Heart Monitor Training for the Complete Idiot by John L. Parker

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John Binns
Reviewed: 22 March 2011

Excellent book that has revolutionised the way I train after 4 marathons and other races.

Realised after doing marathons that I have been overtraining - following the principles in this book helps you not to do this.
Written in an informal, chatty way making it easy to understand and very motivational.
Logical and makes a lot of sense.
Easily apply the principals to your own training plans.
Bit of padding out at times.
Makes a lot of sense in that you can can accurately measure effort put into runs by measuring heart rate rather than pace. It has been the perfect companion to my new heart rate monitor and totally changed the way I train.
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John Binns would recommend this product
TheDingle
Reviewed: 22 January 2010

If you have an HRM Monitor, you must have this book. Improved my running in leaps & bounds. Recommended

Learn to use an HRM Monitor effectively in 10 Minutes. Short get started section included.
As its written US style its easy to read, & understand the concepts
Some disorganisation in the chapter organisation, I would have liked it to be better organised for a US style non-fiction book.
This book goes hand in hand with HRM Monitors, without this book you won't get the best out of it.
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Dundee.Runner
Reviewed: 09 November 2009

FOR THOSE NEW TO HRM

Easy to read, basic book on training with a HRM
Only so much you can say about the topic
A good starting point, got me started with base training and running at lower heart rates
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Velociraptor
Reviewed: 20 November 2007

OVERPADDED, AGRICULTURAL AND AMERICAN.

Its claim to be "for the Compleat Idiot" doesn't disappoint - Parker takes the summaries of all the works of the masters of heart rate monitor training and reduces them to two training zones - "easy" (over 70%WHR) and "hard" (over 85%WHR). The result is a training regime on which beginner runners (I *do* think this book can only be recommended to complete - or "Compleat" - novices) can safely and logically make progress.
70%, 85%, er, that's it. The remainder is mostly padding, irritating smart@rse American-style wisecracking and a series of personal testimonies which, when you read them closely, are no more than the stories of a handful of quite good runners who got a little bit faster by training consistently using the hard/easy principle in a form which just happened to be the one endorsed by Parker. Much of the "science" is plausible but unproven.
Overhyped, overpriced and over here. I gather it's in short supply. You can have my copy for £80 including UK mainland postage ;o) Seriously, it is to HRM training what the street-evangelists' tracts are to the Bible. A useful introduction, but not the whole story.
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SDG
Reviewed: 16 October 2007

EASY ON THE EYES AND THE HEART

Explains in easy to read and understand terms why heart rate monitoring works. Enables you to use your heart rate monitor not just wear it.
Could do with some more detail on training for the whole year and to target races longer than 10K.
A good book. Some slightly annoying 'americanisms' but about the easiest and best I have read on heart rate training. Would recommend it to others who want to get the best out of their heart rate monitor. Some adaptions to the training plans might be required to suit most runners.
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