Printed with 8 1/2 x 11 full-color pages, Race Walk Like a Champion is the single best compilation of information on the technique, training, and history of race walking. It combines approximately 400 photographs with charts and diagrams to explain every detail of race walking. Never before has race walking been covered with such complete, aesthetically pleasing detail.
Race Walk Like a Champion starts with a thorough explanation of how to select race walking shoes and warm up; then describes every aspect of race walking technique, judging, and training philosophy in extensive detail. Other chapters include stretching, racing, strength training, mental preparation, injury treatment, and nutrition.
Race Walk Like a Champion also includes a comprehensive chapter on the history of American race walking. Each era of walking is broken up with an introduction and bios on the greats.
Race Walk Like a Champion is the culmination of 20 years of race walking, as well as the combined experience bestowed on me by coaches and mentors. It picks up where Walk Like an Athlete, co-authored in 1996, leaves off. Walk Like an Athlete was aimed at the recreational race walker. Race Walk Like a Champion is focused on instructing the competitive race walker. However, if you are a newbie walker and do not intend to compete, have no fear. Race Walk Like a Champion assumes no prior walking experience or knowledge. Whether you are a novice race walker or an elite competitor, Race Walk Like a Champion will provide all the information you need.
While race walking has not changed much since my first race walking book, the technology utilized to explain race walking has changed dramatically. Eight years ago, black and white computer graphics provided effective illustrations for Walk Like an Athlete. Today, however, the advent of digital photography--rivaling film-quality photos--and improved color-printing production facilities make possible professional, full-color photographic explanations of race walking technique and training. In addition, my own knowledge of expository writing has grown considerably. Since the publication of Walk Like an Athlete , I have written three computer science textbooks, while continuing my teaching career at Drexel University. Thus I have learned much about the art of precisely explaining seemingly complex concepts.
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Praise for Race Walk Like a Champion
Jeff Salvage has written an invaluable guide for the competitive race walker. Blending years of coaching experience with the latest in digital photo technology, Race Walk Like a Champion is a vivid display of technique instruction, training advice and historical and contemporary athlete profiles in a bright, easy to read format. With this tome, Jeff brings race walk instruction into the 21st century!
Dave McGovern - National Team Member, Dave’s World Class Race Walking
This book, with its two companion DVDs, is a splendid and important contribution to the sport of race walking. Focusing on the competitive walker, Race Walk Like a Champion should--must--be read by walkers of all ages and abilities who are serious about competing. With clearly written and illustrated explanations including color coded graphs and training schedules, this book and its videos provide a complete, one-stop resource of reliable, expert information.
Elaine Ward - President, North American Race Walking Foundation
Race Walk Like a Champion has an excellent overall presentation with its written explanations of each technique component enhanced by the great photographic examples. I am certain the combination of the book and DVD will provide the novice or beginning race walker the tools necessary to master the technique.
Of the many race walking books and videos I have reviewed during my career, this is hands down the best and most thorough presentation of race walking technique offered. I will recommend the book as the definitive guide to athletes who consult me for advice on race walking technique.
Curt Clausen - Three-time Olympian & National Record Holder
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