Best sports & outdoors books according to redditors

We found 7,501 Reddit comments discussing the best sports & outdoors books. We ranked the 2,949 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Sports & Outdoors:

u/ihaveacalculator · 374 pointsr/atheism

For those who don't know, OP wrote one of the most popular fanguides to baseball on Amazon (42nd highest selling in baseball books):

u/MKactus · 77 pointsr/nfl

That's one of the contributing factors of Football IQ, and the very basics. Other than that, you have to know what defender is going to do what in which system.
There are QBs who also determine blocking schemes for their line. They say which blocking scheme to apply for which play, and switch them up if need be.
Very, very basically, a spread offense spreads out the defense across the width of the field, instead of bunching everything together around the ball. If you spread the defense out, there are bound to be more holes. That could mean putting 4 or even 5 WRs out away from the Oline (hence, wide), for instance.
A lot of the times, they add in the read option in that play. If a certain defender goes into coverage or for the HB, the QB keeps the ball and runs through the gaps of the defense. If the defender stands pat, the QB hands it off to the HB (or throws).
There are some great books that explain a lot of these things. A few I would definitely recommend are (in order of how deep they go into stuff):

u/ZGG_1 · 42 pointsr/justneckbeardthings

Haha, I recognize one of these guys. Phil Elmore. He actually wrote a loltastic book about carrying a katana for self defence.

u/caulfield45 · 33 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

Anyone interested in a community on this should check out /r/bodyweightfitness

There are also some good books with similar progressions and ideas like You Are Your Own Gym or Overcoming Gravity

u/lunkavitch · 31 pointsr/nfl

For how to appreciate the game more, Take Your Eye Off The Ball.

For a great narrative from a player's perspective, Slow Getting Up.

u/ragnar_deerslayer · 31 pointsr/bjj

Good resources for white belts:

Free Books:
Stephan Kesting's A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Free Videos:
Learning Strategies for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stephan Kesting's 16 Most Important Techniques for the BJJ Beginner
John B. Will's 36 Core Techniques
Matt Serra's four-volume BJJ Basics

For Pay Books:
Saulo Ribeiro's Jiu-Jitsu University

For Pay Videos:
Jason Scully's Grapplers Guide
Rener and Ryron Gracie's Gracie Combatives
Roy Dean's Blue Belt Requirements, Samples Here

u/barkevious2 · 30 pointsr/baseball

(1) Read, bruh. I can't vouch for it personally, but I've heard the book Watching Baseball Smarter recommended with high regard. And it's almost literally the exact thing you asked for. Here are some other good book recommendations:

  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis. Hard to believe that the book is sort of old hat at this point, but it still serves as a very readable introduction to advanced statistics.

  • The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James (mostly). This book is good toilet reading, if you have a massive toilet on which to perch it, and your bowel movements are glacially paced. James ranks the best players at each position, and goes on a witty, decade-by-decade jog through the history of the game.

  • The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball by Tom Tango. Are you a "math person"? Read this book, you'll like it. It's an introduction to sabermetrics that explains the important first principles of statistical analysis, builds an important statistic (wOBA) from the ground up, and then applies all of that knowledge to answer specific questions about baseball strategies and to debunk, verify, or qualify some of baseball's hoary "conventional wisdom."

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. This book is not about baseball, but it's still great and you should read it.

    (2) You'll want to start watching the game more, if you can. Find a method (like or, you know, your television) to do so. Massive exposure does help you learn, and it's a fun, if inefficient, method. Osmosis. That's just science.

    (2b) Depending on the broadcast crew, it's sometimes addition-by-subtraction to mute the television.

    (2c) If you have Premium and intend to follow your favorite team, I recommend watching the other team's broadcast. You know enough about [TEAM X] already. Learn something new about [TEAM Y], instead. Unless, of course, (2b) applies, in which case maybe your best bet is's option to overlay the radio broadcast on the TV video. Barring that, the liberal application of the DOWN VOLUME button is always an option, and then, like, listen to Chopin's Preludes. Don't be That Guy and lean too heavily on No. 15, though. There are 23 others. Expand your horizons.

    (3) When you go to games, keep score. Sure, there's a guy a few seats over in a striped button-down and pre-faded jeans (Chad or something) who will mock you mercilessly for it. Sad for you, you've lost Chad's respect. But, oh, the things you'll gain. A free souvenir. A better grasp on the flow of the game. The priceless power to answer the "what did I miss" and "what the fuck just happened" questions that litter the air at ballgames, tragically disregarded and forgotten like the syllabi from Chad's last semester at Bromaha State. You can learn how to score ballgames here. Fuck Chad.

    (3b) Go to games alone now and then. Did I mention that, in some company, it's rightly considered rude to score a ballgame like a trainspotting anorak? Not in all company, mind you. But I like going to some games alone to avoid the messy politics of divided attention altogether.

    (4) Bookmark a few websites. Quick stat references include FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference, and Brooks Baseball. Grantland, Baseball Prospectus, Baseball America, and the Hardball Times are all good. FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference both have subscription options that allow you to access enhanced content for a small fee, which is worth it if only to support the yeoman's work that they do compiling and sorting our beloved numbers.

    (5) German chess great Emanuel Lasker is believed (incorrectly) to have said that "if you see a good move, look for a better one." Good advice. Too much of the history of baseball analysis is the history of people getting stuck in comfortable places and refusing to interrogate their own ideas about the game. Sabermetricians have made careers out of just pointing this out, and even some of them do it from time to time. Also, on the level of pure self-interest, baseball ignorance and bad teeth have this much in common: Keeping your mouth shut hides them both. If you have a good opinion about a baseball topic, look for a better one.

    (6) Watch a some decent movies about baseball. Sugar is excellent and disturbing. Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns is available on Netflix and worth watching. You drink his nostalgic Flavor-Aid at your own peril: At times, Baseball is about as edifying as having a good, 19-hour stare at a Norman Rockwell painting. It's still in a class all its own as a baseball documentary. You should also watch Ed, starring Matt LeBlanc, because it'll teach you not to take strangers on the internet seriously when they give you advice.

    (7) When you go to games, wear whatever the hell you want. This has nothing to do with understanding baseball, but it annoys me when people make a big deal out of policing the clothing that others wear to sporting events. Sitting front-row at a Yankees-Tigers game in your best Steelers jersey and a pink Houston Astros BP cap? Whatever. You be you. You be you. I once watched as a perfectly innocent college student was denied a free t-shirt from a Nats Park employee because he (the student) was wearing a Red Sox shirt with his Washington cap. That was pretty fucked.

    (8) Take the EdX Sabermetrics course. Others have recommended this, with good reason. It's a wonderful introduction to advanced analytics, and you get a taste of programming in R and MySQL as well. You don't need a CompSci background. I sure didn't.

    Hope this helped.

    Footnote: Chad-hating is actually too easy. Truth is, I've never really been mocked for scoring games. Once, I even bonded with a Chad-esque guy sitting next to me at a Braves-Nats game here in Washington. He was pretty drunk, but we talked Braves baseball while he drank and I drank and I scored the game and he drank more. He seemed utterly engaged by the scoring process in that guileless, doe-eyed way that only the drunk have mastered. That's the Chad I loved.
u/eshlow · 28 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

The FAQ is primarily based off of material from the book I wrote Overcoming Gravity, and was primarily written and compiled by most of the mod staff including (but not limited to):

  • Sodomizing Mexican (RIP from reddit)
  • /u/161803398874989 (phi)
  • /u/phrakture
  • /u/m092
  • /u/eshlow (me)

    And a variety of other veteran users from the BWF community. Phi and SM were by far the biggest contributors in editing and compiling FAQ in its existing form, and I helped out significantly in the one prior to that. I can't recall off the top of my head who made things look neat such as the fitloop routine so chime in if you know.

    This is my bio that I use on my website:

    >Steven Low, author of Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength, is a former competitive gymnast who, in recent years, has been heavily involved in the gymnastics performance troupe, Gymkana. Steven has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland College Park, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore. He has also spent thousands of hours independently researching the scientific foundations of health, fitness and nutrition and is able to provide many insights into practical care for injuries. His training is varied and intense with a focus on gymnastics, parkour, rock climbing, and sprinting. He currently resides in his home state of Maryland.

    I don't know the bios of phi, SM, and the other contributers so they'll have to provide them themselves.
u/A-Terrible-Username · 24 pointsr/MMA

This isn't worth a whole post, but since you guys are combat sports enthusiasts I wanted to introduce you to the greatest martial artist alive today. His name is Phil Elmore, who I learned about from r/mallninjashit.

He has written several books on self defence, including classics such as Shorthand Empty Hand Expedient Stylized Fighting, another one about using every day carrying a Katana for self defense called Street Sword: Practical Use of the Long Blade for Self-Defense available on Amazon for 86 dollars. A third notable publication is one for a problem I'm sure we all faced before, How to use physical violence to defend yourself from homeless people.

his "shorthand empty hand" book is worth a gander because it reads like he made it up as he went along and has clearly never fought another human being, but he's thought about it a lot and he's undefeated in his own mind. It also has some hilarious picture references of his fighting styles.

He has a section on Ground Fighting that boils down to "don't do it ever because you can't fight multiple people at once." Which is a recurring theme with this guy, everywhere he go he seems to run into hordes of attackers (all armed, of course).

Another thing that grabbed my attention was the section of the book titled "I'll Make an Exception: Guidelines for Challenging Me To a Fight." For the low low price of $9,999 he will give you the honor of fighting him. Here's the catch:

>Once the fee has been accepted, I (as the challenged party) set any and all conditions. I may bring whatever weapons I wish. I may drive my car and use it as a weapon, if it suits me to do so. I may place on the opponent any restrictions I choose.

He also has an article on his website about how MMA isn't real self defense.

Phil Elmore is a martial arts savant and I think everyone here could learn a lot from him. I only learned about him today but I feel smarter and more enlightened about the martial arts than I was yesterday.

u/LarcusMywood · 24 pointsr/nfl

Here's a good book called "Keep Your Eye Off The Ball." It's always raved about here on /r/nfl, and it pretty much teaches you how to watch football properly.

It's definitely not for beginners. I've given up on the book in several parts as I'm still a relatively new fan, but what I have got from it is great.

u/OranginaDentata · 23 pointsr/Portland

Three good options listed here, I've done #3, Nestucca River Road and it was great, low-stress and passes through some beautiful country. From Portland take the MAX light rail to the end of the line in Hillsboro (shoot for mid-day so you aren't trying to cram a bike and panniers on a crowded rush hour train).

Elevation profile

Oregonian article from a few years ago

We left a little late, maybe 1pm and just barely made it to our BLM campground (Dovre maybe?) at dusk. It's all downhill after that to Beaver.

I will add that a few miles of 101 south of Beaver are a little uncomfortable to ride as there's little / no shoulder, unlike most of the rest of 101. If you pass through this section from further north (the Tillamook option, for instance) I believe they route bikes around on a scenic alternate road-- these are well marked and a common feature of 101. However the Beaver / Cloverdale area isn't very long, so it's not a huge concern IMO.

If you have the Adventure Cycling maps they might come in handy. Much more detailed info (accurate elevation profiles!) than what's included in the book everyone gets, but the later has a nice narrative.

EDIT: typos

u/SAeN · 22 pointsr/Velo

You're looking for something that's already been written. It's called The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel and Training and Racing with a Power Meter by Andrew Coggan (the latter is entirely relevant even if you have not got a power meter).

u/incster · 22 pointsr/running

If you are looking for more structured training, I recommend Pfitzinger's Faster Road Racing. It covers all the types of training needed for road races between 5k and half marathon, and provides sample training programs.

You may find it much harder to go from 42 to sub 40 than it was from 49 to 42. The difference is bigger than it seems.

u/NobleHeavyIndustries · 22 pointsr/Patriots

Read Keep Your Eye off the Ball. Read The Essential Smart Football. Pay for NFL GamePass. Watch the Coach's Film (All-22). They've archives going back to 2011. It's especially helpful if you watch a game (or series of plays) you're already familiar with. Get pen and paper out and take notes. Watch what each player is doing, both before and after the snap, and be ready to rewind over and over and over and over.

There's a lot of good analysis on YouTube too, if you are a learn-by-watching type.

>Start here, on Brett Kollman's channel. He's a former NFL Network production assistant. Most of his videos are story heavy and analysis light, but that video is about how to watch film.
>Sam's Film Room, with Samuel Gold, a writer for the Athletic. Good for beginners. I think he started out at r/nfl.
>The QB School, with former Patriots QB, JT O'Sullivan. Focuses on quarterback play, both good and bad.
>Dan Orlovski's Twitter has a bunch of quick analysis videos, usually focusing on QB play.
>Peyton Manning's Detail is wonderful show, but is stuck behind a paywall at There are two short videos free on YouTube. Resourceful people can find it elsewhere as well.
>Strong Opinion Sports, with Division III NCAA QB Zac Shomler. He has a lot of football video podcasts, but also a QB film analysis playlist.
>Baldy Breakdowns, with former Cowboys OLineman and current NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger. No true focus, but has great insight into offensive line play.
>Gamepass Film Sessions. NFL Players and coaches analyze their own plays. The full version is on NFL Gamepass. I'm a particular fan of the one with Joe Thomas.
>Voch Lombardi. Focuses on talent evaluation and line play. Funny as fuck.
>The New England Patriots YouTube channel has Belichick Breakdown and Coffee with the Coach. Breakdown is the more analysis focused of the two.

If you're REALLY interested, the resources are out there. Good hunting.

u/wrob · 20 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

My advice is start with either Jack Daniels' or [Pete Pfitzinger's] ( books. They are quick reads that have everything you need to know to get started on racing a marathon (or half). Both books are organized well so you don't really need to read them cover to cover. They cover both the science plus have appendices with exact daily plans to follow.

I guarantee you that you will be much better off spending <$20 on one of these books then wasting a lot of time trying to piece together free info on the internet.

u/rct42 · 20 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

I'm a fan of Daniels' Running Formula. I'd suggest picking up a copy and following the Red or Blue plan for a season, then trying the 5-10K Training plan. Joining a running club would also be a good option. Good luck!

u/Coocat86 · 18 pointsr/Mountaineering

If I could recommend one resource it would be "Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills." Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Although honestly nothing can replace going out and getting outdoors in the mountains, either with a guide or a friend who knows what they are doing. Baker is a good starter mountain, but if you want to stay clear of crevasses, Mt. Adams is a really good option to learn crampons, ice axe and rope skills without the big risks. I'm on my phone or else I could go into much more detail, but feel free to PM me and I'd be more than happy to recommend guide groups, climbs, gear, etc. Welcome to the world of mountaineering, its beautiful!

u/corduroyblack · 18 pointsr/nfl
u/biciklanto · 18 pointsr/Velo

I think discussions on power meters fit right into the purposes of /r/Velo. Why don't you tell us a little about your riding and training background? How long have you been training, and what sort of goals do you have? Have you read Friel's Training Bible or Allen and Coggan's Training and Racing with a Power Meter?

As far as power meters go, there are a few different types on the market right now (and others will chip in here if i'm forgetting anything, because reasons). Here I'm sorting them from closest to power generation down the driveline:

  • Pedal-based meters measure at the foot, and can measure left and right separately (not a useful measurement...yet.). Examples here include Garmin's Vector pedal system and Look/Polar's Keos. PowerTap will be releasing their P1 pedals this summer as well.
  • Crankarm power meters are newcomers at a lower pricepoint. Stages Power is a left-only power meter that pulled prices down with their introduction of power for $749. Additionally, 4iiiis has released a power meter that is just hitting the market — this is priced insanely competitively, like $350 or something, and it'll be interesting to see if it's a useful player.
  • Next up is crank-based power, and there are a lot of players here. SRM has been considered the gold standard of power, with a price to match, but that is changing. Quarq (from SRAM) is also well known, Power2Max seems to be highly regarded and is very competitively priced, Rotor has a system, and Pioneer Electronics has a new model that's a little pricier but also quite advanced. PowerTap is also releasing a chainring power system this summer.
  • Finishing up is hub-based power with the venerable PowerTap hub, which has been around for about forever and is a known quantity and still a solid value proposition.

    Head on over to DC Rainmaker and check out his reviews, because his is the gold standard on incredibly detailed information on all things electronics. His reviews are excellent, and he's getting a 4iiii unit to review so we'll know how it fairs. That'd be the best option if you're really price sensitive because their pricing promises to massively undercut all the other players on the market.

    So this should be a start.
u/ACE_C0ND0R · 18 pointsr/jiujitsu

I found Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro to be very helpful when I first started.

u/doodleydoo · 18 pointsr/bjj

I highly recommend Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro. Practice what your instructors show you, but focus on the white belt stuff in the book daily. At this point, you're basically just wanting to learn to survive.
Focus on the [positional hierarchy] ( for strategy (thanks awesome redditor Stephen Kesting for the ebook,) hip escapes, re-guarding, and threatening basic submissions for like the first year, and you'll lose 80% of the anxiety

u/DonutDonutDonut · 17 pointsr/buffalobills

Welcome to the best fanbase in football!

  1. I really enjoyed the book Take Your Eye Off the Ball, sounds like what you're looking for.
  2. This subreddit and Buffalo Rumblings are my go-tos. I also like to listen to WGR 550 (Buffalo's sports talk station) when I get the chance.
  3. Need a little more clarification here - what do you mean by "keep an eye on"? Probably the biggest question a lot of fans have right now is what we're going to do at quarterback this offseason - will Tyrod start next year? Will we draft someone and/or sign a free agent QB, and if so, who? Etc.
  4. For getting a feel for the team, watch the "Four Falls of Buffalo" documentary produced by ESPN. It's about Buffalo's famous four consecutive trips to the Super Bowl in the early 90's. As for specific games, The Comeback is one very famous example; others will have more suggestions I'm sure.

    Go Bills!
u/SuperSaiyanSandwich · 17 pointsr/nfl
u/ALoudMouthBaby · 17 pointsr/theocho

So which one of those dudes wrote this?

u/Hogg_Daddyy · 17 pointsr/weekendgunnit

Street Sword: Practical Use of the Long Blade for Self-Defense

We already know how to boomstick. Gotta catch em by surprise with the practical long blade

u/Snugs06 · 16 pointsr/bjj
u/deedude · 16 pointsr/reloading

The first thing you're going to need is a good reference on the reloading process in general. The ABCs of Reloading is a very nice one, and it'll walk you through the basic steps of reloading.

You're then going to need your equipment. The Lee Challenger Kit comes with 90% of the equipment you'll need. Add some dies, a brass length gauge to complement the cutter included in the challenger kit, some calipers to measure... everything and lastly a bullet puller for the inevitable mistakes.

That should do it for equipment. You'll also need a load data book to tell you which combination of bullet and powder you need. The one by Hornady has a specific section about 7.62x54r.

Before you pick out your loads you'll want to slug your barrel so you know how wide of a bullet to use. Depending on your model and the level of wear in the bore, it should slug somewhere around .310 for Russian/soviet stuff and around .308 for old Finns. Make sure you know what that magic number is! a .308 in a .310 or larger bore will result in terrible accuracy. The opposite will probably result in a catastrophic kaboom.

Do I still have you? Good! Lastly you'll need bullets, brass, powder and primers.

Brass comes first. you can not re-use the milsurp brass available on the market the cases are made of steel instead of brass and aren't compatible with a reloading press. Also, they're primed with berdan primers, which, for all intents and purposes, can not be removed. I suggest getting a few boxes of Privi-Partisan commercial ammo and shooting it, then saving the cases. You can buy just brass casings, but they're very difficult to find.


You're probably going to want to shoot full metal jacket bullets. Just use the ones listed in your load manual with the proper diameter and you should be fine.


I use H4895 personally. Again, look in your loading manual and do not exceed the amounts listed there. Powders are not interchangeable.


I use CCI's large rifle primers. I can't remember if primers are specified in the loading manual or not but if you use the right kind and the right power level (magnum vs non-magnum) you should be fine.

That about covers equipment. If you want a rundown of the basic procedure I can write that up later today.

u/vectorhive · 16 pointsr/Ultralight

Ultralight Backpackin' Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips For Extremely Lightweight Camping

u/_Neoshade_ · 16 pointsr/Mountaineering

I got into it through rock climbing, as many others have. The skills and tools of the rock climber are foundations for mountaineering. (Ironic, since I see much of rock climbing as a weekend sport created out of mountaineerss training.) Climbing is a very broad discipline that combines rock climbing technique, rope work, risk management, hiking and general athleticism to reach physical goals. (Mountain tops!)
As such, it can be transitioned into from a number of angles. I know a group from a yoga school that quickly excelled at rock climbing and eventually added two more mountaineers to the community. I also know several people from college hiking and outing clubs that have expanded into winter hiking and then mountaineering.
At some point, if you choose to pursue mountaineering and the more technical climbs to be found, you WILL find yourself in a gym or out on a crag rock climbing. Mountaineering is essentially rock climbing + winter hiking + OINK.

The fundamentals are learned from a lot of reading and studying the technical literature, and patient progression through practice. Other mountaineers (especially experienced ones) are invaluable, and a very important resource for learning and safety. I highly recommend getting involved with a community like MountainProject and looking for outdoor groups and climbing groups in your area.
The question is - what can you climb near where you live? If you're in Kansas, you're going to have a hard time of it. Seattle, Boston, Denver, Geneva, you're all set.
I live near the White Mountains of New Hampshire and am up there every other weekend pushing some new limit. A few years ago i did my first winter backpacking trip. Then, shortly after, my first winter hike on exposed summits with crampons and an ax. Last winter I bought ice tools and moved into multi-pitch technical climbing of ice, snow gullies and mixed routes. If you have mountains nearby to explore and practice on, there are years of fun to be had in them. Find local guidebooks. You'd be amazed how many cliffs and trails and gullies have been graded and compiled.
Lastly - buy a a couple books on mountaineering and start at home. The books are essential knowledge, you'll get an idea of what's involved, and they should whet your appetite and inspire you to seek out places to go and get your climb on.
Good climbing partners can be friends or people you get to know from the local climbing gym or forums. Having someone to learn and progress with and share the adventure is awesome. Finding like-minded people is surprisingly easy when all you need is passion and dedication. (And balls)

u/climb4fun · 15 pointsr/Velo

Cycling training, as you can imagine, is complex and there are many opinions on how to best train for races. I'm no expert on coaching/training but I have been a serious cyclist and racer for 25 years.

Today, the most common approach to training is to use 'periodized' training. The idea of periodized training is to structure your year so that you build a foundation of fitness over the winter (after an autumn break) and then tailor your workouts carefully in the spring and summer such that you peak in time for important races.

It is called 'periodized' training because your year is broken up into periods (and those periods are, in turn, broken up into smaller periods). The first of these high-level periods is a rest period around this time of year. Then, over the winter, you'll be in a 'base period' during which you develop a foundation for peak fitness next summer. Your spring and summer will have multiple 'build' and 'peak' periods designed to build your fitness ahead of important races (build) and then to taper off just a bit to reduce fatigue just prior to important races (peak).

Today's training methods (as opposed to training from 2 decades ago when I first started racing) is very scientific and prescriptive thanks to technologies that provide us with metrics on our performance. Specifically, heart rate monitors and, more importantly, power meters. Data from these can be used to maximize your workouts' impact and can be fed into physiological models of how bodies respond to and recover from workouts in order to predict and manage what's called your 'form' during the racing season. Because these model quantify your body's response to workouts, 'form' can be quantified and is defined as: form = fitness - fatigue.

Your goal is to maximize form on race days (so-called 'peaking'). But because your fitness is always dropping when you are not doing workouts and your fatigue is increasing when you do work out, managing your form is a dynamic and not so simple. Furthermore, each person is different and, as we age, our response to training changes. And, to add more complication, each type of race also demands different skills and abilities and so it all becomes complicated which is why coaches exist. Frankly, I find this fascinating though.

For amateurs like us who don't have coaches (or limited coaching), there are tons of online tools and books which can help. Book-wise, I recommend that you get a copy of a The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel. Check out for nice training/planning tools including - if you get the paid version - preplanned workouts. And, for sure, get a power meter (I can't recommend one as I have Vector pedals which, although I like very much, are (too?) expensive and, for some reason, not widely liked) along with a hear rate monitor. For winter training, get a trainer whose resistance you can adjust from your handlebars. You can also get rollers too but don't unless you also get a trainer because a trainer is more versatile.

Frankly, equipment doesn't make a huge difference as long as your bike is reasonably light (and then, this is only important if your races have lots of climbing) and your wheels and components are at least reasonably decent. A Scott Foil 15 and Specialized Allez are both fine bikes.

One last comment. When doing your workouts be sure to follow the planned intensity. Especially in your base periods, many workouts will be at a low level of intensity which will be boring. Don't be tempted to go hard during these long, boring, low-intensity workouts as they really do pay huge dividends in preparing your body for the heavy-duty 'build' workouts that will come a few months later. The metaphor to a building's foundation is not just a trite description - it really is true.

u/keyserbjj · 15 pointsr/bjj

Everyone who is new to bjj hates Side Control. My instructor gets asked how to escape that position more than anything else lol.

Best piece of advice I can give you is to buy this:

Jiu-Jitsu University

It's like the bjj bible man.

u/blood_bender · 15 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

If you know nothing about marathon training, buy Pfitz's Advanced Marathoning or Daniels' Running Formula and give it a read. Either of those is a good starting point, but I'd probably suggest Daniels' if you're used to shorter races. Pfitz has only marathon info (for the most part) and Daniels has everything, so comparing his marathon info to his shorter info might be helpful for you in particular, since you probably have a decent understanding about the shorter races and can use that as a baseline comparison.

Given your background, 6 months should be okay, but starting at 15mpw is not going to help. I'd look at two months of base building followed by a 4 month plan. 2 months is not a lot to ramp up to 50mpw, but again, if you've done 100mpw in the past, you should be able to go a bit more accelerated than most and still be safe.

I wouldn't even set a goal yet, to be honest. It could be anywhere from 2:30 to 3:00 depending on how you handle getting back up there in mileage.

u/ecp12 · 14 pointsr/boardgames

I really enjoyed Backpacking Light. The articles are okay but the forums are absolute GOLD. All of the users are super passionate about backpacking, especially about backpacking "lightweight." Aka, trying to carry as little as possible so you can walk faster and further/save your knees in the process.

It's a bit daunting to get into, I'll give you that. I also found this book to be super helpful.

u/White_Lobster · 14 pointsr/Velo

Joe Friel's book is good. Take your time with it and really understand what he's recommending. It's a bit complicated to figure out at first, but he knows what he's talking about.

u/mortarnpistol · 13 pointsr/atheism

Someone above posted this, but just in case you missed it, this is OP's book. Apparently a very good work!

u/danesgod · 13 pointsr/climbing

FOTH hills is great and all. But honestly, I got more out of John Long's Anchors book for learning trad placements and anchor building. FOTH is so dense and there is a lot of info in there that is irrelevant for trad climbing (alpine/mountaineering/survival stuff).

If it were me, I'd look at Climbing Anchors first, FOTH second.

u/I-Am-Keith-Perfetti · 13 pointsr/IWantToLearn
u/gogokodo · 12 pointsr/bjj

Everyone always recommends Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
I don't have it myself but I was able to get it from my local library once (people always have it on hold), and it's pretty great.

u/hythloday1 · 12 pointsr/CFB

None, I've never coached or played a snap.

I recommend The Essential Smart Football by Chris Brown. I literally couldn't put it down. A lot of my education comes from reading as well, which is obviously Oregon-centric but the videos and graphics help with understanding any scheme.

u/JolIyJack · 12 pointsr/baseball

This is The Book

u/[deleted] · 12 pointsr/climbing

Since someone else is already doing the standard /r/climbing YERGONNADIE and assuming you are a moron, I'll give this a shot.

Your first purchase should be a book by John Long called Climbing Anchors. It's cheap and relatively short - you can get through it in an afternoon then keep it around as a reference.

After that, you'll have a very good idea of what products you'll need in order to rig a toprope, so I'll give you some guidance re: product differentiation.

You'll need locking carabiners, and they'll have some small variation in strength ratings. For top roping, these differences are irrelevant. The shape of the biners is important though - those huge screw-gates that are the size of your whole hand can be nice for belaying, but they are a total waste when it comes to rigging a toprope. Outdoorgearlab did a nice writeup on choosing lockers, I'll leave the rest up to you.

Even for top rope, I wouldn't buy a static line to climb on. Some people prefer it because they can also use it to rope-solo/jumar, and it's perfectly safe so long as you are diligent about keeping very little slack in the line, but it's much less versatile. You can't use it for sport climbing or trad, where a fall on a static line can pretty easily snap your spine. Get yourself a nice 60m dynamic line - anything 9.8mm in diameter and up will do nicely, anything above 10.2 will last for a long time.

For the anchor itself, it really depends on what's available at your local crag. Of course you'll need some 7mm accessory cord and some nylon slings to rig everything up, but nobody can tell you what you'll need in order to rig up a safe belay above any given pitch.

You'll need to read John Long, practice building and yanking out anchors on the ground, and really overbuild your anchors as you are starting out. Especially if you are placing gear, you'll make some mistakes and you don't want anyone to get hurt as a result. Placing five pieces of pro in the morning and coming back at the end of the day to find that two of them pulled out is a good lesson. Placing two and finding that you screwed both up is a very bad day.

u/Hill_Reps_For_Jesus · 11 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

you're not going to get tons of feedback because you've essentially asked this sub to help you steal from our favourite author.

buy the book

u/0bsidian · 11 pointsr/climbing

Building anchors isn't rocket science, but it does hold a couple of important considerations (and why watching a video isn't going to be sufficient):

  • There are a multitude of ways you can build a strong anchor and many more ways to mess it up. Messing it up obviously carries a high consequence. A video can't teach you all the right and wrong ways to build an anchor.
  • Building anchors is not a strictly procedural process like cleaning a sport route where you can watch a video and follow steps 1 to 10 and it'll be 99% the same everywhere you go. Building anchors requires an understanding of concepts, not procedures (because what you encounter for an anchor placement will vary) - such as what qualifies as a bomber anchor, how to ensure you have redundancy throughout the entire anchor, limitations of gear, etc.

    Should you take a class? Maybe if you want some hands-on experience. I would suggest that you do your share of the reading first, you might not need the class, or if do take one you'll have a better understanding of what is being taught and be able to ask thoughtful questions.

    Some reading:

  • Anchors in Earnest (PDF)
  • Trad Anchors (4 parts) and Top Rope Anchors
  • Climbing Anchors (book: John Long, Bob Gaines)
  • For fun you can check out Jive-Ass Anchors for what not to do (sadly no new updates).
u/ShortShortsTallSocks · 11 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

Long run I would start at maybe 8:45, and then work down to 8:15ish. If you are going to do 1000 repeats, aim for your current 5k pace or maybe 5 seconds a mile faster with 3 minute rests. I would focus more on tempo runs for the summer, so 3 miles at a 7 minute pace, or 2x2 miles with a 2 minute rest in there and a couple mile warm up/cool down at easy pace.

You might check out summer of malmo, it is pretty much designed for someone like you doing summer work. Also check out Daniels Running Formula, and faster road racing. Daniels is where I pulled the training paces from, and faster road racing has base building plans which would help a great deal. You might be able to find them in a library, but I haven't seen them personally.

u/Jurph · 11 pointsr/nfl

I usually find this Wikipedia article very helpful. Your English is excellent so I don't think you need to worry about finding a translation. Scroll down to "offensive formations" and the sections on "running plays" and "passing plays" to understand the terminology and how to understand what you're seeing. The great part about that is that if you then search for those plays on YouTube you can find video of the play working well.

I also like to recommend Take Your Eye Off the Ball to new fans interested in Xs and Os. It's an excellent book about how to watch football and understand what's happening -- it explains how an offensive formation is like a "bid" or "bet" in cards, and the defense's formation is a reaction to that bid, and how either side might be bluffing. It goes into excellent detail about almost every aspect of the game.

