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“This guy is a miracle worker.”—Christopher McDougall, New York Times bestselling author of Born to Run

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Eric Orton’s experiences with the Tarahumara and his study of running, human performance, strength, and conditioning have led him to the cutting edge of the sport and made him the go-to guy for athletes everywhere. Chris McDougall is just one of the coach’s many success stories. The former fitness director for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Orton now personally oversees the training of dozens of athletes, from recreational racers to elite ultramarathoners.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Low on content 9. Mai 2013
Von TBG - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This was the first book I ever pre-ordered through Amazon; I was really excited about it. When it came, I set aside the books I was reading and dug in. With that in mind, I feel like I should write a review, there are a few things I would like to say.

1. Eric Orton wrote the book as a narration of the experience of a week long one on one seminar with him. This is exceptionally irritating. There are phrases like, "We are driving out to my favorite trailhead, you see a bear cub off to your right. That's Grand Teton over there. Drink it in. This natural beauty is recharging your soul." This seems like a terrible format. Maybe it was chosen to fluff up the book due to lack of content. It was fine when he was talking about the mental states of running, but in the last few chapters when he gets into some New Age mantra/visualization talk, it's really annoying. Really annoying. It comes off like football coach jock speak.

2. The exercises in the book for foot strength look very good and I will be implementing them. However, he advocates you get a slant board, something he sells on his website for almost $80. On a break from reading the book, I made one out of wood scraps I had at home and some sandpaper, Took about 10 minutes. Don't buy one of those! Find a picture online and make one. For the wobble board, I'm going to cut a lacrosse ball in half and glue that to a board. For ski poles, I'm using 2 cross country skis my friend threw away. Free. That gear is free. Don't buy more gear.

2a. The layout for the exercises is kind of obtuse and it seems difficult to follow.

3. The training program for running is 5 months long. This is the focus of this book and it's a very regimented, watching your heart rate, keeping a journal kind of thing. Maybe someday, not now. Orton has a lot of experience and for some, this zone workout might be worth the price of admission.

4. The chapter on nutrition is a joke. It could be one sentence long...."Eat good stuff." Instead you have to read about going to the store with Eric. There is very little content and he is hedging his bets against pissing off the different tribes of eaters. Scott Jurek's a vegan, Mark Sisson's a caveman. Eric didn't want to tangle. I remember getting the same lesson in nutrition from watching an episode of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. The trainer said "If it has more than five ingredients, don't eat it. If it doesn't look like food in it's original shape, don't eat it."

5. The chapter on running form, the reason I bought this book, is nothing more than what is on his youtube videos. If you want to hear his take on form, get those videos. Actually the dvd "Run Faster and Injury Free" is the best form tutorial I have seen. You have to ignore that it sounds like an infomercial, but that's a really sound video.

6. There isn't a lot of science in this book. He speaks anecdotally about the Tarahumara but doesn't tie it into other stuff.

7. I don't know what I got out of it. I will do the foot exercises, maybe if I want to get really serious I might consider the 5 month program, but I didn't feel like there was much in this book besides "Be aware of your body. Take note of how eating different things makes you feel. Have a forefoot strike." The philosophy was weak, pandering and awkward.

8. The title, and the catch phrase of the book "The Cool Impossible" are really weird. There is no explanation of it in the beginning. It keeps popping up and it's like he is trying to brand himself, or the idea that you should go out and strive for your dreams. It's weak. It's just more jockspeak.

9. This book is about training your body for athleticism, not just running and that's good. I much prefer Mark Lauren's "You are Your Own Gym." Me and several of my friends have been using the courses in that for years and everyone is seeing great results.

All and all, I feel like this book is what I feared it would be, the last character from Born to Run writing a book because everyone else is making money on theirs. Orton ties into that story early on because it gives him a place in the fitness book world. He definitely has cred as a trainer, and we need those, but he can't carry it across to everyone. I don't think I could hang with the guy. The book is confused, it's not just about running, ultras, nutrition or athleticism; it tries to tie all of these together as pathways towards achieving your mysterious "Cool Impossible" fantasy. But the concept is weak and I didn't find it very motivating. If you want to stampede towards your goals, you have to start ingesting the heavy stuff, books with deep teachings, this book is pretty light.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Worst running book I've ever read 15. Dezember 2013
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I hated this book. Hated it. I got it because I loved Born to Run, thought I'd check this one out. A large part of it seems to be a visitors guide to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The training plans he comes up with are unnecessarily complicated. The whole tone of the book he talks down to the reader, he's the super coach, you're doing it all wrong. He doesn't explain why on anything, just that he's the coach, trust him. He says he can write a whole book about sports physiology, isn't that what you're doing?
The worst part though is he keeps saying to run like the Tarahumara Indians, a stone age tribe that lives in Mexico. Apparently the only way to do that is to buy stuff from his website, like a block of wood and some ski poles, retails for 80 bucks. There's a whole list of things you need to run like the people who run in sandals, like a gps with a heart rate monitor, another block of wood, a fit ball. I'm sure it's all available through his website. Save your money on this one, there are a lot better running books out there
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Overall... Meh. 12. Mai 2013
Von BubbaRuns - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle-Edition mit Audio/Video Verifizierter Kauf
I read random running books. Some are from well known elites, some are from obscure people who just like to run. This book just makes me wonder who Eric Orton is. He lists a background of basic training certs and a bachelors, and says he runs but doesn't list any runs or how he fared. He's just this person we should listen intently too, or that's the gist I get from this book.

