Jonathan Marcus

Jonathan Marcus

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50+ Book Recommendations by Jonathan Marcus

  • Kings of the Road

    Cameron Stracher

    Chronicles the golden age of running in the 1970s by looking at the lives, careers, and achievements of three famous runners who inspired sedentary Americans to start moving.

    Daily Book Recommendation Title: Kings of the Road Topic: Running History A fun read on the running's golden age (1972 - 1981) and how Shorter, Rodgers and Salazar captured the imagination of the American public and sparked the running boom. Link: https://t.co/I9PVAcwlTA

  • Running

    Frans Bosch HBO BSc

    {U2022} Coverage features the most up-to-date information available.

    Daily Book Recommendation Title: Running — Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice Topic: Running Training & Science Hands down the #1 book on running mechanics & physiology! I call this "my running bible" as I am always referencing it. Link: https://t.co/ap1jL2feUI

  • Eleven Rings

    Phil Jackson

    Daily Book Recommendation Title: Eleven Rings Topic: The Art of Coaching Phil Jackson's memoir is a great book on the "soft skills" of coaching with useful insights on how to connect with people, build culture, and foster a sense of belonging. Link: https://t.co/yneYqr5xcf

  • From Last to First

    Charlie Spedding

    Charlie Spedding describes himself as ‘not particularly talented' â?? at least, compared to the group of people he had chosen to find himself among. These were the athletes in the Olympic marathon. So how did he end up with a bronze medal? How did he win the London Marathon? And why does he still hold the English record for the distance? In this remarkable autobiography he explains how â?? how someone who was almost bottom of the class when he first went to school, and even worse at sport, eventually turned himself into a genuinely world-class athlete, competing in top marathons all over the world, and genuinely going from last to first. As well as the enthralling life story of one of our finest distance runners, this book is a wonderfully clear and inspiring piece of life coaching for anyone who wants to make the most of their talents. But more than this, as Spedding says at the start, ‘I believe that on occasions you can create the circumstances in which you can perform at a higher level than your talent says you can'. Spedding's own story, and his chronicle of the big races he excelled in, proves it's true. â?¿â?¿For anyone aspiring to run a marathon, or indeed anyone who wants to set themselves a goal they think beyond their reach â?? and achieve it â?? this is an essential book.

    Daily Book Recommendation Title: From Last to First Topic: Running Inspiration Memoir of the 1988 Olympic Marathon Bronze medalist. The chapter, "Beer Drinkers Guide to Sports Psychology" is fantastic and alone worth the price of the book! Link: https://t.co/G0NezrzioF

  • The popularity of distance running as a sport, and a recreational activity, is at an all-time high. Motivated by the desire to achieve a personal best, remain healthy, or simply complete an event, distance runners of all ages and abilities actively seek out advice from experienced coaches and sport scientists. This is also reflected in the growth of programmes of education for young coaches and aspiring sport scientists in recent years. There are a multitude of different approaches to training distance runners; however, the basic principles and ingredients required for success are applicable to any distance runner. The science that underpins the training and physical preparation of distance runners has developed considerably in recent years. The most experienced and successful coaches in the distance running community rarely have the opportunity to share their tried and tested methods of training. Similarly, the novel work of sport scientists is often only accessible to elite runners, their support teams and academia. The Science and Practice of Middle and Long Distance Running links together the science and coaching artistry associated with preparing distance runners for events ranging from 800 m up to ultra-marathon distances. It combines the latest scientific evidence, published by world-leading sport scientists, with the sound training principles and strategies adopted by experienced coaches. The book translates cutting-edge scientific research from the fields of physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition into practical suggestions for achieving success. Important topical issues and contemporary practices related to health and performance are also addressed. This book is an essential addition to the library of any distance runner, coach or sport scientist.

    Daily Book Recommendation Title: The Science and Practice of Middle and Long Distance Running Topic: Training Combines the latest scientific evidence from sport scientists with sound training principles and strategies used by experienced coaches. Link: https://t.co/6UmkcqxrZU

  • Speed matters in almost every competitive sport. If you want to run your fastest, you must run with the correct technique. The scientific principles of physics and kinesiology - the engineering of the human body - must be used as the foundation for human motion. Dr. Arellano explains the science in a way that's understandable and practical. Then, for the very first time in book form, Hall of Fame Track and Field Coach Tom Tellez applies the science so anyone can coach, learn and correctly execute what it takes to produce maximum speed. Coach Tellez has developed some of the fastest athletes in history, including Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell, Joe DeLoach, Kirk Baptiste, Mike Marsh, Carol Lewis, Michelle Finn Burrell and Jackie Washington. In this book, you will learn: -The laws of human motion and the science of correct running technique-How correct technique optimizes application of force on the ground and generates speed-The very specific elements to study and train for sprints and distance running-How to identify and correct problems-A consistent vocabulary to use in teaching what to do and why-How to change motor patterns for consistent results-For coaches, the best cues to give your athletes for success The information in this book is applicable for all athletes, regardless of age or gender and can be applied to ANY SPORT that requires speed. While not every athlete will be fast, every athlete can get faster. Stay grounded in the principles, focus on every detail, and strive for consistent, correct execution.