Give this article a read as well. Chris Brown helps the reader understand the fundamental shift in the current defensive era, which I think will really help you understand what (for example) the Seahawks do on defense. If you like Brown's work, he has also published this book of essays (edited and expanded from his blog) which explain many of the strategic and tactical nuances of the modern game of football in a style similar to what you see in the above article.

u/IsaacTM · 11 pointsr/CFB

Two easy recommendations: The Essential Smart Football from Chris Brown and Study Hall from Bill Connelly. The former is the easier read but both go in-depth without being too confusing. When I was done reading them I felt smarter, for whatever that's worth.

u/wangatanga · 11 pointsr/mallninjashit

This is the same guy who wrote Street Sword: Practical Use of the Long Blade for Self-Defense. A true mall ninja through and through.

u/psicicle · 10 pointsr/Fitness

A superior book to CC and BtGB IMO is Overcoming Gravity.

To address the post, for upper body I believe bodyweight and weights are fairly similar in effectiveness. However if you are looking to strengthen connective tissue, it seems to be done better (and in particular it is necessitated) by straight-arm bodyweight holds.

In my experience, benching HAS carried strength over into bodyweight movements (planche and handstand pushup) which I did not expect given that many bodyweight training proponents state that this does not happen.

For lower body movements, free weights are just better. You just can't really disadvantage leverage sufficiently as far as I know to get a decent stimulus.

u/ChronicLegHole · 10 pointsr/justneckbeardthings
u/rand486 · 10 pointsr/bjj

> Could you give a simple checklist of things to remember in order to survive in each position for as long as possible.

Dude, you need Jiu Jitsu University. The entire white belt section is exactly what you're asking.

u/bark_bark · 10 pointsr/running

This book is good to help you learn about more about the science and ways to measure progress. It also includes some workouts and training plans. I believe that once you understand the "why" behind your training plans and runs, it will help you be a more focused runner. Advanced Marathoning

u/realone550 · 10 pointsr/running

Why shouldn't you do that much speed work without much rest in between? Think of it this way - are you more likely to give 100% effort if you focus in on one speed session per week or five speed sessions per week?

Since we're all human, there's no way you can recover fully between each speed session if you don't rest adequately - so you end up doing each speed session at 75% of your max effort. Even though you're "working hard" by getting out here five times a week, you can see that each session doesn't get the full attention and effort it deserves - and this is sub-optimal for training.

From Pete Pfitzinger's Advanced Marathoning, you need the following number of rest days for each type of workout:

  • Tempo Run - 4 days
  • Long Run - 4 days
  • VO2 max intervals - 5 days

    So a sample workout for a marathon in aerobic development phase might be:

  • Monday: Recovery @ Easy Pace (5 miles @ 9:00 pace)
  • Tuesday: Tempo Run @ LT Pace (4 miles @ 6:30 pace)
  • Wednesday: Medium Length Aerobic @ Moderate Pace (10 miles @ 8:00 pace)
  • Thursday: Recovery @ Easy Pace (5 miles @ 9:00 pace)
  • Friday: Medium Length Aerobic @ Moderate Pace (10 miles @ 8:00 pace)
  • Saturday: Recovery @ Easy Pace (5 miles @ 9:00 pace)
  • Sunday: Long Run @ Moderate Pace (15 miles @ 8:15 pace)

    I highly suggest you read Advanced Marathoning. I'm trying to qualify as well, so good luck to you!
u/gamerx11 · 10 pointsr/Ultralight

I really enjoy Lighten Up! and Ultralight Backpackin' Tips as well. Those two really helped me think about what I was carrying on my trips. It made me a lot more weight conscious.

u/retrac1324 · 10 pointsr/Velo

Friel's training bible is very popular -

For GoPro style race videos, sometimes with commentary - (seems to be down at the moment)

u/linkn11 · 9 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Depending on the situation traversing a ridge while roped up can increase or decrease your risk. If you are hiking on terrain that is exposed enough to warrant the use of technical equipment (harness, rope, belay device, etc...) you should probably get some training on how to use them properly. Merely connecting yourself to your partner is inviting disaster. Grab yourself a copy of Freedom of the Hills and head on over to /r/climbing or /r/alpinism for more info.

u/SundayKegger · 9 pointsr/nfl

Here's a book I recommend for anyone wanting to learn the strategy behind football. It's called "Take Your Eye Off the Ball" written by Pat Kirwan with a foreword by Pete Carroll and Bill Cowher

It's on Amazon for $2.12 used - Can't beat that.

u/thehockeychimp · 9 pointsr/nfl

I think there's one called "Get your eye off the ball". Not sure if it's the right title.


u/Giraffe_Racer · 9 pointsr/Velo

The Cyclist's Training Bible is the go-to introduction to training concepts. It's probably information overload if you're just getting into the sport, but there's a ton of good information.

The Time-Crunched Cyclist is a really good introduction to interval training. You'd need at least an HR monitor to do the workouts. I don't follow Carmichael's plans in that book, but I did adapt it a little to fit my needs last summer.

u/giuseppeSD · 9 pointsr/bjj

I re-read your original comment -- "zero grappling experience" and "I don't always know what I'm looking at or what it means."

You should buy Jiu-Jitsu University.

You start with survival. Get through your training rounds without tapping (i.e., without getting caught; if you get caught, tap of course!). Keep your elbows tight, protect your collar, keep your back to the mat.

But that book -- Jiu-Jitsu University -- will really help you.

u/steppinraz0r · 9 pointsr/bjj

Buy this book!

It seriously should be issued to all new white belts. It'll teach you techniques to survive when you first start. I found it extremely helpful!

u/Oberoni · 9 pointsr/reloading

I would start with the Lyman 49th Edition and The ABCs of Reloading manuals. They give you a detailed break down of the reloading process and talk about different types of equipment. After you've read the manuals I recommend really thinking about if you are a good fit for reloading. While reloading can be a very rewarding hobby, it is a very serious hobby. You can end up severely hurt or even killed if you make a mistake. Being able to concentrate for long periods and be very exacting in the details are important. Not trying to scare you off, just reminding you that bullets are little explosions going off in your hands/near your face. Mistakes can turn a little explosion into a big one.

I also made a post about equipment here, but it isn't a replacement for a good manual.

Why are you interested in reloading? Looking to save money? Increase accuracy? Just because it looks interesting? Either way I recommend you read this post on the economics of reloading.

What are you looking to reload? Rifle? Pistol? Shotgun? What are your time, space, and budget constraints? Knowing this we can help you pick equipment to fit your needs. Overall the basics are:

Dies(Sizing/Decap, Expanding, Seating)
Shell Plate
and probably a chamfer/deburr tool

There are different levels of each of these so knowing what your requirements are will help determine which level you should be looking at.

u/I922sParkCir · 9 pointsr/guns

This is my first reloading press, and it’s setup for 9mm.

Here’s what I bought:

  • Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press

  • Hornady Custom Grade New Dimension Nitride 3-Die Set 9mm Luger

  • Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press Shellplate #8 (30 Luger, 38 Super, 9mm Luger)

  • RCBS Lock-Out Die

  • Frankford Arsenal Reloading Scale

  • Frankford Arsenal Electronic Caliper 6" Stainless Steel

  • Hornady Primer Turning Tray

  • Frankford Arsenal Impact Bullet Puller

  • Frankford Arsenal Quick-n-Ez Case Tumbler

  • Lee Primer Pocket Cleaner

  • Shell Sorter Brass Sorter 9mm Luger, 40 Smith & Wesson, 45 ACP 3 Bowl Set

    And this is what I’m loading:

    9mm Luger

  • Bullet: 124gr Montana Gold Bullet CMJ

  • Powder: 3.8gr Titegroup (working up to 4.0 grains)

  • Winchester Small Pistol Primers

  • Mixed Brass

  • OAL: 1.135-1.140"

    I fired my first 25 round last Saturday. They were soft recoiling, and from my novice reloader’s perspective, indistinguishable from 115 Grain Federal Champion I was comparing them to. I didn’t notice any smoke, and I had zero issues with my M&P9mm FS. Right after I got home from the range I loaded 300 more.

    All in all, I love the press and haven’t had any major issues with any of the equipment I purchased. The DVD that came with the press was excellent and made setup simple. The only issues I had came from using the large primer tube with small primers (inconsistent priming), using the rifle metering insert (gave me inconsistent powder throws), and static giving me sticky powder (grounding the press seems to have fixed that).

    Taking it slow, looking at every step, and confirming that I am moving in the right direction has made this pretty easy and so far successful.

    Edit: Here's my cost breakdown.

    Edit2: The reason I felt comfortable going this route is I did my homework, and I check my powder, and over all length constantly (every time for my first 100 cartridges or so, and now about every 10th round). Going the progressive route first take tons of concentration, and you need to be in a zero distraction environment. You need to triple check everything, makes some rounds, and then check everything again. You have to be aware that if you mess up, you will hurt yourself and destroy expensive equipment.

    I started /r/Reloading over a year ago to learn about reloading. I've read tons online, watched many video on the subject, and read a couple of books. Before you start reloading, make sure you know exactly what you are doing and make sure you are doing every step correctly.
u/Public_lewdness · 9 pointsr/running

I cannot recommend Jack Daniel's book enough! It has fantastic explaining training concepts and making it understandable. It also has specific training plans for every distance from the mile to the marathon.

The 2Q plan dictates two hard workouts per week. One is usually tempo or interval work, one is a long run. Other than those two workouts you just run easy whenever to meet a certain distance per week. I workout hard Tuesdays and Saturdays and then the rest of the week it doesn't matter which days or distances I run ... as long as I get my mileage for the week in.

u/OnceAMiler · 9 pointsr/artc

I think the first order of business for you would be to work up to a frequency of 5-6 days a week and 25-30 MPW. Don't worry about higher intensity running until you have a base established.

Then you would benefit from finding a 5k program that you like. All of the stuff you are wondering about would pretty much have clear answers if you found a good program. A solid 5k program would improve both your 5k and your mile time. And it would also answer questions like how long on your long run, how to get your E mileage, when do to hills, how to do interval work, how fast, etc.

I'm a fan of Jack Daniels, and if I were in your shoes I'd be running one of the 5k plans from Running formula. Pfitzinger is also popular here. And Hal Higdon has some 5k plans posted online.

u/TheNewWay · 9 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Level 1 Squats require quite a bit of balance and upper body strength to maintain the position. While it is still beneficial to work on it, having that hold you up from progressing in actual squats doesn't make sense. I would suggest starting off at level 2 in the Squat progression, but still working on Level 1 when you can; it is nice for the mobility, balance and flexibility, but it's going to do very little for you strength-wise, at least in terms of the Squat progression.

Level 2 Pullups, as described in the book, are just ridiculously hard for most people who would be at that step in the progression. What I found worked for me was something I think I read on the Dragon Door forums: instead of working with a bar/table that is waist height, find a bar/table that is more sternum height (the bone between your chest muscles). That will make a huge difference in the level of difficulty and is a more natural progression between Levels 1 and 3.

Most of the other progressions should be good and slowly build you up to where you need to be for each step. Some here believe the number of repetitions is too high; the numbers the book has you do at times will have your muscles focusing on endurance more than strength. But I was starting it from a relatively low level of fitness, so I didn't have a problem if I mixed a little endurance training in with my strength training.

I also had a rule that I had to meet each Progression Standard three times before I actually moved on. It keeps you from moving too fast through the progressions, assures you didn't just have a fluke day or get any cheat reps, and makes sure your form can be nice and stable before moving onto the next step. If you are still feeling like you are making gains at a given level, don't be in a huge rush to jump ahead. I like to look at all the bodyweight exercises as a more long-term thing.

Also, feel free to add things to the exercises if you are interested and able to later on; I did the routine about 3/4 of the way through (getting to level 5-8 in the various exercises) before I started over with a weight vest for added difficulty. After going through back to the beginning with the vest, I'm now back to level 8-10 in everything but pullups and HSPUs, which I'm at 7 and 6 in HSPUs, and now I have been mixing it up with the gymnastic stuff from moderator eshlow's book: Overcoming Gravity

u/thefirm1990 · 9 pointsr/Fitness

check this out

It list all adult gymnastics classes by state. You can also try picking up books like overcoming gravity or just head over to /r/bodyweightfitness they could probably help you out. Gymnastics is not the easiest thing to get into when your older but it's definetly worth trying out.

u/ALeapAtTheWheel · 9 pointsr/nfl

Mike Tanier (formerly of Football Outsiders, the Fifth Down Blog, and elsewhere, soon to be of Sports On Earth) is far and away the best wordsmith. He's one of the best analyzers, too.

Chris Brown is also great. Here is his "essentials" book. A great place to start if you don't know his work.

u/Jugiin · 9 pointsr/justneckbeardthings

Buy two and I'll throw in one of those

u/ablomberg1 · 9 pointsr/justneckbeardthings

You would happen to have a link to where I could buy it online do you? This would make a hilarious graduation gift for a friend of mine.

Edit: found a link. Way too expensive for me.

u/OCMule · 9 pointsr/Adirondacks

I do most of my hiking in the winter and solo quite often. Winter climbing has it's own learning curve. You have different gear, different conditions, and your body is going to act differently. So you have to adjust. As you know with climbing, the best way to learn while not getting yourself in a bind is to take it slow and read as much as you can. You might already have this book. The first half still applies even though we're not talking K2. I have a Shepard mix too, there will simply be days that your dog can't handle because they don't tolerate equipment as well as people do. Just get into it slowly. The problem with winter is not that it's terribly difficult - it can just be very unforgiving. Every mistake in rough weather you make compounds to make your problems worse and the longer you take to fix them the harder everything gets. Having a well oiled "machine" for taking care of everything will help you and that takes experience.

So I would start off pretty low key and use this time to figure out your system and take close attention of your dog's limits (picking up feet is the sign my dog is getting too cold and we need to adjust). Play it safe, always have an "oh shit" bag of things so you can survive if you get caught over night. And get a SPOT or PLB just in case. Sometime as simple as a broken leg can easily kill you in the winter.

Edit: I would start on a few sub 3k peaks when it's full on winter, then do something like cascade first because it has a good mix of everything you'll encounter (from snow, to ice, to wind). Start off sub 8 mile peaks and you should be fine.

u/justarunner · 9 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

Sounds like you're ready for Pfitz. Many runners on here have used his book, myself included, to excellent results. Additionally you mention wanting longer runs than 16M, the backbone of Pfitz's plan is a LOT of long runs. He's known to drop "medium-long runs" on a Wednesday that are like 12-15 miles and then throw an 18-20 miler at you on the weekend.

The workouts aren't insane, but he definitely gets you with those long runs. If you stick true to the plan, choose the mileage that's right for you and come into the plan with the right'll crush with Pfitz.

Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger

Fun fact, I chose the name for this subreddit based on his book which I first read when I was 17 and training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Also a fun fact, I do not recommend getting into marathons at age 17. :)

u/ItNeedsMoreFun · 9 pointsr/Ultralight

Does she hike much? If not, definitely do some day hikes with similar mileage and elevation gain to your planned trip so that she can make sure her sock and shoe combo works for her regarding blisters and such.

I feel like getting bad blisters could be a major bummer on a fairly long trip like that. Most other stuff can be conquered by a good attitude and snacks, but blisters on day 1 of 5 would be no fun.

You might find that either you reading a book written for beginners to remind yourself of what beginners need to know, or her reading one (depending on her preference) might help. Something like Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backpacking Book or Ultralight Backpackin' Tips or Long Trails by Liz Thomas might be a solid choice.

And of course, ask her if she has any concerns, what she's excited about, etc etc.

Regarding buying gear, don't forget that if you buy something used, and don't damage it, you can probably sell it for pretty much the same price you paid for it. So keep an eye out on /r/ulgeartrade and similar forums.

u/Sintered_Monkey · 8 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

Ones I have read and recommend:

Jack Daniels




Fitzgerald (one of several)

Ones I have not read but have heard good things about:


Bill Squires

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There is also an out of print (I think) book by Arthur Lydiard that is really good. And for that matter, I am not sure I linked the correct Bill Squires book. One is really good, while the other is an awful, watered-down version.

I have a pretty similar background. I ran in high school, then DIII in college, quit running for many years, got back to it as a pre-masters/masters runner. People kept asking me questions, so I started coaching for free. Then on a spare weekend, I got certified as a USATF level 1 coach, which is really fun. I really recommend it, since you're a T&F fan.

u/Thesealiferocks · 8 pointsr/running

I have been told Higdon plan is not the best for a BQ time. I am currently trying for BQ as well and have been using Pfitzinger 70/18 plan. It's really rough because the first week you start is 53 miles. It tops out at 70mpw which is more than I have ran in a week before. I have been told maybe people have either lowered their time significantly or BQ'd using his plan.

If you are interested, here is an idea how the plan works. To get more in depth about his workouts (which ones are tempo and how fast to run on certain runs) I highly recommend his book. I've been running for about 4 years and learned so much after reading it.

u/Downhill_Sprinter · 8 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

>Do you think my initial goal (3:10) was unrealistic based on my mileage in training?

This question is based on the individual, however increasing your weekly mileage safely will not hinder your performance. There are plenty of people who run much faster on less mileage, but this does not mean that you can.

>Did I simply go out a bit too eager and pay the price?

The marathon is hard. Each race day is different, and with longer distances small things like a few degrees temperature difference take a toll later in the race. General consensus is that if you're running the second half slower than the first you went out too fast.

>If training could have yielded better results, would you put performance drop down to slight illness?

I'm sure getting sick didn't help, but knowing how much it may have slowed you is impossible to know.

>For next marathon, what would you recommend I do differently? I suppose more smart mileage.

Your previous PR times seems to scale pretty well, so I don't know what specifically you should do differently outside of the normal advice that more miles won't hurt.

The Higdon plans are pretty good and I've used them myself in the past. You'll find that many runners here in /r/AdvancedRunning "move up" to the plans in Advanced Marathoning , and Daniel's Running Formula. Advanced Running focuses more specifically on marathons, while the Daniel's book pretty deep into explaining the science being training.

Edit: spelling

u/hugeyakmen · 8 pointsr/MTB

My two favorite resources to learn better technique and habits that you can study while off the bike:

There is a really good skills video by Fabien Barel that is geared towards all mountain riding but really applies to any and all riding. Not sure the best place to download a new copy, I believe it was originally on a DVD that came with a magazine

The book "Mastering Mountain Biking Skills" by Brians Lopes and Lee McCormack.

A skills clinic can be expensive esp if you don't leave too close to a good one, but that is a quick way to learn a lot and get personalized coaching. It's probably on every mountain biker's wishlist

u/mt_sage · 8 pointsr/Ultralight

I had a similar conversion about 10 years ago, also after a long hiatus (due to injury). Hauling big weight really starts to lose its charm as you age.

I used a scattershot approach (and it was rather hit and miss) until I got Mike Clelland's book, "Ultralight Backpackin' Tips", which had just been published. It's the smartest $14 I ever spent on backpacking gear, and it dropped weight from my BPW faster and better than I could have believed. He gives you a comprehensive approach that is not just about gear but also about mindset and technique. It showed me how to evaluate every single item in my pack from the perspective of a very experienced UL backpacker.

I was able to drop my BPW in half rather quickly -- without doing a lot of gear buying -- and then chip away at it one piece of gear at a time, picking and choosing what was next in a logical progression. Just about everyone one in transition finds that they achieve a "plateau" BPW that is not bad at all (well under 20 pounds) fairly quickly, and then it takes work to approach the "magical" 10 pound BPW.

It looks like you've already made some good choices. Keep up the good work.

A note on your pack; some years ago, UL backpackers often used packs that are considered to be "high volume" today -- about 60L, like your GG pack. You pack your bag/quilt, down puffies, and soft insulated items uncompressed, and that way they fill up the volume of the pack. It preserves the optimal shape of the pack for the best carrying behavior, it makes the entire pack soft and slightly squishy, and hence very comfortable to carry, and it makes packing up in the morning quick and easy. As a bonus, it makes your insulated gear last much longer; extreme compression is tough on gear, be it down or synthetic.

u/slackslackTAKE · 8 pointsr/climbing

The Self-Coached Climber book shows lots of great drills for improving footwork precision and introducing twisting and flagging (counter balancing with your legs). The popular opinion is that you should dedicate some time to these drills as part of a warm-up. I believe you can check out the text in some detail on Google Books. Buying it also gets you the DVD, which shows the drills in real time.

As for the steep/roof climbing, it's a matter of pressing as much of your weight through your feet as possible by using - primarily - your core and hamstring muscles. Try this: Get yourself hanging on a couple of sizeable roof jugs with your toes in some equally huge footholds. Keeping your arms straight, pull your (mostly lower) body as close to the roof as you can. With your arms straight, you're engaging your legs/lower trunk rather than back/biceps - It transfers some weight to your feet and improves friction with the footholds. The more stable your foot positioning, the easier it is to initiate movement from your legs - even on a roof.

u/FireClimbing · 8 pointsr/climbharder

For pure training programming and exercises


For thinking more about the skills of climbing and how to practice them.


Both of these are great reads

u/thespeak · 8 pointsr/bicycletouring

I'm not sure how flexible your itinerary is, but I'd highly recommend reversing course and touring from Vancouver to LA. There are two main reasons, 1) Wind! Winds typically blow north to south during the best touring season and this can severely impact your milage. I can cross Oregon comfortably (not going for any records here, I'm an old man) in 5 or 6 days (but more is more fun) heading north to south, but I'd expect it to take at least 10 days in the other direction.

The second reason is that you'll get a very different experience with other people on tour. Especially through Oregon, where there are established hiker-biker camp sites at intervals designed for bike tour (always $5, no reservation necessary). If you are touring from North to South, you will inevitably meet many other folks touring the same route. The option to cycle solo and avoid the other tourers always exists, but if you are going the wrong direction, then you'll miss out on meeting some of the most interesting bike tourers I've met anywhere.

And a final bonus consideration, the view! If you are traveling south, you've got the ocean on your immediate right and the views are unimpeded by the road.

I found this book of limited use when I was actually on the road, but I got some great advice from it while I was in planning stages:

u/silence7 · 8 pointsr/pics

The pacific coast from north-to-south is probably the easiest place in the US to do this. There are campgrounds with designated hiker/biker no-reservation campsites at regular intervals, the prevailing winds work to your advantage, and there are cycling-oriented guidebooks and maps covering the route in detail. Those have the advantage of telling you key things like where the last place to buy food before the campground is, and which towns have a shop where you can get a spoke replaced.

u/pmackles · 8 pointsr/bjj

Hello new convert, have you read the good book? It's a great place to start when you want to save your sweet neck from being strangled by sweaty strangers.

Keep your arms close to your body and learn to shrimp like a mofucka. Also, take tips/advice from other whitebelts with a grain of salt, except for me of course.

u/digitalburro · 8 pointsr/bjj

Free: Stephan Kesting's Roadmap to BJJ e-book (requires newsletter sign-up)

For monies: Jiu-jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

u/The_MadChemist · 8 pointsr/reloading

Grab yourself a copy of the ABC's of Reloading ( and a reloading manual. I like my Lyman 50th (

Looking at two pages in Lyman shows that .308 needs large rifle primers while .223 needs small rifle primers.

I really can't recommend the ABCs book enough. The author lost his hands in an accident, so he's committed to safety, haha. Reading through that will, at the very least, let you know what you don't know.

u/theguy56 · 8 pointsr/guns

/r/reloading is going to be your go to source for specific questions. Like you I've wanted to get into reloading, and before I make any purchases I will finish reading this:

u/Darkcharger · 8 pointsr/running

I highly suggest picking up Jack Daniels Running Formula. It will describe what different running workouts are, what they will do for you as a runner, and will provide some training plans. As a coach you need to know your shit, so get to studying. Also, you need to be a leader, so you need to start running as well :)

u/ja1484 · 8 pointsr/financialindependence

A few pointers:

  • Buy once, cry once. This is gear that your life literally depends upon. Do NOT cheap out here.

  • Do some light reading followed by some heavier reading followed by some heaviest reading. FOTH in particular has a lot of good supplemental information on camp, clothing systems, reading terrain, etc.

  • Read a little more if you end up getting more serious than toprope/bouldering/sport climbing. No one makes you go out there, and no one is required to risk themselves to bring you home. Personal responsibility is big here.

  • Last but not least: Find out what YOU like. Do not buy cam brand X or rope brand Y or shoe brand Z because they look cool or your friend loves them. Try them yourself. There are pieces of gear I treasure that my partners hate and vice versa. Your gear needs will also vary by region. I use a completely different rack in the South West compared to the East Coast.

    Feel free to PM me with specific questions...I have over a decade of climbing/mountaineering and outdoor experience on everything outside of the Himalaya. Snowfields, Rock, Ice, Bouldering, Backpacking, summer, winter, poor weather, perfect weather...I've been there.

    As for costs:
    REI credit card may actually be worth looking into, and an REI membership is a one-time $20 fee that will pay literal dividends for life. Other than that, the standard online comparison shopping methods are your best friend.

    DO NOT purchase used life-critical equipment. Let me repeat that DO NOT purchase used life-critical equipment. You do not know how it has been stored, cared for, maintained and thus do not know if it will do it's job when you really really need it to.
u/Pop702 · 8 pointsr/climbing
u/Gauchoparty · 8 pointsr/argentina

Una amiga viaja a NY y me va a traer estas dos bellezas:
Take Your Eye Off the Ball y The Essential Smart Football así que voy a tener para hacerme una panzada!.

Por otro lado, mañana PARTIDASO de la NBA, Boston vs. Golden State, no puede fallar.

Finalmente, este fin de semana hay PPV de lucha libre y no puedo estar más hypeado, hace tiempo que no venía tan manija y encima cierra todo con un lunes feriado, fiesta loca. Ah y WARGAMEEEEEEEES BAYBEH.

Perdonen que vengo atrasado con el post, pero estoy con tanto laburo que se me re pasó, mil gracias /u/blackfinwe !

u/OnlyFactsNoContext · 8 pointsr/Velo
  1. Join a local cycling club. Here's a big one in Chicago

  2. Build up your palmares so that you can ride something more than CAT5. Cycling racing demands that you move up categories based on your experience. Mostly to keep people who have never raced in a bunch sprint or a paceline from hurting competent racing cyclists. Having never raced before you're likely to start for a season or so at the lowest level (CAT5).

  3. Start racing in local centuries or cyclosportives. I don't want to stomp on your dreams, but unless you're clearly (I mean solo to victory 10+ minutes ahead) then you're probably not pro level. Here's a list of rides happening this year in Chicago.

  4. Commit this winter to doing Joe Friel's program, race a few races in the spring then get your personal physiological characteristics measured (VO2max etc). See how you compare to others.

  5. Start sending out packages (palmares, physio stats, any other value you'd bring to a team) to development squads.

  6. Hope that you got the stuff.
u/slykens · 8 pointsr/Fitness

First, all you need to get is the cyclists training bible by joe friel. It will tell you everything you ever wanted to know. Base, Build, Peak, baby!

Next, join us over in /r/velo. It's a little dead now in the off season, but things get going in the spring!

edit: I also have the book "Racing Weight" by Matt Fitzgerald. I would highly recommend it.

And you're already thin. Becoming a better cyclist is way more important than losing 2 or 3 more pounds of body fat.

u/sirlearnsalot · 8 pointsr/cycling
u/RunningPath · 8 pointsr/running

Second Pfitzinger Faster Road Racing. Personally I think that's the best place to start.

u/noitamroftuo · 8 pointsr/Sabermetrics

yes, and its not, read this

ask yourself this: why would a hitting strategy work better to win 3 out of 5 games than 100 out of 162 games? answer: it wouldn't. the commentators on these playoff games are bad

u/s_s · 8 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Is this you?

[Street Sword: Practical Use of the Long Blade for Self-Defense] (

u/thelastbaldwin · 7 pointsr/veganfitness

I went vegan this time last year and have since run 3 marathons. I don't take any supplements, but I recommend Daniel's Running Formula. I was surprised to learn that training for a marathon entails more than just packing on miles. Good luck.

u/BePatient7 · 7 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Although strengthproject has some decent youtube tutorials I can't speak for any of their books.

If you are going to buy any book on bodyweight training, get Overcoming Gravity.

If you're are patient, the author is releasing a second edition of the book sometime this year.

u/atchemey · 7 pointsr/CFB

Yes and no. It will help you learn to read teams, but it won't help you understand why they do things and adjust.

I recommend Chris Brown's books, like The Essential Smart Football.

u/StoutsWilly · 7 pointsr/nfl

Also by Chris Brown from Grantland.
He also wrote a book, which is on the short side but talks a lot about not only different strategies/formations but also the history behind them. Great deal for the kindle ($3).

u/laserbong · 7 pointsr/neckbeardRPG

Wait, you mean it's a real book?

...Holy shit, it is.

edit: This guy has a lot of shitty books like this. There is one on how to fight wielding a flashlight. Seriously.

u/Alucardbsm · 7 pointsr/bicycletouring

I've used Bicycling the Pacific Coast successfully from Vancouver all the way to the Mexican border.

Highly suggest that book. The places it has you stops is frequented by other bike tourers, so there's always people to meet.

u/justinkimball · 7 pointsr/bjj

A couple ideas:

Jiu-Jitsu University ~$25 ( ) One of the best overall BJJ books around. Very detailed, and useful at a number of levels of the game.

If you know what size your person is, you could go the mystery rashguard route: ( )

You can also keep an eye on - sometimes they have sick deals on rashguards or other bjj related accessories.

u/quequeJJ · 7 pointsr/bjj

Nah man, just get the tap if you can get it. Just don't over think it. As a white I also tapped a lot of people who, as a blue now, I can't tap anymore. They lowered their game to allow me to develop my own. No more playing now, however.

When I started out, the first 3 months were hell while rolling. If you are doing better, that's good for you man! I just remember from my own experience that I had to survive against everyone but the higher belts gave me advice to get better. You should not give up on offence but you should also built a great foundation of defence. Is a great book. The white belt chapter is completely about surviving. I like it a lot. I believe Slideyfoot (look at the faq) has a complete review.

u/UncleSkippy · 7 pointsr/bjj

Saulo Ribiero and Kevin Howell's Jiu Jitsu University is almost required reading. Click on "Search inside this book" under the book's cover pic to check out the contents.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Theory and Technique (by lots of big names) is also very well done.

Online, Stephan Kesting's Grapple Arts BJJ Techniques are very diverse and broken down incredibly well.

Cane Prevost's 20 week curriculum is some of the best fundamentals instruction I've seen. The focus on and details about posture alone are worth it for people of any rank.

In the end though, ask your instructor. He/she can explain it and then hopefully tell you how to drill a technique to integrate it into your game.

Side Note:

>Ari Bolden is a proven fraud

His early videos were a source of controversy. His newer videos feature big names (Keith Owen, Piet Wilhelm, others) and good technique breakdowns. I'm not defending his earlier actions in the least (I do not like people who misrepresent themselves either intentionally or through a smoke-screen), but I'm also willing to give him a some credit if his recent material is honest and productive for the community as a whole. The BJJ community never forgets, but that shouldn't get in the way of Keith Owen sharing his immense knowledge to a large existing audience. I'll defer to Keith if he has made the decision to give Ari some leeway.

/Side Note

Side Note 2: I just had a delicious sandwich.

u/10GH · 7 pointsr/bjj

Jiu Jitsu University is a really good reference book, it helped me pickup some terminology and make some improvements in my noobie defensive game so I didn't get crushed nearly as much.

It walks the reader through many different BJJ Terms, escapes, guard types, and submissions a lot of people assume everyone know about. It seems to be a pretty good supplement to actually seeing the days/weeks moves, drilling and in general hitting the mat in my opinion.

I have definitely had a few items worth sharing with other newbies that no one ever brought up to us. The most basic but never discussed tip I've found so far was, "look at the elbow of your attacker when someone has you in a cross choke". Everyone always talks about how effective a cross choke is to get someone to relieve pressure, but this simple adjustment negates a huge amount of discomfort, gives you their arm, and blocks the second lapel grip.

u/OGIVE · 7 pointsr/reloading

/am I missing a step

Yes. You are missing the step of buying the ABC's of reloading and reading it twice.

Making wild guesses and fumbling your way through the reloading process is a good way to ruin your gun and important body parts.

u/llimllib · 7 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

I started running in June with a 21:20 or so 5k, and I got down to 18:42 in October. I think I would have been low-18s in November, but I didn't manage to race.

What I did is: buy Daniels and follow it as closely as I was able. That's it.

