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Dr. Maffetone's unique training system for champions proves that the kinder, gentler approach actually works the best. This fitness regimen has worked for champions and non-athletes alike- because it's based on Dr. Philip Maffetone's deep understanding of how the body works. Maffetone has used that knowledge to develop The Maffetone method, his successful low-stress fitnes ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published July 20th 1999 by International Marine Publishing
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Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Debunks the myth: "no pain, no gain." Replaces it with the idea that pain is the body's signal that there is something wrong, and therefore any exercise that causes pain or severe discomfort must not be contributing to health. Working out with this mindset is much more enjoyable, which translates to a more regular practice of exercise. Maffetone is one of many holistic fitness experts who suggest a lower target heart rate for aerobic training. Many of us are too impatient to get through the init ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This small, but remarkable book contains an easy to follow proven philosophy that will lead to improved health & fitness.

Everyone should invest the time it takes to read this book and try the program, the results for me has been fantastic; From couch potato to 100mile ultra marathon finisher, without injuries and while enjoying every step along the way.

Do yourself & your body a favor, read it.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great book to start you on the way to healthy, life-long fitness. Not only does this book guide you past the "no pain, no gain" mentality, it also provides guidance on appropriate rest, stress and nutrition intake. This book is an easy read, but can also be used as a guide for specific concerns/needs.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant explanation and support for training smarter not harder. He was ahead of his time suggesting a lower carb whole food lifestyle for runners! The heart rate approach is new to me recently and I only wish I had known about it sooner. I'm well on my way to improved aerobic health now though and this book confirms this change of approach!
Darlene Hull
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fitness
An excellent book for athletes in any discipline. An introduction to Dr. Phil Maffetone's methods - fairly general, but some really good stuff here. I base all my training on his gentle but effective guidelines.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to BriZen by: Kevin Gianni
This is an excellent reference manual for how to build a solid foundation for life-long physical fitness. Dr. Maffetone covers everything from workouts to proper footwear to nutrition. I thought it was an excellent read and am putting its information to good use immediately. Recommended!
Luke Salmon
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It all makes sense, I'll have to check back in six months after I've finished the base training to see how much it improved my fitness.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A holistic guide to fitness without pain or stress. While published in 2000 the information in this book remains quite fresh. You may feel, as I did, some resistance to the ideas, only because it feels quite opposite of what we've been told for years.

What I liked: The information is quite unlike anything I've read before on fitness and actually seems doable (also unlike a lot of other programs). It is presented in a readable format meant for regular people and the concepts are clear and easy to
Brent McCulley
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
Really just excellent. While I don't agree with all of the diet recommendations in the back of the book, and some of the material is outdated simply because of the technological advances, no fault to the author, the substance of the book remains eminently practical. Build up your aerobic core by keeping your heart rate within the range of your max aerobic threshold, and watch as your athleticism rises and your anaerobic core improves as well. I will begin training with this method for a half mar ...more
Neil Gaudet
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book is rather dated and I suspect anyone reading it today would disregard large portions of it. While it has a lot of great advice about training load and diet it also has advice which has been clearly proven wrong since 2000. I think there are better, current sources of information.
James Person
Ok but not worth the money

I've heard a lot about Dr. Katherine and his Katherine Method. I've heard so much, in fact, that I didn't really need to read the book. You're welcome for the donation Dr. Phil!
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Personal Background

I've been running for 2 years. Lately, I've been wanting to improve my pace and distance but feel like I'm working too hard to do it (seen by high heart rate and feeling tired afterwards). Furthermore, I'm not enjoying my runs like I used to. What was fun is turning into work.

Book Summary

In short: work out at a much lower heart rate. This is found by a formula that starts at 180 bpm minus your age. It gets adjusted based upon how you answer some other questions but that's the
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Luke by: Dad
This book is an excellent read for anyone who exercises or hopes to excercise soon. Heck, I'd even give it to someone who doesn't want to excersize but probably should! Dr. Maffetone explains his method of developing your aerobic capacity to increase your endurance for long-distance running or any other physical activity. He makes a very interesting and unconventional case and his method is unlike any other program that I have read. It certainly doesn't mesh with the "no pain-no gain" crowd. He ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on looking at the way you live to become fit and healthy.
Mar 06, 2011 marked it as to-read
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