    Daily Book Recommendation Title: The Science of Speed Topic: Speed Training Written by Tom Tellez & Carl Lewis in simple language with detailed pictures, it's an effective guide on how anyone can improve their running technique and run faster. Link: https://t.co/VgyDCxcSGD

  • Running Rewired

    Jay Dicharry

    "In Jay Dicharry's Running Rewired: 15 Workouts to Reinvent Your Run, America's leading endurance sports physical therapist and running coach lays out a program for runners to become stronger, faster, and more resistant to injury. Dicharry distills cutting-edge biomechanical research into simple workouts any runner can slot into their existing training program and begin seeing results in about three weeks. Through his work at REP Lab and top university sports clinics, Dicharry has found five essential skills for good running form. His Running Rewired will show how you can rewire your body-brain movement patterns to build these skills and transform your running within one season. Dicharry's rewire workouts will amplify any running training plan--from 5K to ultramarathon--to build the stability, strength, and speed you need. Just three, 20-minute rewire workouts per week will unlock performance you've never tapped before. Try Running Rewired to overcome injuries, break out of performance slumps, and renew your passion for racing."--

    Daily Book Recommendation Title: Running Rewired Topic: Running Stability, Strength & Speed Read this book if you want to better understand how strength training and movement quality influences running speed. Great info for runners of all levels! Link: https://t.co/vzj7VrmjyD

  • My Daily Book Recommendation Title: The Science of Winning Topic: Training Science & Practice Written for swimmers, yet applicable to runners. This book goes into great detail about planning, periodizing, and optimizing training for endurance. Link: https://t.co/YiD79QyulI

  • Contains a self-paced training program that can be tailored to fit individual needs, goals, fitness levels, strengths, and weaknesses to help runners avoid injury and train more effectively.

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon Topic: Running Training One of the better modern books on running training for a mass audience. Gets a lot of things right + presented in an easy-to-read and apply manner. Link: https://t.co/mSn7rvAv42

  • Explains the practical aspects of exercise physiology and modern coaching, including energy systems, the aerobic and anaerobic thresholds, VO2 max, running economy, muscle fibers, and more. In addition, it covers how these ideas should inform both your day-to-day workouts and the underlying philosophy that forms the foundation of your training program.

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Modern Training & Physiology for Middle and Long-Distance Runners Topic: Training Science A quick, easy-to-read book detailing the basic concepts of physiology and training which can be applied to any program. Link: https://t.co/Byhn0dxtwk

  • High-Performance Training for Track and Field by legendary coaches and authors Bill Bowerman and Bill Freeman is a step-by-step guide for teacher-coaches at all levels. Coaches in their first years will find it to be a model for success, and experienced coaches will find its systematic analyses of training methods an invaluable addition to their own expertise. This book adds the theoretical bases that underlie training, summarizing what researchers know about training and competition and discussing the most advanced, scientifically monitored, foreign endurance training system in the world today. It tells, briefly and simply, what you need to know about periodization in training, overload theory, and the effects of nutrition and psychology on todays training. The training patterns reflect the very latest scientific training methods. Chapters include: The Essentials of Scientific Training, The Oregon School of Running, Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays, The Jumps, The Throws, The All-Around Athlete, and Directing Track and Field Programs.

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Bill Bowerman's High Performance Training Topic: Coaching & Training For all levels of coaches, a great manual blending the art & science of coaching! Filled with timeless wisdom and lots of training examples. Link: https://t.co/xypeguxQmB

  • My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Run Strong Topic: Running Training Putting in the miles is only part of the equation. Expert coaches and runners explain how to implement training which will result in running stronger, faster, and for longer! Link: https://t.co/b3ibNPKWLL

  • Top five Best Books About Running, Runner's World Magazine Top three Best Books About Running, readers of Runner's World Magazine (December 2009) A phenomenal portrait of courage and desire that will do for college cross-country what John Feinstein's A Season on the Brink did for college basketball.