Can't promise it will work work for you, but it did for me.

u/fostermatt · 7 pointsr/Dodgers

/u/LeeroyJenkins- has a good start in his post.

I would add Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn and Pull up a Chair The Vin Scully Story.
Not Dodger specific but Watching Baseball Smarter is also very good. It will help you appreciate the game you watch that much more.

The Baseball documentary by Ken Burns (as mentioned by /u/LeeroyJenkins-) is a must watch. It is long, around 20 hours including the 10th inning follow up, but it is well worth it. Available streaming on Amazon and Netflix.

u/Zebeszilla · 7 pointsr/running

Runner's world. Ugh. Stay away from that garbage, and definitely don't pay for anything from them. You won't get to sub 3 that way.

I know plenty of people use Pfitzinger (you'll see references to Pfitz 18/55 or Pfitz 18/70- 18 weeks, 55 or 70 miles a week). His book is only 14 bucks.

Also, I don't know if there are rules here against linking to letsrun, but there is some good stuff there about training & marathon training (more so in the past...these days, there's more garbage than good training advice).

Marathon training

Key marathon workouts from a Canova training program

u/ropepaelgen · 7 pointsr/running

You have to buy the book.

u/teholbugg · 7 pointsr/MTB

woah woah calm down. calmmmmmm.....

okay, first, and i'm sure you predicted that someone would say this, but


now, there are basic (some are cheap) upgrades everyone should do on their bike - the contact points - where your body meets the bike

  • pedal like wellago MG-1 or nukeproof proton ($30-70)

  • grips like ODI yeti / rogue ($30)

  • saddle (more expensive, get your sit bones measured at a shop, get the right saddle for you) ~$100

  • grippy shoes like five tens ~$100

  • full finger gloves $30

  • most importantly, upgrade the rider

    After that, don't just buy things to buy things. What do you want to do with your bike? what annoys you about it? fix those things, but remember that at a certain level of expense, it just makes more sense to save that money toward a new bike
u/delawalk · 7 pointsr/CampingGear

When I crossed over, my parents bought me a lot of outdoor gear. It was all exciting and cool and I loved it, but most of it was heavy, designed for car camping, and ended up going unused, like the snakebite kit and bright red fanny pack and campfire toaster. I’d encourage you to help support your new Scouts to go backpacking and go lighter - give them tools and knowledge and inspiration.

  • A good-quality map of a backcountry area near you to help them plan an adventure, $20-$30.

  • A pair of Darn Tough wool socks - they don’t stink, keep feet dry and warm in winter and cool in summer, and come with a lifetime guarantee, $15-$20.

  • An annual pass to your local state park system, $20-$30.

  • A practical how-to lightweight backpacking book, such as one by Mike Cleland, $10. ( Ray Jardine’s Trail Life is great as well, but may be a little advanced for some.

  • A lightweight cathole trowel, like the Deuce of Spades, $20.

  • Sewing lessons and some fabric to start with. Seriously. Get them on the path to making their own gear and they’ll be set for life. (h/t to /r/myog).

  • A good wool watch cap from your local surplus store, $10.

  • A wool Buff, $13-$22.

  • A lightweight packable daypack, like REI’s Travel Stuff Daypack, $30. It’s boring-looking but larger, lighter and cheaper than its more popular cousin the Flash 18.

  • A digital kitchen scale for weighing their gear, $10.

  • A hammock is a great idea. Even if they have troop tents, hammocks add versatility and flexibility. You can find serviceable ones for $20 (don’t forget to add straps).
u/kmentropy · 7 pointsr/climbing

DEFINITELY practice crossing. Also, try keeping your hands on holds while moving your feet. Ex: Standing with all limbs on holds/chips/what have you. Move your left foot, and then your right. (crossing if an option). Only then can you move your hands. (i hope this makes some sense)

Also, try keeping a hip to the wall. This forces you to cross and do unfamiliar things.

edit: buy the self coached climber it has many tips that can help with questions like this.

u/DoctorWhosOnFirst · 7 pointsr/CFB

Take Your Eye Off The Ball is another good one. It is focused on the NFL though. Written by Pat Kirwan, a former coach and scout.

u/EastPowdermilk · 7 pointsr/CFB

Pat Kirwan's "Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look" helped me out a ton. It's NFL-focused, and not defense-specific, but the concepts translate. I adored this book. It's absolutely worth every cent.

u/FuckLarryBird · 7 pointsr/nfl

This book was pretty helpful. It isn’t too long and it’s not a bad read. It breaks down the basics of formations and play types. It helps you understand and figure out a teams game plan while you’re watching the game. I haven’t read it in a while so I don’t remember everything it gets into but you see the game differently after you read it. Definitely doesn’t get into everything but it’s a pretty good start.

u/soutioirsim · 7 pointsr/Velo

These are just my two cents so interpret how you want. From the looks of things, it seems like you've got a lot of interval sessions in there and this time of year you should focusing on base miles (lots of steady efforts)

I know what you're thinking, '..but I've done a lot of long rides over the summer, so I've essentially already done my base miles?' The thing is that developing your aerobic engine (which is what base miles do) takes a lot of hours and this is the time of the year to do it. Also, doing lots of interval sessions can burn you out before racing season even arrives!

My advice, primarily taken from The Cyclist Training Bible by Joe Freil, would be to cut down your interval sessions to once a week. Also, you mentioned you wanted to help your sprint for next year and the perfect way to do that at this time of the year is some weight training once a week. Fill the rest of the time with base miles. Your running is good for base stuff as well so keep that up.

Finally, if you find yourself getting bored on the turbo you could always do some speed skill sessions which focus on how you pedal and to improve the 'smoothness'. Two sesssions that I currently do are:

Spin ups

  • For 1min, gradually build up to max cadence (without bouncing)
  • Maintain this high cadence for as long as possible
  • 3min recovery and repeat several times

    Leg Isolations

  • Unclip one leg and focus on form, especially at 12 o'clock position
  • When leg gets tired, switch legs and repeat
  • When leg gets tired, pedal with both legs for 2min and focus on technique. Repeat.
u/pinkpeach11197 · 7 pointsr/Velo

I use a spread sheet I'm fairly sure it was made or at least endorsed by Joel Friel. You can download it here:
If you don't have a plan I strongly recommend getting this book called "The Cyclists Training Bible" which will guide you in all aspects of creating a personalized plan and answers a bunch of other training questions. You can find it here: It is also available as an ebook.

u/Stogiesandsuds · 7 pointsr/bikewrench

Straightforward directions and easy to understand.

u/slippery · 6 pointsr/socalhiking

There are good answers already, mainly the use of climbing/rope skills and/or snow/ice skills is the difference.

The full range of mountaineering skills is covered in this book:
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills

u/moonclad · 6 pointsr/backpacking

For your first overnight hike, I (and Mountaineering and even Thoreau^1 ) would recommend using whatever you have. Not only do you not need anything fancy, you'll learn what you want to look for in a backpack before you go out and buy one. I'd actually use your day-to-day pack (if you have one) for any non-intense backpacking trip until you learn these things. Or at least start cheap...

[1] In Walden, Thoreau said he never buys new clothes for something until his old ones prove to be insufficient.

u/elevenhundred · 6 pointsr/Outdoors

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills

This book is basically an outdoor bible.

u/exlaxbros · 6 pointsr/nfl

Great book that explains this (and a lot more) in detail for the layperson. Go to the "Look Inside" deal and see page 31, he breaks down/diagrams out a call and shows how the pattern works.

u/ThatKindOfGeek · 6 pointsr/nfl

Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look

u/willhickey · 6 pointsr/Velo

There is so much complexity in becoming a good bike racer... if you can hire a coach you should. But here's some generic advice:

  • Buy a copy of The Cyclists Training Bible and read it.
  • Work on your core strength and stability. This mostly involves static exercises like planks, not lots of situps. Friel's book discusses this in depth.
  • Go on group rides and pay attention. See who looks the most comfortable on their bike and the smoothest in the group and then learn from them.
  • After base season, train hard. If your training time is limited by school you can compensate somewhat by doing lots of really high intensity. Again, Friel's book gives good examples.
  • Be patient. You won't get a pro contract next year. But you could get mononucleosis or crash and end up completely burned out and never want to ride a bike again. It's important to think long-term and stay healthy!

    edit: clarified final bullet to not end on such a downer sentence.
u/djramzy · 6 pointsr/MTB

Just picked up this book:

I don't think there's a thing on my bike I can't fix now. You really need a bike stand and a decent set of tools and you're good to go.

u/mzman · 6 pointsr/bikewrench

When I asked a fellow MTBer a couple of years ago he suggested I get this book. It has been quite helpful indeed.

They also wrote a road bike one with the similar title.

u/danecdotal · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting

You should be fine with any brand that also makes expensive models. Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc. Their bottom-ranked stuff still needs to be solid and reliable because they have a brand reputation to preserve. The REI branded Co-Op bikes should also be OK. You can also search the internet for reviews of any model bike that interests you.

Buying used is a great way to get started but make sure you educate yourself to ensure you aren't buying someone else's wreck victim / maintenance problems or you can fix them easily. I do my own maintenance and learned pretty much everything I know from a book, Sheldon Brown, Google, and YouTube videos.

u/nquesada92 · 6 pointsr/cycling

zen & the art of road bike maintenance is relatively cheap and is a giant text book of everything you would need to know from basic repairs to finetuning the smallest of parts.

u/blackbeltinzumba · 6 pointsr/bjj

Two books to buy:

  1. The Supple Leopard. It is the best thing anybody involved in physical activity can own. You will get your money's worth x10. He says 10 minutes a day of mobility work is what you need.

    One of the best things you could probably do for yourself is start increasing your motor control and mobility. It helps tremendously to learn how to brace your spine and position your shoulders into a stable position. Once you learn that you will understand how to create the most force off your movements through torque and maintaining tension in your body.

    A lot of "good technique" in bjj or lifting or any sport starts with good bone/joint/spinal/body positioning. When you start practicing these proper body position and maintaining them through a full range of movement (i.e. the basic squat), you learn where your joints/muscles/spine need better range of motion and how to train that--your bjj technique will probably improve. An understanding of basic human movements translates into any physical activity through better performance.

  2. Jiu Jitsu University Saulo Ribeiro breaks down the foundations of learning bjj in steps. Aka, learn how to survive first.

    That being said...I would say you don't really need weights or kettlebell swings until you've built a good base of physical strength/conditioning. Start with some general physical preparedness (GPP), bodyweight squats, pushups, situps, planks, chinups and pullups + add a little bit of good form running.
u/bumpty · 6 pointsr/bjj

haha. welcome to the grind my friend. there is so much to learn. yes, your experience is totally normal. get a copy of BJJ University.

it's a great book to help you get started.

u/Nerdlinger · 6 pointsr/Fitness

For strength training, Easy Strength by Pavel and Dan John. There is something in there for anybody.

For cardio training, it's not a book, but Lyle McDonald's series on methods of endurance training, also pretty much anything by Joe Friel.

For diet, Ruhlman's Twenty. It's not about nutrition, but it can teach you all the techniques you need to cook your own healthy (and on occasion not so healthy) foods so that you won't be tempted to go off the reservation and order a double deluxe pizza and chili fries when you don't know what else to eat.

Edit: For something very sport specific, there's also Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribiero and Kevin Howell. It's pretty much the beginning BJJ bible.

u/Notquitesane · 6 pointsr/martialarts

Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

It's an excellent resource for beginners and advanced students that shows a progression of techniques from novice to expert. Even though it is centered on sport (gi) BJJ, I highly recommend it for developing BJJ or any ground game.

u/rhadamanthos12 · 6 pointsr/guns

The ABCs of reloading is a good place to start, or you can buy a load book and it will usually cover the basics of reloading. I believe all the reloading books run about $20-30

Here is an link to a copy of the ABCs of reloading on amazon, it is $16.58

u/AlwaysDeadAlwaysLive · 6 pointsr/reloading

I learned everything via youtube and reading The ABC's of Reloading.

Iraqveteran8888 had some good videos on reloading that helped me out a lot.

u/Eibhlin_Andronicus · 6 pointsr/Fitness

/r/running has some excellent advice from regular users, many of whom are quite fast and experienced. They just don't take well to random posts like, "I ran my first 5k today!" and "How do I stop having to poop mid-run?!" and "It's cold out what do I wear?" and "My shin hurts, is running not for me?" The weekly threads are where it's at, in particular Super Moronic Monday (posted on Tuesdays) and the weekly Training Thread (Sunday? I can't recall).

For more specific, constant training advice, /r/advancedrunning, no question. There are professional runners on there, as well as no shortage of national-level sub-elite runners (all distances generally 800m+) and regional/local elites (for running this would mostly correspond to men ~16:00 in the 5k, women ~18:00 in the 5k... so still athletes with loads of competitive training experience).

I'd recommend that OP pick up Daniels' Running Formula, an excellent resource with plenty of information on 800m/1500m training, as well as training for longer distances.

u/sloworfast · 6 pointsr/running


  • The Science of Running by Steve Magness, published 2014
  • Anything by Alex Hutchinson. He has 2 books (one just came out this month) and writes/has written columns in Runner's World, Outside Online, Globe and Mail, among others. His stuff is typically more along the lines of "interesting stuff studies show" not really a global picture of how to train.
  • Various books by Matt Fitzgerald


  • Daniels' Running Formula by Jack Daniels. The 3rd edition is from 2013.

  • Faster Road Racing: 5K to Half Marathon by Pete Pfitzinger. The 2nd edition is from 2014.
  • Again, various books by Matt Fitzgerald.
u/CatzerzMcGee · 6 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

This is a very very basic question and there aren't any real "tips".

Your best bet is to following a training program and see how it treats you. Most people recommend Jack Daniels or Pfitzinger.

u/jangle_bo_jingles · 6 pointsr/running

there are a lot more training options other than Hal Higdon!




to name just a few

u/TBB51 · 6 pointsr/CFB

Read smartfootball by Chris Brown (he now writes for Grantland). His book is also cheap at $10 and totally worth it.

If you're okay with team-specific fan sites, head over to Eleven Warriors and read everything ever written by Ross Fulton and Kyle Jones. While, obviously, focused on OSU X's and O's they also delve into their opponents. They have, in my opinion, the easiest-to-read and best introduction to Nick Saban's pattern-match defensive scheme.

u/mncoder · 6 pointsr/Sabermetrics

Take a look at wOBA.

Read The Book:

And the world doesn't need any more offensive metrics, sorry.

u/j3rown · 6 pointsr/sportsbook

Here are two that are sport specific (MLB) but really helped:

Betting Baseball by Richard Nichols

The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball by Tom Tango (I swear by this book, it's basically my bible)

u/Islander1776 · 6 pointsr/japancirclejerk

I see he read this...self defense manual

u/occasionallyacid · 6 pointsr/mallninjashit

You're fucking shitting me, it's real.

u/w0nderbrad · 6 pointsr/baseball

Zack Hample's Watching Baseball Smarter. Might be a little outdated and doesn't touch on the advanced statistics because it wasn't written when that stuff was in vogue, but still very very informative.

Also, feel free to ask us any questions.

u/Weedwums · 6 pointsr/baseball

If books don't scare you off, I recommend Watching Baseball Smarter.

u/Wonnk13 · 6 pointsr/running

Advanced Marathoning
has an incredible amount of information. I would have said my Garmin 410 was mvp, but i have a 6th place overall finish and 2 BQ's with a $10 Timex because of this book.

u/Gyrene2 · 6 pointsr/running

I recommend the plans in the book "Advanced Marathoning" by Pfitzinger. The plans themselves are simple, but definitely challenging. I think the lowest mileage plan peaks at about 55 miles, but the more mileage you are able to handle, the faster you will run the marathon. I first started out doing the 55 mile plan back in 2011 and ran a 2:52 marathon. The following year I tried the 85+ (peaking at around 110) and ran a 2:34 at Boston this year.

u/RaginCajun1 · 6 pointsr/MTB

that book is an incredible resource. if you dont want to drop the cash, google 'mountain bike attack position', then work on bike/body separation, then look up GMBN on youtube, they have tons of video tutorials. droppers are useful but not necesarry. your seat does need to be low enough to let you bounce on your legs a bit

u/blackbodyradiation · 6 pointsr/Ultralight

I've found Backpackinglight's forum very helpful. In the gearlist section, people post their lists and get comments on them. Lighten Up is a short and simple book on the topic if you are completely new to lightweight backpacking. Also, "ultralight" is a loaded term. It implies a base weight (all the gear without food and what you're wearing) in the single digits. If this is what you really want, check out Ultralight Backpackin' Tips Otherwise, a baseweight in the teens are usually considered "lightweight" backpacking.

Also, don't just stick with stuff from REI. There are a lot of cottage industry stores that sell quality backpacking products. A few that I can think of off the top of my head are: Tarptent, Gossamer Gear, Six Moon Designs, Jacks R Better, ULA, Feathered Friends, Nunatak, Tenkara, and Bushbuddy. Of course, they are a bit more expensive, however, they are all well tested and trusted by a lot of backpackers.

Get your backpack last.

u/armchairbackpacker · 6 pointsr/Ultralight

Before you buy anything I would recommend you read this book. It might save you some time , money and trouble.

u/milesup · 6 pointsr/climbing

Rock Warrior's Way (

If you're interested in trad climbing: Climbing Anchors by John Long (

Training for the New Alpinism (

Freedom of the Hills is rad, but I've found a little broad and hard to read continuously. For climbing technique, I've found YouTube videos a little more useful, I mostly use books for safety and mental techniques, though I've heard good things about the Crack Climber's Technique Manual (

And if you're looking for something that's more of a fun read, I'd really recommend Valley Walls (

u/lazyanachronist · 6 pointsr/climbing

I like which has tons of specific information and a nice general guideline for each level.

But, it really depends on what you call training. I don't train, at all. Never have, probably never will. However, I'll work on my weaknesses, spend time on a hangboard, doing 4x4s, laps, etc.

I don't call it training because there's no schedule, no logging, etc. I'm horrible at sticking to schedules, which is pretty much the definition of training.

I'd recommend the first thing you do is determine if you actually need to train or just learn how to focus your climbing more. If it's 'just' focusing your climbing, you won't really need to worry about those questions.

u/____Matt____ · 6 pointsr/climbing

Given that you've been climbing for less than a year, my suggestion would be that the biggest thing that will boost your climbing is technique work, and endurance work, but especially technique work. If you haven't already, buy The Self Coached Climber, read it, and do all of the exercises contained therein to jump start your technique improvement.

As far as gaining muscle versus losing weight, since climbing is all about functional strength, I'd suggest that losing weight is going to have a much more rapid and prominent effect. In the long run though, both leaning out and gaining muscle (that helps with your climbing, not that doesn't help with your climbing) will probably help a little bit. Plus, losing weight helps with the endurance bit of things.

Of course, I'm sure you've noticed someone at the crag or gym who climbs much harder than you do, but isn't nearly as strong as you are, is about as heavy or heavier than you are, and might even be a bit shorter than you are. If not, really look around the next few times you're climbing. The difference is all in technique. This is pretty much why the best women climbers have climbed 5.14d (has anyone done a 5.15a yet?), and the best male climbers, despite obviously having more strength and height as well as a MUCH lower body fat percentage, have only ever climbed three letter grades harder than that.

u/NotWithThatAttitude · 5 pointsr/baseball

Of those two I'd personally go with the Mets. Since you're just coming into baseball it would seem a little bandwagoner-ish to start rooting for the Yankees. No doubt the Yankees are a good team, but when a good percentage of their fans are already bandwagoners, I feel like you'd get a skewed perspective of baseball going to those games.

Also check out the Brooklyn Cyclones. They're the minor league affiliate of the Mets. The games are super cheap and the stadium is pretty nice. Start chatting up people in the seats next to you. You'll usually find someone who loves talking ball.

There's also a book called Watching Baseball Smarter. It's a good intro into the game.

u/stubertmcfly · 5 pointsr/running

I followed the training plan in this book for my first marathon:

My best recommendations are for you to respect the distance and not ramp up your mileage too quickly.

u/callthebluff · 5 pointsr/todayilearned

Pfitzinger Advanced Marathoning is what I base most of my training on. The first time I did one of his plans is the major turning point from me being "meh" to actually kind of decent at marathons.

Daniels' Running Formula is a staple, with a wider focus. I tend to lift specific workouts/weeks from his plans.

Hansons also has a great reputation, but I haven't used it personally. They mainly approach it as trying to train you to run the last part of the marathon.

Hal Higdon has good plans if your goal is to just finish and not die.

Most of these guys have plans for various levels of runner. The "easiest" Pfitz plan peaks at about 55 miles per week. Daniels is more "you pick your peak mileage, and then adjust according to a % for each week". It is pretty important to not bite off more than you can chew. As you learned, the most important thing is to get to the start line healthy.

u/roadnottaken · 5 pointsr/running

Two great books with excellent marathon training plans are:

u/Casper29 · 5 pointsr/MTB

Also, since you are new to dirt - I recommend reading this.

Hopefully it will keep you from all the stupid mistakes I made. I am still not a very good rider, but I am better than where I started at due to that book.

I am incredibly jealous that you live so close to work. I live 35 miles away from my office and I would love to ride to work every day.

u/WildW1thin · 5 pointsr/MTB

Attack Position

When I first started riding, my friends kept giving that same tidbit about get your weight back as far as possible. No matter what. Drop? Weight back. Steep descent? Weight back. Rock garden? Weight back. I think it's one of those good intention mantras for mountain biking. But I prefer showing someone the proper attack position along with "heavy feet, light hands."

I picked up this book and quickly became one of the better riders in my group. A couple of them might climb faster than me, but they all let me go first on the descents. Highly recommend it.

u/MuscleMilkMike · 5 pointsr/MTB

Start off by reading this book:

u/MungoParkplace · 5 pointsr/Ultralight

Buy these books before you spend any more money on anything else. They can save you a lot of money over the course of your upcoming months of gear-nerding out.

u/cerebralscrub44 · 5 pointsr/climbing
u/anamericanclassic · 5 pointsr/climbing

Make friends at your gym and go out with them. Or hire a guide.

Also, read a lot of books. John Long's anchor book is a great start.

u/aRavenousRaven · 5 pointsr/bjj

I started BJJ a few months ago and recently discovered this sub. This is the first I'd heard of this book, so thank you for sharing, /u/Khulo! A quick search for it revealed a lot of praise, so I ventured over to Amazon and ordered it immediately. For others interested, the paperback version is currently at its lowest price ever on Amazon ($20.27). Figured that was worth mentioning!

u/TPGrant · 5 pointsr/bjj

Jiu Jitsu University not written by a Gracie but a fantastic "first BJJ book", pretty much a must have

u/Ngo_Knows · 5 pointsr/bjj

I really hate the whole "just show up to class" argument.

If you're struggling with something like escaping the armbar, it could be months before the professor does a lesson on it.

For now, buy jiujitsu university ( and watch YouTube videos from trusted resources.

After a few months and you realize you're committed, look into grappler's guide.

u/ApostropheJeff · 5 pointsr/bjj

Get ready to feel like you've been dropped in molasses. But once you get over the initial frustration you'll hopefully start enjoying the technical gripping game, and the chokes of course. Gi training is also helpful if you train with self defense in mind.

Book wise, Saulo Ribeiro's Jiu-Jitsu University is a really good blueprint.

u/pappyomine · 5 pointsr/bjj

It's called Gracie University. Sounds like a reasonable plan.

Alternatively, you could get a great video or book and follow the lesson plan in that. Something like Jiu Jitsu University or the Gracie Barra Fundamentals video ($50 for a 16 week curriculum on 4 DVDs).

u/dalhectar · 5 pointsr/running

Jack Daniels in Daniels' Running Formula on why easy running is benifitial:

> Easy running does a good job of developing the heart muscle, since the maximum force of each stroke of the heart is reached when the heart rate is 60 percent of maximum. As you run faster, the heart rate and the amount of blood pumped with each heartbeat (referred to as stroke volume) increases minimally. So fairly easy running is a good developer of the heart muscle, and although it doesn't feel as if you are working very hard, your heart is.

> Another benefit of Easy running is an increase in vascularization (opening of more tiny blood vessels that feed the exercising muscles) and the development of characteristics of the muscles themselves that are involved in running. Even during easy running, your heart id developing a good amount of blood and oxygen to the exercising muscles, and these muscles respond by making changes in the muscle fibers that allow the muscles to accept more oxygen and convert more fuel into energy in a given period. In fact, many of the benefits gained as a result of this process are a function of time spent stressing the muscle fibers. You will no doubt spend more time accomplishing this goal by running easily because it is easier to last longer at a comfortable pace than it is at a hard pace.

u/Rapsca · 5 pointsr/CFB

Buy some football books, start reading websites that cover strategy like Smart Football and what has helped me is that I have games from last year recorded and I'll just watch one position or maybe a few and see what they do on every play (helps with patterns and technique, therefore possible plays). Also what you can do is document football plays as you watch, as explained in Take Your Eye Off the Ball and you start noticing patterns and plays better. That is a start.

u/kapow_crash__bang · 5 pointsr/bicycling

Start doing intervals. Here's a decent guide. Here's another.

I'd recommend getting a book like Serious Cycling or The Cyclist's Training Bible if you'd like to learn more about how to go about training in a structured way.

u/imsowitty · 5 pointsr/Velo

Buy and read The Cyclists Training Bible by Joe Friel.

Even if you aren't targeting a particular race, the best way to improve is to train in cycles.

"ride lots" is fine too, esp. since you aren't particularly interested in racing, but the truth is if you want to get as fast as possible as soon as possible, train like you're racing. This may not be as fun, but you have to decide what's worth it to you.

u/s0briquet · 5 pointsr/MTB

Hello Aron156,

I noticed that you're still in high school, which means you've got the benefit of youth on your side. So it really comes down to what you want to get out of cycling.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to follow the three rules of the French.

  1. Ride the bike
  2. Ride the bike
  3. Ride the bike

    If in doubt, check the rules again.

    The problem you're going to run into is that most cycling trainging programs are focused on road cycling, because that's where people make money.

    If you're serious about racing, then fitness should be your #1 priority. This site has some good information on nutrition and training, so you can get started for free.

    robbyking's suggestion is pretty good, but if you think you might want to make a career of cycling then, The Time Crunched Training Program will only get you started. TTCTP focuses on high intensity interval training, and that's good, but there's more to it than that. A more complete book on training and nutrition is The Cyclists Training Bible. This covers several of the techniques the pro road riders that I know use for their own training.

    Personally, I do HR zone training, but I'm a bit older, and I work in a job where I have to sit all day (read: I need fitness more than performance, and I get the most benefit from HR Zone training). A decent HR monitor can be had for relatively cheap. Get a heart rate monitor that can track your Max HR and Average for a ride. They can be had for about $50USD. Then you can start to figure out where you're at fitness wise.

    Hope this helps. :)

    *edit: formatting and clarity
u/fernguts · 5 pointsr/bicycling

I use Zinn & The Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance. It's great too, and focuses on, ummm... mountain bikes.

u/Clbrosch · 5 pointsr/bikewrench

At this point I would just get a new bottom bracket. If it has run while being able to move like that at all, the bearings and races are going to be completely trashed.
You should be able to get a new one that is compatible with those cranks for cheap.

If you are interested in doing your own repairs now or in the future get a good book like Zinn's art of mountain bike maintenance.

u/nematoadjr · 5 pointsr/bicycling

Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance

I use this one all the time, great and easy to understand.

u/planification · 5 pointsr/bicycling
u/_csharp · 5 pointsr/running
  1. Books - Bought Faster Road Racing a few days ago. Hoping to gain some wisdom from the pros.
  2. Training programs - In the past, whatever I found online that fit my schedule.
  3. Reading - A while ago I read Eat and Run by Scott Jurek. I was amazed at how he made the best of whatever little he had growing up. Lots of good info about food and running.
  4. Podcasts - I don't listen to any running related podcasts. I did listen to episode RA068 of Runner Academy podcast only because it featured Peter Sagal from NPR. I'm a big fan of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
    Edit: Words
u/-Yahara- · 5 pointsr/running

First change is you need more variability both in your pace (easy runs should be A LOT easier), and you should vary your weekly mileage as well. Every 3rd week or so do a week of lower mileage to let your body recover.


Plug your most recent 5k into this calculator , and you'll see your correct training paces.


I'd keep ht monday 5miles with 3 at tempo (your tempo pace is close to where it should be based on your 5k time), but for sure add in some much slower easier runs (perhaps on non-recovery weeks you can do 1 longer (10+ mi) easy run and a few shorter runs instead of a bunch of moderately hard runs in the 5-8 mile range).


Check out a book like Faster Road Racing ( for programs, or even an online program like Hal Hidgon if you want to do a half marathon with a training plan


u/duzhesen · 5 pointsr/AdvancedFitness

You need to get on Instagram, brotha.

I feel like I'm rehashing a lot of what's widely available on the webs, but you probably need to start by thinking through the complexity of your question.

Yes, you can train at low rep ranges with bodyweight. That's the goal, in fact, if you train that way. But it's a unique pursuit in that the leverages required of training with maximal intensity first require what we might call an intermediate/advanced mastery of technique, form, balance, and all that jazz. In the bodyweight-training community, the top-end movements are all considered skill movements: only after mastering handstands, planches, levers can you implement the patterns dynamically, i.e. handstand pushups, planche pushups, front lever rows, one-arm chinups.

Here are some good resources for you to explore:

  • Jason Ferruggia writes about this a lot, but this is the best intro article.
  • Al Kavadlo isn't a "power" guy, but is a great entry point.
  • Baristi Workout is fantastic, and will direct you to tons of other people you should explore (like Frank Medrano, Barstarzz, etc)
  • Battle of the Bars = badass
  • Christopher Sommer runs the training service, but this is the article that started it all and is highly informative.
  • The /r/bodyweightfitness/ subreddit is a gold-mine resource, but beware the Crossfit-esque insider attitude.
  • Overcoming Gravity is arguably the most comprehensive bodyweight training book around.
  • I'm currently obsessed with Ido Portal's training methods - they're among the most unique on the planet.

    Ahhh, there's so much to explore. The problem is that there ISN'T (yet) a cohesive system for developing maximal power with bodyweight movements. IMO, Ferruggia has done the best job, merging bodyweight and barbell training for maximum development. In the end it just becomes an issue of personal preference - though you can develop immense strength and power with bodyweight training, it takes infinitely longer than barbell training. If you're a coach, and raw power is the goal, then BW training almost necessarily gets reduced to supplemental training.

    Good luck to you, have fun, and definitely consider reposting this on r/bodyweightfitness. They'll sort you out something proper.
u/Velocitea · 5 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

>untrained novice

>plateau after some relatively short period of time

I'm not sure what you mean by a relatively short period of time, but many bodyweight exercises can take years to progress fully in.

Example exercises, from the book Overcoming Gravity.

u/IchMagReddit · 5 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Books are usually a good way to ingest lots of information on a certain topic.

For example, if somebody wanted to learn something about gymnastics he could read Overcoming Gravity. You won't find any TV show that featuers the same amount of knowledge about this topic as this book does. Sure, you could also learn the same stuff by listening to people, or watching youtube videos or something, but books are "better" because they contain more information on the same spot than your typical TV show, YT video or conversation do.

u/Guiltyjerk · 5 pointsr/Fitness

Call this my bias, but I have to suggest Overcoming Gravity as the single best read regarding bodyweight training, the author is a regular poster over at r/bodyweightfitness

u/skepticismissurvival · 5 pointsr/nfl

I would recommend, in order:

Take Your Eye Off the Ball by Pat Kirwan

The Essential Smart Football by Chris Brown

The Art of Smart Football by Chris Brown

Blood, Sweat, and Chalk by Tim Layden

u/DFSBettor · 5 pointsr/sportsbook

MLB resources, good luck with your prep (daily lineup projections) (historical lines)

u/r_syzygy · 5 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

I would suggest reading up on mountaineering and perhaps taking some classes or guided trips.

