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- Print Length: 654 pages
- Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (July 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A89ITZG
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Only caveat is that the author slams low intensity training (AKA Arthur Lydiard) and says that high-intensity training is more important.
Bit bizarre that he recommends 15-45min of low intensity warm ups with drills etc would seem from a volume point of view that his programming is predominately LOW intensity... but there you go!
Secondly, Mr. MacKenzie is blatantly incompetent. He makes obvious factual errors in his text as well as shows grossly incorrect form in his instructive photos. More on that further down.
The prime sin (bloatedness) has 3 symptoms:
1. The author tries to cover too broad a topic of endurance, strength & mobility. He should have stuck with just the 1st one. Instead you get this 3lbs brick that's a patchwork of topics not holding well together and is so big it's actually awkward to hold in your hands.
2. The most annoying trait of this book: talkative, empty-worded style. And repetitions. Oh my god! So many repetitions! I wanted to drop the book in the trash bin so many times. Each section starts with pseudo-intro that conveys common knowledge dressed in fancy words. Once passed that, the irrelevant comparisons kick in. By the time you actually get to some valuable information, you're already bored and annoyed. And then, just when you were going to start appreciating the reading, the repetitions start, over and over in different wording. Mentally draining.
3. Embellishments. The book is literally packed with colorful frames, photos, sequence photos, close-up photos and a lot of white space. You gotta fill those 400 pages somehow! A lot of trees got killed for no good reason.
Author’s lack of competence:
I could go on and on about the incompetence, but I'll just point out the 3 areas where the author really ‘shines’, with some examples:
1. Clearly he lacks in-depth understanding of the topics covered. He tries to position himself as an expert by repeating after folks like Romanov and Starret, but without actually understanding them. He’s so focused on self-promotion that he forgets it’s easy to verify his “expert knowledge”. Examples:
Page 18 delves into biochemistry: "...pyruvate (the enzyme used to break down glucose)..." - yeah, product of glucose breakdown or enzyme used for glucose breakdown? Not much of a difference, apparently.
Page 31 – mechanics: “The acceleration force being applied to the object is the torque”. That's some heavy duty BS. At this point probably Mr. Jones, an elderly physics teacher, decided to hang himself.
2. The author is clearly incompetent in writing books: his language is meaningless, full of awkward (or just wrongly used) phrases, preaching instead of teaching and making unfounded assumptions, e.g. that reader has no idea about crossfit and then building whole sections around that assumption.
3. Mr MacKenzie, having no talent for writing, not only made the mistake of becoming an author, but also, without the skills required to show proper form, decided to become the model in his instructive photos. And thus, having preached the importance of neutral head position in running in p.27, he defaults back to his forward lean only 2 pages later and stays that way throughout the rest of the book. Don’t even get me started on the strength exercises: soggy KB swing, feet splayed out and dangling around in gymnastic movements, forward barbell position in push press finish, depressingly bad clean (with the bar in front of the feet!), hunched back in snatch setup, etc., etc.. This guy makes basic mistakes in CF movements and that’s the truth. You can even see the grimace of exertion (and pain?) as he struggles with them . The whole strength section (almost 100 pages) is rubbish, potentially damaging to inexperienced people who might apply the technique shown.
In summary: the book way to long and doesn’t hang together, has errors in both text and in illustrations, undermining my trust in the author; it’s written with poor style and little content. It was probably aimed to be an 'all-in-one' guide for starting triathletes, but if you’re serious about any of the topics it covers, don’t bother with this one, just get a proper source. Waste of money.
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The book is unbelievably detailed but easy to understand thanks to the well-presented photos and text. It's broken down into five main sections: Running, Cycling, Swimming, Strength & Conditioning, and Mobility. There's also a small section on nutrition.
If you can get to a CrossFit gym, that will be a huge help to you in following the programme, but it's not mandatory. Having access to any sort of gym and free weights, plus some simple space to do push ups and burpees is all you need. A great read, and will make you question your own training regimen.
Che dire.. è un libro per principianti,ma di programmare autonomamente non penso sia possibile con questo libro.
Vielmehr können Sie die wesentlichen Kernaussagen und Anweisungen des Buches ergoogeln und alles ist Gut.
Sind Ihnen die Begriffe jedoch nicht geläufig und Sie sind rein ein Kenner Ihrer Sportart, z.B. Laufen, dann werden Sie in diesem
Buch jede Menge Impulse finden, wie Sie ihr Training, Ihr Laufen und Ihren Körper auf ein höheres Level bringen. Die vorgestellten Methoden sowie
die Integration in Ihre jeweilige Sportart (Laufen, Schwimmen, Radfahren) werden ausführlich beschrieben und in Trainingspläne gegossen.
Ich bin davon überzeugt, dass diese noch in Deutschland junge Disziplin: Crossfit - ihren Weg Stück für Stück nach Europa finden wird und die
isolierten Trainingsmethoden (die zwar einen schönen Bizeps machen, aber es nicht zulassen zwei Sprudelkisten gleichzeitig in den 5ften Stock zu tragen)