TRAIN­ING FOR THE UP­HILL ATH­LETE

A Man­ual for Moun­tain Run­ners and Ski Moun­taineers

Foreword Reviews - - Foresight Travel & Adventure -

Steve House, Scott John­ston, Kil­ian Jor­net, Patag­o­nia (MARCH) Soft­cover $35 (320pp), 978-1-938340-84-0 SPORTS & RECRE­ATION

Fol­low­ing upon the suc­cess of Train­ing for the New Alpin­ism and based on hun­dreds of thou­sands of hours of rac­ing, train­ing, and coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, this book pro­vides a rig­or­ous, sci­en­tific, and in­di­vid­u­al­ized ap­proach to train­ing and coach­ing for com­pet­i­tive moun­tain sport en­durance ath­letes and coaches, as well as for begin­ners.

The au­thors have lived what they teach. They know that “one-size-fits-all” or “magic pill” ap­proaches to train­ing don’t work. In­stead, they ad­vise grad­ual, pro­gres­sive, smart, hard, and con­sis­tent work, and pro­vide ev­i­dence, both sci­ence-based and ex­pe­ri­en­tial, that their meth­ods get re­sults.

Al­though em­pha­siz­ing the needs of com­pet­i­tive moun­tain ath­letes in tra­di­tional and new moun­tain en­durance sports, the book also ad­dresses the needs of non­com­pet­i­tive and recre­ational ath­letes, teach­ing how to rec­og­nize and un­der­stand in­di­vid­ual re­sponses to train­ing for the best pos­si­ble out­come with­out in­jury, while open­ing the door to ever higher lev­els of per­for­mance. It cov­ers the phys­i­ol­ogy and method­ol­ogy of en­durance and strength train­ing; me­tab­o­lism and nutri­tion; how to struc­ture and mix work­outs to meet in­di­vid­ual goals; how to progress from ba­sic aer­o­bic ca­pac­ity-build­ing to speed and en­durance; and more. Cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ries from the au­thors and other top ath­letes, beau­ti­ful color pho­to­graphs, and in­for­ma­tive charts and graphs en­hance and en­rich the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Some of the in­for­ma­tion may sur­prise: Did you know that “even a lean, well-trained en­durance ath­lete can carry up to 100,000 calo­ries stored as read­ily ac­ces­si­ble fat”? Or that early ho­minids were ac­tu­ally ca­pa­ble of run­ning their next meal “to the point of ex­haus­tion”?

It turns out that as a species we are “evo­lu­tion­ar­ily pre­dis­posed to en­durance”; we’ve in­her­ited a highly ef­fi­cient or­gan­ism from our an­ces­tors. Prop­erly trained, it will both serve us well in daily life and help us ex­cel in the sports that we love.

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