That's pretty much a text book, so I would probably just focus on the techniques and tools that are applicable to your next trip.

u/WorldsGr8estHipster · 5 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

Freedom of the Hills is a good resource. Also r/Mountaineering. I'm not familiar with your area, I could point you to some good first peaks in Washington. But I'd recommend seeing if there is a mountaineering club around you that hosts classes and group climbs, and then use it to make some friends to hike with, and figure out where some good beginner snowfields and glaciers are. Get an ice axe and crampons and learn how to use them, and practice self arrests on a safe snowfield.

u/Haybo · 4 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

Daniels' Running Formula has a chapter on 1,500 to 2-mile training. That book is pretty well respected in general, but I've never trained for those distances so I'll let others speak to the quality of the specific mile training advice he gives.

u/vagif · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

The Bible of this subreddit is Overcoming Gravity

u/kasnirafe · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

"Overcoming Gravity" by Steven Low has everything that you are looking for. Regarding nutrition, I found this article to be very informative

u/Levski123 · 4 pointsr/Gymnastics

Aside from what was recommended you could try

This book is sure to give you the low down

u/lostintravise · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

My recommendation, /u/cannatown: bodyweight/gymnastics-focused, Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low is very comprehensive in terms of understanding the how's and why's of putting together a strength plan. Does not touch on nutrition, though, but it looks like you've already made up your mind on that (which you shouldn't! lots of valid opinions on both sides of the aisle, there).

u/Professor_Red · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Have you looked through Overcoming Gravity by /u/eshlow

Not sure if the subject is covered in the book or not(been a while since I've read it), but I've found it's a great starting point for many subjects relating to BWF

u/batkarma · 4 pointsr/Fitness

You can do SS, they have 15lb barbells at most gyms.

In the meantime, check out /r/bodyweightfitness. As the program picker in the sidebar points out, Overcoming Gravity is a great guide, with the it's own subreddit /r/overcominggravity that the author visits regularly.

Use the kettlebell to do snatches, turkish get ups and kettlebell swings.

u/SrWiggles · 4 pointsr/CFB

I'll always upvote SmartFootball. Dude is fantastic at explaining schemes and plays, both offense and defense. This article from Grantland about the Michigan State defense is just about the best thing I've ever read about defensive football. Also, his book is a must read for any other football nerds out there.

u/whitedawg · 4 pointsr/CFB

I highly recommend The Biggest Game of them All: Notre Dame, Michigan State, and the Fall of 1966. Despite being about two of my least favorite teams, the book does a magnificent job exploring that era of college football, touching on subjects like the beginnings of national recruiting, television coverage, race, and politics.

Also, if you're remotely interested in football strategy, The Essential Smart Football is, well, essential.

u/Phildopip · 4 pointsr/baseball

If you're looking into the more advanced stats I'd recommend the following:

A good place to get started is the Fangraphs resource pages. Just follow the tabs below the search bar/"follow us" section of the page. For my money, Fangraphs offers the most complete and well-rounded advanced stats out there and they don't use black box proprietary stats like Baseball Prospectus.

If you want to dive in a little more deeply, "The Book" by Tom Tango lays things out really well.

"Baseball Between the Numbers" by Jonah Keri is a solid read too.

Have fun getting started!

u/Thunder_Chin_ · 4 pointsr/justneckbeardthings

In case any of yall want to pickup a copy
Street Sword: Practical Use of the Long Blade for Self-Defense

u/Gezeni · 4 pointsr/gifs
u/Fluffydudeman · 4 pointsr/climbing

Are you referring to lead climbing? Just because you are not on a toprope does not mean you are not on belay. The belayer is at the bottom, and feeds rope out as the climber goes higher instead of pulling slack in like a toprope belayer would. The climber places removable protection (called trad climbing) and clips the rope into that to arrest the fall. Or just clips directly into bolts (sport).
Meru (and El cap also) uses a technique called aid climbing, where removable gear is used to make progress instead of hands and feet. There is a belayer here also.
A good resource for this stuff is freedom of the hills. If you Intend to keep climbing, I would suggest picking g up a copy, it's like the textbook for climbing 101.

u/klimlover · 4 pointsr/bicycletouring

The Pacific Coast bike tour is one of the most traveled bike tours in America. I'm a huge proponent of it. If you google pacific coast in this subreddit, you'll see a ton of results and information.

Not only that but there are maps and a book.

The maps:

The book:

I recommend the book. My GF and I did the full tour in 6 weeks about 2 years ago - and we took our time. Many of the folks we met were doing it in 30 days. It's about 1800-2000 miles. We started in Vancouver, many start in Seattle.

I've ridden bits and pieces of the same route several times now. Feel free to ask me any questions - I love discussing the coast tour/best campsites/best routes, etc. (see my profile, that's all it is :-)

u/EnderMB · 4 pointsr/bjj

Two resources that helped me, and continue to help me are:

Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro: When I started out, I read this a few times a week to make sure that my defensive posture was right, and it's helped prolong a lot of my rolls. Even as a blue belt my sub game is still pretty dire, but I feel confident in my ability to defend against people at my level.

Blue Belt Requirements by Roy Dean: This probably won't be of much help for someone starting out, but this helped supplement what I had learned in class in an easy-to-digest video. I bought this as a rough guide for training after my first comp at white belt, and it helped me realise some holes in my game to work on.

u/Project155 · 4 pointsr/bjj

How early are we talking? Helio wrote a book, but it's incredibly expensive.

I like Renzo and Royler's book. It's the first BJJ book I bought, and while I think it's poorly organized, the details are solid, but not overwhelming. My favorite part about the book is John Danaher's preface. Worth getting.

Not written by a Gracie, late or early, but the best intro to BJJ I have found:

u/ms108 · 4 pointsr/bjj


  • class is practice, not fighting. your primary goal should be to not get injured and not injure your training partners.

  • be respectful.

  • wash your Gi after every class

  • never step off the mat barefoot

u/chemicaljanitor · 4 pointsr/bjj

Jiu-Jitsu University By Saulo Ribiero has a very in depth guide to escapes and survival positions this book is a MUST for beginners

u/relax_on_the_mat · 4 pointsr/bjj

There's no definitive source of fundamentals, b/c you'll never get a variety of people to agree on what constitutes fundamentals.

That said, Jiu Jitsu University is a good place to start.

Also, you can do searches on youtube for things like "jiu jitsu mount basics", "jiu jitsu guard basics", etc.

The best answer is to ask your instructor what he/she thinks are the fundamentals.

u/OphioukhosUnbound · 4 pointsr/bjj

Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

Almost a must read for any new student imo. The focus on positional postures and whys is especially under taught imo.

Also you can take it to the mats and look at it while drilling. Also it's cheap.

(But for dvd series Saulo's early series and Demian Maia's Science of JiuJitsu are both amazing.)

u/ric_flair_wooooooooo · 4 pointsr/bjj

some of the pictures aren't the greatest but the really cool part is they go over a lot of common mistakes in the beginning chapters, more so than anything offensive.

u/cresquin · 4 pointsr/bjj

Saulo Ribiero's Jiu Jitsu University is a great resource for all things BJJ. It goes through many many individual moves, and also covers the general theory so you can adapt to whatever situation arrises.

u/etherealwinter · 4 pointsr/bjj

Check out the Jiu-Jitsu University book, it has a whole section on survival and what to do (and what not to do) in situations

EDIT: Link to book

Woo the price has certainly increased, it used to be like $25

u/ironshoe · 4 pointsr/reloading

Start with a reloading manual.

Something like this

u/jackcrack2011 · 4 pointsr/running

You should check out Jack Daniels Running Formula, it is a wealth of information for training and covers almost everything you're asking about including breathing, pace, cadence, as well as training plans for runners of all paces. You can find it [here] ( on Amazon for about 20 bucks!

u/chaosdev · 4 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

Daniels has some "Running for Fitness" plans in his book. I highly recommend it.

u/forensiceagle · 4 pointsr/Padres

I learned most of the game from a friend who played it his entire life. Regardless, this is a great book.

u/Yu_Xuelin · 4 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

Read Pfitz. You can totally kill that PR.

u/The_Spaghettio_Kid · 4 pointsr/MTB

If you think so highly about this book, you really need to link to where the authors can get paid for their work. Amazon

u/jmblur · 4 pointsr/MTB

Buy Lee McCormack/Brian Lopes' "Mastering Mountain Bike Skills".

Seriously. It's a GREAT book. Get it. Read it. Ride it.

u/robbyking · 4 pointsr/MTB

There's a really good section on climbing in that stupid book I keep recommending.

Your height to weight ratio is fine, so don't worry about that. If you're a flabby 98, just keep riding and your body will get to where it needs to be. Don't worry about.

As for the climb, a couple things to remember are:

  • Keep your weight over your bottom bracket
  • If your rear wheel loses traction, try sitting down; the extra weight focused on your back wheel will keep it from spinning out.
  • Pedal like a hummingbird: for really steep climbs, stay seated, shift to a low gear, lean forward (weight over the bottom bracket), and pedal with a fast, consistent cadence.
  • Don't stop until you fall. I have friends who struggled with steep sections of trails for months, only to make them the first time I rode behind them and kept on them to not give up until they fell over.

    As for SPD (clipless) pedals, I love them, but it's mostly rider preference. Professional XC racers use them, and professional downhill racers don't, so you can use that as your guide. For me (XC racing with some freeride), I love riding clipless; you never have to worry about your foot position (which is great for climbs and rooty/rocky downhill sections), so all of your pedaling energy is focused where it should be.

    Of course, if you're a DH or DJ rider, clipping in will probably result in a broken collar bone. It really depends on how you ride.

    One quick note on terminology: "Clips" are the basket things you put your foot into. (It's short for "toe clip.") The pedals that attach to your specially made shoes don't have the basket (clip), so they're called "clipless," even though you clip into them. (So yes, you clip in to clipless pedals.) It's confusing if you don't know the history behind the terms, but pretty easy to remember once you do.

    Good luck!
u/sissipaska · 4 pointsr/Ultralight

In addition to what others have already said (weigh everything and make a lighterpack/trailpost), also look at what other people are carrying. The sub is full of trip reports which all have gear lists. Compare those lists to what you're carrying to see what to leave behind and which items would benefit most from lighter replacements.

Just few examples from the sub:

Stumbled on those after just few minutes of browsing through the top submissions.

Also Cam Honan's articles on the gear accomplished long distance hikers carry are pretty useful:

And Mike Clelland's book Ultralight Backpackin' Tips can't be recommended enough:

u/justinlowery · 4 pointsr/Ultralight

I'd recommend picking up a few books. Ultralight Backpackin' Tips by Mike Clelland, and Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide by Andrew Skurka for starters. These will help you a ton.

Then, what was just said, ask yourself with each item, "Am I packing my fears?" "Do I really need this?" and "What would realistically happen if I left this at home?" I'm seeing a ton of unnecessary and/or redundant stuff, not to mention all the heavy stuff.

For example, paracord, multitool, lantern, lots of heavy stuff sacks, an ultra-heavy water reservoir, full bottle of soap (you only need a few drops of that stuff), 3 heavy knives (a tiny swiss army classic or even a razor blade would do the trick), tons of excessive, heavy and redundant clothing (use a simple, versatile layering system with no redundancy), etc. Your first aid kit weighs almost 13oz! You can easily make a good one for under 3. You have a space blanket and two redundant fire starters (emergency only items) when you are carrying a gas stove and a sleeping bag (actual versions of the things your survival kit is supposed to improvise). The list is quite long.

Also, I'd take a serious look at some of the UL/SUL hammock guys on YouTube and get some ideas from their videos on how to dramatically simplify and lighten your hammock system. It seems incredibly complicated and heavy to me, esp. based on what I've seen online from other Hammock guys. For instance, a +6oz gear pouch? A suspension system that weighs more than your actual hammock? Yikes. Definitely take a look at lots of the lighterpack links you see in people's flairs on here too and just get some ideas for how to simplify, reduce, and eliminate items in your gear list. YouTube is your friend. There are tons of UL and SUL guys on there who camp in Hammocks. Learn from their experience and save yourself from having to re-live their mistakes.

Good luck and have fun! I know it probably seems overwhelming now, but just whittle down one thing at a time and you'll get there. You're already off to a good start with having all your gear in a list online to create accountability and show you the true weights of everything. It's fun to see how light you can go with your gear list and your back will thank you for it!

u/damnination333 · 4 pointsr/climbing

Video. Mostly focuses on trad anchors, but the same concepts apply to sport anchors.


u/hemingwaysbeard · 4 pointsr/climbing

I've done this exact class. There is a lot of practical anchor building esp. with natural anchors (all feet on the ground).

I found it to be okay. Afterwords, I needed to go find other information that was not covered for the type of climbing I want to do.

The course covers: Top Rope Anchors and the basics of knots. Using natural anchors.
The cover does not cover: TRAD anchors (well at least). Gear placement.

Its good to hear this information from an experienced guide. But alot is their preference on building anchors. So much of it you need to reteach yourself for what you will actually use regularly. I found self teaching to be a more worthwhile investment for my time.

TL;DR I found this John Long book to be more helpful than the REI course. (but thats just one man's opinion)

u/ftt · 4 pointsr/climbergirls

Personal instruction can do wonders, just tell them that you want to learn technique (basics are easily learnt in one session, I guess) and maybe ask for some advice on training. Also, people recommend this book: I haven't read it myself.

u/puhnitor · 4 pointsr/climbing

I haven't gotten all the way through it, but the Self Coached Climber is pretty good. Was free on Kindle a while back, but the physical book might be a bit better for the illustrations.

u/goundo · 4 pointsr/climbing

Pick up a copy of:

The Self Coached Climber
9 out of 10 climbers
The Rock Climbers Training Manual

And join us over at /r/climbharder.

u/RiverZtyx · 4 pointsr/climbing

Just bought this today:

How to Climb Harder.

Seems like it has a pretty nice package of information.

I also checked out Dave MacLeod's book and Self-Coached Climber at the store, but I found this one most interesting, because it seems to have clear instructions on a lot of lead climbing stuff too (should be starting course soon).

Might get the Self-Coached Climber later (it has a DVD too), but it looked a bit text heavy. Dave McLeod's book is about fixing mistakes, but I don't feel that I have gotten to a level yet where this might be of interest (still progressing decently, imo).

Also, see if there are technique lessons available at your gym or see if you can start climbing with someone you feel is (much) better than you. Advice from some one analyzing your climbing specifically might net you faster results. I did a course to get to 5.10 level and it was a lot of fun and very helpful. It also helps me a lot in explaining new climbers what they should be looking for or trying in a structured manner.

u/eva_k · 4 pointsr/PNWhiking

I attempted Vesper Peak a few weeks ago and couldn't get through the thick brush (90% Devil's Club) around the runoff during the approach. Park rangers recommended waiting a few weeks for the snowmelt to slow down.

Edit: Regardless of what peak you choose, you should be familiar with self arrest and recognizing dangerous terrain features. Spring is an especially tricky season to navigate as the snowpack is constantly changing. It'd be worthwhile to pick up a copy of Freedom of the Hills and read through the sections on snow travel. Even better would be to take a class on it through the Mountaineers or a similar org, but that's not always schedule-feasible.

u/wait_this_is_great · 4 pointsr/climbing

I think you will have a difficult time finding a book that is extensive and detailed while also being small and lightweight.

That said, Freedom of the Hills is the gold standard. It is not small/lightweight but it is certainly detailed and extensive.

u/flying_mechanic · 4 pointsr/Mountaineering

I would definitely suggest picking up a copy of freedom of the hills

u/Brutish · 4 pointsr/CFB
u/_Cream_Corn_ · 4 pointsr/Velo

Buy and read all of this;

Tons of invaluable knowledge

u/drnc · 4 pointsr/bicycling

When I first started riding I was in the same position. I was good friends with a guy who'd been riding his whole life. (1) I asked him to teach me. (2) There was a bike shop that did free workshops and I would go to those. (3) Lastly I watched a lot of YouTube videos. (4) I'd also get a book like Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance. It will be trial and error at first, but eventually the basics become second nature and the more advanced repairs can be done with reference material, patience, and luck. Good luck.

u/andrewcooke · 4 pointsr/cycling

> disregard


zinn is a book that's mentioned a fair amount. seconding co-ops.

u/rbcornhole · 4 pointsr/cycling

And there's an mtb version if that's your flavor. It'll teach you anything you could want to know about working on a bike

u/_natelarge · 3 pointsr/Survival

Thank you for your thoughtful feedback. I do have a high degree of trust in the book as it is often refereed to as the bible of Mountaineering; however, as you pointed out testing it would yield better insights/improvements.
Here is a link to the book on amazon

u/Nemosaurus · 3 pointsr/climbing

I ordered a set of cams and met up with my friend who taught me what a good placement vs bad placement is. Then I lead 3 short routes and he asked which of my placements I thought was best and worst. We agreed on them and then climbed a 5 pitch spire the next day. I drove home (we live in different cities ~2 hours away) and taught my newb friend. my newb friend and I have had a sketchy situation or two but nothing serious.
Best thing I can recommend is two books

1. Climbing anchors by John Long

2. Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills.

The biggest thing you'll learn from them is that Rock quality is the thing that will get you killed. As in don't place gear in a flake or anything that is going to move.
Place gear around ground level and hang on it. Learn what works. Find a super easy climb and lead it, You're going to fumble with sizes for awhile. Don't get discouraged. Soon you'll fall in love. Trad climbing is sweet.

u/arcaneadam · 3 pointsr/alpinism

Pick up a copy of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills read through it.

Sign up for a mountaineering course. Start climbing and hiking and make friends. Use said friends to help you learn progressively more. Join a local Alpine/climbing/mountaineering club/organization.

u/jones5112 · 3 pointsr/tradclimbing

Not specifically climbing but definitely a great resource for mountaineering is Freedom of the Hills

Love my copy, teaches you about self rescue, navigation, all the different techniques etc.
Defs worth having on your shelf!

u/pretentiousRatt · 3 pointsr/hiking

This might be a little too technical and not really what you are looking for but this book is a must-have for anyone interested in mountaineering or even wilderness survival in general.

It has absolutely everything you will need to know about anything in the outdoors. I call it my bible.

u/brendan87na · 3 pointsr/alpinism
  1. The technical nature of the climb varies with the route. We did the traditional "Disappointment Cleaver" route which is somewhat non technical. We had to set protection on the way down and we briefly considered rappelling down an ice fall on the Emmons Shoulder. Beyond that, it's a lot of dodging crevasses and gasping for air. My partner and I are planning on doing the Kautz Glacier route next year, and that is currently completely shut down due to icefall atm. 2 weeks ago it was a 3 pitch technical ice climb though.

  2. Weather depends on visibility, the condition of the route and most importantly, the WIND. It is always windy on Rainier!! During our failed attempt last year it was cranking in upwards of 80mph on the Cleaver: bad news. The distance, like everything else depends on the condition of the glaciers. It's fairly long right now due to heavy crevasse conditions on the Emmons and Upper Nisqually.

  3. We left on Sunday morning around 8am with about 35-40 lbs on our backs. Gear mostly consisted of cold weather layering and ropes/harnesses/ATC/biners etc.

  4. Generally on alpine climbs my partner and I run with 2 pickets a piece, and we set protection when one of us asks, or we are just feeling prudent. Better safe and slow, than fast and dead. You can always pick up a picket on the way down and webbing is cheap to leave in place for the next climber.

    EDIT Freedom of the Hills is a MUST.
u/losferwords · 3 pointsr/nfl

Playing MAdden is okay, but I find it hard to believe nobody has suggested actually reading a book other than the rule book.
Check these out:
Take your Eye off the Ball

Blood, Sweat, and Chalk

u/subdudeman · 3 pointsr/nfl

This book is a great resource. The dude knows the game.

u/nitram9 · 3 pointsr/nfl

Take your eye of the ball Quick read. Good explanation of everything related to the NFL that the common fan probably doesn't know.

Education of a Coach a Biography of Bill Belichick. Really good but a little out of date now. Still it's current up till 2004 or so and most of BB's life took place before that.

u/Boysterload · 3 pointsr/nfl

Get a book by Pat Kirwan called take your eyes off the ball:

u/Scrags · 3 pointsr/nfl

Not OP but here's a great resource if you're looking for a deeper understanding.

u/3oons · 3 pointsr/cyclocross

No worries - cycling is full of random terms that you have to get wrong a few times before you start to sound like a real cyclist!

As far as long-term plans - you can't go wrong with anything by Joe Friel

And again, there's nothing wrong with an intense program this year so you can get some racing under your belt - just know the limitations of it. Also, since cross is so technical, a season of racing on a shortened training plan will probably do you wonders next year. That way you won't have any jitters and will know what you're in for.

Also, "Base Building for Cyclists" is very good as well:

u/fueled_by_sunergos · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Hi from the US!

Have you dropped by a local bike shop? There might be some one more experienced with the route for this race and be able to give you a more specialized answer so you can be better prepared.

Make sure to check out /r/mtb and maybe /r/velo.

My friends and I like to do uphill sprints, and intervals on a couple times a week, at least, in addition to a long road or gravel rides.

Honestly, I wouldn't hit the gym up much this close to a race- I'd focus on riding, with a long ride once a week plus a couple smaller ones later in the well, separated by intervals. And then a good full week of recovery before the race.

But, in general, medium intensity-medium volume (6 sets of 12) squats, deadlifts, leg press, never the same day or day before a long ride or race, worked best for us during the off-season.

I'd pack several snack bars, a first aid kit, a rear derailleur hanger, multitool with chain breaker, extra chain, tire levers, tubes and patches, paper currency, toilet paper or wet wipes, plenty of water. Maybe an extra tire.

Rest as needed. I wouldn't worry about time, so much as finishing and navigating the route.

There will be more races! Wait until you discover enduro... Until then, have fun, check out "The Cyclist Training Bible" and

u/sir_earl · 3 pointsr/cycling

Check out this book

u/snowboardracer · 3 pointsr/Velo

> can you clarify? (new to this). Thanks!

You may want to check this book and this book out from your local library. There is a "new competitor" plan in the first book that focuses on the goals you outlined in your post. But, even the "time crunched" plans require 6+ hours on the bike per week over 3 to 4 days. Is she able to hop on a trainer once or twice a week in addition to heading out with you and the groups? Those books with the included plans may help.

Have you considered riding with your wife outside of the group setting for a bit? You'd be able to train with her and get her endurance up so she'd be able to hang with the groups you both would rather ride with.

In the end, the shortest answer to help her is "ride more" but that's more of an /r/bicycling response than an /r/velo response.

Edit: And in case anyone is curious, it seems OP is in Florida. Around my parts, 30 mile routes at 18-20mph is no joke, let alone 22 or 24mph. But, rated climbs are about 5 miles from my driveway ;)

u/sitryd · 3 pointsr/Velo

I can only tackle a few of those questions - I'm entering my second season on a team, but I joined the team a month after buying my road bike and only did one race last season so may not be the best source on all of this....

  1. First, where do you live? I live in northern California, and the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) posts a pretty good calendar of races here. There will be time trials, road races, criteriums, and circuits posted once the calendar finalizes and different events announce their schedules. Time trials are classically solo events - you start off and ride by yourself, and ride against the clock. There are team time trials, but you're not going to see that as a starting racer (though i may be wrong about that). Road races are your longer races (the one I did last year was 49 miles). Criteriums and circuit races are shorter, much faster races (quick and tight turns, requiring good handling skills). I'll let someone else give details on those, though, since I havent raced in either type myself...

  2. You'll start seeing some races in February, but I think the season in chief starts around April and will end in August or September. This is purely based on the calendar of races I'm looking at this year, though, so grain of salt. There's other bike racing events in the off months (namely, cyclocross) if you can't keep yourself off two wheels...

  3. I cant speak to other races, but the road race I competed in (Cat 5) was won by a racer going an average of 18 mph over those 49 miles.

  4. I think in the Cat 5 races you can probably be competitive riding solo... You'll have riders working together despite team affiliations, and it's not like youre going to see Cat 5 teams forming leadouts in the final stretches to launch their sprinters. Unless theyre taking it reaaaaaally seriously.

    Unsolicited, but think its helpful: read up on how to train up... Last season I rode when I felt like it, usually one long ride on the weekend and then a few commutes to work (28 miles roundtrip), and was in decent shape so thought I'd do okay. Racing was faaaaar harder than I expected. I picked up this book and read it cover to cover for this season, and am working on building up a base to start out this season stronger (and it's already made a big difference). You can also find a lot of the information in various locations online, but it'll help lay out the transition/base/build/peak cycles that are helpful in training for a race, and what kind of workouts to do to reach your goals.

    Beyond that, just enter a race or two and see how it goes and if you enjoy it - theres no need to go insane without knowing whether you're going to like it.

    But that being said, enjoy your first season!
u/acerni · 3 pointsr/Velo

Personally, I'd work on over-unders, in your case going uphill; for a given work interval, stand up for 1-2 minutes bringing your HR/Power/RPE above threshold, then back down into the saddle and to tempo or sub threshold for 1-2 minutes (to start I would recommend doubling your work time to find your "recovery" time). Repeat this 3-4 times, then rest for an equal amount of time going very very easy, ie zone 1-2. Repeat. This mixed in with some steadier efforts. If you haven't read Friel that's a good place to start. Racing Weight and the Quick Start Guide help me lose weight. Depending on the type of racing you're doing, you may not have to lose all that much more weight. I race in NYC (virtually flat, no hill more than 40m) and I race fine at 5'10" and 165-170 lbs. Hope this helps.

u/c0nsumer · 3 pointsr/MTB

I strongly suggest that you buy this and begin by reading it cover to cover. This will give you the basics for everything, then you can learn the specifics from there.

u/msgr_flaught · 3 pointsr/MTB

All good advice. I second the thought that buying from a shop is better than buying from Dicks or whatever for a lot of reasons, especially if you are a relatively new rider. And that Diamondback does not look that good for actual trailriding. The components on the Felt are just ok, but the Diamondback is not very good. If you are serious about riding I'd suggest trying to get something 1 notch above the Felt, but if that is the price limit that is okay too.

For bike maintenance one of the standard books is: Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance . Although I think you can get by for the most part with the internet these days, it is supposed to be a good book and the author is very knowledgable. For internet resources, there are many, but Park Tool's website has some very good guides available.

u/cscwian · 3 pointsr/MTB
  • I can't recommend this book enough: Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance. It taught me so much about bike maintenance and repair, and easily paid for itself the first time I trued wheels on my three bikes going by instructions from it (couldn't stop after just one pair, it was too much fun). So yeah, invest $16 and save lots money down the road.

  • Try as many different kinds of riding as you can. Hit the local trails, go down to a skate park, check out local dirt jumps and the pump track, try yourself at some lighter DH sections. That Trek 3500 should carry you through most of it (I started with a crappy Walmart bike, then moved onto Trek 4300 which proved to be an excellent "real" starting point). I find that my dirt jumping and skatepark background helps immensely when it comes to "flowing" down trails, pumping, jumping over rooty/rocky sections, and overall confidence on the bike. These skills translate directly into freeride riding, DH, AM stuff. Basically, the more you ride, the better you'll get. Added variety speeds up this process quite a bit.
u/DF7 · 3 pointsr/MTB

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance is a great resource. Also check out a picture like this and then google "How to install x". You'll find plenty of youtube videos that will help you along the way.

u/PM_ME_YOUR_BlCYCLE · 3 pointsr/MTB

Awesome! Never would have found this gem without Reddit :).

Link for the lazy:

u/aedrin · 3 pointsr/bikewrench

The sets are generally not recommended because 1) you don't need all the tools right away and 2) you generally don't need half of the tools.

There are only a handful of tools that are really important to have, the rest is to make things easier. And some tools are better left to the LBS (such as a real headset press).

To remove the chain you will need a chain tool (get a quicklink/powerlink while you have the chain off of the wheel, they're much easier). To adjust the wheels, you will need a spoke tool (assuming it isn't bent too much). Replacing a derailleur shouldn't require any special tools (screw drivers, allen keys). Although if you're going to be replacing shifter cable housing having a proper cable cutter (such as the park one) is important. You probably won't need to though. Don't forget cable ends (maybe ask for a few from your LBS).

Also, this has been helpful (and seems quite popular):

The rest you can find out from videos online. There generally isn't anything you can't do yourself (although some pressurized components prevent you from reassembling).

u/DaveOnABike · 3 pointsr/bicycling

The Zinn books are a great hard copy reference, as well. I keep the Road and MTB editions in my garage near the tools. Great resources with excellent diagrams and descriptions.

u/vertr · 3 pointsr/cycling

To learn about bikes, riding, and culture or how to fix them?

For maintenance this is a good start (or the MTB version):

u/VplDazzamac · 3 pointsr/bikewrench

YouTube is great for specific. I would also recommend reading Zinn & The art of road bike maintenance for fairly detailed explanations. It also has a fairly good glossary and troubleshooting section.

u/celocanth13 · 3 pointsr/triathlon

Poorly adjusted front derailleur, worn chain rings and worn chain can all cause or contribute to this

u/jumpshot22 · 3 pointsr/Frugal
u/banjomik · 3 pointsr/DIY

Sheldon Brown's website is going to be better than pretty much any book out there. If you insist on a book, Zinn is pretty solid.

u/pmdboi · 3 pointsr/bicycletouring

I highly recommend getting Bicycling the Pacific Coast and following the route it describes once you get out to the coast.

u/tony3011 · 3 pointsr/bicycletouring

People tend to go N to S due to winds. This book makes a good case for going that way in the first few pages.

Two other sources you might want to Google for route info would be the Adventure Cycling Association as well as Crazy Guy On A Bike journals. Journals are also a good place to see what other people packed.

u/Monkeyget · 3 pointsr/bicycling

I'll be doing this very trip next month.

*handlebar high five*

I plan on using this book : Bicycling The Pacific Coast

u/efiala · 3 pointsr/bicycletouring

There's a book called Bicycling The Pacific Coast which is very useful for the whole route. I'd recommend getting a hold of a copy if you can.

u/Catalyst8487 · 3 pointsr/bjj

Could I get one or two more recommendations? I'm still on the fence...

Just kidding. I'm buying the book today. It sounds awesome. Link for anyone else interested: The book

u/Tilman44 · 3 pointsr/bjj

Just take up another hobby and try not to obsess about mat time you're missing out on. I started playing DnD, that is a great time. I read BJJ University. I've been back about 2 months now. Just being patient and diligent about physical therapy is tough. I've since transitioned to more of a overall strength and conditioning focus. There is this magical time after you get going at physical therapy where you'll feel really good. You'll be back to drilling and it'll be going great, you'll have all your range of motion back and you'll probably feel like you can do a light round. Just take it slow dawg.

PS. The time off actually I think has helped my game. Time off isn't so terrible.

u/loyalop · 3 pointsr/bjj

People have been grappling since the beginning of time. This would be the intro volume. I recommend BJJ University

edit: grammar

u/dpahs · 3 pointsr/judo

Boy, do I have a surprise for you.

The Jiu-Jitsu University is the most comprehensive book to date on BJJ.

Touching many topics of Newaza along the way.

u/GreenThumblaster · 3 pointsr/bjj

Books could be cool.
Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro is relatively cheap and a great resource.

u/neekz0r · 3 pointsr/bjj

The only thing I can think of to explain this at multiple levels is the intro in the book Jiu Jitsu University.

u/Larfox · 3 pointsr/bjj
u/Spider-Ian · 3 pointsr/bjj

When I first started I bought this book to help me get past the awkwardness of being a noob.

A few key points I took away, that have really helped me:

Each belt has a purpose, white you learn to be invincible. You focus on learning out to defend each position. Then you learn to escape those positions. So you should be focused on survival.

Learn to get comfortable in uncomfortable positions.

Learn to tap early, and tap often. There's no sense hurting yourself.

And outside of sparing, never be afraid to ask questions. Even during sparing you can say, "hey that was awesome, can you show me that after class?"

u/limited_vocabulary · 3 pointsr/reloading

The ABCs of Reloading is great. I happen to like the Lee manual and use it in conjunction with manufacturer websites when I am developing loads.

u/ChickenSedan · 3 pointsr/running

Since you have the running background and are interested in improvement, I'd recommend picking up a book from one of the better known coaches. Two very well-regarded resources are Pete Pfitzinger's Faster Road Racing or Jack Daniels Running Formula. For more information on different training plans, check out the Summer Series from /r/AdvancedRunning.

Not only will you find training plans for various distances, but you can read about the philosophy behind the training: What is the purpose of each run you do? How do you structure a training plan for optimal performance?

