Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review: Racing Weight

Product Description from

Most endurance athletes are concerned about their weight. They know that every extra pound slows them down. Yet normal dieting and fad weight-loss programs don’t work for athletes who need to fuel their training.
Cyclists, runners, triathletes, and swimmers need Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, the first weight-loss training plan for endurance athletes. By applying all the principles of his best-selling book Racing Weight, endurance athletes will accelerate their season goals and race leaner and faster than ever before.
Athletes will devote 4 to 8 weeks to starting a weight loss of 5, 10, or 20+ pounds. The weight will come off quickly by following a schedule of high-intensity workouts, strength training, and a menu of calorie-restricted, high-protein meals and snacks. Low-volume and high-volume training plans help athletes maintain fitness even while they focus on weight loss.
With the Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, endurance athletes can lose weight quickly and get a jumpstart on reaching their performance goals.

My Thoughts

As I train for my first marathon I decided to give this a read. I posted several posts last year about the first version of this concept of Racing Weight. I found this book to be very helpful. As I read the Quick Start Guide I found much of it to be very similar to the Racing Weight: How To Get Lean for Peak Performance. That is not to say that it is a bad book, but for being a quick start it was still crammed with information. A lot of good information. I performed the calculations and I understood everything.

This book did help me gain the perspective needed to lose the necessary weight. I did not go to any of the websites and I did not follow the plan perfectly. However, I learned some very useful tips and ideas to help maintain my weight and how to shed a few unwanted pounds. I still have a ways to go, but this book is a great read to learning about the steps needed. I cannot say I learned tons of new information from the previous book, but by this book coming out I did refresh my memory on many things that I had forgotten about. If you have not read the previous book, then this will be a great resource for you. If you have already read the previous book, then I would check it out from the library and read through it for the new things added.
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