Primal Endurance MOBI ↠ Hardcover

Primal Endurance I read this hoping for help in training for a rim to rim Grand Canyon hike This book really is for endurance athletes There wasn't too much overly useful for me as an average person who follows a fairly primal lifestyle I wish I had bought it sooner because with only 12 weeks until my hike I wasn't willing to spend 8 weeks only in my aerobic zone That limited me to just walking about 17 minute flat miles to keep my heart rate in the proper range I believe it makes sense and may try this after my hike is complete If you are an average athlete who is already living a primal lifestyle this probably isn't the right book Stick with the other Primal books Mark has written If you are a serious endurance athlete I believe it is worth the read Although I found it sometimes a bit drawn out and repetitive Love this I've read it 4 times This made me re evaluate a few things and has given me a lot of things to test in my own training Recently I took an interest in low heart rate training and I've been a fan of Mark Sisson's nutritional advice so I thought I'd give this book a shot In about 3 weeks here is what I noticed1 I was overtraining and stressing my body by doing speedwork hill workouts tempo runs all season long I needed to slow down during the off season2 I should have been low heart rate training years ago to prevent injury I was so injury prone in my 20's IT band syndrome plantar fasciitis you name it I was pushing too hard End of story3 Low heart rate training has improved my energy levels At work I feel productive because I'm burning fat instead of sugar I can skip meals most days if I want to feel fine although this is not recommended I have a history of hypoglycemia and that seemed to disappear4 I don't know yet whether its made me a faster runner but it has prevented injury I will ramp up speed work 4 weeks before my race I'll check back in for an update5 In only 3 weeks I've actually lost weight and shown definition Keep in mind I was no couch potato I was working so hard before without visible results Now the past effects of working out are now showing up in my body Its awesome Note I didn't give this 5 stars because he barely touched on strength training which I think is an important part of any workout regime He didn't have particular exercises schedules or a training plan Overall though good advice Okay information presented in a complicated way Not sure why he trys to use big words and complicated jargon Makes for a difficult read He's uite full of himself and comes across arrogant Plus this isn't a book for women athletes It is geared towards men In my own opinion Would have made a great 50 page pamphlet I think this book is in the process of actually changing my life There is a ton of useful information in it and incidentally I had started the 8020 method a few weeks before starting into this book This book calls out that book as a bad example of how to do things Except I'm not sure that the authors actually read the book as it prescribes or less the same thing that Primal Endurance prescribes Albeit not so much on the diet side of thingsAt any rate slowing down on my easy days has actually given me a bunch of benefits extra energy lower inflammation and generally feeling better Having to run slower kinda sucks but I can't deny I'm gaining benefit in regular lifeNegatives are likely there too I'm probably not as fast as I would be if I trained harder but I think I'm much less likely to stop training due to injury now At any rate through the week of reading this book I'm already down 10 pounds and body weight percentage has gone down a full percentage point so that's nice Disclaimer I listened to it on audible didn't readI'd say it's a must read for everybody even slightly interested in endurance sport I'd even call it revolutionary if it wasn't talking about an old mantra we keep hearing but somehow the no pain no gain message still echoes louder in many heads It connects the dots very well between different concept such as intermittent fasting or different types of eating habits paleo primal etc which is exactly what I was expecting from such a book I really like how it was structured from section to section by building on top of the previous learnings It gives a great overview to the reader in an easy to follow easy to understand manner Whenever necessary it dives into the details with sufficient depth to support the interest without becoming dry data crunch Primal Endurance shakes up the status uo and challenges the overly stressful ineffective conventional approach to endurance training While marathons and triathlons are wildly popular and bring much gratification and camaraderie to the participants the majority of athletes are too slow continually tired and carry too much body fat respective to the time they devote to training The prevailing chronic cardio approach promotes carbohydrate dependency overly stressful lifestyle patterns and ultimately burnoutMark Sisson author of the 2009 bestseller The Primal Blueprint and de facto leader of the primalpaleo lifestyle movement expertly applies primal lifestyle principles to the uniue challenge of endurance training and racing Unlike the many instant and self anointed experts who have descended upon the endurance scene in recent years Sisson and his co authorbusiness partner Brad Kearns boast a rich history in endurance sports Sisson has a 218 marathon and 4th place Hawaii Ironman finish to his credit has spearheaded triathlon s global anti doping program for the International Triathlon Union and has coachedadvised leading professional athletes including Olympic triathlon gold and silver medalist Simon Whitfield and Tour de France cyclist Dave Zabriskie Under Sisson s guidance Kearns won multiple national championships in duathlon and triathlon and rose to a #3 world