The Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Running, Cycling & Fitness Training

The Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Running, Cycling & Fitness Training

The Ultimate Compendium for Staying Active, Getting Fit and Improving your Skills, Whether You Run and Cycle for Leisure or for Competitions and Races : Step-by-step Instructions, Training Plans, Nutritional Information and Expert Advice, All Shown in More Than 1350 Fantastic Photographs and Illustrations

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This fantastic practical volume is the perfect way to find out how you can become a better runner, begin cycling, and improve your personal fitness. Designed to be accessible whatever your level of experience, the book guides you through the basics of each discipline, including warming up, nutrition and essential equipment, and provides individual training plans to build up your ability and even introduce you to competitions and races. The first section of the book is Running, which looks at the range of activities available, from gentle jogging to long-distance marathons. There are essential tips on basics such as pre-run stretching, avoiding injury and how to find the right clothing and shoes. Expert advice tells you how to get involved in local or national running clubs and events, how to prepare and what to do on the day. There are ideas for self-motivation, tactics, and a range of typical training schedules for all levels of experience. The Cycling section covers several different styles of bicycle, from road bikes for urban cycling to touring bikes for long trips, mountain bikes for thrill-seekers and sportives for competitive cycling races. Introductory chapters explain basic riding skills, safety and how to cycle for fitness, while chapters on riding for pleasure, fast-riding and road racing show you the many different ways you can explore the great outdoors from the saddle of your bike. The third section on Fitness Training offers takes you through cardio-vascular training, resistance training and exercises for improving flexibility and core stability. There is advice on the best equipment to use for your particular needs, detailed instructions on how to use it safely, efficiently and for optimum results, plus a series of workouts using weights, with dedicated exercises for different parts of the body. An important final chapter looks at nutrition and helps you to find the right foods to complement your fitness regime. Written by leading experts and illustrated with over 1350 stunning colour photographs, this practical reference is the perfect book for amateur runners, cyclists and trainers, as well as experienced practitioners looking to improve their technique and progress.

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