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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Price World Enterprises; 2nd Revised edition edition (May 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932549439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932549430
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 18 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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For someone who has never lifted weights before, this book will be of assistance. For an experienced weight lifter, this book is totally worthless. All it talks about is "High Reps, Low Weight" for endurance. Any experienced weight lifter already knows that. There are no special exercises for runners, just standard weight-lifting routines. Plus, I had some problems with some of the exercises: 1) It recommends the "Hurdler's Stretch", a move proven to cause problems with the opposite knee. 2) It recommends the "Lat Press Behind Shoulders", a move proven to cause shoulder problems. 3) It recommends the Deadlift as a Hamstring exercise, but illustrates the Romanian Deadlift, which emphasises the lower back, and puts only secondary stress on the Hamstrings. If you want to work the hamstrings with a deadlift move, use Stiff-legged Deadlifts.
So, if you've never lifted weights before, this book will come in very handy. If you have lifted wieghts and are looking for something more specific to your running muscles, I cannot recommend this book.
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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7789cc) out of 5 stars Generic, basic, useless April 27 2009
By A reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
First, you must be aware of the fact that this book is part of a series of about 30 books called "Weight training for...", including diverse activities such as rugby, bowling and cheerleading, and which are very similar one another. The author had the wonderful idea of writing basically one book and selling 30. Genius.

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?

- There is no distinction between sprinters, hurdlers, marathoners, ultramarathoners, etc., which you'd assume would require "slightly" different training routines. You are left wondering whether the author even knows that there are several kinds of runners.

- Most annoyingly, the text is full of ads inviting the reader to join the author's (paid) website. Which I will not.

I truly do not know what the other reviewers based their reviews on, but IMHO this book (and the whole series) is pretty much a waste of your hard-earned money.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e8faf90) out of 5 stars short, not very useful July 16 2009
By Michael J. Green - Published on
Format: Paperback
First off, this book has about a 16 point font and is very short. It looks like my 6th grade book reports where I was trying to fill as many pages as possible. The author is a weight-lifter first and foremost and doesn't seem to have any particular insight into running. He just lists basic exercises and training programs.

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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e8fafb4) out of 5 stars get fooled - buy it Nov. 10 2007
By H. Bernhard - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Yes, the book get's one star for one single positive thing: the calculation of 1repmax without doing it. After some internet googling I could have found this also for free. The rest of the book is pure weightlifting very little to do with running. The author does not give the impression had a greater idea or even the ambition to do so. Waste of money! Very expensive recycling paper! As it became in my case!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e39dc24) out of 5 stars Disappointed Nov. 4 2008
By VerveV - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Found this book to be disappointing. There was quite a bit of content on how to perform different exercises, but it was lacking in running specific information. It did not go into depth on how each of the specific exercises helps running performance, nor did it provide a variety of alternative workouts to achieve different goals. I should have been more careful before ordering this book - had I seen that it was one in a series of "Ultimate Weight Training" books for different sports - not written by someone who specializes in running - I would not have bought it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e39d90c) out of 5 stars Disappointed! Dec 16 2008
By Andrew Jon Gideon - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed in this book. I was hoping to find out more on the difference in weight training between distance runners/sprinters. There was very little useful information on this topic. I know these drills, weights, but as a distance coach, this didn't help at all. It made me think of how to train my pole vaulters/long jumpers a little more, but no distinction is made for sprinters, middle distance, or long distance. That's what I was hoping for when I bought this book.