The Maffetone Method: The Holistic, Low-Stress, No-Pain Way to Exceptional Fitness

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McGraw Hill Professional, Aug 10, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 216 pages
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Dr. Philip Maffetone is a nationally known authority on fitness, nutrition, and health. Triathlete magazine's "Coach of the Year," he is particularly well known in endurance sports circles and numbers six-time Hawaii Ironman champion Mark Allen among his clients. The Maffetone Method focuses on a unique, painless approach to exercise that assures more fat-burning, increased energy, stronger bones and joint support, and improved mental well-being. The information applies to couch potatoes looking to get back into shape as well as serious athletes. Maffetone's low-stress methods work for whatever method of aerobic exercise one might choose: walking, running, cycling, dancing, Stairmaster, swimming, etc; anaerobic exercise such as weightlifting or using other resistance methods can be used to complement the program. Readers will learn how to avoid the common injuries associated with exercise and activity, and work out without pain, overtraining, and expense. Maffetone will describe to readers how to customize their exercise and nutrition programs to meet their own goals and schedules. Maffetone promotes a holistic view of health that integrates elements of one's entire lifestyle. A bit of an iconoclast, he is critical of stretching, fancy running shoes, fad diets (in moderation, he notes, eggs, butter, and red wine are good for you), and overtraining. A healthy family life is an integral part of one's overall health, he says. To illustrate how his program works, Maffetone profiles four common types of individuals: someone who works out but whose program needs modification; someone who stops and starts exercising on a regular basis; a true beginner; and someone who needs to begin an exercise program because of poor health.

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Defining Exercise
Exercise and Stress
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About the author (1999)

Dr. Philip Maffetone practiced complementary sports medicine and applied kinesiology for over 20 years. His extensive background in biochemistry and exercise physiology has helped him train many world class and professional athletes, and he has helped many others succeed at general fitness and weight-loss. He also has a doctorate degree in chiropractic and is certified in acupuncture. Among the many athletes he has worked with are running guru George Sheehan, Olympians Priscilla Welch and Lorraine Moller, triathletes Mark Allen and Mike Pigg, and race-car drivers Mario and Michael Andretti. Most importantly, Dr. Maffetone has worked with and helped thousands of people reach their goals of improved health and fitness.

Dr. Maffetone was named Coach of the Year in 1994 by Triathlete magazine. He served as chairman of the International College of Applied Kinesiology from 1990 to 1994. His recent general audience books include In Fitness and in Health and Training for Endurance; Complementary Sports Medicine, a textbook, was published in 1999. Dr. Maffetone continues to write and lecture extensively on sports, exercise, diet, and nutrition, and complementary medicine, and his work is seen in many magazines throughout the world. He is currently president of the MAF Group, which publishes the Maffetone Report.

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