Edit: And now that I see what the bot linked, I HIGHLY recommend reading /u/itsjustzach's Bicentennial Race Report.

u/Stuart133 · 3 pointsr/running

They're all terms from Daniel's Running Formula, a fairly technical book on run training.

u/OverHydration · 3 pointsr/running

1 - I just finished Running for Fitness (recommended on the wiki). What is a peak as in the program here? Is this the same as a tapering phase? If so then what's happing here between the peak and the taper?

2 - According to Running for Fitness you can run a 5k or 10k just about every weekend. Since you tend to reduce mileage towards the end of a program would I continue that reduced mileage if I want to continue racing every 2-3 weeks or so? How about 1-2 months?

3 - Is Running Formula a good book to learn about running 5k and 10k (I plan to really only run these)? Any other recommendations?

u/aclockworkgeorge · 3 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

I definitely think you can get it or come pretty close. You clearly have some solid natural talent and those lifetime miles always help, even if its been a while. Plus the fact that you haven't put on weight helps too.

I think it depends on what type of training you respond to best, but from reading Daniels and Pfitz books recently, there are sort of the 4 types of training that are important for the 5K. Easy aerobic runs/long runs, tempo(about what you could run for an hour or so), interval/V02 max(3k-5k pace) and repetition/speed(about mile pace or so). I think tempo and V02 are more important than the speed in the 5k so those should be the focus.

For a 5k time of 17:00 you want to be hitting tempo workouts around 5:54. Things like 4-6x1 mile with 1 min rest, 2-3x2 mile with 2 min rest, or a 4 mile tempo run. For the V02 stuff you want to be at around 5:25 mile pace or 2:42 800 pace. Workouts like 8x800 with 2 minutes jog. 6x1000 with 2-3 min jog. 5x1200 with 3 min jog. The shorter faster stuff is around mile pace. so 75 and under for 400 or 37 and under for 200. Workouts like 200 repeats with 200 jog or 400 repeats with 400 jog.

Maybe try to do any two of those workouts each week and a long run and you can get there I think. One week do a tempo workout and speed. Then the next week V02 and tempo. The week after V02 and speed. Try to get all those systems working. I would say try to make sure you can get your long run up to 10-13 miles or so.

These are what you should be running for a 17 min 5K, so its fine that you work into it. If it means slower pace or less reps, cool. These are just some benchmarks that to shoot for as you get closer to the race. Obviously if you can't handle the 2 quality sessions and a long run right now, back off a little and stick to the tempo and V02 stuff once a week and alternate them maybe. You can always do strides after runs or 200s after tempo workouts to keep some turnover going.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a book if you are serious about it so you can understand why you are doing these workouts instead of listening to me on the internet haha.

Good luck. Keep us posted.

u/Dont_Call_it_Dirt · 3 pointsr/running

The purpose of long runs is to build mitochondria and capillary beds. This takes time. You won't see immediate results. How long have you been running and how long are your slow runs?

A general rule of thumb is that 80% of your running should be at a slow pace. But this rule applies to runners who have built up their base mileage. You need to go base to square 1 and continue building base mileage by strictly running easy runs. Probably your 10 min per mile pace, but as long as it is in heart rate zone 2 (aerobic) or lower, you're good. These easy runs are critically important for building aerobic capacity and strengthening your skeletal system (including tendons/ligaments/joints). If you skip this base building phase, your risk of injury can be dramatically higher. All new runners should be running all of their runs at an easy pace. I can't stress to you how important this is. If you want to get faster or be a lifelong runner, the month or two this will take is a drop in the bucket in terms of time.

Speed work during this base building phase can be done as strides. Add them into your easy runs once or twice per week. Strides are 15-20 second bouts that are run at mile pace. They are NOT sprints. You won't be running on the balls of your feet. After each stride, you'll recover over the course of 90-120 seconds. Long enough that your heart rate settles. Then you can start the next one. Do the strides at the end of your easy run. Start with 5 strides once per week. You can begin increasing the number and frequency that you do them each week. These will help improve your running economy and get your body accustomed to running at faster paces.

You can safely add 10% more miles each week. Get your mileage up to 25 miles per week for a couple weeks, then you can begin doing other speed work like intervals and repetitions.

I'm speaking to you as someone who followed these rules to a T since May of this year. When I started in May I was slow. Frustratingly slow. But I stuck with the plan and got my miles up. Then I added speed work. Here's my progression since May.

Month | Mileage | Avg Pace (min/mi)
May | 24| 11:18
June | 51| 11:02
Jul | 91| 10:22
Aug | 119| 9:44
Sept | 162| 9:43
Oct | 103| 9:01

Note that the average pace listed is the average for all miles run during that month. I just ran a 5k over the weekend in 19:46 (6:22 min/mile). I'm not young either, 36.

Be patient. Slowly add miles. Train smartly and you won't get injured.

If you want a book to follow, get Daniels' Running Formula. He lays everything out that you need to do. Once you get your base mileage down, he has speed workouts in there that will kick your ass and make you faster.

u/toodamnparanoid · 3 pointsr/running

It all depends on the kind of shape they're in. This included my own mother when she was sedentary and wanted to get into shape like the people I coached. She was overweight and about 60 at the time. In one year she went from couch potato to finishing a half marathon in 2:45ish with no injuries and maintained that on her own after for several years.

For someone who is healthy, active, and only 23: read up on the best way to race a 5k, then go run the 5k. You should feel like you are about to vomit and fall over right after you cross the finish line. From there you can put together a good baseline.

Check out Daniels Running Formula for a chart/graph that you could then use for all sorts of paces. It's one of the best books for medium distance I found. If you want to specifically go for marathons, after you've done your first transition to Advanced Marathoning for some amazing training schedules.

u/dafastestogre · 3 pointsr/running

It sounds like you're taking enough recovery then. If I were you I'd also look into buying the Dr. Jack Daniels running book; . This will give you a good idea of what splits should look like for certain paces across most workouts and races. Just seeing the runners world plan means you're just seeing basically one out of 70 plus columns from the book with no reference of what your splits are actually suggesting you are capable of. This book is truly a running bible and will help you better understand your training now and into the future.

u/RLisloveRLislife · 3 pointsr/triathlon

Gotcha. Well, you have the benefit of not having a hard deadline to meet these goals, so that pressure is off!

  1. Recommend you look into a book such as Daniels' Running Formula or something by Matt Fitzgerald. They will have plans and workouts you can follow to help you bring your 5k time down; these guys are life long professional coaches and, while I think some of their theory is overly complicated, the workouts are awesome. The Daniels' book has sample plans and weeks in there as well.

  2. See above.

  3. Check out this guide to swimming to 1 mile with no stops. I'm using this to build my initial swimming base for a half iron later this year. Despite having zero swimming background before this year, I'm up to week 5 and this plan is working for me even though I'm only swimming 2 days a week. Doesn't seem hard to add another week or two to extend to 2k, and there are links at the bottom of that page for workouts that you can do to increase your strength and speed.

    Hope that helps.
u/Tweeeked · 3 pointsr/running

I'm not an expert by any means, but I have read a lot, so I will give you some of my thoughts based on my readings. However, I highly recommend you research this yourself, and thus draw your own meanings. My two favourite books are Road Racing for Serious Runners by Pete Pfitzinger and Daniels' Running Formula by Jack Daniels.

For your "high quality" long runs, Pftizinger recommends doing them twice out of every three long runs (so take it easier every 3rd week). His quality long run is the progression run, where you start ~1:30 slower than your marathon pace and end the run ~45s slower than your marathon pace.

Daniels in his half marathon training plan has a number of different quality long runs. One is 10% of your weekly mileage at marathon pace, while another is a variety of intervals of easy, marathon, and threshold pace.

As a word of advice, don't do your long runs at your half marathon pace. Generally, tempo runs are run at 15k-half marathon pace and you would never do a tempo run for that long. Doing your long runs too hard will force a longer recovery, and your other workouts will suffer (according to Pfitz).

u/refrain2016 · 3 pointsr/running
u/RunningDragons · 3 pointsr/running

Of course not!

I'm using a bit of a hybrid of a a 5K training plan and a half-marathon training plan from Faster Road Racing (

Typically six days a week, Monday a rest day. Typically two proper speed work sessions during the week. This week, for example, on Wednesday I did 1,200m, 800m and 800m off 50% interval time recovery, x2. I swapped out today's speed work for actually 'racing'. But yeah, two proper sessions a week (with a longer endurance run at the weekend, although when I move into the more half-marathon focussed stuff there tends to be a couple of longer runs with one of the speed sessions during the week being replaced by a longer run).

u/j-yuteam · 3 pointsr/artc

For the 5K (and shorter than marathon distance), there's Pfitz's Faster Road Racing.

For the marathon distance, there's his Advanced Marathoning.

u/VicunaLlamaAlpaca · 3 pointsr/running

It never hurts to add a faster day a week if you feel up to it - and that can be the 4th short run OR the middle section of a longer day - but mostly I meant to simply add more easy mileage. You can look at Higdon as linked above, or even some of the more advanced, structured plans; those though you'd need to work up to consistently running probably 25-30 MPW over 5 days per week before jumping on to them.

u/IncredibleDreams · 3 pointsr/running

You might want to invest in a copy of Pfitz's Faster Road Racing, where the lowest volume half marathon plan starts at 30 mpw and a 10 mile long run.

I am no expert, but I have read several different plans now. I think it's fair to say that with ~20 mpw currently, you would likely be happier come race day if you prioritize building up gradually (~+10% mpw) but fairly steadily (recover/consolidate every 4th week) to 35-40 mpw instead of your target 25-30 and spread over 5 days instead of your target 3-4. You can do three quality runs a week at this volume -- a couple of threshold/tempo intervals/runs (might want to base one on hills) and a long run -- with the others be easy/recovery runs. The other runs can incorporate some strides.

A valuable part of a formal training plan is getting the taper right, but you can probably piece this together from internet sources.

u/Mortifyinq · 3 pointsr/artc

It's in Pete Pfitzinger's Faster Road Racing. It has a ton of other helpful information, exercises/stretches, and training plans, but if you just want the plan pm me and I can send it to you when I get back to my apartment later tonight. I know there's a pdf of the book floating around somewhere though, I remember finding it but I don't remember where unfortunately.

u/blairje · 3 pointsr/climbing

This thing is a freaking textbook full of info but it is great applied to climbing.

u/the_EDJ · 3 pointsr/Huskers

A common answer I've seen given is Chris Brown's Smart Football book. I think it's slightly overrated for what it offers, but I still really enjoyed it.

I also like to follow the Breakdown Sports blog. I use Feedly as an RSS feed to keep up with news stories.

u/VanFailin · 3 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

A while back I bought a book in Kindle format called The Essential Smart Football. Reading Kindle books on PC is supported but unpleasant, so I recently bought a Kindle paperwhite, remembered a couple days ago that I wanted to read this, and am now about 3/4 of the way through the book. It's apparently copied from the author's blog, but that sort of thing doesn't bother me as much as it bothers some (I'm paying $3 for formatting and convenience).

Smart Football is a collection of essays about innovative coaches in both college and the NFL. Each essay describes one successful coach at the time of its writing (the essays are all dated, none newer than 2012) and most include play diagrams to illustrate the concepts he's discussing. It's a really engaging read, in part because each essay is short enough that I can't get bored. The topics don't feel repetitive or trivial, even though there's often a sentence or two to explain that, e.g., Cover 2 is a coverage with 2 deep safeties.

Highly recommend if you're looking for something to read while you're supposed to be working.

u/AnAnonymousFool · 3 pointsr/baseball
u/ruffyen · 3 pointsr/baseball

[The Book](The Book: Playing The Percentages In Baseball opened my eyes to several baseball ideas.

One such was the idea that batting order has any significant impact on games. Basically they price how it only adds a couple runs per year... Not wins... Runs... Fascinating read at times

u/Rhetorical__Answer · 3 pointsr/IAmA

Wondering if you have read "The Book"by Tom Tango, which really delves into this question in a lot lot more detail:

It really attempts to answer that question as scientifically (sabermetrically) as possible.

u/cdnronin · 3 pointsr/judo
u/Sirko122 · 3 pointsr/UkrainianConflict

While you were making fun of us, I studied the blade. Don't mess with me.

u/Jrodicon · 3 pointsr/EarthPorn

Read Freedom of the Hills, it's your textbook for everything mountaineering. Just start hiking and camping a lot and start climbing easy peaks and progress to bigger, higher, and more difficult ones. You might want to move somewhere with bigger mountains, like the western US to have better local training ground for the big mountains. Learning to ski or snowboard is a good way to get used to winter in the mountains and from there it's easier (and more fun) to progress to climbing steep snow and doing some actual mountaineering and dealing with things like avalanche danger. Also learn to rock climb and how to use ropes, and ice climbing is good too if you really want to get into hardcore mountaineering. Really you just have to progress little by little starting with hiking easy peaks picking up all of the skills along the way. It doesn't take as long as you would think if you dedicate a lot of time to it and love getting out there and learning. I was just doing very easy hikes 3 years ago and I already have plans to climb a few of the biggest peaks in the lower 48 next year, granted I've been skiing and hiking and camping for a long time.

u/cakeo48 · 3 pointsr/Mountaineering

Freedom of The Hills should anwser most of your questions, FYI the tallest peak in Arizona takes no montainneering experiance, via weather ford Trail, so you'll only need regular hiking stuff. Do you have any far out goals? It might be easier to give better advice based on your goals.

u/locke411 · 3 pointsr/climbing

If you have your own gear (harness, shoes, belay device, chalk) you can start climbing on rock immediately if you find people who are willing to take you, and some of the gear I mentioned isn't strictly necessary (just suggested). I am sure there is a group of local climbers who will be willing to help you get climbing outdoors.

As for books, I personally like Rock Climbing: Mastering the Basics. Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills is also really good and comprehensive (though it covers much more than just rock climbing).

u/leemarshallsmustache · 3 pointsr/baseball

I found that the book Watching Baseball Smarter was very helpful for me when I got back into the sport. I watched baseball a lot when I was a kid but the book helped me understand the intricacies of the game when I got back into it in my 20s.

u/Scoonz · 3 pointsr/buccos

Hi! And welcome!

If you're still serious and I'm not sure if works this way let me know come season time if you want to share my account. It's a service that lets you watch any out of market team. I'm not sure if it works in the UK though.

If you're serious about getting into baseball try this book

My very very very good friend Zack wrote this book. He lives in NYC and if you have any questions about his books he will get back to you via email. I'm in NYC right now and we just got lunch this week, how strange.

It's not TERRIBLY different from cricket. I think if I had to find a comparable sport, it would be cricket for sure.

u/johnnycourage · 3 pointsr/baseball
u/slickhare · 3 pointsr/footballmanagergames

Well, I have barely any experience with football but Football Manager is helping me learn about the sport.

Baseball is pretty easy to pick up though. It has some pretty obscure rules that rarely come up, but the basics are easy enough to understand. I highly recommend this book, if you want a crash course. The author does a great job of mixing humor and the facts, it's certainly not an exhaustive read. After reading this you'll be pretty well acquainted. If you get into it I'd check out Men At Work by George Will after that for a an even deeper look and another great read.

The game (OOTP) itself is great because baseball lends itself to compiling heaps of stats. Almost everything a player does on the field can be recorded and analyzed and this is reflected in the game. While there is a randomness to it, the hard, statistic numbers give it some grounding. Don't let this intimidate you though, everyone has their own stats they pay attention to, you don't have to get into the really complicated stuff unless you want to.

The game can be kind of daunting if you look at all the options available. You can create your own leagues tweaking almost every aspect or just play the regular configuration.

OOTP usually has a sale during the off-season to help die-hards bide their time till the next season. You can usually pick up a copy for $20, I did it with last year's 2013 version.

u/kcrunner · 3 pointsr/running

A lot of people around here recommend Pfitzinger's Advanced Marathoning. I just started one of his plans so I can't speak too much on how much improvement I've made personally.

He lists specific heart rate zones for every type of workout that you will do on his plan. It takes out the guesswork of always trying to run a specific pace. Basically, your heart rate dictates the pace you run each workout.

I've noticed that I have to run slower than usual to keep my heart rate in the correct zone (just like OP says in his blog.) After just 4 weeks I've noticed that I'm running faster at a lower heart rate and my resting heart rate is almost 5% lower.

u/zorkmids · 3 pointsr/running

+1 for Pfitzinger's Advanced Marathoning. Higdon's plans are OK, but his book is pretty bad, IMO. Also, check out Fitzgerald's New Rules of Marathon Nutrition.

u/kevinjh87 · 3 pointsr/running

I'm a bit rusty on the science and don't have my trusty copy of Advanced Marathoning with me but I'll give it a shot!

>But what's the point of that mileage? I prob don't reach the fat >burning (over glycogen) point that I would from a long run

Becoming more efficient at burning fat can be important but it's not the purpose of most your long runs because if all goes well, you shouldn't have to burn fat in the marathon.

Really, marathon training is getting your body storing as much glycogen as possible while burning it at efficiently as possible. That's because when you run out you start burning fat (requiring a lot more O2) and you hit the wall.

>It's also not helping with speed.

Real speed work is barely featured in marathon training. In the last couple of weeks leading up to the marathon you'll see some 400s etc as a sharpening workout but otherwise it's pretty useless because you'll never see it i the race. Longer intervals like mile repeats, 2 mi, 5k are useful to improve aerobic efficiency. I'll usually do one workout a week like this.

>And intuitively, I would think that taking a day off would be better for >recovery than doing a short and easy run.

>Wouldn't I run better/smarter if I prioritized each of my workouts (my >long runs, intervals, tempo) and gave it 100% rather than struggle to >complete them b/c of fatigue for instance?

Ah but marathon training is about running when you're not fully recovered. How else do you teach your body to recover more quickly? How else do you encourage it to store more glycogen and use it more efficiently? How else do you learn to run on tired legs? Don't take me wrong, you shouldn't be struggling to complete them but you shouldn't feel fresh either.

edit: Check out the weekly marathon training thread over at LetsRun to see what type of training people are doing. You'll see guys who are OT qualifiers and others who are like you shooting for Boston. Pay attention to the easy mileage they're running compared to the workouts.

u/BeatsAntique · 3 pointsr/running

I used a modified version of Hal Higdon's for my first half marathon. Actually I pretty much just ran 5-6 days a week with one long run a week, adding a mile each week and topping off at 12.5 miles a few weeks before the race.

I would suggest reading Pfitzinger's Avdanced Marathoning and adjusting the training schedule to be for distances for the half. A 12 week program might be enough for the half.

Try and run on segements of the course for some of your long runs and if you can't make it to the course try and train for the same elevation profile as the race you'll be running. Best of luck, with 3 months to go you should have no problem racking that 7 mile long run up to 12+

u/ctingyu08 · 3 pointsr/running

+1 to the library (that's how I first got a hold of the plans), but FWIW, I've had great success with Pfitz's training plans and think the $18+ for the book is well worth it, given the price you'd pay for other quality training plans out there.

u/pianomancuber · 3 pointsr/running

It's very doable to aim for 5-7 hours of sleep and be plenty rested for that regimen. Also "50+" is a huge range, and there's a massive difference between the needs of someone running 50MPW (which is still on the border between a 'casual' and 'semi serious' runner) and someone running 100MPW. I was recently reading about one of the authors of this book who was averaging 70 MPW and peaked at 125, all while working 45+ hours per week and freelance writing. So it's totally possible to make the time even if you're busy. It's just a matter of what you make time for in life.

u/fortunefades · 3 pointsr/running

Maybe check out Advanced Marathoning and pick a plan that best suites your desires and ability.

u/fedaykin3dfx · 3 pointsr/MTB

I have a 2008 Gary Fisher Marlin Disc, which is similar to your bike in a number of ways, though most of your components are higher-end. Though I got the bike 6 or 7 years ago, I didn't really start riding much until recently. So I'm still a noob, but I'll let you know the handful of changes I've made, and why, in case it helps. I do XC riding in the PNW for what it's worth.

Pedals - the platforms that came with my bike were not great. Trek's specs for both bikes list "alloy pedals" so I assume they're the same. I recently switched to clipless pedals (SPD) and it made a huge difference for me since I'm not sliding all over the place. Better platforms and good shoes are a good choice too.

Tires - Trek's site says we have the same tires, assuming you haven't changed them. I'm still rocking the original tires since they do the job, but they don't get good traction in wet and muddy conditions. Others online say similar things ( So picking up a set of new tires that match your riding style and trail conditions may be good. I will probably do this when mine wear out (soon).

Drivetrain - All I've done is dump my largest chainring, since I never use it, and put a bash guard in its place to protect my legs and help roll over logs and such more easily.

edit: you know what, I may have misinterpreted your question. If you're looking more for how to improve your skills I found this to be very helpful: The tips in the threads toomuchdolphin linked are great resources as well.

u/bspill1 · 3 pointsr/MTB

I'm sure you can get great advice here and there is always costly clinics. But I would definitely check out this book. Really well written, for anybody to understand.

u/sns1294 · 3 pointsr/MTB

You might be leaning forward and putting more weight on the front than the back. It's one of those things that your brain tells you to do, but is opposite of what you need to do. You want to keep yourself centered over the cranks and your weight on the pedals.

It sometimes helps you get out of the saddle in corners, put most of your weight on the outside pedal with it at the 6 o'clock position, and lean the bike while keeping yourself vertical.

Going downhill you want to keep most of your weight centered over both pedals only using the handlebars and seat as control points. Depending on the steepness of the trail your butt might be just over the back of the seat or completely behind it.

This book by Lee McCormack and Brian Lopes is a good read and they do a good job explaining the techniques. The point they constantly talk about is heavy feet, light hands.

u/nwvtskiboy · 3 pointsr/MTB

Just think, 20 years ago people were riding harsher trails on rigid 26'ers. Simply run what ya brung. As for jumps and drops, find smaller easy ones and do them over and over and over until you hate them then do them some more. Get super confident on the small stuff so you can get familiar with how your bike (and your self!) handles jumps and landings. Gradually work up to bigger air and harder hits. Your bike can handle a lot more abuse than you might expect, so long as you don't case it.

Also, consider reading this:
Mastering Mountain Bike Skills

u/Lelldorianx · 3 pointsr/MTB

At the expense of feeling your pain over-and-over, I watched that sequence a few times to look for what you did wrong. I can't really see the jump from the quality/angle, but in terms of posture, your elbows looked pretty stiff as you went into that launch. As a result of this, I think you ended up distributing too much of your weight forward (putting weight on the bars, it looks like), which caused your front wheel to hit the ground at a non-preferential angle.

I'd suggest starting small: Find roots, moguls, dips, hell, even curbs. Manhole covers can also make a good small starting spot, but roots tend to be the best -- generally things that are only a few inches high.

Get yourself used to riding up to them and popping over them. Once that's comfortable, start learning how to launch off of them. Don't pull too hard on your bars, it should come fairly naturally once you're used to it -- you'll sort of loosen up your elbows, position yourself in 'attack position,' then naturally glide over the roots and get a few inches of air. It should feel reaaally natural once you're used to it, which is why I'm having a hard time explaining proper positioning. I'm sure someone can jump in with more technical advice.

As for how fast to go... that's a call that you'll have to make when there. It should sort of feel right when you're going a good speed - I can't really tell what the configuration of that huck is from the angle, though.

I learned everything I know from getting hurt ... a lot, but someone bought me this book last year and it taught me a lot. It's nothing revolutionary, but the book is loaded with timelapse photos that show exactly how a rider is positioned during corners, drops, hucks, jumps, etc. and should help you get started! Hope that helps!

Where was this, by the way?

Edit: I asked about 'how to fall' in this subreddit a while back. I found this video to be helpful, albeit tougher to do in a real scenario.

u/manuelacon · 3 pointsr/MTB

Bite the bullet and get mastering mtb skills

u/ubetterbelieveit · 3 pointsr/MTB

It's just a moto-turn. Kinda like this:

Basically shifting your weight forward and low, keeping weight on your front wheel so it tracks while the back does what it wants. They talk about it in Mastering Mountain Bike Skills:

u/upvotes_cited_source · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

> Any required reading for someone not necessarily looking for a budget list?

Relevant no matter your budget.

u/anonmarmot · 3 pointsr/socalhiking

you're welcome. If you want to pick up more I always suggest people read either of these books before dropping serious cash, they're both quick reads with funny drawings so an easy to digest format. You don't need either if you're just doing day hikes, but if you get into the bigger equipment and want to do overnights I recommend em.

Don't do what I did and buy an 85L pack that weighs 8-9lb by itself, ugh.

Ultralight backpacking tips

Lighten up

u/azoeart · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

What do you already have? Not everything needs to be replaced. A list with weights is always helpful. We like to weigh stuff, and we are obsessed with that (okay, not everyone is).

There are two books that really helped me Lighten Up! and Ultralight Backpackin' Tips.

u/disinterestedMarmot · 3 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking


Basically, if you want to climb mountains, you need to be fit. A weak person with the best gear and training money can buy is rolling the dice. A strong person with minimal gear and training is rolling loaded dice. A well trained person can move faster to avoid weather, is more resilient to heat and cold, can exert themselves for longer on minimal food, and can help their partner when their partner can't help themselves. Remember: fatigue makes cowards of us all.

Of course, you generally want to be strong and smart and well equipped. But the first thing to do is train. It's pretty simple right now - what you really need to do is build up your cardiovascular and slow-twitch muscle base - which means you need to go hiking a lot. Go backpacking or peakbagging on the weekends - or day hikes if you have constraints. During your day-to-day, walk and stand as much as possible. Go for a long run at least once a week, but keep a relatively low heart rate (if you have to open your mouth to breathe, you are going too fast). Do some core work, too - weightlifting or yoga are both quite good for this. For a far more complete description of how to train for hiking and mountaineering, I suggest picking up a copy of Training for the New Alpinism.

As for technical skills and knowledge - well, you can bag easy peaks with a minimal amount, but here's a list of skills that will get you started, in approximate order from least to most advanced:

You said you'd done day hikes before - have you been backpacking? If not, this is a crucial first step. There is a ton of information online, and it isn't terribly difficult or dangerous, so you should be able to learn on your own. Here is a pretty good gear list to get you started. Also, make sure you learn and abide by LNT.

Wilderness First Aid
This is obviously good to know if you plan on tackling difficult or remote peaks. While there are many resources online (and you could get a decent overview simply by going through the requirements for the Boy Scouts' First Aid Merit Badge, this is one of the few things where I recommend paying for professional instruction. Getting a wilderness first aid certification can be very informative if you don't already have the knowledge.

Light/Ultralight Backpacking
Lighter packs move faster. Moving faster is safer. Learn to pare down the weight of your backpack to the bare minimum. This can be accomplished mostly by improvising gear out of common lightweight items, or simply going without - though it is possible to spend quite a bit of money to shave those last few ounces. /r/ultralight is a good source, as is backpackinglight.

Sport Climbing
If you want to tackle mountains with technical climbing, you need to know how to climb. While you might find yourself under the wing of a crusty old mountaineer who will be having none of those sissy-ass bolts, the fact is that the easiest and most common path to learning technical climbing these days starts in the climbing gym and at the sport crag. Unfortunately, this is where things can start getting expensive. In order to start learning how to climb, you'll need a pair of rock shoes at the very least to boulder. In order to start roped climbing, you'll need a harness and a belay device. In order to be a fully fledged sport climber, you'll need a rope (70m is the new standard, get that) and around 12 quickdraws; I also recommend a helmet.

As far as actually learning, there are a number of routes you can take. The most common is to get a rock gym membership. This is probably the best way, since it will expose you to the greatest number of potential climbing partners and increase your movements skills as fast as possible. Just hanging around the gym is usually enough to make a few friends to get outside with, and then they can teach you how to set anchors and lead sport. Unfortunately, gym memberships are expensive and there aren't too many rock gyms in Wyoming. Another option is to find some sort of social club for climbing in your area - I'm sure there are quite a few in your area if you poke around a bit. You'll be able to make friends and learn skills, but you'll be limited since the only practice you'll get will be on sporadic weekends. A third option is to try to teach yourself - the others are easier, but this is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. I suggest picking up a copy of Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills if you choose to go this route. Just remember to double-check everything, because if you mess up, you could die. A final option, and the one I suggest least, is to hire someone to teach you. This is very expensive, and although most guides provide excellent instruction, I feel that most people are taught better by learning from peers and making their own judgements on what to and not to do, based on reason and evidence.

Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Avalanche Certification
Mountains have snow. You need to navigate that snow. Learning to ski and snowshoe is fairly straightforward, but learning how not to die in an avalanche is rather difficult. Again, pay for a course.

Trad Climbing
Sport climbing familiarizes you with the fundamentals of movement on rock, belaying, and climbing above your protection. Traditional, or "trad" climbing, teaches you to place your own protection. You'll need a set of nuts (DMM makes some good ones), about 10 alpine draws, and a set of cams (cha-ching!). Once again, you can try to find some friends to teach you, teach yourself (pick up either Long's or Luebben's book), or hire someone to teach you.

Finally, don't fall into the "couple trap". I assume you're going to want your boyfriend to join you when you go out - that's great! But don't let your boyfriend be your one and only partner. For one thing, you'll severely limit the amount of knowledge you'll be able to absorb. For another, you'll be limited in when you'll be able to get out to when you are both able to - while backpacking and bagging easy peaks on your own is fine, pushing yourself solo is not suggested. And finally, it just won't be as fun - joining a community of people who you literally trust with your life is truly fantastic, and the relationships you build climbing mountains are really as important as the climbs themselves.

u/machsmit · 3 pointsr/climbing

seconding /u/traddad's comment/recommendations. Another good resource is John Long's anchor book -- the last chapter has some good examples for rigging top belays (and it's a good anchor resource in general)

u/dustyrhod3s · 3 pointsr/climbing

Here is what I use for bolted TR anchors:

This covers way more than just bolted TR anchors, but if you're really serious about getting information:

Also, 50' is twice as much as you need. 20-25' is enough.

u/wristrule · 3 pointsr/climbing

The easiest way to find a friend who knows what's up and who is willing to take you out a bunch of times and teach you. Then you can start to purchase gear and do it on your own a bit.

You can ask around on Mountain Project forums or at the gym for people who would be interested in taking you out if you don't know anyone. If you go that route then a positive, open to new experiences attitude, an understanding of LNT and respecting the outdoors, and a six pack of beer generally go a long way.

Reading a book like John Long's Anchors is a good way to begin to learn, but probably not sufficient on its own.

If you can't find someone to teach you then many gyms offer classes on various topics. Start with a leading and lead belay class. Then move on to an anchors course. There's lots to learn and it's your life and safety at stake so take it slow.

u/jbnj451 · 3 pointsr/climbing

Hey man. The Friday New Climber's thread stickied at the top of r/climbing is a great place to ask questions and get advice. I use it all the time and love it.

How many days a week are you climbing? If you can go 3x a week you should see solid improvement. 1x a week really won't give you the time on the wall to see much improvement.

When people start, most of the time their footwork is horrific. There are lots of drills to improve feet which will probably help your climbing the most.

The full version of this DVD can give you lots of advice (be clever... google it and ye shall find).

Books that are helpful include "Self-Coached Climber" and "9 Out of 10 Climbers Make the Same Mistake." The Self-Coached Climber comes with a great DVD with drills to improve technique. I bet that's on youtube as well. Yup, it is.

Also, you should just try climbing harder routes. Pick a couple 5.10s that look fun and try to climb them when you come in to the gym. At first it might seem really difficult, but if you try them every time you come in, you will get better. After that, pick other 5.10s and climb those. Rinse and repeat. After that, try some 5.11s.

*Edit, links and stuff.

u/id_rather_fly · 3 pointsr/climbing

I think the reason people are surprised is that this movement is largely natural. Your body should seek the most balanced (easiest to maintain) position for any given set of holds. You'll find yourself climbing much more efficiently if you just focus on finding the most stable position.

Also, if you can't hold your hand over the next hold before touching it (lock off), you're probably not climbing statically. However, some moves either require or are more efficiently executed with dynamic movement (deadpoint or dyno).