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Running with the Buffaloes Topic: Running Inspiration An inside look into the storied Univ. Colorado XC program. This book captures in detail the ups and downs of a XC season and what it means to be a team. Link: https://t.co/oQY97CqRiY

  • Once a Runner

    John L. Parker

    Originally self-published in 1978, Once a Runner captures the essence of competitive running—and of athletic competition in general—and has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever published.. Inspired by the author’s experience as a collegiate champion, the story focuses on Quenton Cassidy, a competitive runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school’s athletic department. After he becomes involved in an athletes’ protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team. Under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Bruce Denton, a graduate student and former Olympic gold medalist, Cassidy gives up his scholarship, his girlfriend, and possibly his future to withdraw to a monastic retreat in the countryside and begin training for the race of his life against the greatest miler in history. . A rare insider’s account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners, Once a Runner is an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one man’s quest to become a champion..

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Once A Runner Topic: Running Fiction Life is about the Trial of Miles! This is a MUST read for every runner as shows why faith, courage, and commitment are so key to finding your way and realizing your dreams. Link: https://t.co/PfYR1UQVzv

  • Reviews of The Science of Running: The Science of Running sets the new standard for training theory and physiological data. Every veteran and beginner distance coach needs to have this on their book shelf. -Alan Webb American Record Holder-Mile 3:46.91 For anyone serious about running, The Science of Running offers the latest information and research for optimizing not only your understanding of training but also your performance. If you want to delve deeper into the world of running and training, this book is for you. You will never look at running the same. -Jackie Areson, 15th at the 2013 World Championships in the 5k. 15:12 5,000m best If you are looking for how to finish your first 5k, this book isn't for you. The Science of Running is written for those of us looking to maximize our performance, get as close to our limits as possible, and more than anything find out how good we can be, or how good our athletes can be. In The Science of Running, elite coach and exercise physiologist Steve Magness integrates the latest research with the training processes of the world's best runners, to deliver an in depth look at how to maximize your performance. It is a unique book that conquers both the scientific and practical points of running in two different sections. The first is aimed at identifying what limits running performance from a scientific standpoint. You will take a tour through the inside of the body, learning what causes fatigue, how we produce energy to run, and how the brain functions to hold you back from super-human performance. In section two, we turn to the practical application of this information and focus on the process of training to achieve your goals. You will learn how to develop training plans and to look at training in a completely different way. The Science of Running does not hold back information and is sure to challenge you to become a better athlete, coach, or exercise scientist in covering such topics as: . What is fatigue? The latest research on looking at fatigue from a brain centered view. . Why VO2max is the most overrated and misunderstood concept in both the lab and on the track . Why zone training leads to suboptimal performance. . How to properly individualize training for your own unique physiology. . How to look at the training process in a unique way in terms of stimulus and adaptation. . Full sample training programs from 800m to the marathon.

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: The Science of Running Topic: Running Training & Science What I consider "The Bible" of modern running science and training from @stevemagness; blends theory and practice in an easy-to-read and apply manner. Link: https://t.co/p2ZJypOZyf

  • Pre

    Tom Jordan

    Looks at the life of the long-distance runner who had 25 consecutive wins for distance races over a mile, and who fought for adequate funding for American amateur athletics

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Pre — The Story of America's Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine Topic: Running History One of the top cult classics for runners! Pre was a blood & guts runner, who gave it his best, and never gave up! Link: https://t.co/lqm1leMKds

  • My Daily Book Recommendation Title: The Conditioning of Distance Runners Topic: Running Training Less than 75 pages and filled w/ sound training principles based off of Lydiard’s “miles make champions” school of thought — a must-read for coaches! Link: https://t.co/cUjPfVF3wh

  • Advanced Marathoning

    Pete Pfitzinger

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Advanced Marathoning Topic: Marathon Training Straightforward, simple & accessible information on effective marathon training with sample training programs. A helpful guide for runners and coaches! Link: https://t.co/uVV0nT7uXz

  • The greatest athletic performances take place in the mind, not the body. How Bad Do You Want It? explores some of the greatest moments in endurance sports to mine concrete habits and tactics we can use to cultivate our own mental strength. Great endurance athletes often seem godlike in their abilities. But no matter how great, their physical abilities can take them only so far. The greatest moments in sports demand that these champions rely on their mind to confront and overpower the same fears we all face in sports and in life: fear of failure, fear of suffering, fear of change, to name a few. When we understand how much mental strength is demanded of the greatest athletes in pursuit of victory, their performances become vastly more inspiring. Behind every glorious win are doubts overcome, personal demons faced and setbacks surmounted. How Bad Do You Want It? describes a new "psychobiological" model of endurance performance connecting the mind and body through the brain, and explains how athletes are sometimes able to overcome physical limitations with mental might. Each story in the book is viewed through the lens of this model, shedding new light on what science has to say about mental fortitude in sports. With its compelling accounts from triathlon, cycling, running, rowing, and swimming, How Bad Do You Want It? puts readers on the sidelines of more than a dozen epic races while also digging into the science to share the how and why of each transformative moment.

