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The Outdoor Athlete

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    easy to use workouts for what I'm into right now.

    At different times of the year I'm either training for rock or ice climbing or triathlons or mountain biking. With The Outdoor Athlete, it's easy to go straight to the chapter on what activity I want answers for. I like to read the explanations technically then have it explained simply. After I followed the running program using the different heart rate intensity guidelines I did a 5 mile 80% run that broke my best time by 3 minutes and MY SONS best time by 90 seconds. The workouts have helped me reach a higher level of strength conditioning in my rock climbing too and that does alot for my confidence when I'm on the sharp end of the rope!

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  • Posted January 19, 2009

    What a Find!

    This book is just what I needed to jumpstart my training! It provides practical advice on goal setting, easy-to-understand instructions for a number of fitness level assessments, and step by step guidelines for creating effective exercise programs specific to the needs of a variety of outdoor sports. It also includes information on sports nutrition, appropriate cross training, and 66 pages of individual exercises designed to help you achieve your goals. It¿s like having a personal trainer 24/7!

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

    All levels, detailed training strategies

    This book is extremely thorough and can easily be used by athletes at all levels of fitness. It provides a well rounded approach (including nutrition, endurance, strength training, self assessment, and more) to achieving outdoor fitness goals. I especially appreciated the very specific training plans given for beginning, intermediate and advanced outings. They can easily be customized with the multitude of exercises shown in the book for your own needs. If you are looking to maximize return for the efforts you put into your training this is the book for you!

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    Real world help in a book

    The Outdoor Athlete is a must read for the serious outdoor person and the weekend enthusiast alike.
    The Schurmans have produced a readable exploration of a complex subject. I was very much impressed with the well engineered methodology used to assist the diverse group known as Outdoor Athletes.
    The book is set into sections. The first leads the reader through the physiology of training as applied to the outdoors. The next describes evaluation of various aspects of fitness. It also introduces actual tests the reader can do on their own. The final section and one that I found most intriguing applies it to individual sports. The Schurmans present a rating based definition of several outdoor sports. Then starting from where you have tested yourself to be, they assist in defining a personal routine to build your weaknesses while maintaining your strengths. All of this is built around sample routines developed for specific sports. Each of the routines while highly modifiable can also be a stand alone program. By the end the reader also would be well enough equipped to actually build your own routine.
    If you are dedicated enough to your outdoor activities to be considering training, this book is a top of the list consideration. It is well presented, straight forward, and is built around each individual finding the best route to their own goals.
    I am an Avid bicyclist, with a fair amount of Rock Climbing and mountaneering combined with ocean Kayak. With the tools I have learned I feel well equipped to be prepared for what ever I choose next

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

    The next best thing to living with your personal trainer

    Wow this book is comprehensive! It is a complete cookbook of recipes to improve your physical ability to have fun in the mountains. It¿s deceptively easy to imagine that a Pilates class and a couple hours a week on an elliptical trainer are all it takes to play safely and comfortably in the mountains on the weekends. Many of us over 30 with career and kids have learned the hard way that this isn¿t enough.<BR/><BR/>Strength training, endurance training, aerobic conditioning, balance, flexibility, periodization, cross training, sports nutrition ¿ it¿s all there. It is the best description of both the need to vary your training and practical ways of doing so that I¿ve ever read. It is reminiscent of the Bill Pearl classic ¿Getting Stronger¿, yet immeasurably better in its comprehensive approach. There is a fitness evaluation to help you identify your needs. It has suggested daily and weekly training regimens for varying levels of fitness for each sport, some lasting as long as 23 weeks. There is a long section of recipe cards (if you will) for each stretch and exercise prescribed. Each of these ¿recipes¿ includes a detailed description of the exercise, photographs demonstrating the suggested form and movement, precautionary suggestions to prevent injury and suggested variations. I have a lot of books on my shelf and I¿ve never seen anything better.<BR/><BR/>I guarantee that if you buy the book, read it and follow its recommendations the day after your first workout you¿ll say ¿#@!#$%$# my legs are sore!¿ I know, it happened to me.

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    Posted July 10, 2009

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