This second offering from Dr. Ross through Velo Press is every bit as interesting and well written as his first. Far from being merely a sequel, Maximum Performance takes the lessons of the first book and amplifies them into a training manual.
Quite literally, Maximum Performance outlines specific training techniques, and schedules with the aim of achieving specific performance enhancing results. Does your cycling performance require more endurance, more explosive breakaways, or possibly more efficient climbing? Dr. Ross covers them all. And, he also tells you how to combine them all into an overall training regimen.
Once again as in the first book he presents the overall topic of training effectiveness from a goal oriented perspective. What do you want to see in terms of training results? Here's how to achieve it. Beginning with a Training Overview, he presents the philosophy of his method, how to implement it, how it differs from "traditional" methods, and he introduces the high points to remember as you read the book and follow his program.
He then takes us on a guided tour of the physiological changes you can expect, as well as why and how they work to improve performance. Bike fit, self testing to establish base lines and improvement, specific types of training, their intensities, diet, trouble shooting and even recipes are all covered in detail. Traditional training methodologies, such as resistance (weight) training, stretching and even erroneous preconceptions (myths) are all given place within his new approach.
Provided are detailed and very specific training schedules. Intended to be utilized within the training environment, these chapters are here for overview in the initial read, but they are really intended for review and actual charting as your training progresses through the phases being discussed. Maximum Performance, is a training manual and workbook therefor some chapters are easily read, but others are there to be skimmed during the initial read and studied in detail to be implemented as the training progresses.
To that end, it is our intention to follow this training regimen through the winter months on an indoor trainer. We will write about our experiences and the efficacy either in the forums or possibly in a feature series. Look for it this fall through winter. Can we exit the winter in even better performance shape than we went it? We'll see.
In the mean time why not run out and pick this gem off the shelf. It will save you tons of time and leave you in competitive shape, slimmer healthier and faster. This is a great book!