The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 22, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 528 pages
Are you a triathlete, runner, cyclist, swimmer, cross-country skier, or other athlete seeking greater endurance? The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing teaches athletes how to stay healthy, achieve optimal athletic potential, and be injury-free for many productive years. Dr. Philip Maffetone’s approach to endurance offers a truly “individualized” outlook and unique system that emphasizes building a strong aerobic base for increased fat burning, weight loss, sustained energy, and a healthy immune system. Good nutrition and stress reduction are also key to this commonsense, big-picture approach.

In addition, Dr. Maffetone dispels many of the commonly held myths that linger in participatory sports—and which adversely impact performance—and explains the “truths” about endurance, such as:
  • The need to train slower to race faster will enable your aerobic system to improve endurance
  • Why expensive running shoes can actually cause foot and leg injuries
  • The fact that refined carbohydrates actually reduce endurance energy and disrupt hormone balance
  • And more.
If you are looking to increase your endurance and maximize your athletic potential, The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing is your one-stop guide to training and racing effectively.

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Foreword by Mark Allen
IntroductionMy Personal Journey on the Road to Endurance
What Is Endurance?
Training Your Brain Muscles and Metabolism
Developing Maximum Aerobic FunctionHow
The Maximum Aerobic Function MAF Test
Warming Up and Cooling DownThe Two
Other Aerobic and Anaerobic Training Methods
Eating and Drinking Your Way to Better
Phytonutrients and Going OrganicEat Your
Dietary SupplementsBeware of What You
Taking Good Care of Your Liver and Kidneys
The Training TableHealthy Recipes Shopping
The Importance of SelfCare and Injury Prevention

Training StressThe Good the Bad and the Ugly
The Overtraining Syndrome
Personalize Your TrainingLess Often Means
CompetitionGetting Ready for Race
Training at AltitudeOutdoor and Indoor
The GutIntestinal Digestion and Absorption
Carbohydrates and Taking the TwoWeek Test
The Power of ProteinGoing Way Beyond
Dietary FatsOptimal Health and Recovery
Water and ElectrolytesCritical Ingredients
Rehabilitating and SelfAssessing Your Physical
Muscle Balance and Imbalance
The Pain Game and How to Control
Fit but UnhealthyWhy Death Is the Ultimate Injury and Measures to Prevent
Building a Better Athletic Brain
Burning Off Body Fat and Other Weighty Issues Chapter 30 Feet FirstUnderstanding the Bodys Structural Foundation
Fixing Your Feet Starts with the Right Shoes
The SunVitamin D and Athletic Performance
Measuring Your Fitness and Health
Finding a HealthCare Professional
Afterword by Dr Timothy David Noakes Index

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About the author (2010)

Philip Maffetone has been a private practitioner, health and athlete coach and consultant, published independent researcher, respected pioneer in the field of complementary sports medicine, and internationally recognized educator and author in the fields of nutrition, biofeedback, exercise physiology, and athletic training over the course of his forty- year career. Since 1977, he has used the term “ overfat” and has recommended low-carbohydrate and healthy fat eating.

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