Consider reading this book called the Self Coached Climber. It talks a lot about this stuff as well.

u/patkxc · 3 pointsr/climbing

the self coached climber was a book I read that really helped me with understanding the fundamentals. Technique is one thing, but basics like knowing how to grip different types of holds isnt always on youtube videos.

u/bigredbicycles · 3 pointsr/bicycling

I've ridden parts of it. Don't feel like you have to reserve campsites ahead of time. There's a book called Bicycling the Pacific Coast ( which is an amazing resource.

u/Frommyiphone2 · 2 pointsr/phillies

You may like Watching Baseball Smarter
by Zack Hample. It explains some things about the game that a new fan might not recognize.

u/bjilly · 2 pointsr/baseball

I bought this book for my girlfriend and would recommend it to anyone wanting to understand the basics of the game.

u/sarcasmsiempre · 2 pointsr/Dodgers

I want to become more informed about the advanced aspects of modern baseball over my college's winter break. Statistics and WAR and shit. I'm already going to read Moneyball and Watching Baseball Smarter. Anyone got any more recommendations?

u/gbeaudette · 2 pointsr/baseball

Here's a few I found looking through my shelves:

Watching Baseball by Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy.

Watching Baseball Smarter which seems like a sequel, but is actually by a totally different guy.

Why Is the Foul Pole Fair? looks at more of the minutia of going to the ballpark than the game itself.

u/Billy_Fish · 2 pointsr/baseball

Watch Ken Burns' Baseball, then read the book The Illustrated Rules of Baseball by David Nemec. After that read Watching Baseball Smarter by Zack Hample. I've seen it work for Swedes who had never seen a baseball game before, should work for everybody in that case...

u/jayzer · 2 pointsr/baseball

I haven't read it yet, but maybe read this?

edit: The author is a redditor and holds the world record for baseballs snagged at games (during batting practice and in the games).

u/__Gish · 2 pointsr/NewYorkMets

This is a good place to start which covers the basics:

Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks

u/baddspellar · 2 pointsr/running

It depends on your goal. You have plenty of time to train properly for a December Marathon, if you desire the challenge of moving up in distance. On the other hand, some people prefer to work on their speed at shorter races before moving up in distance. That's less common these days, but it's a legitimate strategy.

Higdon, Pfitzinger, and Hanson have good books that offer training plans. You could do well with any of them.

u/pints · 2 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

thank you very much for your detailed response, this totally sounds like me and wow your race times sound fantastic to me, I will be giving the 18/55 a try I think for my next serious marathon (phuket in June) perhaps I can cut the first week of the 18/55 plan to make the timeline fit.

i am assuming you are talking about this book here:

I will get that and have a read and then probably do the 18/55 first before trying the 18/70

1 More question on a practicality side, I have tried plans from books before and have never found a simple system of transferring everything into a readable format that I could pin on the fridge. do you tend to create a excel spreadsheet of simply copy the page in the book (I am assuming sometimes dates and rest days have to be shuffled around cause life gets in the way) or do you not keep a log that way?

thanks again for your help :)

u/MrRabbit · 2 pointsr/running

Am I shooting too high??

I'll try to keep this question as short as possible..

  • Been training just over a year.
  • Current 5k PR (3 months ago)- 18:59
  • Current 1/2 Marathon PR (2 months ago)- 1:26:15
  • Goal Marathon (Mid-November)- Boston Qualify, close to or sub-3

    For my PRs I was at 25 miles per week, currently I am at 35ish and building. Added to that, I have been focusing on triathlon 'til now (and will continue to do so to some extent) and have gotten 2-3 miles swimming and 50-80 miles biking in per week.

    Just over a year ago my untrained (as a runner, I played lots of ice hockey) PRs were:

  • 5k- 21 mins
  • 1/2 Marathon- 1:56 and change

    I bought this book (Advanced Marathoning) an plan on following it as closely as possible, with some triathlon modifications, but my main focus is going to be running.

    This will be my first marathon, but I've done a couple half-ironmans so I do know what suffering at the end of a race feels like, although I understand that marathon suffering can be even worse if one does not train properly. So /r/running... am I setting myself up for disappointment or is this an ambitions yet realistic goal (the kind I like)?
u/durunnerafc · 2 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

Its a period of time in between a microcycle (e.g. a week) and a macrocycle (e.g. 5 months marathon buildup and recovery).

Pfitzinger splits a macrocycle into 5 mesocycles for the marathon. Each mesocycle focuses on a particular aspect of preparation for a race.

u/thissit · 2 pointsr/MTB
u/Koofoodoo · 2 pointsr/MTB

Hello there, I'm relatively new as well but I can hopefully help! Firstly, on the sidebar is a very helpful book, Mastering Mountain Bike Skills This is the second edition, the first one is cheaper, I'm not sure how much has changed but it has a ton of helpful things, such as a few answers to your questions. They recommend deadlifts as a great exercise to build strength, I can imagine that would help a lot. Conditioning is also a big part of it, long rides focusing on pedal stroke and perfecting form to make sure there is no wasted effort.

As far as a trail bike, depends on how rough the trails are. I'm currently riding 2014 Giant Talon 4 and it's holding up fine on easy-moderate trails without too many large bumps or big rocks, I've done some pretty rough accidental off-roads and nothing has broken yet, so I'd say for your price range a hardtail would be the way to go, though for rougher trail a full suspension bike is recommended, though good ones of those start around $1600-$2000 range.

Also for what it's worth, I'm 220 pounds and ride with a 8-10ish pound backpack so I imagine you'd be a lot easier on the bike in that regard

u/ChristophColombo · 2 pointsr/MTB

There are a couple different levels to this question.

  1. Do you need a new bike, or is it just your technique holding you back? If your bike is similar to this one, you should be ok. Just work on your technique - GMBN on youtube is a good place to start, as well as this book. If it's more like this one, then you're on the right track looking for something new for off-road riding.

  2. Should you get a fat bike? Personally, I'm not a huge fan. They're on the heavy side, the tires act as undamped suspension (meaning that you bounce a lot), they accelerate very slowly, and they require constant effort to keep moving (i.e. they don't coast well at all). However, I ride with a few guys that love them. The main benefit is traction. Because you have so much tire in contact with the ground and the tire is run at such a low pressure (often under 10 psi), you can ride up stuff that an ordinary 2.0-2.4" tire would slip out on. You can also ride on surfaces like sand and snow that are unrideable on skinnier tires - some of my fatbiking friends have ridden between towns by following the river and staying on the sandbars. In general, they seem to be popular among riders who are into mountain biking for the adventure aspect rather than the go-fast aspect. If that sounds like you, then a fat bike might be just what you need.

  3. Should you get a mid-fat/plus bike? I don't have a ton of experience with them personally, but the few rides that I've had have been positive. They offer more traction than a standard tire without the weight penalty and less of the rolling resistance penalty of a fat bike tire. Currently, most plus tires are a little on the thin side, which makes them more prone to sidewall tears and pinch flats than a standard tire, especially when riding in very sharp rocks, and they can feel a bit vague under heavy cornering load (mostly an issue for very fast/aggressive riders), but I think they strike a nice balance for a beginner rider between rideability and capability.

    I would lean away from getting a full suspension given your budget, and would STRONGLY recommend riding several different options before buying. If your shop doesn't offer trail demos/rentals, look for factory demo tours from Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc. They're usually going around the US this time of year offering free bike demos at trails all over the country. You may not get to ride the exact bike you're looking at, but it should give you at least an idea of what to expect.
u/hirschmj · 2 pointsr/MTB

Find a group of guys faster than you and ride with them. Lose weight if you want. Look for group rides on MTBR. Don't keep riding with them if they're jerks about you not being as fast. DO keep riding with them if they wait patiently at trail intersections and offer encouragement. Get a big fat light and ride at night. Ride on the weekends. Ride to work. Ride for fun.

Speaking from experience, all of those things helped my stamina. Next weekend I'm riding with a big group of MTBers, 21 miles, 3500 feet of climbing, starting and ending at 6000 feet elevation. I did it last year too, finished in 5 hours after 4 months of MTBing. This year I hope to do it in 4 hours.

Take a skills class in your area. Buy a skills book. Learn the basics. Practice them. Don't assume mountain biking will just come to you, there's a lot to it that's not intuitive.

My favorite trick of the trade - on downhills or techie sections get your butt off the seat. Bend your elbows at 90 degrees and point your elbows out to your sides. Get your torso low. Shift your weight back until you feel your body balanced perfectly on the cranks, belly button over your feet, should be no weight on your hands or wrists. GET YOUR TORSO LOWER. Loosen up, shake your arms a bit, bend your legs at the knees. Keep your weight at that point where there's no weight on your hands. Going down? move your weight back a bit. Going up? Move your weight forward. Braking? Move your weight back again, keep that balance. Keep your arms loose. Now, when there's a drop (12-18 inches), push the front end down into the drop. Since your arms are bent, your torso doesn't get yanked down with the bike. Your arms move the bike down, and your head stays flowing smoothly along its path. Your bike may have 3, 4, 6, 8" of suspension? Your arms have 18" of suspension. Use them.

Rock? Suck that front end up, pick up that front wheel so you're not just smashing into it, move the wheel over it. Big stairstep waterbar thing? Throw your torso up and back, use that momentum to pick up the front wheel and place it on top of the stairstep. QUICK throw your torso forward! Suck your legs up so your rear wheel doesn't smash into the waterbar and rob you of your precious momentum you've worked so hard to collect.

Move your body and your bike around the trail, don't let the trail work you, it'll steal your precious momentum and buck your head around. Stay loose, stay low, keep those arms bent and unweighted.

Look farther down the trail. FARTHER THAN THAT! The higher you keep your eyes the more time you have to react to the trail and process the best route.

On climbs? Just do them a lot. All this skills stuff goes out the window when you're exhausted.

not a shill for Lee, I just read his book and took his class and got a lot from the experience

u/arcticrobot · 2 pointsr/MTB

Mastering Mountain Bike Skills by x4 times MTB world champion Brian Lopes. After 5 years of single track riding I've decided to polish my skills and what a good book it has been so far! Available as a digital download Kindle edition.

u/studentjones · 2 pointsr/MTB

Here are a few good tutorial vids to shape up your technique:

How to climb

Techniques for drops

A lesson on riding downhill

And the always popular book, Mastering Mountain Bike Skills. I don't have this book personally, but I really want to get it. I can attest to its greatness because there was a sample on google book previews recently that featured 15 pages or so. Great stuff.

u/theduckpants · 2 pointsr/MTB

Light hands, heavy feet. Mastering Mountain Bike Skills - 2nd Edition (not sure why the sidebar has the original 2005 edition linked..) has a great section on this.

Otherwise google attack position.

As for the back pain, I get lower back issues a bit when i'm doing a big ride. I find focusing on my posture when I'm not riding can make a big difference. Maybe see a physio?

u/jack4allfriends · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

Read Skurka gear guide before you buy anything & Ultralight Backpackin' Tips to get you in "UL mode', there rest will be sort of easy..

Learn to love trail runners - it changed everything for me

u/DontWorry-AboutIt · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

Check out the book Ultralight Backpackin' Tips by Mike Clelland. He put together a pretty comprehensive and digestible, and really nicely illustrated book that breaks everything down and explains the reasoning behind each technique and suggestion.

Andrew Skurka's book is also really well written, but Clelland's really emphasizes the fun and grooviness of ultralight technique.

u/doh_tee_horne · 2 pointsr/hiking

Buy this book and read it before you spend any money. This will give you a great idea of how to squeeze a lot of enjoyment out of hiking & backpacking (IMO). It might not all appeal to you, but there are some real great tips and philosophies in here that will help a new hiker.

ultralight backpackin’ tips

u/climber666 · 2 pointsr/tradclimbing

Here's a couple of books that i found useful when learning. For the cost of your class, you could buy some gear. I bought my rack and went out and started leading the easiest things i could find. I asked my partners to look at my placements and didn't climb anything where i wasn't at ease fiddling with my placements. After a season of this, i spent a day with a small group climbing with a guide and a pro climber. It was really useful then to have someone evaluate my placements and look at my technique. In short, spend the money on a rack. Get out and play with it.

These two will get you started. Once you're comfortable with your gear and are starting to think about multi-pitch climbing, it's a really good idea to read this one as well.

There are many books out there on these topics. I've read the three above and can vouch for their quality. When looking for the Jon Long books, be sure to get the latest edition.

u/CaptainUltimate28 · 2 pointsr/climbing

No problem! I had a some great friends who had a lot of patience with me, who were just as adventurous as me, and I spent a lot of time reading John Long's [Climbing Anchors] (

Just remember, good judgement is the result of having survived bad judgment.

u/forrScience · 2 pointsr/climbing

OP if you haven't already, I highly suggest reading climbing anchors falcon guide, if you're into gear and the knots, ect, its a fantastic read. i've read it cover to cover twice.

u/DanielPedberg · 2 pointsr/climbing

I think taking the winter to prepare yourself is a great idea if you don't know of anyone who can take you, or don't want to spend the money on instruction (right now that is). For $30 and some shipping you can have almost all the book knowledge you need.

Read Climbing Anchors by John Long. This is a great way to start understanding climbing anchor theory and some of the broader details of materials and protection.

Read the AMGA's Single Pitch Instructor Manual. It has more info than you need to know, but the knots and anchor systems are extremely valuable.

u/Riot101 · 2 pointsr/climbing

How to top rope by Bob Gains is good if you are starting out.

He also has a book on anchors and setting other pro if you are interested in working on leading.

John long is also a great author as u/jdevver suggested.

u/spellstrike · 2 pointsr/climbing

start reading though these resources a dozen times:


2 anchors intro:

3 WC crack school:

Then get some DMM alloy offset nuts 7-11 and go around the base of the crag practicing placements.

long's book is good too:

u/talker90 · 2 pointsr/climbing

For a fine focus on technique: Self-Coached Climber

u/HotLikeARobot · 2 pointsr/climbing
u/xevi · 2 pointsr/climbing

If you have a few dollars I recommend The Self-Coached Climber

u/KingPupPup · 2 pointsr/climbing
u/hankDraperCo · 2 pointsr/climbing

I read most of "The Self Coached Climber" and found it very informative.

edit: Just saw it was already recommended. Anyway still a good choice.

u/noiamstefan · 2 pointsr/climbing

Self coached climber is great. Has tons of movement exercises to work on your technique.

u/traddad · 2 pointsr/climbing

Look down for foot placement more than you look up for hand placement. Watch where you place your foot and don't look away until you start to weight that foot. Ask someone at the gym to show you how to backstep and flag.

u/g0oseDrag0n · 2 pointsr/climbing

You are talking about two different types of endurance here. Aerobic and Anaerobic endurance. 4x4's are targeted more towards Anaerobic endurance, while laps are more like aerobic endurance. While 4x4's are good, if you are wanting overall endurance I think you want to do laps.

Not sure of your climbing experience but the self-coached climber has a lot of good information in it. When I read it, the technique info did not teach me very much but it the mechanics and training suggestions were perfect. I highly suggest it.

u/acranox · 2 pointsr/climbing

there's lots of good info and technique in there. "quiet feet"

u/tyrannis · 2 pointsr/climbharder

Check out The Self Coached Climber. In the first part, the book focuses on movement, including ideas behind moving efficiently, being aware of your body position and how you initiate moves, and a bunch of drills for foot placement and techniques such as flagging. The second part has some training exercises and ideas for structured programs. It's highly acclaimed and I got a lot out of it.

u/nattfodd · 2 pointsr/climbing

Freedom of the hill is very complete but mostly for mountaineering, less useful for general rock climbing. It can also be a bit dated in places. Still very useful to own, read and eventually assimilate if you ever head into the mountains.

For general rock climbing, I think your best option by far is The self coached climber. Very complete and it covers a lot more than the basics.

u/mrJ26 · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

Just got back from a Portland-SF ride, 14 days, 797 miles. I rode a Kona Dew commuter, my dad rode my Specialized Tricross, and we had zero bike issues whatsoever - not even a flat tire. The roads are in good shape, so you can do that ride on pretty much any bike. Just make sure its comfortable.

For breweries - we weren't as concerned with them as you seem to be, and didn't spend time at any of them, but would have if we had planned them out a bit more in advance. The North Coast Brewery in Fort Bragg is easily visited from Highway 1, they did tours and had a taproom and pub. If you can book in advance, the Anchor Brewery in SF offers tours for free on weekdays.

You'll meet lots of great people in the summer time. Most of the state parks along the coast offer hiker-biker campsites, $5 a head, which is great for catching up with other bikers. If you want an extremely detailed guide to these places and a route, you want Bicycling the Pacific Coast as your guide. We met a few others with this book and those who didn't have it were envious.

The Oregon coast was beautiful. Fog usually hung around until at least 11am. One night we went to bed under clear skies and woke up in a 2" deep puddle - the rain can hit at any time. The north California coast was all fog. When we split from 101 to follow hwy 1 along the coast, we didn't see the sun for three days. No rain though. Good luck!

u/tupperwhatever · 2 pointsr/bicycling

started in portland, got a ride to the coast, then pretty much followed the book rest of way.

i also had the gpx file of ACA route and the pdf of brochure from oregon department of transportation that had a recommended route.

reading the book every morning/evening to get an idea of the route and points of interest was really nice.

u/Gillingham · 2 pointsr/FixedGearBicycle

You need to have a helmet and an ID, check to make sure the base isn't closed due to some security stuff

Also get if you want some really good advice and plenty of routes to do the Pacific Coast top to bottom.

u/altec3 · 2 pointsr/bicycling

So, I have done Vancouver to Tijuana and used almost exclusively this book:

I ended up hating it, some things are wrong,it's hard to use a book while riding, etc. but it got the job done.

Another alternative that is really useful are the adventure cycling maps:

Or like fayette said, ditch the preplanned route, it honestly is way more fun and feels more like you are on your own adventure. A lot of areas will have free bike maps of the region, like the Discovery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula. And you can just use road maps bought at a gas station. The downside to this is that many times you will take a big highway when there was a barely used country road that you could have taken.

Luckily for you there are hiker/biker sites in most campgrounds all the way up the coast. They normally cost around $5 a person and will have warm showers. Or, what it took me forever to learn was to bush camp. Go to a park and find somewhere hidden, get out your sleeping bag and sleep. Not having a car really helps hide in the park and it ends up saving a lot of money.

Also, I would consider taking Highway 1 up as far as you can. The grades are a little steeper and the shoulders a little smaller, but it is much better riding than the 101. Once you hit California(from Oregon), highway 101 turns into a highway, 4 fast lanes, wide shoulders and shallow grades. This comes at a cost, it is hotter, dustier and less scenic. While this doesn't sound so bad, it gets old quick.

For food I'm not sure what your plan is. I highly recommend getting a backpacking stove and lightweight pot. It will save you a lot of money and make you much more flexible. Usually you can go to most places and they will fill up your water or you can fill it up at their soda machines.

u/1880orso · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

Buy this book:

It covers everything from Vancouver to the Mexican border and is basically the bible for the Pacific Coast route.

Maps out each day for you into manageable chunks, has campground info etc etc. It has everything you need for that trip, and the people you'll meet along the way will fill in any gaps.

This is a great run down of lightweight sleeping pads (there's a second link in the article for an updated list too):

u/3rdInput · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

I haven't done the Pacific Coast Route yet. I was planning for this May but going to Europe with my wife and can't take that much time off of work to do both. So I'll go next May.

But I have been researching the PCR for awhile.

There is a lot of info out there about the trip.

Search "Pacific Coast Route on this sub and Google, you'll get tons of info.

Get this book there is lots of info on the route, camping, side trips, etc.

I have read a lot about it and talked with a lot of people that have done it, but I can't give you any 1st hand info, "yet"

u/ooleary · 2 pointsr/BAbike

Ride the coast. Logistics are really easy with this book.

u/Suckermarket · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

I took "the book" which you can find here and that was totally good. The details get a little shady the farther south you get but I'd recommend just taking that. I took an ebook version of it too which was super handy.

u/SmilingSage · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

I used this on my pacific coast tour:

Worked well enough. You will be camping most of the time, but I would highly suggest making use of

u/nonxoperational · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

Sorry. The book is called "Bicycling the Pacific Coast." (not the west coast) My bad.

I didn't do the entire coast. My tour went from Newport, OR to San Francisco, CA. It was 12 days of riding to do that stretch.

u/ineedmyspace · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I did seattle to Santa Cruz, I can tell you a bit about my trip. I did it a little differently than Ben I believe, by going along the coast the whole time.

  • I really didn't plan my trip, and I liked it that way. I knew I was going to visit a friend from high school in Seattle, and visit a friend in Humboldt, but that was it. I bought a map for each state I passed through, and carried a book with me called 'bicycling the pacific coast':

    -I mainly stayed on the 1/101. Sometimes you have, or want to, veer off onto smaller highways, just look at a map.

    -I used a jetboil, a handy backpacking cooking thing. Good for heating up liquid substances, bad for stir-frying and stuff like that. A common meal for me was bread, beans, and avocado.

    -I camped every night. I use a hammock for backpacking, and I love it because it is very comfortable and keeps you completely dry when it rains. For biking, it is a godsend. It stretched out my legs while I slept so my knees felt good in the morning. I slept one night on the ground, and it was awful.

    -Sunglasses, rocks and bugs are scary.
    Even thought these fit into the 'spare parts' category, bring extra screws. I never would have thought of that, I there were times where i was.... screwed.

    -Do it!
u/cralledode · 2 pointsr/bicycling

this book lays out exactly which state parks have hiker/biker sites, where on the coast they are, and what other amenities there are.

u/cruftbox · 2 pointsr/BikeLA
u/vox35 · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

Almost everyone I met on my tour was using this book (and I used it as well). I would recommend it.

u/tsimon · 2 pointsr/bjj

The first thing I think of when I hear about people getting nauseous is dehydration. If you are not drinking in the 6-7 hours before class then you are certainly going to be dehydrated. Try drinking a lot more water during the day (I keep a glass next to me at work). And yeah, eat closer to class.

For reading: the go-to recommendation is always Saulo Ribero's Jiu Jitsu University:

Best of luck!

u/LastRevision · 2 pointsr/bjj

The first rule of being a jiujitsu beginner- and make no mistake, I am still very much a beginner- is to make your parameter for success showing up to class.

I cannot emphasize this enough. If you make it to class, great! Everything else is gravy. I would probably try to keep this outlook through to your blue belt, although it will definitely be a difficult attitude to maintain (but hey, you're in this to learn discipline, in my best Eric Cartman voice, right?).

Part of the reason for this is because you've got a long, frustrating road ahead of you, and you want to make the long haul. On the wall of my gym are HUGE letters spelling out, "a black belt is a white belt who never quit." At first I thought that was kind of cheeky, because, like any gym, my not quitting is lining someone's pocket... but now I get it; training is always frustrating, at any level. You think the frustration ends at blue belt? Well, now you have purple belts kicking your ass in ways you don't even understand yet. You think after purple the road is clear? A black belt will LOL at you. Part of what makes the experience and the journey so incredible is learning to deal with the frustration.

You'll have great classes, where you walk out with a goofy smile on your facing thinking, "I'm finally getting it!" ... and then the next class you feel like it's your first day again. You'll have to endure long periods of stagnation, or seeing people who joined after you progressing faster. But did you make it to class? Mission accomplished.

Even in the short time I've been at my school I've seen guys come and go within the amount of time you've been training (three to four weeks). I totally understand this; one month is just about the honeymoon period where you've picked up the basics, feel a little shine, and then see the long road ahead of you and say FUCK IT.

This will not be you. Why? Because your parameter for success is getting to class.

Try to find value in your shitty moments. You get thrown around for a half hour by a college wrestler (cheating bastards, that's NO FAIR lol), and a judoka who started BJJ to kick even more ass- which was my Friday night- embrace it. In the very least, getting your ass kicked makes you a tougher son of a bitch in the long run. Can't get a new technique down? I'm just starting to feel confident in my arm-bar/triangle/omoplata skills and it's been six months and 5-6 classes where we covered it. Very few people learn a new technique once and can implement it in rolling, much less remember it the next day.

Here are a few odds and ends off the top of my head:

  • Rolling for you right now is learning survival and feeling comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Learn how to survive in mount/side-control, and even if you can't get out, you're developing a comfort in being under someone and having their weight on you.

  • Buttttt, if you want to get out, start by learning one go-to escape for each position: mount, side-control, half-guard, and guard. Not that you shouldn't know more, but be sure to have HAVE really solid escape for each position in your arsenal.

  • A good, highly regarded book for this is jujitsu university, but there are also countless YouTube channels like Chewjitsu (I happen to like his style).

  • Tap often and early, which is a kind of meme on this subreddit for a good reason. At this stage in the game, the most you can do is defend, so you'll feel inclined to tap only when it's your VERY LAST OPTION- or, you know, rolling will be all of 30 second spurts of brutalization. I felt the exact same way, and kind of wanted to "earn the respect" of my partners by toughing certain grey area submissions out. This is stupid- for one, you earn their respect by showing up to class, and two, you will get injured that way. Whomever said this is "the injury free martial art" is clearly unfamiliar with BJJ, and since injuries are going to happen anyway, you don't want to encourage them. I usually tried to make my partner earn their choke on me, and if it wasn't under the chin, sunk in deep, I'd tough it out, and now there's this weird click when I open my mouth wide. Is that a huge deal? No. But it was my own damn fault, and totally avoidable.

  • Get to class early and drill with your classmates. BJJ is all muscle memory, and being diligent with your submission/escape drills will pay off huge in the long run.

  • Keep a journal. Seriously. Write down how your class went, what you did well with, what you struggled with, questions you may have, and the techniques you did that night (if you can, a step-by-step "how to" for each). I'll admit, I don't do this as much as I should because when I get home from class I'm usually wiped, but it really will pay off big time.

    I hope this helped! Good luck, and feel deep, horrifying shame if you quit! :)
u/DJ_Ddawg · 2 pointsr/bjj

Focus on the basics, you won't be able to get the advances fancy stuff until you master the basics.
Pick up Jiu Jitsu Univeristy by Saulo Riberio. It's $25, and will the best thing to ever happen to your BJJ game. The white and blue belt section will be helpful RN and will save frustration. It'll tell you how to position your body so that you can survive (bc you will be on bottom a lot), tells you common mistakes to avoid, and then goes into escapes.

Drill a lot, drill what you learn in class, (hopefully your school has a beginner program, so you'll be learning relevant stuff to your skill level) Ask for feedback after every roll, anything you could work on, or ask them watt they felt that you did good.
Roll with higher belts, ask for help. They've been doing this for a while, pry their knowledge and maybe ask what some basic escapes are from a certain position that you keep getting stuck in.
Go to Open Mat. Open mat is the best time of the week, you get to roll for 2 hours straight. You can drill, roll, or just hang out for a couple hours, working on some part of your game. This is probably where the most improvement will happen as you are putting in some solid mat time here.
For Gis? Don't go all out and buy the $420 Lucky Hemp Gi.
Hell, don't ever but that actually.
Stay cheap, if the academy has an affiliate or a school GI, ex. Gracie Barra, then you should buy that, if not then I can recommend Killer Bee GIs. They are cheap, high quality, great customer service.
I recommend the Scutellata GI Top, and the Drill Cotton Gi Pants. For a total that will be $125. That's a steal considering the quality of the GI, also Jessi usually has some sort of promotion going on, so you can find a coupon code for some even extra cash off.
Overall, just keep showing up to class, more mat time equals more improvement RN. Don't be a spaz, and slam someone in guard..

u/everydayimrusslin · 2 pointsr/MMA

Jiu-jitsu University
by Saulo Ribeiro
might be helpful if it's not a bit too stylistically specific.

u/LegiticusMaximus · 2 pointsr/bjj

It's a great book, although it's entirely gi-focused (I do no-gi roughly three to five times as much as I do gi). Chapters are broken down into belts, and each belt is themed.

White Belt is survival.
Blue Belt is the guard.
Purple Belt is sweeps.
Brown Belt is top game or something.
Black Belt is submissions.

Obviously Jiujistu isn't really taught like that in class (if you don't learn sweeps until purple belt, you are probably not at a good gym), but I think that the way the book is organized nicely outlines Saulo Ribeiro's philosophy on what to prioritize in each skill level.

u/dbrunning · 2 pointsr/bjj

> What's a good resource to learn the nuts and bolts

Time and a good gym.

I'd love to say you could buy Jiu Jitsu University or Jiu Jitsu Revolution and learn everything you need from them, but that's not the case.

What kind of foundational work are you looking for though? After 6 months I'd suspect you've probably seen how to survive, if not escape, the basic bad positions and maybe have a couple of reliable sweeps/transitions and submissions for when you're going with other white belts. That's normal and good.

u/SamsquamtchHunter · 2 pointsr/reloading

Well then heres a great place to start on your own - ABC's of Reloading

u/CMFETCU · 2 pointsr/reloading


Read this book cover to cover:

Then read it again.

Once you have done that, you should understand the basics of working up loads and what to look for in much more detail than you will get in a post from here.

u/GeneUnit90 · 2 pointsr/M1Rifles

This book is good for getting all the info you'll need on how to not kill yourself and figure out what you'll need. No loading data really, get a lyman's manual for that. This is more of a beginner's guide.

u/zod201 · 2 pointsr/reloading

you'll need a powder measure, scale, dies, shell holder, some callipers, a bullet puller, and consumables of course. Not necessary but reloading manuals and the The ABCs of reloading Personally I'd get the Lee 50th Anniversary Kit that comes with most everything you need, and upgrade as you see fit.

u/cjd3 · 2 pointsr/reloading

Buy Mr. Hookhands Book ABC's of Reloading. Best book out there for anyone who reloads. Your press will come with the 9th or 10th Hornady book too.

u/Wapiti-eater · 2 pointsr/reloading

Do yourself a favor and borrow/buy a copy of this book.

Or, if you feel you're enough up to speed to start, take a visit to this site and do some shopping. See what you're willing to spend or do without.

As a starter, this setup/kit is a popular and common setup for what you're describing. Except for the 12ga stuff - that'd take a shotshell press and unless you do a LOT of that, may not be worth the expense/hassle. Up to you.

As for your question about die-setting: dunno but nothing about a "pressroom", so can't say for sure - but it could be.

edit: added 3rd link

u/HeadspaceA10 · 2 pointsr/reloading

Ordinarily I wouldn't recommend a progressive as a first kit, since there's quite a bit of reloading that I prefer to do on a single stage: Fine-tuning rifle loads for accuracy being one of them. Starting out on a single stage gives you the opportunity to see in detail what each die is actually doing and how to adjust them. But I'm sure you can still learn on a LnL AP. I use a Dillon, but in the end it's the same general idea.

This is what I always recommend to people who start out reloading:

  1. Get this book and read it cover to cover.
  2. Interested in reloading for semiautomatic rifles? Understand that you will need to be extra careful about what kind of primers you buy, and about the headspace of your cartridges. Read On Reloading for Gas Guns. Still interested? Buy the RCBS precision mic or similar type of cartridge headspace gauge, a wilson gauge, and start slowly and deliberately. Most of what I reload is for semiautomatic rifle.
  3. Buy a reloading manual. If you ended up getting one with your press, buy another reloading manual from a different manufacturer. Reloading is an "engineering and science" activity. You don't want to trust data from just one source. You want different, corroborating sets of data that came out of different testing facilities.

    If you take the metallic reloading class, a lot of that stuff will be covered. But if you learn how to reload in the benchrest environment and then start reloading for some kind of autoloading rifle like an AR15, G3, M1A/M14, M1 etc then you are playing with fire unless you approach it from a different angle.

u/solyanik · 2 pointsr/reloading


The 45 headspaces on the case mouth, so it hardly needs any crimping, just a bit to roll back the expanding that was done for the bullet.

These rounds no longer have a case mouth, so they will fall right through into the chamber. Which means that some of the case can get pinched in the throat, which may lead to overpressure.

Before doing anything else, get a good book on reloading, for example, this: - and read it before proceeding any further.

u/vvelox · 2 pointsr/guns

As some one already suggest The Art of the Rifle, I will suggest another Jeff Cooper book, To Ride, Shoot Straight, And Speak The Truth.

Also Shooting To Live by W. E. Fairbairn and E. A. Sykes is also a interesting read.

EDIT: Also if you are interested in reloading, start with The ABCs of Reloading.

u/SDKMMC · 2 pointsr/longrange

I have that exact kit. I would recommend buying the stuff separately, though. The scale is finicky at best. I struggled with it for a year and finally replaced it in December. Head over to /r/reloading and read the FAQ. There's a ton of good information.