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: How Bad Do You Want It? Topic: Toughness Training A blended look at sports psychology best practices + timeless wisdom of coaches & runners for ways runners can better approach the mental side of the sport. Link: https://t.co/NhJKhy3NoS

  • Endure

    Alex Hutchinson

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • "Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits." —Adam Grant Limits are an illusion: a revolutionary book that reveals the secrets of accessing your hidden extra potential Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell The capacity to endure is the key trait that underlies great performance in virtually every field—from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing final exams or completing any difficult project. But what if we all can go farther, push harder, and achieve more than we think we’re capable of? Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell—who contributes the book’s foreword—award-winning journalist Alex Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests the seemingly physical barriers you encounter as set as much by your brain as by your body. This means the mind is the new frontier of endurance—and that the horizons of performance are much more elastic than we once thought. But, of course, it’s not “all in your head.” For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores—pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel—he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and body by telling the riveting stories of men and women who’ve pushed their own limits in extraordinary ways. The longtime “Sweat Science” columnist for Outside and Runner’s World, Hutchinson, a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist, was one of only two reporters granted access to Nike’s top-secret training project to break the two-hour marathon barrier, an extreme quest he traces throughout the book. But the lessons he draws from shadowing elite athletes and from traveling to high-tech labs around the world are surprisingly universal. Endurance, Hutchinson writes, is “the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop”—and we’re always capable of pushing a little farther.

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Endure Topic: Ways to expand limits of human endurance @sweatscience explores the brain and its impact on performance through a sports science, antidotal and practical lens. For endurance athletes and coaches! Link: https://t.co/t6aVHIpcjL

  • Squat Every Day

    Matt Perryman

    My Daily Book Recommendation Title: Squat Every Day Topic: Training Theory & Practice A quick and easy read which will upgrade how you think about training and adaption — for the coach or runner! It's one of my favorites. I reread it every year. Link: https://t.co/Gtj1n8TRHn

  • Running

    Frans Bosch HBO BSc

    {U2022} Coverage features the most up-to-date information available.

    @spencergardner @marcusdickson94 Difficult to answer in tweet, as running form is a complex interplay of interdependent systems. One of the better books that address it in succinct detail is this one from Kemp & Bosch: https://t.co/8NjAWn4ggy

  • How long does it take an athlete to realize optimal supercompensation effects from different types of training? Here's a chart with guidelines from "The Science of Winning" — a superb book on how to plan effective endurance training. Link to book: https://t.co/Hxx8G582Xa https://t.co/vlIVtnoEHq

  • Runners & Coaches — Lifting weights: 1) WILL NOT increase muscle mass if done concurrently with running training. 2) WILL increase muscle force, which improves running economy and the ability to sustain race speed longer. Don’t be afraid to lift — it will help you run faster! https://t.co/npVzsY1NVE

  • @russell_runner https://t.co/aIWErcaMYZ

  • This text pairs in-depth explanations of what happens biochemically while athletes perform with practical suggestions for how to actually biochemically monitor athletes yourself.

    @madho https://t.co/glrnq2PPzT

  • Top five Best Books About Running, Runner's World Magazine Top three Best Books About Running, readers of Runner's World Magazine (December 2009) A phenomenal portrait of courage and desire that will do for college cross-country what John Feinstein's A Season on the Brink did for college basketball.

    Book of the Day: Running with the Buffaloes https://t.co/QbgPAzcQ35

  • Wall Street Journaland BusinessWeekbestseller Asked to explain why a few people truly excel, most people offer one of two answers. The first is hard work. Yet we all know plenty of hard workers who have been doing the same job for years or decades without becoming great. The other possibility is that the elite possess an innate talent for excelling in their field. We assume that Mozart was born with an astounding gift for music, and Warren Buffett carries a gene for brilliant investing. The trouble is, scientific evidence doesn't support the notion that specific natural talents make great performers. According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, both the hard work and natural talent camps are wrong. What really makes the difference is a highly specific kind of effort-"deliberate practice"-that few of us pursue when we're practicing golf or piano or stockpicking. Based on scientific research, Talent is Overratedshares the secrets of extraordinary performance and shows how to apply these principles. It features the stories of people who achieved world-class greatness through deliberate practice-including Benjamin Franklin, comedian Chris Rock, football star Jerry Rice, and top CEOs Jeffrey Immelt and Steven Ballmer.