triathlon ranking in 1991Primal Endurance applies an all encompassing approach to endurance training that includes primal aligned eating to escape carbohydrate dependency and enhance fat metabolism building an aerobic base with comfortably paced workouts strategically introducing high intensity strength and sprint workouts emphasizing rest recovery and an annual periodization and finally cultivating an intuitive approach to training instead of the usual robotic approach of fixed weekly workout schedules When you go Primal as an endurance athlete you can expect to enjoy these and other benefits in short order Easily reduce excess body fat and keep it off permanently even during periods of reduced training Perform better by reprogramming your genes to burn fat and spare glycogen during sustained endurance efforts Avoid overtraining burnout illness and injury by improving your balance of stress and rest both in training and everyday life Spend fewer total hours training and get return on investment with periodized and purposeful workout patterns Have fun be spontaneous and break free from the pull of the obsessivecompulsive mindset that is common among highly motivated goal oriented endurance athletes Have energy and better focus during daily life instead of suffering from the active couch potato syndrome with cumulative fatigue from incessant heavy training makes you lazy and sluggishPrimal Endurance is about slowing down balancing out chilling out and having fun with your endurance pursuits It s about building your health through sensible training patterns instead of destroying your health through chronic training patterns While it might be hard to believe at first glance you can actually get faster by backing off from the overly aggressive and overly regimented Type A training approach that prevails in today s endurance community Primal Endurance will show you how every step of the way There is a lot of info in this book Like an overwhelming amount It's definitely not a read once type of book but of a reference manual It touches on nearly every aspect of your life so there's a lot to process at once Having said that I think there's a lot of great information in here just expect to implement it over a long period of time and not all at once And these changes are not meant to be short term fixes but rather long term practices that you carry with you for the rest of your athletic journeyThe book starts off talking about training and how chronic cardio is leading to major injuries burnout and even heart attacks in otherwise healthy looking elite and amateur endurance athletes The authors recommend starting by changing your training schedule to their method which is largely based off of the Maffetone method and includes heart rate training periodization and a strong discouragement of regular weekly training schedules This is the part of the book I felt most overwhelmed by It's definitely not beginner or intermediate friendly They don't want you following a long premade training plan and this approach means you basically have to have some sort of run coach if you don't feel comfortable coming up with your own training schedule I like the idea of what they are trying to suggest but I really don't think many amateur endurance athletes are going to be able to make it happen But there are definitely some nuggets I'm going to be adding into my own training like heart rate training and making sure I leave room for fun athletic activities that have nothing to do with my sportNext up is nutrition It should be no surprise that they recommend a primal diet that is relative to most endurance athlete diets low carb and sugar and fully of proteins and loads of veggies I already ate fairly close to the diet described in this book before becoming a long distance runner but I think a lot of runners need to hear this info There is also a section on being a keto endurance athlete but they also admit that that's not going to work for everyone and that you should see loads of improvements by cutting out processed grains and sugary foods and replacing them with veggies fruits and healthy starches like sweet potatoes This is the second step they recommend after switching to a low heart rate training philosophyThen the book covers things that a lot of athletes consider extra but are really important like strength training recovery and lifestyle factors like sleep stress hydration etc I do wish the strength section of this was a little beefier I've found that strength training to be really important to my running and injury prevention For example one summer I took two months off from doing any core exercises because they just aren't my favorite Even though I brought them back in the fall when I started my long distance running training back up I could tell that I had really lost a lot of core strength and it really hurt me the first half of my running seasonThis section leads to another complaint that I have about this book It specifically mentions on the back of the book that this is great for endurance athletes including those who run Spartan and other obstacle course races While there are certainly things and OCR athlete could pull out of to use in their training the overall training program described in this book is not great for OCR athletes There's just not enough strength training and I don't see many OCR runners taking a minimum of 8 weeks with zero strength training every year for base building OCR really needs to be treated like a multisport but instead of balancing three endurance sports you have to balance endurance running with all sorts of strength and grip work So if you are looking for specifically obstacle course training tips it's still worth a read just go into it expecting to only take bits and pieces and not the whole plan as written

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