The ABCs of Reloading is regarded as THE beginner's guide. You'll also need a reloading manual. I'd recommend Lyman's 49th as a starter.

For dies, I'd get the Lee Ultimate Die set for 308. It'll come with everything you'll need to reload for semi auto and bolt guns. The Lee Factory Crimp die and Collet Neck Sizing die are second to only $150+ die sets.

If you'd like me to build you a reloading setup with links, let me know.

u/RogerfuRabit · 2 pointsr/forestry

Wildland firefighter here. I like to hike/walk my dog and/or run about 4-5 days a week all winter. I work out in the gym 2-3 days/week, focusing mostly on legs. Upper body is kinda 'meh' I just aim to be able to do like 15 pull ups. I'd suggest Daniel's Running Formula if you're starting totally from scratch.

u/warren_piece · 2 pointsr/running

daniels' running formula

its more than a training plan...its science.

u/christopherruns · 2 pointsr/navyseals


Also, if anyone is interested in learning more about vo2 max stuff and/or especially running training, I highly recommend you check out Jack Daniels' Running Formula (the physiologist not the distiller). He lays out all that stuff pretty well and it's very readable.

u/lazydictionary · 2 pointsr/AirForce

So the shared links are gone, and I couldn't find out what they were, but you can buy the book it's based on here, or you can also....arrrr. Except it's on one of the alternative sites, not...arrrr.

u/rnr_ · 2 pointsr/running
u/Kateski19 · 2 pointsr/climbing

Freedom of the Hills is pretty much the textbook for outdoor climbing!

u/Andronicas · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

I should have mentioned the book Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. About a third of it is useful for winter camping and navigation and the rest is for climbing, alpine skills, glacier travel and some avalanche basics. It's the bible of mountaineers and will be extremely useful if you decide to go all out in the Sierras during winter.

u/freedomweasel · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Read this

And make sure the people you're going with know what they're doing.

Also, Leave no Trace

Oh, make sure someone not on the trip knows your plan/route/schedule. And have fun.

u/codesherpa · 2 pointsr/climbing

I have to agree with this. There are plenty of other websites that are dedicated to climbing instruction and FAQs. Frankly, I would just point everyone to read Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills. Keeping a running 'best of' or FAQ is a ton of work and people should just use the search if they care to see if something already exists. Hell, most of these questions have already been answered 100 times over on other climbing forums.

Every hobby subreddit has this same issue and I've yet to see a good solution for it. The only thing that has come close is a "New to climbing" section that has links to instructional websites, books, videos, manufactures, and other climbing related stuff.

u/tubeblockage · 2 pointsr/mexico

Como ya mencionaron otros, es recomendable asesorarte con alpinistas experimentados para ascender rutas más complejas. También te puedo recomendar la biblia del montañismo: Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills.

u/dbmata · 2 pointsr/Mountaineering

One guy that comes to mind, big on safety, started at 50. I think you're making a mountain out of a molehill.

Find a mountaineering club, and jump in to whatever classes they have. Also, there is a great book to get.

u/Whateversauce · 2 pointsr/backpacking

I'm not an expert by any means, but if you have any inclination to do mountaineering activities as well you should check out Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills. It has a section on types of water purification/filtration. Link to the book:

u/bigwallclimber · 2 pointsr/climbing

For me, I do see it as simple. But I see it because it's something you dedicate yourself to, aspire as a life goal. Yes it does cost money, and it takes a TON of sacrifice. But look at it this way, even if you never get to climb Everest, just by taking the alpine courses and learning the skills, you are opening yourself up to a whole new range of possibilities in your climbing. Learn everything you need to know first. If you ever get to that point where you are ready to tackle it than go for it. But have fun along the way.

Also, this is your bible:

u/soaerang · 2 pointsr/climbing

I've never read this book, but my friend references it all the time. It's pretty thick and may seem overwhelming, but it's a good reference type book.

u/FeroxCarnivore · 2 pointsr/nfl

Chris Brown's Smart Football blog is pretty good. I also got a lot of mileage out of Take Your Eye Off The Ball and Blood, Sweat, and Chalk.

u/psilar · 2 pointsr/CFB

As I Canadian who moved to Austin for grad school and learned to love football, I sympathize with the need to find something that covers the basics!

Here's a site I linked to below that covers some basics:
... but even that might be too advanced.

If you're looking for complete basics, you might be better off with a book.
Take Your Eye Off the Ball is quite helpful for this, as it covers the basics of all the different positions and it gets into formations and a bit of strategy.:

Football for Dummies is even more basic, but it can be a good guide for the beginner:

u/quickonthedrawl · 2 pointsr/Texans

Some good suggestions in here.

To add: Check out this book, Take Your Eye Off the Ball by Pat Kirwan. It's got a great breakdown for how to watch/analyze football when you're ready to go beyond just watching the QB, RB, and WRs.

u/fearyaks · 2 pointsr/nfl

I read the Blind Side too which was a strong read but my personal favorite was the one that Pat Kirwin (you can listen to him on Sirius NFL radio) put out last year. It's called Take Your Eye Off the Ball . It doesn't have as much history as it does strategies and coach/GM speak. A very good read though.

u/crwlr123 · 2 pointsr/nfl

I picked up this book myself and found it super interesting:

Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look

Definitely helped me understand not just the game on the field but also things around it, like drafts and contracts.

u/thewaiting28 · 2 pointsr/NFLNoobs,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

I haven't found any channels that do a good job of starting with the basics, but this book does a great job. It's an easy read, starts with the basics and goes into great detail

u/dcunited · 2 pointsr/Texans

If you're looking to spend some money you can buy this book, but if you hang out around here long enough most of it will be covered at some point; it does organize everything though.

Like Wham said, it takes time/studying, but a lot of it is just terminology; "Cover" formations is, for the most part, just the number of safeties providing help over the top of the CBs to protect against the deep ball.

Even after you know what to look for, it can be baffling in real time.

u/nimr0d · 2 pointsr/nfl

The more you watch the more you'll be able to see things out of your peripheral vision. Like when playing a video game you're shooting at someone while also looking at the radar at the same time.

Also if you're interested this book is really good:

u/talon06 · 2 pointsr/nfl

[Take your eye off the ball] ( by Pat Kirwan is exactly what you're looking for

u/OedipusLoco · 2 pointsr/nfl

Take Your Eye Off The Ball is a great place to start!

u/alyosha_pls · 2 pointsr/ravens

Hey, I really recommend Pat Kirwan's book if you want to really get a good primer on how to watch and understand football.


u/numberthirtythree · 2 pointsr/nfl

This book helped me a lot

u/Boyhowdy107 · 2 pointsr/CFB

Stop watching the ball. But seriously though, I have some pretty successful sports writer friends who have a deeper knowledge of football than I ever will and that's the biggest piece of advice they give me. That book is pretty good, but to be honest, I still slip back into watching the ball and wonder why we don't call the "throw a touchdown play" more often.

Also, welcome to the journalism brotherhood. I cover politics, not sports, so hit me up should you need any advice on understanding the farm bill.

Edited for a typo that drove me crazy.

u/scottcycle · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Wrt when you have gym access again.

My current program is split into 2 phases, Phase 1 (Growth) and Phase 2 (Recovery), the prior lasting 4 weeks and the latter 2 weeks. Each week has a Day A and a Day B (Wednesday and Friday for me) in which I go to the gym and work on a specific routine. Both days focus on lifts/exercises which are targeting key areas and muscle groups that are utilised when cycling.

>Day A Routine

> * Pre-Lifting Stretches

  • Squat
  • Lying Leg Curls
  • Leg Extensions
  • Deadlift
  • Lateral Pull Downs
  • Push Ups
  • Inverted Rows
  • Ab Wheeling
  • Post-Lifting Stretches

    >Day B Routine

  • Pre-Lifting Stretches
  • Squat
  • Lying Leg Curls
  • Leg Extensions
  • Deadlift
  • Overhead Press
  • Dumbbell Rows
  • Leg Raises
  • Post-Lifting Stretches

    In Phase 1 I'm always building on what I did on the previous Day, so either adding weight to the bar, or doing more reps in a set. So it works out that in terms of sets/reps and weight I'm doing this during Phase 1:

    Day A
  • Squat (3x5) +2.5KG each day
  • Lying Leg Curls (3xN+1) N = # of reps done last time. Starting at 3x5 working to 3x10, then adding 7KG and going back down to 3x5
  • Leg Extensions (3xN+1) same progression in reps and weight as Lying Leg Curls
  • Deadlift (3x5) +5KG each day
  • Lat Pull Downs (3xN+1) same progression in reps and weight as Lying Leg Curls
  • Push Ups (3xN+1) N = # of reps done last time
  • Inverted Rows (3xN+1) N = # of reps done last time
  • Ab Wheeling (3xN+1) N = # of reps done last time

    > Day B
  • Squat (3x5) +2.5KG each day
  • Lying Leg Curls (3xN+1) N = # of reps done last time. Starting at 3x5 working to 3x10, then adding 7KG and going back down to 3x5
  • Leg Extensions (3xN+1) same progression in reps and weight as Lying Leg Curls
  • Deadlift (3x5) +5KG each day
  • Overhead Press (3xN+1) N = # of reps done last time. Starting at 3x5 working to 3x10, then adding 2.5KG and going back down to 3x5
  • Dumbell Rows (3xN+1) same progression in reps and weight as OHP

    So that's 4 weeks of progression in each of those lifts/exercises either amounting to an additional 8 reps or 20KG. I should probably note here that I'm only on my second round of Phase 1 so progression is still coming easily.

    Phase 2 as I mentioned is all about Recovering and is essentially my deloading week(s) in terms of lifting. So I will drop the weight on the bar, and halt the progression in the number of reps. Below is what happens in terms of sets/reps and weight during Phase 2:

    Day A
  • Squat (3x5) -NKG. N = 1/4 of the final weight lifted in Phase 1, i.e. if I lifted 80KG in my final day of Phase 1 I'll drop the weight by 20KG
  • Lying Leg Curls (3xN) N = # of reps done last time. -7KG in weight
  • Leg Extensions (3xN) same as Lying Leg Curls
  • Deadlift (3x5) same as Squat
  • Lat Pull Downs (3xN) same as Lying Leg Curls
  • Push Ups (3xN) N = # of reps done last time
  • Inverted Rows (3xN) N = # of reps done last time
  • Ab Wheeling (3xN) N = # of reps done last time

    > Day B
  • Squat (3x5) -NKG. N = 1/4 of the final weight lifted in Phase 1
  • Lying Leg Curls (3xN) N = # of reps done last time. -7KG in weight
  • Leg Extensions (3xN) same as Lying Leg Curls
  • Deadlift (3x5) same as Squat
  • Overhead Press (3xN) N = # of reps done last time. -2.5KG in weight
  • Dumbell Rows (3xN) N = # of reps done last time. Weight remains unchanged

    After Phase 2 is complete I simply start over again with Phase 1 and repeat it all over.

    As I mentioned I just finished my second round of Phase 1 and I can't believe the leaps and bounds I've come on since starting. I mean both in terms of my lifting ability, and in terms of my cycling. And not just specific areas of my cycling, but across the board in all aspects of my cycling. From impressive gains in my sprinting (both in speed and technique) to my hill climbing (again both in speed and technique). My overall fitness and stamina has also seen the upside to adding some gym work to supplement my cycling programme. What I thought were big strong legs at the beginning turned out to be relatively weak things, as evidenced by the numbers I was lifting at the start 4 months ago, and the numbers I'm lifting now.

    This all supplements my current cycling plan which is a 4/5 day plan of; Day 1 (Medium Cycle), Day 2 (Short Cycle), Day 3 (Bonus Cycle), Day 4 (Short Cycle), and Day 5 (Long Cycle). The lengths equating to:

  • Short = 10 - 20 miles
  • Medium = 30 - 60 miles
  • Long = >60 miles
  • Bonus = either Short or Medium

    During Phase 1 of my lifting I tend to stick to the lower to middle end of those distances, whereas in Phase 2 I tend to be in the upper end of those distances.

    This leaves my week looking like the following:

  • Monday - Rest Day
  • Tuesday - Day 1 (Medium Cycle)
  • Wednesday - Day A & Day 2 (Short Cycle)
  • Thursday - Day 3 (Bonus Cycle)
  • Friday - Day B & Day 4 (Short Cycle)
  • Saturday - Rest or Bonus Day
  • Sunday - Day 5 (Long Cycle)

    Hope this provides some insight into potential directions for you to go in terms of your training to supplement your cycling. For more Joe Friels "The Cyclist Training Bible" is definitely a recommended buy from me.
u/IcemanYVR · 2 pointsr/cycling

You are going to need to increase your power (FTP) and introduce long intervals into your training. I"m talking about specific rides where your only goal is something like 3x20 minute intervals at 85-90% of your max power or heart rate. These are rides done by yourself, alone, and in some degree of pain towards the end of the session.

There's plenty of information on the internet on increasing your FTP, but essentially you want a decent (20 minute) warm up followed by 3 x 20 minute intervals at 85-90% of your max power or HR with 5 minutes of rest (riding super slow). You can start at 10 minute intervals first if you like. This has always worked very well for me in the past and I'm old school before Power Meters so it does work using HR, but most modern training is now done with power meters. It will still work with a heart rate monitor, but you need to know a few things about your heart rate zones, max hr, etc.

A good book that will probably get mentioned here is "The Cyclist's Training Bible" and it is highly recommended. Good luck, getting faster is hard work, but the rewards are worth it.

u/SlowNSerious · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Generally accepted cadence for aerobic focused pedaling is between 80-100. Any less than 60 is considered grinding. Bradley Wiggins won the hour world record with a cadence of 105, shorter cranks have higher cadence typically.

The generally accepted book for cyclist training is:

The next step is attending local group rides. Guys will tell you what you're doing wrong quickly if they're anything like me and they'll drill good habits into you. Hanging with them will make you cycle longer and harder than you're used to and bump up your fitness.

u/banggarang · 2 pointsr/bicycling
u/annodomini · 2 pointsr/bicycling

The easiest would be to just go to a local bike shop, ask them what needs to be done, and have them do it.

It sounds like you are interested in getting your hands dirty and doing the work yourself. In that case, the usual advice would be to get to your nearest bike coop, take one of their bike maintenance classes or rent space in their shop and have someone help you out figuring out what you need to do and how to do it. But it looks like your closest bike coop might be in Sacramento, which is a bit of a hike. There is apparently a guy in Chico who is in the process of starting a bike coop, so you might want to try contacting him.

Beyond that, you can try striking out on your own. A few good resources for learning about bike maintenance are Sheldon Brown's website (ignore the crappy 90's style design, he has tons of good information on his site) and the Park Tool website (they have lots of good repair info, and they will sell you all of the tools you might need). If paper is more your thing, then good beginning books would include Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, or the Park Tool book. And I know you've already been redirected to /r/bicycling from AskReddit, but for bike repair questions, /r/bikewrench might be more helpful (check out the sidebar here on /r/bicycling for links to FAQs and other relevant subreddits).

As far as not riding like a douchebag, if you ask 10 cyclists you'll probably get 11 different answers (and if you ask non-cyclists, you will probably get a lot of dangerous advice). There will be endless debates as to whether it's OK to run red lights, whether you should pass on the right or split lanes, whether bike lanes are a good thing or not, whether you should wear a helmet, etc. Some of the more universal tips: ride with lights at night. Don't ride on the sidewalk. Don't be a bike salmon (riding the wrong way in traffic). Be predictable. I find that has some practical tips on safety without getting too much into the endlessly debatable points.

And finally, welcome to cycling! I hope you enjoy it; it can be a lot of fun, get you some exercise without even really trying, and is so much cheaper and less hassle to deal with than driving a car.

u/Myownepitaph · 2 pointsr/MTB

Buy this book:

Read it and you'll never pay a bike mechanic again. I podiumed XC races back in the day on a wheelset I built by hand using what I learned from this book.

u/sparklekitteh · 2 pointsr/bicycling

If you want to learn bike repair and you're flying solo, check out this book-- you can probably find an older edition for about five bucks on Half or at your friendly local used bookstore. It has tons of diagrams and explanations and I've found it extremely helpful for understanding how everything works!

u/Phalangical · 2 pointsr/bikehouston

Just pick up a Zinn book and then start wrenching, covers everything you could possibly want to know. If you want mountain bike specific try this one,

u/AmbassadorOfZleebuhr · 2 pointsr/Rochester

Tryon Bike

Join their wrench club & buy this book:

Ask lots of questions (bike people are nice folks) and try to become self sufficient with basic repairs because it's all pretty simple and walking home sucks!

u/why-not-zoidberg · 2 pointsr/bicycling

A tool kit (or a good bike multi-tool) is fairly inexpensive, and is incredibly useful for maintaining, repairing, and upgrading bikes. It's not going to directly affect your ride to and from work, buthelp you keep your bike in top condition so that your ride is easy and safe.

Something like this kit, or this one would be a good place to start, and supplement with individual tools as you need them.

A fairly comprehensive multi-tool like this one would also work for infrequent repairs, though they can be somewhat cumbersome to use at times.

Lastly, a good repair book might not be a bad idea. I like Lenard Zinn's Zinn and the Art of (Road/Mountain) Bike Maintenance. However, there are also man great websites and youtube tutorials (park tools has some excellent guides on their site) that will fulfil the same role.

u/dunger · 2 pointsr/MTB
u/PigFarmington · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Buy this book: Zinn & the Art of Mt. Bike Maintenance
Best mechanic guide out there. (Take it from me... I'm an ex-mechanic) There's a road bike one too, however much of it is applicable to all bike drive-trains.

One thing I would never skimp on is a quality saddle. Buy a slightly cheaper chain, shifters, whatever... but never settle on a saddle.

You should be able to get a road bike for £500-600. However, it will be entry level so a year or two into it's life (depending no how much you ride) there will be replacements. You could always get a rigid hybrid for the road too if you want to save some money. Here's an example Trek FX Hybrid line

Lights...One thing to know about lights. Unless you're spending $100 on a front light, they're meant so you're seen, not so you can see the road ahead. If you want to see the road, here's an example of what to get Niterider

One final note on a helmet. They all pass the same safety tests. The price increases due to other factors. Comfort of pads and straps, ventilation, etc.

u/Sasquatch_Squad · 2 pointsr/MTB

I'm no expert mechanic but this is a really good book.

Regular maintenance mostly includes stuff like lubing your chain, keeping everything clean, checking bolt tightness, and making minor adjustments to keep your drivetrain and brakes working smoothly. Occasionally you'll need to do something more in-depth like bleed your hydraulic disc brakes or replace suspension seals - your local shop will be happy to do that stuff if you don't want to mess with it.

u/mrt416 · 2 pointsr/MTB

I would take it back and have them do some more work on it. I'd avoid using soap/water on the chain unless you plan on putting more lube on it. Also use a soft rag or towel rather than toilet paper. Look into this book, it will help you out a lot.

u/kimbo305 · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I've found this book to be a great reference:

In my casual experience working with bikes, once you go beyond stuff that's on your multitool, it's all pretty specialized and a tad costly.

Depending on what bike you're building, you might have more in tools than the bike. If you were talking about fabrication because you wanted to make your own tubing or braze your own frame -- sounds like a great long term hobby, but I don't know that I would ride your first self-taught creation.

u/BeardedBaldMan · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Here is the book you need

I'd give a commuter bike a self service every month myself checking

  • Chain wear

  • General condition of brakes, tyres, cables

  • Clean and lubricate chain, cassette, chainring etc.

  • Visual inspection for any issues

u/elbombdiggity · 2 pointsr/FixedGearBicycle

Did you by chance mean this?

u/farrelly · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I have the Shimano A530 on my city/rain bike and they're great. It's nice to have the ability to ride in regular sneakers as well as being able to clip in. Installing pedals is simple as well. No need to bring it to the shop. All you need is a 15mm wrench and some grease (which you can buy at the LBS).

For the most part I work on my own bike with the help of youtube and this book.. I think as long as you're somewhat mechanically inclined, the hardest part about working on your own bike or car is having the guts to just do it. You're likely not going to screw anything up beyond repair.

u/ppardee · 2 pointsr/cycling

bteske01's answer is spot on. If you want to learn more about all of the things, check out Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance (or the mountain bike version if you have a mountain bike).

u/sevendayconstant · 2 pointsr/bikewrench

For a derailleur hanger, go here:

I've ordered from them in the past and they were great. They even worked with me to exchange a hanger since I ordered the wrong one. Very painless.

For other parts, I just shop around via Google. Generally I go with Amazon since I have a Prime account but other times shops will pop up with better prices. I've ordered from most of the places /u/TallBobbyB listed (for the US) and have had good results. Probikekit is based in the UK but they usually have pretty great prices too.

If you want to learn how to fix stuff, you can find just about everything you need on Youtube or the Park Tool Website. If you want something to hold in your hands, Lennard Zinn wrote the bible.

u/joeharri84 · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I picked up this book when I started to get into more complicated repairs. When it came to adjusting brakes and derailleurs and what not, it was trial and error and youtube videos.

In regards to getting a new bike, don't be afraid to go to your lbs and share your concerns. They are going to be able to fit you with a bike that is the best fit for you. As said, you are probably going to need a new wheelset so I'd say try to stay away for your max so you have room to get wheels that are designed to support the extra weight.

u/-FAlTH · 2 pointsr/tacticalbarbell

There’s a book

u/opticcode · 2 pointsr/running

There are a few ways to determine it.

Personally I go by heart rate, using a chest strap (the wrist based are too inaccurate to rely on IMO). Once you do a max heart rate test, you can use that to set zones 1 (easy) through 5 (hard). Zone 1 is too easy to really be used much except for recovery runs. Zone 2 is where I do the bulk of my training. It's a somewhat easy, conversational pace. For me this works well because I like to run on trails most of the time, and pace will vary depending on hills, sand, grass, rocks, etc. This way I can run off effort rather than a specified pace. My Z2 trail pace ends up averaging around 10-11 min/mile, even through my road 5k pace is 7 min/mile. On the road, my Z2 pace is around 9:30 min/mile. Z3 doesn't get used too much. Z4 is a threshold/tempo or other "comfortably hard" effort. Z5 I really only hit during intervals or a 5k where I'm going all out.

The other way would be off pace, if most of your running is done on relatively flat roads. Jack Daniels VDOT calculator gives some estimates of training paces. Based on your most recent 24 min 5k, assuming that was pretty much all out:

Easy: 9:48-10:46 (bulk of miles)

Workout paces:

Marathon: 8:44 (can be used for long run efforts)

Threshold (5-15min efforts): 8:10

Intervals (3-5min efforts): 7:31

Reps (1-2 in efforts): 7:07

Notice the big gap between easy runs (9:48) and the start of the workout paces (8:44). Between that are sort of "junk miles" and because they aren't targeting any system in particular, they don't increase fitness as well as other paces.

Keep in mind, these numbers are going to change pretty fast as you increase your race performances.

Lots of great books out there on running, and most tend to follow the same general approach, with the small details being the difference.

Matt Fitzgerald 80/20 - a good primer on why slower running mixed with hard efforts can work really well

Jack Daniels - A much more specific book on figuring out a good training plan.

u/Barnaby_McFoo · 2 pointsr/running
u/MisteryMeet · 2 pointsr/running

I'd recommend getting this this book. It shows you how to set up an entire training plan based on your preferred distance, and the author has two PhDs in physiology.
His philosophy is the least amount of effort for the greatest amount of improvement.

u/MaraudingSquirrel · 2 pointsr/running

Your legs will adapt to the stresses of running if you give them time and don't demand effort levels that they're not ready to provide yet. I agree with the "slow down" advice that others have posted. If you are a total beginner, you cannot expect to run with Meb Keflezghi levels of endurance. If you are feeling tired, slow down a bit to a sustainable pace. Mix in walking breaks if you feel like you need it.

However - and this has been really useful advice for me - slow running has its place, and fast running has its place. I'm going to take a page out of Coach Jack Daniels' book here: whenever you go for a run, you should know the purpose of the workout. Is the point of your run to develop a base for further training? to develop the heart muscle? to develop resistance to injury? to adapt to the stresses of running? Then run slow and easy. Is the point of your run to develop the ability of your aerobic system to utilize air? or to develop speed? Then run fast and hard (in a controlled way, of course).

The point is that running at an easy effort is very good for you and not something to be looked down upon. It is also a good idea to mix easy effort runs in with quality workouts (i.e., high-intensity interval workouts).

Given what you've said, it sounds to me like you're at the point where most of your running, if not all of it, should be at an easy effort level. Consider doing some sessions where you walk for a few minutes to warm up, then alternate running for a few minutes and walking for a few minutes to recover. After a while, that will get easy. Then you can gradually increase distance, pace, etc. Just build up slowly.

u/Jeade-en · 2 pointsr/running

I'm not an expert on 5K plans, but generally speaking, I like running 5-6 days a week, with 1 workout day, and 1 long run day. The rest are easy runs. For my schedule, I do workouts on Tuesday and long runs on Friday, but you should find what works for your schedule. So you don't want to suddenly increase to 5-6 days, but see about adding one easy day to what you're doing already. Make sure the effort is easy and I'd probably start it shorter than your normal runs. Sustain that for a few weeks and make sure you're doing ok, and if so, then either add another day (if needed), or start adding a little mileage on your easy days.

I saw someone say the other day that there are three key areas to think about when increasing your volume, speed, and number of running days. At most, only increase one of those things each week as you build up. And feel free to hold for an extra week if you don't feel you're ready for another increase.

If you really want to get better answers and structured plans, I'd look into getting this book

u/BrickEater · 2 pointsr/Fitness

ive never read it... so credibility is a bit out the window but Overcoming Gravity is suppose to be a great resource.

u/greebly_weeblies · 2 pointsr/leanfire

Kettlebells, jumprope and bodyweight exercises for fitness!

There's a bit of cost to kettlebells, but they're compact, indestructible and kick your ass. Jumprope will take wear and tear if you're on concrete but are fairly cheap if you need to replace, and will also kick your ass.

If you're doing bodyweight exercise, have a look at Steven Low's "Overcoming Gravity".

u/The_Eleventh_Hour · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I commented on the Youtube, but yeah, work on your handstands, everything else looks really solid. Keep on keepin' on.

Also, you may want to buy this:


I'm a gymnastics coach. This is a bible to me.

u/YouAlwaysHaveAChoice · 2 pointsr/crossfit

If you are interested in gymnastics, I highly recommend getting Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low. It has all the progressions, sample workout regimens, rehab and injury prevention info, and a ton of other stuff.

u/Hotblack_Desiato_ · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

There are a few bodyweight-based programs, all of them are fairly similar, but they take a different slant on things.

You Are Your Own Gym is built around military-style calisthenics. There are variations of all the different movements that are based around making them easier so you can do fifty of them and experience that brand of misery, or to make them more difficult and strength-focused. YAYOG has a very nice set of apps that go with it as well.

Convict Conditioning is another bodyweight program based around six different movements (handstand, pull-up, push-up, leg-raises, back-bridges, pistol squats). The progressions are pretty nice, but the way it's presented is like it was written for fifteen year-olds. 2edgy4u, and such.

Overcoming Gravity is a gymnastics-based program, but is also a huge firehose of information about fitness in general. It's a great resource for designing your own program, but if you're a beginner, I don't think the sheer volume of information would be helpful.

All of these would require a pull-up bar. There's the classic Iron Gym, or this thing if the Iron Gym ends up being too low, and if you can screw something into a wall somewhere, I suggest this one.

u/bornfromash · 2 pointsr/crossfit

I'll add:

u/Darko_BarbrozAustria · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

> So, couple of questions before I get going. Can one build sufficient muscle mass through just body weight exercises or do I need to be lifting too?

Yes, I build for example 8kgs of muscles + 3kg of fat/water over the past 6 months. You will never/hardly get to look like a bodybuilder. You will have lean muscles with a aesthetic look.

> Is some of this even achievable by mere mortals or is the truly impressive stuff out of reach for a guy who until recently, was in some pretty rough shape?

Yes, everything is possible. It's all about staying active and working on it regulary. If you want to learn a handstand for example, you just have to keep working on it. There are progression videos/tutorials wich explain you, how to approach to a new move, to learn it steady and slow and to have a good form.

> How does one go about building a routine around it?

  • Check the Beginner Routine
  • Read the Book Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low - The first chapter of the book is about, how to build the routine that fits to yourself - The author is also very active in this subreddit with /u/eshlow so he can even answer your questions, related to his book.
  • 3rd possibilty: Here are some Routines , I have build before some time. Feel free to take a look at them.
u/CursoryComb · 2 pointsr/nfl

You have to be careful with some analysis you find online, but two that I've seen that are usually spot on are:
This guy also wrote a book that can walk you through a ton of football jargon.

There are several magazines we get including American Football Monthly and American Football Coaches Association.

If you're really looking to dive into some things, go on Amazon or even to the local library and check out books on specific topics you find interesting. Even reading "outdated" books you'll notice the pillars and fundamentals of football today.

Defenses have been changing pretty drastically the past two years, but this book was a great introduction to how many NFL teams were playing their defensive fronts.

Lastly, I have a great benefit of attending coaching clinics and networking events, however, go to your local college and watch a practice. Many of the practices are open to the public and the coaches, usually, are a very open bunch. Spring is usually the best time since that's when all the other coaches are trying to tweak routines and see what everyone else is doing.

u/who-hash · 2 pointsr/AskMenOver30

The speed of the game and athletic ability of the players goes up 10-fold.

NFL defenses are fast. D-linemen and edge rushers get to the QBs quickly. DBs cover the field better. Offensive schemes are usually more complex and most successful college QBs simply can't adapt.

Although I have a home team that I root for I love watching any good team play. Unless it's your thing I wouldn't get caught up in any of the drama which is what most mainstream media headlines will contain. It ruins it for me.

  • I found a couple of books that helped me: Take your Eye off the Ball and The Essential Smart Football
  • I'd highly recommend against going to r/NFL unless you want memes and sh1tposting. I can only handle it in small doses. There is an occasional good analysis but you've got to wade through a lot of garbage to find it.
u/BLeighdat · 2 pointsr/CFB

Went through the same thing a couple years ago. [This is a good place to start.] ( Give it a thorough read; it is much easier (although still not easy) to find film without coaches' commentary. Best of luck!

u/DemonDes · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

This bad boy:
Hey boils a lot of high level concepts down to readable levels. Focusses quite a bit on college offenses though.

u/Gyhy · 2 pointsr/nfl

(I think your post was delayed because it got caught in the spam filter.)

The Essential Smart Football. More of a collection of essays, but very informative for the price ($3 kindle/$9 paperback).

u/mattds1993 · 2 pointsr/Braves

The Book is about ten years old now, but it's where a lot of modern baseball stats and knowledge originated. I believe they do a chapter on bunting.

u/Waaait_For_It · 2 pointsr/Sabermetrics

I just picked up The Book and its fantastic.

u/immoralminority · 2 pointsr/Sabermetrics

I strongly endorse The Book from Tom. It's a really great read.

u/GarageCat08 · 2 pointsr/CardinalsBookClub

I've recently started reading The Book: Playing The Percentages In Baseball by Tom Tango. I heard it was supposed to be a decent introduction into sabermetrics, which is a field I realized I definitely wanted to learn more about after reading Smart Baseball by Keith Law. Hopefully I'll be able to write more about it once I get further into it!

u/Major_Square · 2 pointsr/TexasRangers

Even with the bases empty a single could lead to man on second or even third. Tango and Lic....

...that was a nice play...

Anyway Tango and Lichtman figured this out based on how runs actually score. It's in this book, which is a heavy read but is very interesting. Maybe be available from your library.

u/AntiSqueaker · 2 pointsr/mallninjashit

Because he wrote these books.

u/tubeyes · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

This may be a joke or you may be into it, but the Phil Elmore books are worth a look for the covers alone, Flashlight Fighting: How to Make Your Pocket Flashlight a Take-Anywhere Self-Defense Weapon, Street Sword: Practical Use of the Long Blade for Self-Defense, Short Hand Empty Hand, etc.

u/HeadyBauer · 2 pointsr/NotTimAndEricPics

It's up there with the likes of Phil Elmore's Street Sword

u/sloasdaylight · 2 pointsr/justneckbeardthings

Shit, I thought this was a shop or some shit, maybe a blog.

