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Master the Art of Running: Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique

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Running is both a popular competitive sport and a highly effective form of exercise—a simple, inexpensive way to achieve a wide range of cardiovascular, muscular, and emotional benefits. Now, by combining running with the healthful body-awareness principles of the Alexander Technique, runners can improve their competitive performance while multiplying the health benefits ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Collins & Brown
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Mar 05, 2012 Aaron rated it it was ok
The parts motivated by the Alexander Technique are pretty good, especially the emphasis on keeping the neck relaxed. I hear advice about keeping the shoulders relaxed a lot, but those two areas work together. Where this book really falters is when it advances the hot nonsense of Pose technique. Pose, for those unfamiliar, is a school of running created by some dude from Russia and brought to America because too many Eastern Europeans are really good at physics, and when they are instructed to ...more
Michel B.
Aug 22, 2010 Michel B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Good use of humour and sprinkled with interesting anecdotes - both personal and from the world of professional athletes - make this an easy read. Yet, it's an instructional book so there are many techniques one learns about, to help run better - ahem, should I say to help master running well. The book is so easy to read that I've got to go back over a few chapters to review and practice some of the information.

Since I'm rather new to running, I can't really comment from experience, other than t
Kyla Squires
Pretty clear directions on developing and maintaining good running form. A couple good drills, and tests to determine some of your tendancies. The list of dos and don'ts at the end seem very useful. I think this has already improved my ease of running, but I'll wait till I've spent a little more time implementing the techniques in this book before I give it a rating.
Sep 10, 2011 L rated it it was amazing
Shelves: artemis-inspired
This book focuses on running using the Alexander Technique which involves relaxing muscles that are not in use and preventing energy leaks through poor posture. While it predates the barefoot craze it comes to the same advice, forefoot landing - light and quick. The advice is easy to understand and put into practice from "We run like we sit" and how to improve posture to photos of elite athletes and a rundown of their strengths and weaknesses. Caroline Kluft and Ed Moses are particularly ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, running
This had some valuable ideas, but the idea of basing your entire training program around them seems a little silly to me. Read it, take it with a grain of salt, adapt it as you see fit - or not at all.
Apr 03, 2013 JDK1962 rated it really liked it
Actually 3.5 stars...for what it has, it probably could have been shorter. But it definitely has some very useful coaching on running form, and made me interested in checking out Alexander Technique, Pose Method, and Chi Running.
Melanie Hopkins
Jun 16, 2008 Melanie Hopkins rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Ian
Really helpful. Especially for those of us who are inexplicably running a half marathon in five weeks even though we've only run twice in the past 6 months.
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Jan 28, 2013 Danny T rated it liked it
You should read this if you are new to running - there is a lot of stuff goign on in your mind as you run. This book helps you master the mind part of the sport...
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