- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Collins & Brown (Aug. 4 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843405431
- ISBN-13: 978-1843405436
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 422 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #416,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Master the Art of Running: Raise Your Performance with the Alexander Technique Paperback – Aug 4 2009
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About the Author
Malcolm Balk has taught sell-out Art of Running workshops for the past 15 years, helping thousands improve their running technique. He is a masters’ athlete and former head coach of Concordia University’s track and cross country programs. Malcolm currently teaches in Quebec.
Andrew Shields is Sport and Health Editor of Time Out London magazine and has twice been runner-up in the British Sports Journalism Awards. He works closely with the London Active Partnership, from whom he received a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Coaching in 2005. A former nationally ranked triple jumper, he now competes in masters’ events.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I began studying Chi Running, Evolution running, Pose running, Alexander Technique, barefoot running, and several others. It should be noted that all of these have many factors in common, though they all go about it in slightly different ways. I have made significant progress since I have started to adopt these techniques. Less effort, quicker recovery, no injuries, more natural stride, and starting to see quicker times again (times and pace took a back seat while re-learning the basics).
All that said, this book could save someone a lot of time researching and studying all these different options out there. Now I would like to add, if you have the desire and time, it's still worth reading up on all these other techniques. I feel I learned bits and pieces from everything I've read and seen. However, if you are like most, you will appreciate this book, as it does a fantastic job of teaching the common denominators of all these techniques.
I honestly believe ALL runners - escpecially those starting out, should read this book. Even if you just take a few things from it, it's well worth it. There's not a lot of extra material here, so it's not an intimidating read; it's meant for everyone.
Buy the book. Run better and keep away from injuries, for the rest of your life.
I have to disagree with the first reviewer. While the book may not tell the entire story, I did get some very concrete and relevant tips - for instance, remembering to look ahead, and not down (as I had been) while running.