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Racing Weight Quick Start Guide: A 4-Week Weight-Loss Plan for Endurance Athletesby Matt Fitzgerald
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Sports / Health & Fitness
Begin losing 5, 10, or 20+ pounds in 4, 6, or 8 weeks!
A companion to Racing Weight, the best-selling weight-loss book for endurance athletes
If you’re like most endurance athletes, you’re concerned about your weight. You know that every extra pound slows you down.
Now the author of Racing Weight can help you get a jump on next season. Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight Quick Start Guide applies all the principles of his best-selling book Racing Weight in a detailed set of weight-loss training plans. You will devote 4 to 8 weeks to starting a weight loss of 5, 10, or 20+ pounds.
Lose weight quickly by following a schedule of high-intensity workouts and strength training as well as a menu of calorie-restricted, high-protein meals and snacks. Low-volume and high-volume plans make it possible for cyclists, runners, and triathletes with a wide range of experience to maintain their training levels. Replace fat with muscle while keeping your appetite in check.
Once you’ve hit your quick start weight-loss goals, you will continue dropping unwanted pounds using the proven strategies of the Racing Weight program. Zero in on your racing weight through improved diet quality, balanced macronutrient levels, proper timing of meals and snacks, appetite management, and training for lean body composition.
The Racing Weight Quick Start Guide will accelerate your season goals so you’ll be racing leaner and faster than ever before.
Matt Fitzgerald is the author of Racing Weight, the first book on weight loss for endurance athletes, and numerous other books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. He has been a contributor to Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Outside, Runner’s World, Bicycling, Running Times, Triathlete, Women’s Running, and other sports and fitness publications. Fitzgerald is a featured coach on TrainingPeaks.com and Active.com. He is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) licensed by the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He lives and trains in San Diego, California.
Endurance athletes will put into practice the research-based findings of Fitzgerald’s best-selling book, Racing Weight. Choosing from three plans based on different weight-loss goals ranging from 5 to 20+ pounds, endurance athletes will build muscle and burn fat as they close in on their optimal weight in just 4, 6, or 8 weeks.
This is the first book to specifically address the unique weight management needs of 42 million Americans who compete in endurance sports. Author Matt Fitzgerald shows how athletes can identify their optimal weight and body composition, and follow a 5-step plan to get lean for faster racing and better health.
Matt Fitzgerald is a prolific journalist and an authority on sports nutrition and endurance sports. Since 2005, he has authored 10 books, including Brain Training for Runners and The Runner’s Body. He lives in San Diego, CA.
Whether they're training for a marathon or just trying to stay in shape, runners log hundreds of miles every year. "The Runner's Diary" gives them a place to keep track of them all. Inspired by VeloPress' best-selling training diaries for triathletes and cyclists, this comprehensive journal allows athletes to record all the information they need to stay on target with training goals and to better understand their performance. With ample space to note distance, pace, heart rate, and effort level, runners can review their entire season or refer back to earlier workouts. Room for tracking daily vital signs like resting heart rate, soreness, and quality of sleep and nutrition helps runners keep tabs on their overall health, while a race section with space for dates, distances, and times helps them chart their progress.
Most runners have become trained to ignore their sense of feel, which is the most powerful training tool a runner can use. By stripping away the math and gadgetry that has controlled modern training, RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel will help runners break out into faster, more enjoyable training and racing.
Endurance athletes are weight-conscious and given the miles and hours spent training, there’s a lot at stake. Weighing in just five or ten pounds over the ideal weight can dramatically impact race results. Author Matt Fitzgerald shows athletes how to identify their optimal weight and body composition to realize their goals. This 5-step plan to get lean is the key to faster racing and better health. With tools to improve diet, manage appetite, and time important nutrients, Racing Weight will inspire and equip athletes to make the subtle changes they need to start their next race at their optimal weight.
Most endurance athletes are concerned about their weight. They know that every extra pound slows them down. Yet normal dieting and fad weight-loss programs don’t work for athletes who need to fuel their training.
Cyclists, runners, triathletes, and swimmers need Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, the first weight-loss training plan for endurance athletes. By applying all the principles of his best-selling book Racing Weight, endurance athletes will accelerate their season goals and race leaner and faster than ever before.
Athletes will devote 4 to 8 weeks to starting a weight loss of 5, 10, or 20+ pounds. The weight will come off quickly by following a schedule of high-intensity workouts, strength training, and a menu of calorie-restricted, high-protein meals and snacks. Low-volume and high-volume training plans help athletes maintain fitness even while they focus on weight loss.
With the Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, endurance athletes can lose weight quickly and get a jumpstart on reaching their performance goals.
About the Author
Praise for Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald
“I highly recommend reading Racing Weight even if you don't need to lose any excess poundage. You'll come away with a better understanding of your physiology and also of food.” — Joe Friel, founder of TrainingBible Coaching and author of The Triathlete's Training Bible and The Cyclist’s Training Bible
“The mysteries of weight and its relationship to performance are unlocked in Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight. If you've got a basic handle on both training and nutrition, this book offers the means to improve both your diet and athletic performance.” — DailyPeloton.com
“Fitzgerald is going to go down as one of the most competent and prolific authors of books for serious runners covering just about every legitimate aspect of the all-important runner's lifestyle.” — Letsrun.com
“It’s not too hard to convince cyclists that they can improve their performance if they drop their weight to an optimum level. However, that’s generally as useful as a physician telling a client they need to lose weight and then sending them out the office door. There are endless diet or nutrition books out there, but very few specifically catering to the endurance athlete. Into this void comes Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald.” — Pezcyclingnews.com
“Racing Weight answers the difficult questions athletes often have about dieting, including how to handle the off-season. The book gives readers a scientifically backed system to discover your optimum race weight, as well as five steps to achieve it.” — Triathlete magazine
“Reaching an ideal weight for endurance sports is important, but doing it the right way is even more important. Matt Fitzgerald provides scientific and sound advice for anyone trying to achieve their racing weight.” — Scott Jurek, 7-time winner of the Western States Endurance Run and 2-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon
“Racing Weight is the first book written exclusively about an issue that is very important to runners—eating and training properly to get to the start line of the peak race with the right body composition for running fast.” — Letsrun.com
“Racing Weight offers endurance athletes a simple approach to dietary quality. The Diet Quality Score system is worth the price of the book alone. It’s easy to follow and makes sense. Amateur to professional athletes can optimize their potential with this book.” — BikeWorldNews.com
“Every now and then someone writes the giant-killer text, the volume that becomes the bible of a subject. Ten years from now most of us will be wondering how we managed before Racing Weight came along.” — RedKitePrayer.com
Table of Contents
1. Targeting Your Racing Weight
2. The Racing Weight System
3. Quick Start Overview
4. Quick Start Meals and Snacks
5. Quick Start Meal Plans
6. Quick Start Workouts
7. Plans for Cyclists
8. Plans for Runners
9. Plans for Triathletes
10. Putting It All Together
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