He makes a number of assertions in this book. Things like form. According to Eric, there is a correct running form. It is forfoot/midfoot strike. All heel striking is a result of bad shoes. It doesn't matter that looking at remote shoeless people, they run with a verity of forms including heel striking. It's bad.

And nutrition. He starts off saying he has no real or effort time in this area, but continues on to essentially recommend the paleo diet for ultrarunners. Doesn't fit the research, but that's alright. He doesn't use any research to support it either. Just says to do it.

Running should be natural. If you have a problem with tightness or such, it's only because your muscles are out of balance, or form is bad, or heaven forbid you wear shoes with a rise in the heel. So do these lower and core bodyweight exercises and get the type of shoes he makes, and you'll do much better. But training? That's all done with a heart rate monitor. Oh and his strength training equipment? I can make most of it in a couple hours and $10, going to the hardware store on a random note. But he'll sell them to you for only ~$160 if you go to his website. Gives it a bit of a snake oil sheen to the strength section. Also, for all of his talk on strength training, natural muscle balance, and athleticism, his plan doesn't include cross training.

Oh, and the writing style? That is just aggravating. He does a normal style of this is how you do something, these are things to consider when doing it, and this is the benefit you should be from it, but he only does that about half the time. The other half is imaging you flew out to jackson hole for a week to train with him, and he's narrating what happens down to going to eat dinner. It's very distracting and hard to find his points.

Overall, this seems like a very opinion oriented book with very little to support it, and a lack of consistency common with picking up ideas here and there without forming a greater holistic method. Things like, eliminate basically all sugary and processed foods from your diet, but use gels on the run. Sorry, I already did that early on when playing with my nutrition and figuring things out. My stomach hated me for it. His suggestions aren't horrible or all that bad, but they need to be taken with a good pinch of salt. On the other hand, they aren't all that great either. I will probably try some of the strength stuff, but for a how to book I really didn't get much from it.

If you want nutrition, Matt Fitzgerald does an excellent job of research support sports nutrition. He has several books depending on what specifically you're looking for.

If you want form, Roy Wallack does a much better job in "Run for Life".

If you want a narrative book, go read Born to Run instead.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "Born to Run" coach shares training advice 12. Mai 2013
Von Aaron R. Olson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
After reading Born to Run, many of us were left wondering: Just who is Eric Orton, and how do we find out more about his training methods? After all, if he could take an injured 6' 4" 240 lbs. guy like Chris McDougall and train him to run a 50 mile race in the Copper Canyons of Mexico, could he also help me run faster?

From the beginning, Eric challenges us to think big. He tells us that by following his methods we can take our running to a totally new level. This is The Cool Impossible. Eric asks us to imagine ourselves taking on big goals and achieving them. Not just in running, but in life. He encourages readers to go beyond what they thought possible.

Eric's program starts from the ground up by looking at the feet. He focuses heavily on activating muscle that most runners don't usually think of being used when running. His strength training isn't meant to build giant muscles, but to "bring more muscles to the running party". He says that if our muscles are used correctly we shouldn't have tightness, inflexibility or regular aches and pains that many consider part of running. The program features the use of stability disc, a slant board, and a stability ball. These can be found sold as a package at his website.

When it comes to nutrition, Eric tells us to steer clear of processed foods. This includes processed foods like: bread, and pasta. Also, no milk, no cheese, no sugar, no junk, no processed food. Is Eric a closet Paleo eater? Not really. He doesn't like labels because he likes to experiment with different foods to see how they make him feel. Some days he even eats all vegetarian.

Most of the time he includes lean pastured meat like wild game or buffalo with lunch and dinner time meals. Corn tortillas, lean meat, eggs, nuts, fruits, veggies, and beans seem to make up the bulk of his meals. He advises us to shop the perimeter of the grocery store, only going down the aisles for a few things like olive oil, corn tortillas, beans and canned tomatoes. Only eat whole simple foods and shoot for 95% perfection. Eric enjoys the occasional beer or chocolate chip cookie; but by striving for 95% whole foods, we end up eliminating a lot of the crap from our shopping cart.

The Cool Impossible is a book about taking life and running to new limits. It's about looking beyond immediate goals and listening to your body. It was interesting to read about Eric's approach to training and the exercise he recommends for working on running form and foot strength. If you are like me and loved Born to Run, you will want to take a look at Eric's program.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Plugs 14. Juni 2014
Von Rudi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
It was a good idea, I liked it a lot until he starting plugging in products. Over priced products. Products I didn't care about, it ended up reading like an infomercial. I liked the premise behind it though, too bad it didn't stay on point.
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