See how to improve your running strength, speed, and endurance with Running Anatomy, Second Edition. This new edition of the best-selling running guide delivers more exercises, more insight, and more illustrations to show you how to increase your muscle strength, optimize the efficiency of your running motion, and minimize your risk of injury.
Running Anatomy features 48 of the most effective strength exercises for runners, each with clear step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action. Each illustration helps you better understand how muscles, ligaments, and tendons all work together as your body moves.
Running Anatomy clearly links each exercise to running performance. You’ll see how to strengthen specific muscles and improve gait efficiency for faster times and more fluid runs. Plus you’ll learn how to eliminate anatomical imbalances that can lead to the most common injuries that runners face, including plantar fasciitis, lower-back pain, knee aches and strains, and torn muscles and tendons.
Feel prepared for any challenge that comes your way. You’ll find variations to train for every condition and competition—for various terrains, speeds, elevations, and distances, from sprint to marathon. You’ll also learn how new gear and technology-enhanced equipment can maximize your training and performance.
Whether you’re a fitness runner looking to conquer hills with more speed and strength or a competitive runner looking for that extra edge in performance and a finishing kick, Running Anatomy will ensure that you’re ready to achieve your personal best.
Earn continuing education credits/units! A continuing education exam that uses this book is also available. It may be purchased separately or as part of a package that includes both the book and exam.
Chapter 1. The Runner in Motion
Chapter 2. Training Concepts
Chapter 3. External Factors (That Affect Performance)
Chapter 4. Feet and Ankles
Chapter 5. Legs
Chapter 6. Core
Chapter 7. Shoulders and Arms
Chapter 8. Chest and Back
Chapter 9. Injury Prevention
Chapter 10. Alternate Training Activities
Chapter 11. Gear and Advancements
"As a physician, exercise scientist, and masters athlete, I've come to recognize the critical importance of strength training in maximizing performance. Running Anatomy lays the groundwork for proper strength, cardiovascular, and mental training for runners of all abilities. If you're a runner looking to reach your full potential, you need to read this book."
Jason Friedman, MD—Exercise Physiologist, and National 100K Age-Group Champion
“I cannot overstate the impact Joe Puleo has had on my running career. One of the biggest challenges as an amateur elite runner is the workload balance between training and managing a career as an active-duty Marine, all while holding off injuries. Puleo's knowledge and advocacy for strength training have been force multipliers in allowing me to run fewer miles, train smarter, and continually push my boundaries as a distance runner. This book is a great addition to any athlete's library.”
Major Christine M. Taranto—Two-Time PIAA State Champion, Two-Time Marine Corps Athlete of the Year, Second Place Marine Corps Marathon (2015)
Like other anatomy sports books, this one is very instructive. It helped me better understand the muscles involved in the motion of running. I can now build better dryland workout to prepare my body to the efforts required by running. Illustrations and texts are well suited for the exercises while they seem well chosen. I specially like the introduction of each section with details on how a muscle group is involved in running.
I have 2 disapointments : 1-I think more exercises should have been inserted in the book, 2-too many of the chosen exercises are meant to be done in a gym, I wish more weighless or machine-less exercises have been inserted. I think most runners hate to go in a gym, so having more exercises without machine or weight would be more accessible to them. The use of household apparel would be a good addition to the books like small weights, steps, rubberbands, kin ball, etc... Plyometric exercises would also have been a good addition to the book.
Still, it is a good book.