to obtain similar results. After all, the book commences with; "Consider your own objectives." Says it all really.
There are many times in life when we all believe we know best and never more so than when it comes to physical training, but, consider this; If such training was as simple as just going for a jog, then why are others obtaining university degrees in the subject with some gaining high paid employment - especially in the field of sports injuries. The reality is, we who go for a run (and often do nothing else!) are not gaining maximum benefit from all that hard work.
Whilst the focus of the book remains the serious endurance athlete - and from which all such people will gain enormously from a thorough study of the content, I was particularly impressed by the way in which the book is able to benefit those of a lesser standard. There is no point in boring people with a blow-by-blow account of my own physical condition because no two people are alike.Read more ›
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I was pleased with the book and what others have said is true. I recommend this book to endurance athletes looking for reasons and explanations on why to train a certain way and what it will do for your body in the long run.
However, I am a competetive rower and there were few topics that took rowing into account. Most of the training is geared towards running/cycling/triathetes and not specific to rowing as much as I was hoping. Also, there is way too little emphasis on resistance training. Most of the book is about setting up a mathmatical training plan and says to devote time sparingly to strength training. I'm not an expert on other sports, but I do know that power through strength training is vital for a strong pull on those oars. I suggest devoting more time in the SERIOUS formula to weight training in the gym than the book suggests, especially in the early training weeks.
As for the rest of the book, it's great, but it takes a *LOT* of paperwork. Fortunately my wife is handy with MS Excel and plotted all the charts for me with forulas that makes it all easy. However, without her I know that I would be daunted and discouraged at the task of making all the charts and calculations by hand. In a future updated edition (I hope that they make one) the book should come with a CDROM loaded with all the charts and formulas, or at least a web site link for downloading them. In the 21st century it's good practice to have online content and I hope to see it with this great text book.
Make no mistake, the plan I used was not for the casual athlete - it involved 5-6 hours/day of training at times and every day was planned almost a year in advance. But if you can use this book to shape a program that fits your needs, but that is based on Rob's principles, you will be a happy, balanced and very fit athlete whatever your degree of committment.
By the way, the attitude that Rob taught me to approach training with has helped me in my post-triathlon life, as well.
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This is a good book for people who have never done a sport at a high level, because it will show you how to do a good training and give you ideas for exercises, it is also for... Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by A. Cassels
Although I rarley compete in races of any sort, the SERIOUS system enabled me to architect graphs and charts to acknowledge my strenghths and liabilities in my fitness plan. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2002 by AllotofVision
Although I rarley compete in races of any sort, the SERIOUS system enabled me to architect graphs and charts to acknowledge my strengths and liabilities in my fitness plan. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2002 by AllotofVision
I bought SERIOUS Training for Endurance Athletes to develop a training regemin for adventure racing. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002 by m wainwright
THis book is designed for SERIOUS athletes who want to get the most from their training without wasting time. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002
As a degreed physiologist I learned a lot from this book. Not as much from the physiological side, but from a training technique viewpoint. Read morePublished on March 19 2001 by Gail McCracken
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