The Outdoor Athlete

The Outdoor Athlete

by Courtenay Schurman, Doug Schurman
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Human Kinetics Publishers

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The Outdoor Athlete

Take your outdoor experience to the next level. The Outdoor Athlete will prepare you for adventure with performance training programs designed to maximize outdoor enjoyment.

Whether you're increasing upper-body strength for an upcoming climb or building endurance for a multiday hike, The Outdoor Athlete will make sure you are ready.

Authors Courtenay and Doug Schurman use their extensive outdoor and training expertise to provide conditioning programs developed for the unique demands of 17 activities:




-Alpine mountaineering


-Rock climbing

-Ice climbing

-Mixed climbing

-Trail running

-Off-road biking




-Cross-country skiing


-Randonee Skiing

-Telemark skiing
Including coverage of nutritional requirements and environmental demands, The Outdoor Athlete is simply the most comprehensive resource available for outdoor adventurists. If you love the outdoors, you need The Outdoor Athlete.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736076111
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,273,443
Product dimensions: 10.02(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part I Foundation for Outdoor Fitness
Chapter 1. Principles of Training
Chapter 2. Fitness Assessment and Adaptation
Chapter 3. Increasing Endurance
Chapter 4. Maximizing Strength
Chapter 5. Fueling for Outdoor Pursuits
Chapter 6. Overcoming Environmental Challenges

Part II Conditioning for Specific Activities
Chapter 7. Hiking, Trekking, and Backpacking
Chapter 8. Alpine Scrambling and Mountaineering
Chapter 9. Rock and Ice Climbing
Chapter 10. Trail Running
Chapter 11. Off-Road Biking
Chapter 12. Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting
Chapter 13. Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and Backcountry Skiing

Part III Exercises for Peak Performance
Exercise Finder
Chapter 14. Flexibility and Mobility
Chapter 15. Body Stabilization and Support
Chapter 16. Strength

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upscomic More than 1 year ago
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!
DragonBoatingJudy More than 1 year ago
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!
laura935 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MONeill More than 1 year ago
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
rickanderson More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.