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Lactate threshold training
Janssen, Peter G. J. M., 1942-
Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [2001]

Physical Description:
vii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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RC1235 .J36 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Whether you're a runner, skier, cyclist, triathlete, or rower, as an endurance athlete you need to race and train as fast as possible without hitting the wall from high levels of lactic acid in your bloodstream. Elite athletes and coaches know that increasing lactate threshold is essential to success. Now you can use this knowledge to push your performance to the limit.

Lactate Threshold Training is an advanced training guide to help you improve endurance performance. This innovative book explains the theory behind the training and presents practical programs to improve your lactate threshold and race faster than ever before. The book also includes discussion on the use of EPO and the struggle against doping in endurance sports.

Many elite athletes and coaches are using this innovative concept in their training. The book includes:
- heart-rate based training programs,
- tests for self-assessment of lactate threshold,
- scientific guidelines to avoid overtraining,
- advice on nutrition, and
- workout examples of elite endurance athletes.

Author Peter Janssen, MD, is recognized as one of the pioneers in lactate threshold training. Dr. Janssen has put together this complete and comprehensive training manual through research, training, and testing of elite endurance athletes. If you want to take your endurance performance to the limit, this is one book you won't want to miss.

Author Notes

An athlete himself, Dr. Peter Janssen, MD , is a pioneer in the field of lactate threshold training. Dr. Janssen has focused his research on training for endurance sports, which benefits marathon runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, and rowers.

Research, training, and testing of elite endurance athletes at his sports medicine advisory center has enabled Dr. Janssen to radically change and improve coaching methods for a wide range of sports. He has worked with both the PDM and Panasonic cycling teams. Dr. Janssen resides in Deurne, Holland.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Energy
Energy systems
Energy stores
Types of muscle fibers
Targeted training
Chapter 2 Heart Rate
Counting the heart rate
Maximum heart rate
Conconi's method
Factors influencing heart rate
Chapter 3 Deflection Point
Conconi's test
Astrand Test
Maximal test
Finding the deflection point
Individual anaerobic threshold test
Chapter 4 Lactate
The lactate curve
Blood lactate measurement
Practical application of the lactate test
Chapter 5 Overtraining
The lactate paradox
Causes of overtraining
Some specific health problems
Chapter 6 Circulation
The Heart
The heart minute volume
Stroke volume
The sports heart
Chapter 7 Blood Oxygen Levels
Characteristics of blood
Decrease in oxygen transport
Optimizing oxygen transport
Chapter 8 Nutrition
Sources of energy
Nutrition for endurance sports
Energy consumption for events
Fluid and endurance sports
Chapter 9 Heart Rate Patterns
Lactate determination
Comparisons of performance capacity
Heart rate patterns of various workouts