    Book of the Day: Talent is Overrated https://t.co/ZXTlt3jIh9

  • The Hot Hand

    Ben Cohen

    Book of the Day: The Hot Hand https://t.co/Jt7MYwCB8t

  • From Last to First

    Charlie Spedding

    Charlie Spedding describes himself as ‘not particularly talented' â?? at least, compared to the group of people he had chosen to find himself among. These were the athletes in the Olympic marathon. So how did he end up with a bronze medal? How did he win the London Marathon? And why does he still hold the English record for the distance? In this remarkable autobiography he explains how â?? how someone who was almost bottom of the class when he first went to school, and even worse at sport, eventually turned himself into a genuinely world-class athlete, competing in top marathons all over the world, and genuinely going from last to first. As well as the enthralling life story of one of our finest distance runners, this book is a wonderfully clear and inspiring piece of life coaching for anyone who wants to make the most of their talents. But more than this, as Spedding says at the start, ‘I believe that on occasions you can create the circumstances in which you can perform at a higher level than your talent says you can'. Spedding's own story, and his chronicle of the big races he excelled in, proves it's true. â?¿â?¿For anyone aspiring to run a marathon, or indeed anyone who wants to set themselves a goal they think beyond their reach â?? and achieve it â?? this is an essential book.

    Book of the Day: From Last to First https://t.co/Ljsndzv8so

  • Deep Work

    Cal Newport

    Book of the Day: Deep Work https://t.co/aT0cG9iYIo

  • Team of Teams

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal

    As commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), General Stanley McChrystal discarded a century of management wisdom and pivoted from a pursuit of mechanical efficiency to organic adaptability. In this book, he shows how any organization can make the same transition to act like a team of teams - where small groups combine the freedom to experiment with a relentless drive to share their experience. Drawing on a wealth of evidence from his military career and sources as diverse as hospital emergency rooms and NASA's space program, McChrystal frames the existential challenge facing today's organizations, and presents a compelling, effective solution.

    Book of the Day: Team of Teams https://t.co/tbMt7jN25T

  • Leaders Eat Last

    Simon Sinek

    " The highly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed bestseller Start With Why Simon Sinek's mission is to help people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home every night fulfilled by their work. His first book, Start With Why, offered the essential starting point, explaining the power of focusing on WHY we do what we do, before getting into the details of WHAT and HOW. Start With Why became an instant classic, with a loyal following among Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, governments, and the highest levels of the U.S. Military. Now Sinek is back to reveal the next step in creating happier and healthier organizations. He helps us understand, in simple terms, the biology of trust and cooperation and why they're essential to our success and fulfillment. Organizations that create environments in which trust and cooperation thrive vastly out perform their competition. And, not coincidentally, their employees love working there. But "truly human" cultures don't just happen; they are intentionally created by great leaders. Leaders who, in hard times, would sooner sacrifice their numbers to protect their people, rather than sacrifice people to protect their numbers, are rewarded with deeply loyal teams that consistently contribute their best efforts, ideas and passion. As he did in Start With Why, Sinek illustrates his points with fascinating true stories from many fields. He implores us to act sooner rather than later, because our stressful jobs are literally killing us. And he offers surprisingly simple steps for building a truly human organization"--

    Book of the Day: Leaders Eat Last https://t.co/Y5gjtaD8Ac

  • Pale Rider

    Laura Spinney

    Book of the Day: Pale Rider https://t.co/KeOIDBjA8N

  • Squat Every Day

    Matt Perryman

    Book of the Day: Squat Every Day https://t.co/e8O0nvTTcn

  • How to Fly a Horse

    Kevin Ashton

    As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity's greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer's laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a twenty-five-cent bet, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to “fly a horse,” Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs. Creators, he shows, apply in particular ways the everyday, ordinary thinking of which we are all capable, taking thousands of small steps and working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He examines why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. Drawing on examples from art, science, business, and invention, from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple, Kandinsky to a can of Coke,How to Fly a Horse is a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how “new” comes to be.

