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Here's what people have said about Philip Maffetone's approach to health and fitness:
"Dr. Maffetone's system goes beyond dealing with symptoms; he looks at health and fitness as an integrated balance. He deals with the whole picture clearly and directly. Fascinating and illuminating--and I feel great!" --James Taylor, singer, recording artist
"I appreciate your contribution to both my own physical health and to others." --Anthony Robbins, best-selling author
"A sensible and balanced approach to better fitness and health." --Kent Johnston, strength and conditioning boach, Green Bay Packers
Eclectic, insightful, inspirational--doctor and coach Philip Maffetone has helped some of the world's premier athletes achieve astonishing results. But he's equally interested in the athlete inside each of us. In "The Maffetone Method," he destroys the "no pain, no gain" training myth and introduces a revolutionary fitness program that not only engenders peak performance but can help you enjoy the most vibrant health of your life. Clearly, simply, and sensibly, Dr. Maffetone explains the benefits of aerobic fitness, proper nutrition, stress reduction, and even choosing the right exercise shoes (expensive is not better!). "The Maffetone Method" will show you how simple it can be to feel good again.
Foreword, by Mark Allen Preface Introduction The Maffetone Method Questionnaire; The Method; Is Your Workout Working?; Too Fat?; Are You Aerobically Deficient? Part 1: Understanding the Basics 1. Defining Exercise Health and Fitness; Aerobic and Anaerobic; Muscle Fibers; Go Aerobic; Activity and Exercise; Training and Endurance; Overtraining and Undertraining 2. Exercise and Stress Stressed Out?; Any of These Sound Familiar?; Effects of Excess Stress; Stages of the Stress Reaction; The General Adaptation Syndrome; Your Stress List; Simple Ways to Avoid Stress; Exercises That Increase Stress; Stress Testing 3. The Structural, Chemical, and Mental Aspects of Exercise Structural Benefits; Chemical Benefits; Mental Benefits 4. Developing Maximum Aerobic Function Measuring Fat Burning; Top Reasons for Increased Body Fat; Why Build an Aerobic Base? 5. Developing the Anaerobic System Anaerobic Training; Sample One-Hour Workouts; Build Your Base; Summary of Anaerobic Benefits 6. Exercise and Heart Rate Measuring Your Heart Rate; 220 or 180-Formula?; The 180-Formula; Modifying Your Heart Rate 7. The Use of Heart Rate Monitors The Maximum Aerobic Function Test; Steady Progress; MAF Test and Competition 8. Warming Up, Cooling Down, and Stretching Warming Up; Cooling Down; The Right Rate; Active Warm-Up and Recovery in Competition; Stretching; Even for Golf 9. The Aerobic Deficiency Syndrome Quantity versus Quality of Life; ADS; Correcting ADS 10. The Overtraining Syndrome Three Stages of Overtraining; Menstrual Problems and Overtraining; Correction of Overtraining Part 2: Individualizing Your Program 11. A New Beginning: Starting Your Program Start Simply; Walking; Children and Exercise; Other Activities; Exercises to Avoid; Starting Out: Exercises to Avoid; Your First Workout 12. Modifying Your Program Is Your Workout Working?; Goals, Equipment, Aerobic Base; Frustration; Direction and Measurement 13. Rehabilitation: Restoring Your Youth Quality of Life; Heart Disease; Blood Fats; Hypertension; Blood-Sugar Problems; Osteoporosis; Rehabilitation; Walking in Water 14. Changing with the Seasons Spring; Summer; Fall; Winter; Dressing for Successful Exercise; SAD 15. Exercise Footwear: Finding the Right Shoe How Shoes Can Cause Stress; Arch Function; Taping and Other Joint Support; Other Ankle Dysfunction; Proper Shoe Fit; How to Buy Athletic Shoes 16. Anatomy of an Injury NSAIDs; The Structural Injury; The Chemical Injury; The Mental or Emotional Injury; Mending Your Own Injury; The Correct Therapy 17. The Diaphragm Muscle The Diaphragm and the Abdominals; Breathing in Step 18. If Einstein Were Your Coach Bad Timing; Relative Timing 19. Training Schedules for Competition A Marked Improvement; Less Is More 20. Diet and Nutrition General Dietary Recommendations; The Top Diet Dos and Don'ts; Carbohydrate Intolerance; The Two-Week Test; The Importance of Snacking to Burn Fat; Follow the Plan; Balancing Dietary Fat; The Good, Bad, and Ugly Fats Bibliography Index
Dr. Philip Maffetone practiced complementary sports medicine and applied kinesiology for over 20 years. His extensive background in biochemistry and exercise physiology has helped him train many world class and professional athletes, and he has helped many others succeed at general fitness and weight-loss. He also has a doctorate degree in chiropractic and is certified in acupuncture. Among the many athletes he has worked with are running guru George Sheehan, Olympians Priscilla Welch and Lorraine Moller, triathletes Mark Allen and Mike Pigg, and race-car drivers Mario and Michael Andretti. Most importantly, Dr. Maffetone has worked with and helped thousands of people reach their goals of improved health and fitness. Dr. Maffetone was named Coach of the Year in 1994 by Triathlete magazine. He served as chairman of the International College of Applied Kinesiology from 1990 to 1994. His recent general audience books include In Fitness and in Health and Training for Endurance; Complementary Sports Medicine, a textbook, was published in 1999. Dr. Maffetone continues to write and lecture extensively on sports, exercise, diet, and nutrition, and complementary medicine, and his work is seen in many magazines throughout the world. He is currently president of the MAF Group, which publishes the Maffetone Report.