The book begins by discussing a typical runner's mentality and the problems that arise when dysfunction is present. The introductory chapters discuss physiology and the concept that humans are "born to run. But I would contend that many of these standards will help keep you healthy for any activity. These chapters cover topics like how to stand, what to wear, how to move, and what to drink to run safely and efficiently.
Each chapter details the things that will help you get the most out of running, and what you need to know to stay injury-free. After his summary of the twelve standards, Starrett discusses the specifics of mobility work.
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This section details various exercises, most of which are myofascial release techniques. The final section deals primarily with injuries. While the bulk of the book works to prevent these entirely, there is discussion of common problems.
Starrett gives his advice for dealing with shin splints, IT band syndrome, and a couple other typical issues. Finally, he discusses how to get the most out of your visits to the physical therapist.
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I found Ready to Run to be well-rounded and comprehensive, with highly detailed and important information delivered in a well-produced final package. The photos look great and the book flows well, making it an easy read for all levels. Many people may expect the book to have running programs included, so keep in mind it does not. Ready to Run isn't about running - it's about preparing your body to be healthy enough to run.
But although you won't find training plans, you will receive something even more important. If your body is capable of the healthy and natural movements taught in this book, form and performance will follow. Ready to Run will help you remain healthy and capable enough to continue being an athlete for as long as you want.
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Breaking Muscle. The harsh effects of too much sitting and too much time wearing the wrong shoes has left us shackled to lower back problems, chronic knee injuries, and debilitating foot pain. In this book, you will learn the 12 standards that will prepare your body for a lifetime of top-performance running.
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You won't just be prepared to run in a minimalist shoe—you'll be Ready to Run, period. Kelly Starrett, coach and physiotherapist, is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journa l bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard , which has revolutionized how coaches, athletes, and everyday humans approach performance as it relates to movement, mechanics, and the actualization of human and athletic potential.
He consults with Olympic teams and universities and is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning and medical conferences nationwide. Kelly believes that all human beings should know how to move and be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.
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