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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Free--for Life - Book Review


Kurt Brungardt has written 8 books on a wide variety of topics, including the US bestseller The Complete Book of Abs. He is also the author of The Complete Book of Core Training, as well as Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men, Revised and Expanded. A diverse author to say the least, Brungardt is additionally recognized as one of the top personal trainers and fitness writers in America. He has appeared on Good Morning America and the Today Show, and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Men's Health Magazine.

Brungardt is widely recognized as the writer and host of the best-selling video series Abs of Steel for Men. He teamed up with world-renowned sports scientist and two-time Olympic coach Nicholas Romanov to release The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Free--for Life. Romanov is probably best known for creating the Pose Method of running which eliminates injuries and improves performance.

Romanoff has also earned a PhD, and is author of the best-selling book The Pose Method of Running. He became a star track and field athlete in Russia before relocating to the United States in the early 90s. He has dedicated a significant portion of his life to understanding how to use gravity for efficient and low-stress movement. The Running Revolution was released in late September 2014, and is available as a digital download Kindle e-book, as an audiobook or in paperback.

The Idea

The main purpose of The Running Revolution is to answer previously unasked questions regarding running. Have we been running in the wrong type of shoe? Have human beings been running in an inefficient and injury-promoting manner? What is a foot strike, and what is the safest type of foot strike? These are the kinds of in-depth questions that only a running coach, scientist and student of bio-mechanics could come up with.

By asking these questions, Nicholas Romanov …

"… provides both beginning and experienced runners with everything they need to know in order to safely and efficiently transition to a faster, safer and more bio-mechanically
efficient way of running that is guaranteed to improve performance and minimize wear and tear on the body."

Core and abs expert, author and personal trainer Kurt Brungardt joins Romanov in exploring how to "run smarter". The co-authors have stated that their goal is to provide runners with groundbreaking science that helps them run safely and more efficiently for the rest of their lives.

How the Book Is Laid Out

The Running Revolution ebook used for this review is an information-packed 241 pages.

Terry Roberts is a 28 time Ironman finisher and Australian Ironman legend. He gets The Running Revolution started with a testimonial of how it has helped him eliminate injuries and improve his performance. A host of physicists, doctors, authors, athletes and physical fitness experts also chime in with their praise for the book, and the running method it teaches.

You are then treated to a rather impressive accounting of the co-authors' accomplishments, in and out of multiple areas of physical competition. An Acknowledgments section is followed by a Table of Contents. Your Introduction begins with an explanation that Usain Bolt's world record 100 m race had him spending more time in the air than on the ground.

This illustrates the point that Dr. Romanov continues to make throughout the book – gravity is constantly pulling runners back down to the ground. Usain Bolt is mentioned as a "poster child" for the Pose running technique, as is former world record holder Michael Johnson. Romanoff goes on to mention how even the casual runner can learn from the technique practiced by those 2 speedsters.

He then makes a promise that, if you follow the program outlined in this running breakthrough, you will:

·         Run more efficiently
·         Run faster
·         Be able to run greater distances while maintaining optimal form
·         Decrease your chances of injury

You discover that the body was designed to run in a specific manner, never mind individual physical differences in structure. The author finally answers the question, "Is there one universal, correct way to run?" The answer is yes, and that information is contained in this book.

That leads you to the main part of the book, which is divided into 4 parts:

·         Part 1 – Preparing For the Pose
·         Part 2 – 10 Lessons
·         Part 3 – The Running Circuit
·         Part 4 – Take It To the Limit
Part 1 begins with a personal history of running from Dr. Romanoff. He discusses his journey from Russian athletics to American coaching, and recommends keeping a running journal. In what is definitely a different approach than what is usually expressed in most running manuals and courses, he also suggests that you can run without shoes if you prefer to.

If you choose a more traditional route, there is a lengthy section on Choosing and Using the Right Shoe. Before you can fix your stride, you have to know how you run. This is accomplished with digital photography of you actually running. Part 1 also covers how to increase your mobility and build stability and power through a strength training routine.

Part 2, appropriately titled Ten Lessons, delivers exactly that. You are given 10 separate lessons which, when they are all mastered, help you perfect the skill of running. These include separate sections on the bio-mechanics of your foot, the running pose, the function of your Achilles tendon when you run and other running-relevant studies.

Part 3 of the book is titled The Running Circuit. Specific training models are discussed, as well as how to run properly on different terrain and running surfaces. You learn how to coach yourself and overcome physical and mental challenges, as well as prevention and treatment of common running injuries.

Part 4 opens by showing you how to properly gauge your body's training needs. If you don't train hard enough or you over-train, you can weaken your performance or cause injuries. Specific training programs using the Pose running method are listed if you are preparing for a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon.

This section also includes suggestions for Running For a Lifetime. The authors stress having fun, tracking your personal achievements, and continuing to push for your personal best while always staying healthy.

The book closes with a handy Appendix and Cheat Sheet. These help you access information in the book quickly, and also guide your proper running efforts. A Glossary follows, along with 2 Indices.

Who Benefits from The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Free--for Life?

Beginner and veteran runners alike can benefit from this revolutionary running textbook. What runner doesn't want to learn how to run faster, more efficiently, while limiting injuries and the physical stress that running causes the human body? That is exactly what The Running Revolution teaches. Aside from just telling you how you can run more safely and efficiently, the science behind how the human body moves and how gravity affects it is also explained.

Athletes of all sports should consider picking up a copy of this book, not just runners. The bio-mechanics knowledge about stress and strain caused by physical exertion can benefit anyone that works out, exercises or plays sports seriously or casually. Put rather simply, if you are a runner or thinking about taking up running, you need to get your hands on this incredible information that will boost your performance, increase your safety and elevate your running experience.

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