Runner's World The Runner's Body: How the Latest Exercise Science Can Help You Run Stronger, Longer, and Faster

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Every day scientists learn more about how the body adapts to the stress of running—and how various body systems contribute to running performance. Leading the charge is a fresh generation of brilliant young exercise physiologists including Ross Tucker and Jonathan Dugas, whose work has demolished many long-standing beliefs about running. Now Tucker and Dugas, whose blog, Science of Sport, has already created a devoted readership, join with esteemed fitness author Matt Fitzgerald to provide a captivating tour of the human body from the runner's perspective.

Focusing on how runners at all levels can improve their health and performance, Runner's World The Runner's Body offers in a friendly, accessible tone, the newest, most surprising, and most helpful scientific discoveries about every aspect of the sport—from how best to nourish the runner's body to safe and legal ways to increase oxygen delivery to the muscles. Full of surprising facts, practical sidebars, and graphical elements, The Runner's Body is a must-have resource for anyone who wants to become a better—and healthier—runner.

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Great read but, do not discount Pose or Chi Running because these techniques are way to improve your running in many ways. Keep an open mind especially if you are a beginner.


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The Musculoskeletal System
Meat Machines 11 Chapter 2 The Morningafter Problem 28 Chapter 3 Big impact 43 Chapter 4 weak in the knees 54 Part
More Mileage per Milliliter 78 Chapter 6 Blood sweat and gatorade 95 Chapter 7 The Mysterious Muscle cramp 112 Part
Maximum Fuel economy 132 Chapter 9 all You can eat 152 Chapter 10 leaner lighter Faster 166 Part
Mind Matter over Body Matter 185 Chapter 12 its all about style 199 Chapter 13 The Joy of Running 216 Part

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About the author (2009)

ROSS TUCKER, PHD, serves as scientific editor of Runner's World South Africa, a consultant technical expert with Adidas South Africa, and editor of Health 24, South Africa's largest fitness- and health-related website. Tucker, a competitive runner himself, lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

holds a post-doctoral fellowship with the University of Chicago. He is the cocreator, with his colleague Ross Tucker, of the popular Science of Sport blog. A qualified USA Cycling coach, he lives in Chicago.

is a prolific health and fitness journalist. He writes regularly for such national publications as Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Runner's World, and Triathlete. With nine books to his credit, he also creates interactive training programs for runners and triathletes and leads clinics at triathlon and running events throughout the U.S. He lives in Northern California.

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