    Book of the Day: How to Fly a Horse https://t.co/TTBuMHyFXD

  • Endure

    Alex Hutchinson

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • "Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits." —Adam Grant Limits are an illusion: a revolutionary book that reveals the secrets of accessing your hidden extra potential Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell The capacity to endure is the key trait that underlies great performance in virtually every field—from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing final exams or completing any difficult project. But what if we all can go farther, push harder, and achieve more than we think we’re capable of? Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell—who contributes the book’s foreword—award-winning journalist Alex Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests the seemingly physical barriers you encounter as set as much by your brain as by your body. This means the mind is the new frontier of endurance—and that the horizons of performance are much more elastic than we once thought. But, of course, it’s not “all in your head.” For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores—pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel—he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and body by telling the riveting stories of men and women who’ve pushed their own limits in extraordinary ways. The longtime “Sweat Science” columnist for Outside and Runner’s World, Hutchinson, a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist, was one of only two reporters granted access to Nike’s top-secret training project to break the two-hour marathon barrier, an extreme quest he traces throughout the book. But the lessons he draws from shadowing elite athletes and from traveling to high-tech labs around the world are surprisingly universal. Endurance, Hutchinson writes, is “the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop”—and we’re always capable of pushing a little farther.

    Book of the Day: Endure https://t.co/qWPmyILvwm

  • The greatest athletic performances take place in the mind, not the body. How Bad Do You Want It? explores some of the greatest moments in endurance sports to mine concrete habits and tactics we can use to cultivate our own mental strength. Great endurance athletes often seem godlike in their abilities. But no matter how great, their physical abilities can take them only so far. The greatest moments in sports demand that these champions rely on their mind to confront and overpower the same fears we all face in sports and in life: fear of failure, fear of suffering, fear of change, to name a few. When we understand how much mental strength is demanded of the greatest athletes in pursuit of victory, their performances become vastly more inspiring. Behind every glorious win are doubts overcome, personal demons faced and setbacks surmounted. How Bad Do You Want It? describes a new "psychobiological" model of endurance performance connecting the mind and body through the brain, and explains how athletes are sometimes able to overcome physical limitations with mental might. Each story in the book is viewed through the lens of this model, shedding new light on what science has to say about mental fortitude in sports. With its compelling accounts from triathlon, cycling, running, rowing, and swimming, How Bad Do You Want It? puts readers on the sidelines of more than a dozen epic races while also digging into the science to share the how and why of each transformative moment.

    Book of the Day: How Bad Do You Want It? https://t.co/y8tdNtaObn

  • Book of the Day: The Conditioning of Distance Runners https://t.co/BtAMwNJqvc

  • Running Within

    Jerry Lynch

    Offers goal-setting guidelines, relaxation and visualization exercises, methods for coping with fatigue and injuries, and ways to boost motivation

    Book of the Day: Running Within https://t.co/xjijb051vR

  • The celebrated coach shares his philosophy of football, profiles players he has coached, recounts key moments in his career

    Book of the Day: Building a Champion https://t.co/Iy9zNIDDDa

  • Athletics

    Percy Wells Cerutty

    This is the long-awaited reprint of the highly-acclaimed book 'Athletics: How to become a champion' by Percy Cerutty, world renowned coach to Australia's greatest athlete, Herb Elliott, winner of the 1500m at the Rome Olympics in 1960. First published in 1960, this book, a classic in its time, has been out of print for 50 years. The books is full of details and ideas for optimum athletic training with specific advice for various distance and field events within the track and field discipline. This book garnered much praise when it was first published. Today's athlete and coach has much to learn from the wisdom of this outspoken and at time controversial figure. Cerutty describes the training regime at his Portsea, Victoria, athletics camp. The book includes historic images of a young Herb Elliott training under the master coach. Republished with permission from the family of the late coach, this book will inspire and encourage today's young athlete who dreams of Olympic triumph, just as Herb Elliott did in 1960.

    Book of the Day: Athletics — How to Become a Champion https://t.co/yTMyQwhtCf

  • The Inner Game of Tennis

    W. Timothy Gallwey

    Concentrates upon overcoming mental attitudes that adversely affect tennis performance, including learning to relax, effectively concentrating, and discarding bad habits

