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Master the Art of Running: Raise Your Performance with the Alexander Technique Paperback – Aug 4 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (Aug. 4 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843405431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843405436
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa254d21c) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2553e04) out of 5 stars should be every runners beginers manual, running 101 July 13 2009
By AK runner - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been running for over 20 years. I am, and alway have been, competitive; but I also just love to run as part of my day to day life. I guess I've been lucky, as not to have ever been sidelined for long periods with injuries through the years. I've always known my form was never that great, and frequently slipped into periods of good form, and periods of not so good form. In the past few years (I'm 45 now), I decided I wanted to refine my form, so that I can still run (efficiently) as the body starts it's natural decline related to age. That is to say, I know the older I get, the less "the luck" will keep me running healthy.
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.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2557450) out of 5 stars A fine and inspiring book July 29 2006
By David R. Herring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm moved to add my positive review after noticing the negative one by S Hadley.

I found this book full of insight on the nuts and bolts of the running process as opposed to most of the other books I've read that take form as a given and instead focus on training regimes. I see it as a primer, a well thought out and very useful one: you can read it cover to cover or just open it and pick up some technical point to practice on your next run. It does mention the like of Haile Gebrselassie, Sebastian Coe and Merlene Ottey as role models but I found this inspiring and their form something to aspire to rather than the glib comment S Hadley alludes to.

One last thing. I bought the book 2 months ago and although my times have not come down noticably, my recovery rate and overall fatigue after a long run has diminished remarkably. I look forward to a largely injury free running future.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25573c0) out of 5 stars Not that readable April 28 2013
By Kari - Published on Amazon.com
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It's hard to write a readable book on a physical skill. I'm a big fan of Alexander Technique, but my takeaway from this book was "go find a Pose Method running teacher." So that's what I did. According to my new coach, the books on Pose Method are also unreadable, so I'm glad I went straight to a coach. For reference, I like to run 3 miles or so a few days a week - recreational, fitness jogging. My interest is injury prevention. I was resistant to the idea of getting a coach for something as lame as jogging a few miles a week, but the fact that this book convinced me to do that was definitely something.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2557438) out of 5 stars Opened up a new world Aug. 18 2008
By chungking - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book introduced me to the possibility of "technique" in running, and started me on a journey (to the Pose Method, and barefoot running) that has dramatically changed the way I run - smoother, with less impact and fewer injuries.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2557390) out of 5 stars Alexander Running Jan. 3 2013
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I've read 6 books involving the Alexander Technique and have taken some lessons. I found the running technique useful and have changed my jogging stride.