    Book of the Day: The Inner Game of Tennis https://t.co/tWSpIuKaox

  • NFL head coach Mike Smith lead one of the most remarkable turnarounds in NFL history. In the season prior to his arrival in 2008, the Atlanta Falcons had a 4–12 record and the franchise had never before achieved back-to-back winning seasons. Under Smith’s leadership, the Falcons earned an 11–5 record in his first season and would go on to become perennial playoff and Super Bowl contenders earning Smith AP Coach of year in 2008 and voted Coach of Year by his peers in 2008, 2010 and 2012. You Win in the Locker Room First draws on the extraordinary experiences of Coach Mike Smith and Jon Gordon—consultant to numerous college and professional teams—to explore the seven powerful principles that any business, school, organization, or sports team can adopt to revitalize their organization. Step by step, the authors outline a strategy for building a thriving organization and provide a practical framework that give leaders the tools they need to create a great culture, lead with the right mindset, create strong relationships, improve teamwork, execute at a higher level, and avoid the pitfalls that sabotage far too many leaders and organizations. In addition to sharing what went right with the Falcons, Smith also transparently shares what went wrong his last two seasons and provides invaluable lessons leaders can take away from his victories, success, failures and mistakes. Whether it’s an executive leadership team of a Fortune 500 company, a sports team, an emergency room team, military team, or a school team successful leaders coach their team and develop, mentor, encourage, and guide them. This not only improves the team, it improves the leaders and their relationships, connections, and organization. You Win in the Locker Room First offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at one of the most pressure packed leadership jobs on the planet and what leaders can learn from these experiences in order to build their own winning team.

    Book of the Day: You Win in the Locker Room First https://t.co/uNN2N3rWSk

  • Presents the best coaching methods and practices for each season on the sport calendar – pre-season, in-season, post-season, and off-season - and offers specific actions, tools, and guidelines for coaches to create a cycle of continuous improvement for themselves, their athletes, and their teams.

    Book of the Day: Coaching Better Every Season https://t.co/8yHWItN2r1

  • Athletic Development offers a rare opportunity to learn and apply a career full of knowledge from the best. World-renowned strength and conditioning coach Vern Gambetta condenses the wisdom he's gained through more than 40 years of experience of working with athletes across sports, age groups, and levels of competition, including members of the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, and U.S. men's 1998 World Cup soccer team. The result is an information-packed, myth-busting explanation of the most effective methods and prescriptions in each facet of an athlete's physical preparation. Gambetta includes never-before-published and ready-to-use training approaches in - sport-specific demands analysis, - work capacity enhancements, - movement skills development, - long- and short-term training program progressions, and - rest and regeneration techniques. Athletic Development explains what works, what doesn't, and why. Gambetta's no-nonsense approach emphasizes results that pay off in the competitive season and reflect his work at the highest echelons of sport. Merging principles of anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology with sports conditioning applications and four decades of professional practice, this is the definitive guide to performance-enhancing training.

    Book of the Day: Athletic Development https://t.co/XJFKwM0JRA

  • Running Form

    Owen Anderson

    Running Form helps you make key improvements in form, leading to optimal running performance with less risk for injury.

    Our implied belief is that each person runs in an optimal way, but this not the case. Optimizing running from has become the main focus of my coaching practice over the last 3 years. This book is a must-read. It's one of my favorites! See book details: https://t.co/1PtykhcapA https://t.co/1vlJnTZEaq

  • Dr. Noakes explores the physiology of running, all aspects of training, and recognizing, avoiding, and treating injuries. 133 illustrations.

    Book of the Day: Lore of Running https://t.co/7OLrg4gLNQ

  • The main driver of inequality—returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth—is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty’s findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

    @j_edelman Have you read the excellent 800-page book Capital (in the 21st Century) by Thomas Piketty? It's a key input for me, when something like a global world war (WWII) levels all financial sectors, much as COVID-19 pandemic is doing, the playing field drastically changes for decades.

  • Thinking in Systems

    Donella H. Meadows

    In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth—the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet— Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Meadows' newly released manuscript, Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life. Some of the biggest problems facing the world—war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation—are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking. While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner. In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.

    Want to better understand the far-reaching consequences of a Pandemic or a week to several months of halting an Economy or the Long Term Training of Athletes? The book “Thinking in System” offers a significant upgrade for how to understand changes, big and small, impact so much. https://t.co/jELPna3Ugg

  • Oschman explores many disciplines to synthesize a perspective on the human body's potential for healing and physical performance. He describes a high -speed communication system that senses and responds to the energetic environment. Learning how to achieve more as a therapist or performer involves increases the cooperative interactions within this network that reaches all parts of the body and affects all systems.

    Easily one of best books I’ve read. Big thanks to Coach @PfaffSC for the recommendation! https://t.co/Tf0M52SG8Q

  • Anatomy Trains

    Thomas W. Myers

    Presents an understanding of the role of fascia in healthy movement and postural distortion which is of vital importance to bodyworkers and movement therapists worldwide. This book presents a 'whole systems' view of myofascial/locomotor anatomy in which the body-wide connections among the muscles within the fascial net are described in detail.

    @LeRetteRunner *Textbooks* — https://t.co/c9SGijML4h

  • Reviews of The Science of Running: The Science of Running sets the new standard for training theory and physiological data. Every veteran and beginner distance coach needs to have this on their book shelf. -Alan Webb American Record Holder-Mile 3:46.91 For anyone serious about running, The Science of Running offers the latest information and research for optimizing not only your understanding of training but also your performance. If you want to delve deeper into the world of running and training, this book is for you. You will never look at running the same. -Jackie Areson, 15th at the 2013 World Championships in the 5k. 15:12 5,000m best If you are looking for how to finish your first 5k, this book isn't for you. The Science of Running is written for those of us looking to maximize our performance, get as close to our limits as possible, and more than anything find out how good we can be, or how good our athletes can be. In The Science of Running, elite coach and exercise physiologist Steve Magness integrates the latest research with the training processes of the world's best runners, to deliver an in depth look at how to maximize your performance. It is a unique book that conquers both the scientific and practical points of running in two different sections. The first is aimed at identifying what limits running performance from a scientific standpoint. You will take a tour through the inside of the body, learning what causes fatigue, how we produce energy to run, and how the brain functions to hold you back from super-human performance. In section two, we turn to the practical application of this information and focus on the process of training to achieve your goals. You will learn how to develop training plans and to look at training in a completely different way. The Science of Running does not hold back information and is sure to challenge you to become a better athlete, coach, or exercise scientist in covering such topics as: . What is fatigue? The latest research on looking at fatigue from a brain centered view. . Why VO2max is the most overrated and misunderstood concept in both the lab and on the track . Why zone training leads to suboptimal performance. . How to properly individualize training for your own unique physiology. . How to look at the training process in a unique way in terms of stimulus and adaptation. . Full sample training programs from 800m to the marathon.

    @Tracktivism @CoachHupp77 @stevemagness Your questions related to Volume can be answered by reading the Science of Running. I just completed my annual re-read. I'm impressed by how well Steve addresses a variety of complex topics with lucid clarity. I can't help you if you can't help yourself. https://t.co/NCTrLK7kYI

  • Why We Sleep

    Matthew Walker

    @Catalyst2Thrive Start here — https://t.co/3EpE04HzJJ

  • Mitochondria are tiny structures located inside our cells that carry out the essential task of producing energy for the cell. They are found in all complex living things, and in that sense, they are fundamental for driving complex life on the planet. But there is much more to them than that. Mitochondria have their own DNA, with their own small collection of genes, separate from those in the cell nucleus. It is thought that they were once bacteria living independent lives. Their enslavement within the larger cell was a turning point in the evolution of life, enabling the development of complex organisms and, closely related, the origin of two sexes. Unlike the DNA in the nucleus, mitochondrial DNA is passed down exclusively (or almost exclusively) via the female line. That's why it has been used by some researchers to trace human ancestry daughter-to-mother, to 'Mitochondrial Eve'. Mitochondria give us important information about our evolutionary history. And that's not all. Mitochondrial genes mutate much faster than those in the nucleus because of the free radicals produced in their energy-generating role. This high mutation rate lies behind our ageing and certain congenital diseases. The latest research suggests that mitochondria play a key role in degenerative diseases such as cancer, through their involvement in precipitating cell suicide. Mitochondria, then, are pivotal in power, sex, and suicide. In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Nick Lane brings together the latest research findings in this exciting field to show how our growing understanding of mitochondria is shedding light on how complex life evolved, why sex arose (why don't we just bud?), and why we age and die. This understanding is of fundamental importance, both in understanding how we and all other complex life came to be, but also in order to be able to control our own illnesses, and delay our degeneration and death. 'An extraordinary account of groundbreaking modern science... The book abounds with interesting and important ideas.' Mark Ridley, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

    @alainguettinger Also, if you haven't already. For a nice primer on Mitochondria you may enjoy reading: Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life https://t.co/y9V2hn1RYT

  • Olympic Gold

    Frank Shorter

    The 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist, whose triumph launched the running boom in the United States, reviews the role of running in his life, his techniques and training methods, and the performance of other leading runners

    1972 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist Frank Shorter from his book Olympic Gold (circa 1984) on the perils of early specialization in youth sports. Also note, his advocacy for weight training for distance runners — remember this was in 1984! https://t.co/MAWHNhMagm

  • If you are a runner (or coach runners) and understand that strength training is important for runners but don’t know all the reasons why or how to design a program then @rich_blagrove’s book ‘Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running’ is for you! https://t.co/qBVh2ilVcp