It's an actual book.

u/Rlopesyan · 2 pointsr/mallninjashit


It's a steal at only $86!

u/NealMustard · 2 pointsr/climbing

First things first, go out and buy a copy of Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills.

That book will be a fantastic primer on all things mountaineering and alpinism, it's widely considered the bible of mountaineering and has been updated several times by top alpinists and guides. It should get you comfortable with climbing some less technical peaks near you. To find some peaks to climb and route information look at Summitpost.
And lastly for training for mountaineering buy a copy of Training for the new Alpinism. The book was written by Steve House, world renowned alpinist, and Scott Johnston, his training coach. The book only covers how to train your body to prepare for climbing and covers everything from diet, to mental training, to sports science.

Lastly, see if you can join your local mountaineering club and find a mentor.

Be safe. Have fun. Don't die.

u/BassCausality · 2 pointsr/hiking

The first thing you should buy is 'Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills'. It is an excellent resource that will guide you through every step of the way.

u/thetruffleking · 2 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

Definitely pick up a copy of Freedom of the Hills.

While this isn't a book I recommend you carry around on a backpacking trip, it is an amazing reference for anyone that backpacks, climbs, or mountaineers.


u/climberslacker · 2 pointsr/climbing

This man (or woman) speaks truth. Read it cover to cover. Pretty much all of us (who climb outside regularly) have.

Also, this is the newest edition.

u/ahugenerd · 2 pointsr/climbing

I strongly suggest to pretty much anyone interested in climbing outdoors to read up on climbing rescue and self-rescue. Once you have a solid grasp on the techniques, test them out in a gym setting. Knowing how to properly lock off a belay device, take the tension off of it using a friction hitch above it, then escaping the belay to ascend the rope can literally save a life. I've heard that if a climber is unconscious and upside down, in general he has about 15 minutes to live. This means that a good grasp of these techniques is critical to ensuring the survival of the climber is such situations.

Suggested reading:

u/sonicpet · 2 pointsr/alpinism

There's other much more experienced than me here in this subreddit, but I'll post the two books that are always recommended for training tips and for learning more about mountaineering:

Training for the New Alpinism

Freedom of the Hills

Besides gaining experience from the bigger mountains, it's also a good idea to do some rock climbing, to gain experience with handling rope, knots, anchors, secure climbing etc.

Going to an indoor climbing center or heading out with some local rock climbing club if you have that nearby would be a great way to gain experience with those skills.

For gear, here's one interesting site I've found useful, Weigh my Rack:

u/901191 · 1 pointr/AdvancedRunning

If you’re a fan of sweat elite, I could also recommend you look to the NOP (I know, unpopular opinion) training logs, it’s quite the opposite. Their sample week is something like . Additionally, training for a marathon, and training more specifically for 10-mi and down are two different things.

Also, the easy pace isn’t an indicator of race performance, obviously. It’s an indicator of ability to handle work volume (see Daniels , Hansons , Heinonen & Heinonen , Fixx , and especially Noakes ), which actually supports your statement about the intersection between speed and endurance (threshold runs, tempo-oriented intervals, etc - is at least what I’m assuming you’re talking about).

Furthermore, as I stated in an above comment, this is casual pace. I could tape a one-person podcast at these paces. Granted, because I’m running the audio quality wouldn’t be that great; but these paces feel like a trot. I’m painfully bored, and barely exerting. I’m never above an 11RPE on the 6-20 scale.

Thank you for the notes and article recommendation, though.

EDIT: All About Road Racing link addition.

u/CBFTAKACWIATMUP · 1 pointr/running

BTW Sasha's calculator can also give you an idea using your volume and performance of how fast you can hope to run the marathon.

OP, I'd recommend getting Daniels Running Formula, as he goes into sufficient detail on what interval times and intensities you ought to use to train, based on what you're currently capable of doing. His method is built around improving your VO2max in general, not to mention getting ready to race at any distance.

u/ConsulIncitatus · 1 pointr/running

Saint Jack's book will answer these questions for you. It's an easy read.

u/rj4001 · 1 pointr/running

Sure, probably should've included that. I have been running competitively since 1992, and have raced every distance from 400m to marathon. From 2004-2008, I was coached by Jack Daniels in Flagstaff, AZ. I draw heavily upon that experience and Daniels' Running Formula in my training. When I'm physically sound, I train 80-100 miles per week.

My training has been sporadic the last three years as a result of a sports hernia. Surgery last summer left me slightly improved, and a follow-up surgery last Wednesday will hopefully put me in a position to be more competitive. Leading up to last week's surgery, I was training ~60 miles per week.

Last month, I ran my first race in 3 years - 5k, 17:02. Not where I want to be, but I was satisfied given the circumstances. PRs at other distances: 2:51 marathon; 1:17 half; 34:22 10k. I'm not setting any records out there, but I worked hard for those times and I'm proud of them.

I have no formal experience as a coach, but I have provided training plans and guidance to many friends, family members, and coworkers over the years. Also, I recently went through a program offered by NFHS and USATF, and am now a certified track and field coach.

u/Hydro033 · 1 pointr/trackandfield

To put it in perspective... I can go 16 mile long runs in the 5:50s, but I can't go sub 4:30 in a mile.

So, try and get to at least 40-50 miles perk week. Buy good shows. Get new shoes every 300 miles. Log your miles on your shoes. Try to get your regular training pace below 7min. A GPS watch is amazing. Then, once you are at 40mpw, which could take a new runner a few months to get to (try and add a few miles per week), then throw in workouts like tempo runs, fartleks and intervals. You can google those and find out what they are. Want a book?

u/Stepdeer · 1 pointr/running

In reference to your edit, I think a great beginner/intermediate running training book is Jack Daniel's Running Formula. Some stuff in it may already be familiar to you, but if you want to know enough about running training to plan/understand your own workouts (which I assume you do as a former good cyclist) it's a really good start.

I'm not going to go too indepth on training (that's what the book is for, plus I wouldn't even make a dent in really talking about training) but I will make a few points just from what you've said here.

> I've been doing around 3 miles a day for the past two weeks and can usually hold an 8 min pace for a 5k effort. My heart rate is through the rough and it doesn't seem like it is going to get any easier.

Slow down. I know, it's going to be a blow to the ego, but running is a fairly specific activity and it's going to take some time for your body to adjust. You'll still see improvements without grinding every single run. The good news is with your background, you should see quick improvement as your running economy begins to improve, as a lot of the cardiovascular base is already there. This will be a nice change after being elite at cycling (where so much work is required for even a minuscule improvement). If you want to go fast, set specific workout days, and even those should have an easy warmup and cooldown.

>rack up some serious mileage in the future months/years to come.

Just a warning to not do too much, too fast. A huge difference between running and cycling is the amount of wear that the impact of running can put on your body. Slowly ramp up your mileage over time, giving the joints and tendons time to adapt, or else you'll end up hurt (like me....). It's tempting to pour yourself into this new sport with as much intensity as you put into cycling, but you can't be running 100+ km weeks right off the bat.

>been doing around 3 miles a day for the past two weeks

I'd take a rest day once a week. Maybe go for a swim or bike on Sunday's instead. Even when I was running 8 times/week I still took Fridays completely off.

Feel free to ask if you've got any other questions I can try to help with!

u/SleepNowMyThrowaway · 1 pointr/AskWomen

When I first started training for a full marathon, I used the book Daniels Running Formula to develop a plan.

Were I stating out today I'd DL the Runkeeper App on my cell and pay for the year membership - doing so adds some bells and whistles but importantly it adds a customizable training plan for marathon training.

It literally can't be simpler, and the app tracks your progress.

u/oneona · 1 pointr/running

I'm currently really enjoying Daniels' Running Formula.

u/bitemark01 · 1 pointr/running

You could read up on it. More knowledge is better. Everyone here seems to like this book (mine arrives today):

u/Noah_Fenway · 1 pointr/Fitness

Hey, I know I'm late to the party but I wanted to help. I highly recommend two things:

  1. Purchase... or "find"... a copy of Daniel's Running Formula. There's currently a 3rd edition out, but there isn't much new stuff from the 2nd edition that would benefit you. So, if you can get a cheap 2nd edition, just roll with that. This will help you TREMENDOUSLY with your training.

  2. Check out r/running. It's a great community and there are tons of posts that will help you with these kinds of problems.

    Good luck!
u/NiceOneBrah · 1 pointr/running

First of all, congratulations! I'm not sure it's necessary to take an entire week off, but it might be helpful to reduce your mileage and throw in some slow recovery runs for the next week or two.

Depending on what your goals are, it might be helpful to further build up your base level of aerobic fitness by increasing your weekly mileage before you begin training for your next half. I just bought a copy of Faster Road Racing by Pete Pfitzinger, which has a number of great training programs for building up base mileage (as well as for specific race distances).

u/splodgethefirst · 1 pointr/running

Ich kann Ihnen auch "Faster Road Running" empfehlen. Es tut mir einfach Leid, dass ich nicht weiss, ob es auf Deutsch kommt oder nicht. Es hat mir viel geholfen, Beide beim Theorie und auch mit Praxis. Ihr Englisch ist einfach wunderbar, höffentlich ist mein Deutsch mindesten verstandbar!
ETA: Link -
alles gut beim Laufen!

u/RedKryptonite · 1 pointr/running

I'm really hoping I get the book Fast Road Racing for Christmas.

Does he have a buff?

u/Thpike · 1 pointr/running

I'm about to start week 7 of my C25K program and I'm really enjoying it. I'm looking for other programs after I finish this one. I put in a request for my library to buy Faster Road Racing by Pete Pfitizinger. I wanted to check it out before buying a copy. I know they are about $10 but still, unless someone has a copy they don't need anymore...and would like to donate. I've noticed a better feeling in my breathing. Backstory, when I was 13,14, and again at 19, I had a spontaneous pneumothorax. Twice my left side and once on my right. Eventually, I had surgery when I was 19 to adhere my lung to my chest wall to prevent any further collapses. The result however had limited my lung capacity permanently, something I didn't really know was controversial at the time. I saw a very cocky specialist years later that wanted to point that out to me... but I can't really cause them so I've always moved on and done what I could. But lately I've noticed a bit less pain and these weekly runs are improving my lungs.

u/philipwhiuk · 1 pointr/running

Broadly speaking there are several reasons to choose a plan:

  • Weekly mileage. Week 1 of a plan should be fairly similar to what you're currently doing. If it's lower, you are not really getting the best out of yourself. If it's higher you risk injury adapting the even the early miles before it ramps up. Pfitzinger is the most oft-cited 'high mileage fan'.

  • Amount of cross-training scheduled. Some plans are big on regimenting sessions for cross-training & weights. If you already cycle / swim / cross-fit / do weights a lot, you want a plan that works around that. FIRST is big on this with 2 sessions a week.

  • Target. A plan that involves just finishing is very different to a plan aiming to allow you to run at pace for the entire distance. For the half marathon this is obvious by the number of runs beyond a half marathon distance. For the faster runners, a half marathon training plan will involve runs beyond half marathon distance - meaning that simply finishing is no longer the question. For the marathon it's often the distance and number of "marathon-pace" runs and the number of 20 + mile runs (there's two main components to running a fast marathon). Higdon and Hanson have novice plans. FIRST and Pfitzinger don't really do Novice.

    There's a LOT of half plans out there. Hanson obviously has two, Higdon has 7, Pfitzinger has at least one. FIRST has one. And that's just the 'big names'. Every running plan generator and running website will have a plan - most only subtly different from the ones already linked.

    Regarding 'easy'. You should be fully in the aerobic zone, able to hold a conversation (I talk to myself occasionally to prove I'm going easy enough).

    Your current mileage is fine for individual runs, but most plans will have you training more than 3-4 times a week, be that runs or cross-training. So your first step needs to be:

    a) Making sure you have time for that
    b) Gradually building in another short run in preparation for a plan.
u/vikasagartha · 1 pointr/climbharder

There's this u/eshlow chap who hangs here. He wrote this awesome book called overcoming gravity about gymnastic training. I've found gymnastic training quite beneficial for climbing, overall strength, and injury prevention. There's a dedicated sub --> r/overcominggravity. There's really good progressions + programming for creating a routine.

u/SaneesvaraSFW · 1 pointr/kungfu


Bonus: The author regularly posts and replies in /r/bodyweightfitness

u/Giraffe_Milker · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

It's not the only thing I'm working on, but as far as tuck planche is concerned I do 5 sets for as long as I can hold it, and I do that 3-4 times a week. The full routine:

Tuck/Adv Tuck PL 5 x hold to failure

Straddle Front Lever 5 x hold to failure

Wall Handstand 3-5 x hold to failure

Adv Front Lever Pullups 3 x 8-10

Straight Bar Muscle Ups 3 x 2-4 (working on increasing the reps)

Tuck PL Pushups 3 x 4 (working on increasing the reps)

Lots of stretching for the lower back, shoulders, hips, and hamstrings on the off days. This routine is almost straight out of Overcoming Gravity, which I highly recommend:

u/csreid · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I know people here like Overcoming Gravity a lot. I think that probably fits your criteria.

u/TurnOneYeti · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Overcoming Gravity is $50 bucks new on amazon (500+ pages). Anything a little easier on the wallet?

u/doubleapowpow · 1 pointr/crossfit

I personally think that the best way to be a better crossfit athlete is to gain as much knowledge of specific sports - gymnastics, weightlifting, track, powerlifting, etc. On that basis, I'd recommend

I think Supertraining by Yuri Verkhoshanski is a great (super dense) read for any training.

Kelly Starrett has two notable books, most specifically becoming a supple Leopard.

u/nicholaszero · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Steve Low, author of the Fundamentals of Bodyweight Training article above has written extensively on progressions and programming for bodyweight training. I think the most important thing he's said is the need to train bodyweight exercises in antagonistic pairs, so that you don't overdevelop in one way and cause structural problems while pursuing one particular feat. His example that has stuck with me was the need to train something like the manna and skin the cats to match the constant training of exercises such as pullups and pushups. I've added both manna progressions and skin the cats, and my shoulders feel stronger and more mobile than they used to.
I haven't read the above article in few years, so I don't recall if he does into the specifics of how to pair your exercises, but I know he's written about it in his book, "Overcoming Gravity".

u/tolos · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Overcoming Gravity

I'm only 1/6 through the book, but it's answered a ton of questions that I've had. Here's an intro to routine construction, the book goes into much much more detail about programming. Lots of explanations, lots of detail on progressions, and the author (/u/eshlow) is around here and /r/overcominggravity answering questions.

u/4io8 · 1 pointr/loseit
  • Walk. Seriously its like it flicks the on switch of your metabolism. Your energy levels go up and your appetite goes down. Do it regularly, for at least half an hour at a time (but any walking is good). Getting a pedometer and aiming for 10,000 step can really motivate you.

    These three books are about doing strength training at home. They are a fantastic to build up serious strength in a way that's actually better than doing it at the gym in a lot of ways.

  • Overcoming Gravity

  • Enter the Kettlebell

  • Convict Conditioning
u/oteu · 1 pointr/newsokur


u/adriannezy · 1 pointr/xxfitness

Oh my bad. It's called Overcoming Gravity. Sorry!

It's very popular on r/bodyweightfitness. I haven't read it, but I do follow a lot of Convict Conditioning. Overcoming Gravity is supposed to be a little more in-depth.

I would also recommend Beast Skills and Ryan Ford's Demon Drills.

The FAQ in r/bodyweightfitness should also be a help.

u/jack_spankin · 1 pointr/nfl

Steve Belichick: Football Scouting Methods

This should get you started.

u/glatts · 1 pointr/nfl

First, look on YouTube for basic info. You can find videos about positions and plays and even schemes like the spread pretty easily.

Second, I recommend looking up some film breakdowns. Bill Belichick does them weekly (I think it's weekly) on a local Boston channel, but you can find some of them on YouTube by searching for Belichick Breakdown.

Third, try to find some guides for how to watch football and how to breakdown a game. Articles like this can provide you with a greater understanding of what everyone is doing during a play.

Fourth, do some reading.

I highly recommend Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look to help you while watching the game, but be sure to get the paperback version so you get all the diagrams. It will teach you the progression of the reads, the route running, the blocking and everything that happens on defense as well.

To help you cut through some of the jargon announcers use, I recomment Blood, Sweat and Chalk: The Ultimate Football Playbook.

If you want to learn more about strategies, try The Essential Smart Football.

To learn more about evaluating players, Football Scouting Methods is a must read. It will take you to the football of another era, but with the foundation from all the other info I've provided you will be able to start putting the pyramid together and learn how the game became what it was today.

u/hells_cowbells · 1 pointr/CFB

Another one not by a coach, but check out Smart Football. I haven't read the book yet, but his blog is really good, and it has good reviews on Amazon.

u/BosskOnASegway · 1 pointr/CFB

The Big Scrum is my go to recommendation for a history style text. You have a players flair so I am not sure The Essential Smart Footbal will be meaningful for you to read, but its a great book nonetheless.

u/mshm · 1 pointr/CFB

Websites (Most are not active):

  • Inside the Pylon - Videos may not load embedded, but you can copy the url. Pretty good look at base plays, position responsibilities, and other terms you run into.
  • Breakdown Sports another place for looking at the above, less available though covered deeply. See article on Cover 1 for example.
  • Football Study Hall More on the statistics side of football (old stomping ground of Bill Connelly), a bit more all over the place.
  • Dan Casey's Twitter If you want to see clips of fun and interesting plays past and present, he's a good'un.
  • Playbooks - Historic coaches' playbooks. You can get a pretty good understanding of things like read progression and play goals from these, as well as what the purpose of each player on the field for each play by reading through some of these.

    Books: These are the books most people recommend starting from.

  1. David Seigerman's Take Your Eye Off the Ball This is a really good book for understanding the game holistically. From positions to managing a season to how you can pay attention to a play, a drive, and a game.
  2. Chris B. Brown's The Essential Smart Football and The Art of Smart Football (read in order of printing) Fantastic book set for anyone ready to dive a deeper into how the game has and could develop. Seeing everyone raving about the wildcat is always a chuckle though.
  • Tim Layden's Blood, Sweat & Chalk. Definitely worth the the purchase. Would recommend the above first, but this is a great go for the stories behind the plays. How they came to be and why.
u/jamesEkrueger · 1 pointr/baseball

Yep! If you do end up reading it I hope you enjoy it. It's such a fascinating work

u/mnemosyne-0002 · 1 pointr/KotakuInAction

Archives for links in comments:

u/BloodyMummer · 1 pointr/baseball

I would spend a lot of time looking at K/BB rates on both pitchers and hitters. Also, keep in mind The Book says there's a 30 point platoon advantage on lefty/righty match-ups, and the amount of ABs needed to see for sure something different is closer to 1,000 than 50. There's a chance you might not want to change too much as you won't see enough ABs to see a statistical significant difference. I would recommend buying The Book to answer a lot of the questions you have.

u/NoBrakes58 · 1 pointr/baseball

Here's some recommended reading:

  • The Book - That's literally the name of the book. It's full of one-off chapters covering a variety of topics.
  • Baseball Between the Numbers - This one is also a bunch of one-off type stuff
  • Moneyball - Talks about how the 2002 Oakland A's capitalized on some offensive statistics that were being recorded but not heavily utilized to determine player values, and thus built a playoff team from undervalued hitters
  • Big Data Baseball - Talks about the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates and their use of big data strategies to find defensive value where other teams didn't (primarily in pitch framing, ground-ball pitching, defensive range, and shifting)

    The first two of those are heavily focused on the numbers and will probably teach you more about the whys and hows, while the second two are more about the narrative but still give you some insight into hard numbers.

    Also, I'd recommend just joining SABR. It's $60/year for most people, but if you're under 30 it drops down to $45/year. There are a lot of local chapters out there that have regular meetings. For example, the Twin Cities have the Halsey Hall chapter. There's a book club meeting on Saturday (to talk about Big Data Baseball), a hot stove breakfast in a few weeks (informal meeting to just hang out and talk baseball), a regular chapter meeting in April for people to actually present research, and the chapter occasionally has organized outings to minor league games.

    SABR also has a national conference and a specific national analytics conference, as well. Membership also includes a subscription to Baseball Research Journal, which comes out twice per year and contains a lot of really good stuff that members have been written both from a statistics and a history standpoint.
u/modeledthat · 1 pointr/sportsbook

what you are describing is not a model. you are simply picking games using factors (some of which are not predictive in any way) in an unweighted manner. it's not possible to quantity your edge anyway using that method, counteracting the entire point of what modeling is for.

edit: this isn't really a constructive comment so let me offer something. start by reading the book if modeling baseball is something you are serious about.

u/gilpdawg · 1 pointr/Sabermetrics

I can recommend several books.

Baseball Between the Numbers by the BP folks.
It's old, and some parts of it are outdated, but I cut my saber teeth on that thing. There's also another book in the same vein by the same group called Extra Innings.

The Book by Tango and MGL.
It's very nerdy, so it's not for everyone.

The newer(ish) Keith Law and Brian Kenny books are pretty good too. I'm too lazy to link to those and they are easy to find.

u/0l01o1ol0 · 1 pointr/AskWomen

Probably this

u/Glockiavelli · 1 pointr/movies

He trained with the author of this.

u/Betitsnot · 1 pointr/mallninjashit
u/qW3R24 · 1 pointr/alpinism
u/DSettahr · 1 pointr/hiking

Nols offers a whole line of books on outdoors skills, most of which are pretty decent.

Also, it's probably a bit advanced for someone who is just getting into hiking, but at some point you're going to want to invest in Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, published by Mountaineers Books. It's more or less the mountaineer's bible...

And finally, since you live in the Northeast, I highly recommend Forest and Crag, which is a history of hiking and recreation management NY and New England. Very informative and interesting read.

u/mn_av8or · 1 pointr/Mountaineering

Another one you could look at would be the Mountaineers. The Basic Alpine course for the Seattle branch should be listed fairly soon and begin around January. As for getting prepared I would read Freedom of the Hills, start hiking where you get some elevation gain and checking out a rock gym in the metro area.

I went through the Basic Alpine course earlier and while I recommend it you should expect to spend around 1-2k for the course and gear.

u/universal_klister · 1 pointr/climbing

Hiya Michnation.

Assuming you have the usual shoes, harness, belay device, etc...

You will need a rope, quickdraws, some cord/slings/webbing, and a handful of carabiners.

More importantly you should probably check out Freedom and Anchors.

These two books have taught generations of climbers how to climb. A huge part of climbing outside is being comfortable and confident in your own skills. My personal opinion is that you will become a better climber through a lot of time spent learning techniques and practicing them, than if you spend money on a couple guided days. But thats IMO.

u/aplusbi · 1 pointr/climbing

You should probably buy Freedom of the Hills which will answer most of your questions.

u/timmeh_green · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

I biked that. I rented this book from my local library to use as a reference. It made things easy as far as what type of daily goals to set, tourist options, camping options, etc. But, my biggest piece of advice is to plan around the weather conditions. This is the single most important thing I have to pass on. I will let other people offer advice on getting your bike there and back and just go into more detail about my experience with the weather.

So, I biked from Canada to Mexico in mid-March/mid-April 2012 and this particular section was the most challenging because of the
weather. Although the Oregon coast is beautiful, it rains 350 days out of the year according to a local in Port Orford. So make sure to go at the right time. Not in March/April. The wind was aggressively pointed north. So much so that I had to peddle down hills just to keep moving. It was crazy! From what I remember the wind changes directions later in the year (I think somewhere in the summer months) and the wind pushes you south. That would have been a big game changer. It sucks being wet constantly and moving less than a third a day of what I was doing later in California (up to 90 miles a day in April).

All in all, this particular section of my trip that you are referring to was, for me, the least memorable and least enjoyable of the entire coast. Things got better for me after Crescent City when I took a route in land (and off the guide book) from the Coast to San Fransisco (good choice on my part). The wind was significantly reduced and the weather was much better in general. The highlights of the trip for me were the Redwoods just north of San Fransisco and the coast between San Fransisco and LA. Also, another thing I noticed is that because this area is so popular, you get treated a lot worse than most places. Lots of hippies, and druggies, and bums, and such hitchhike or travel south along this route. The bad seeds stick out in people's minds. Whereas when I went in land (and off the book) people were much nicer to -even impressed by- a vegabond like me.

I'm trying to look up what the wind and weather is like for labour day weekend. I'm not trying hard enough though. Look into it. I'm sure it will be better for you than it was for me and you will have a blast, but double check.

TL;DR: Plan around weather/wind/season.

u/llcooljessie · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

I've done the exact ride before. I recommend you camp at the state parks! This book has great maps and details for the trip:

u/Hugs42 · 1 pointr/bicycling

Well this book has the route planned out. We stopped at most of the places it recommended

And these maps were invaluable probably used them more than we used the book. If you want more detail I can dig out my journal and tell you exactly what we did.

u/bloudermilk · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

Bicycling The Pacific Coast has a route for you if want to spend a little time going around BC rather than direct.

u/mountainslayer · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

I know some people who did Vancouver - San Diego and they swore by this book.

u/down2businesssocks · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

Enjoy, I rode this section early April 2015. Should be even more beautiful in June, too! Consider getting this book before you go:

Note that some specific details are beginning to be outdated. Still, it is basically the bible of the west coast bike route!

P.S. If you can ride like that in training you're good to go. I find a pace of 50 miles a day while touring to be my personal favorite amount. Everyone is different though, so you'll find your balance after a few days. Consider a day off halfway through your first week to let your body catch up to the new lifestyle.

u/carmenoh11 · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

Ya, I may have messed up the names. But we were planning on using the route that is in "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" by Vicky Spring and Tom Kirkendall

u/prairiewizard19 · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

I rode from portland, oregon south to San Francisco this past summer. If your unfamiliar with the weather patterns on the west coast you may want to check out the wind situation. Every afternoon a powerful wind would come from the northwest, and I mean EVERY night. I met many north bound riders who had to stop riding by 4 or 5 pm because the headwinds were just to harsh. either way i hope you have a great trip. Check out this book
It helped me a lot with planning campgrounds.

u/hundred100 · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

Good luck on the trip! I just bought this book on Amazon. Canada to Mexico guide. $10 used.

u/2fuckingbored · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

Not sure this book has the area listed because I don't have it downloaded anymore, but its useful for finding the best sites on the west coast. Highly recommend it.

u/np2fast · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

Grab this book. A lot cheaper than the ACA maps and works great for the route. When I rode it a few years back, a lot of people used this as a route guide.

u/DarkLeafyGreenz · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

I don't have much experience yet with stealth or bike camping above Santa Barbara (100mi north of LA) but you can look here for California State Park campgrounds that have a "Hike or Bike" camping option (click on By Feature on the left and check the box that says Hike or Bike). These campsites are usually $5-$10 per person per night with a 2 night max. I would try to use these when you can because they're a great resource. Unfortunately, many people abuse them by not paying, and the State Parks Commission is pulling them out of some campgrounds and not putting them in new ones.

From what I hear, it's easier to stealth camp once you're north of SF and especially north of California in general. A great resource for touring the coast is Bicycling the Pacific Coast with lots of directions and camping info. I think others may have a better idea of stealth camping options but that's what I know so far!

u/ColorMute · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

I more or less followed this guys route - Bicycling the Pacific Coast, I highly recommend it. It breaks down the day by day and gives you good advice on where to stop/see along the route even though it's 20 years out of print. A lot of people I met along the way, I was traveling by myself, were doing the same route.

u/essentialfloss · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

I've done this route before. The Northern section is really great, but it can get a little hairy once you get into California. Take all the detours you can, it can be pretty heavily trafficked. The lost coast section near Klamath is really cool if your bikes can handle it. Stop off at casinos for free coffee. Bring a kite, they're a lot of fun. Get lost in the redwoods if you can, try to plan a couple days. There's a great swimming hole (or at least there used to be) along the avenue of the giants near Miranda with a big tree sticking out of the water that you can dive off of. You've got to be a little more serious about planning your days as you get south, it gets more built up.

There's a great book that lists routes, good hiker-biker spots, local history, and activities along the way.

Adventure cycling makes some maps with milages and elevations that list campsites, etc. They're expensive new, but you can get used copies.

u/newtolou · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

The route is very well marked. I brought a copy of this map but really only used it to find camp grounds.

I have some ACA maps from the trip, but this book was better written. I would happily send you some ACA maps if you'd like. I think that I have the Northern Washington to LA sections. I have no need to keep them around. I gave my copy of that book away to someone else towards the end of my trip.

u/doublecastle · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

Personally I used this guide book to find both our route and our nightly campsites:, but it looks like it hasn't been updated since 2005. Like mentioned, it would be prudent to call ahead. You might also be able to get some good, up-to-date info by looking at some trip journals at

Edit: Also, I would guess that the Adventure Cycling Association maps have fairly comprehensive and up-to-date info about hiker biker campsites.

u/FidelisknightOR · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_of_Books
u/dannsd · 1 pointr/bjj

hmmm. Not sure about videos for beginners, but this is what I give all of my friends I convince to start BJJ

u/JackC18 · 1 pointr/MMA

Pick up a book called BJJ university. Its fantastic and will give you all the essentials you need to survive on the ground.

u/bakonbrew · 1 pointr/bjj

Came here to make sure this was mentioned. Derp, of course it is. It's a nice big book, textbook size with clear photos and great techniques.

Good deal on Amazon, 22 bucks and change.

u/dronelettuce · 1 pointr/bjj
u/mindslyde · 1 pointr/bjj

I just got Jiu-Jitsu University and absolutely love it. And you are correct, the white belt section is just survival positions.

I don't really know what the other sections are focused on as I am not going to read them until I have the corresponding belt.

u/sub-hunter · 1 pointr/bjj

You need to buy Saulos book:

It will explain a lot. It is a go to encyclopedia of bjj. I really wish I had bought it sooner. You should just study the first and second chapter for now.

u/DopplegangerNZ · 1 pointr/bjj
u/Chingeke102 · 1 pointr/bjj

Yes, each technique is presented as a sequence of pictures, sometimes from two different angles. Take a look here. You can click on 'LOOK INSIDE' to see some sample pages.

u/locnload · 1 pointr/bjj

Get this book: Jiu-Jitsu University

And practice everything in the white belt chapter. It is appropriately titled "Survival". The blue belt chapter is "Escapes".

u/Corky83 · 1 pointr/bjj

Practice makes perfect. As you said you only have 2 lessons behind you, upper belts having their way with you is par for the course. If you keep going you will get better. In the meantime order this book, it'll point you in the right direction.

u/OMW · 1 pointr/reloading

9 mm isn't really cost effective to reload, but it is a lot more forgiving than 7.62x54r to learn on and you can basically get started reloading for 9mm with just a $30 hand press, a set of dies, and some basic components. Maybe start simple and then move on to rifle cartridges as skills and budget grow? I learned on .44 mag and branched out from there. I think straight wall revolver cartridges are the ideal "beginner" cartridge, but you already own a 9mm so that's probably the next best thing.

Highly recommend reading this book if nothing else. It'll help you figure out what you need to get started and covers most of the basic essentials.

u/DustyAyres · 1 pointr/reloading

The ABCs of Reloading is the book I recommend for people who are new to reloading. No load data, but a lot of info on many different aspects of the process.

u/TubesBestNoob · 1 pointr/reloading

I own one and it's great. I strongly advise you to reload only one bullet at a time for at least a good 500 rounds before you make use of the progressive reloading capability of the press. Normally I would tell people to go with a single stage first, but I think choosing to reload only one round at a time in a progressive is a safe enough practice.

For rifle rounds, I never use the LNL and prefer single stage since the shell holder disk is only going to get in the way if you are resizing / removing the shell / wiping off case lube / trimming / chamferring / deburring / knocking the brass filings out of the case / putting it back in the shell holder for priming / powdering / bullet loading.

Finally, if you haven't already read this book, go read it before reloading anything.

u/BarkingLeopard · 1 pointr/guns

I wouldn't say that it is something to be taken lightly (you are making cartridges, after all, and if you make a mistake you could lose a body part or worse), but it's not rocket science, and I would argue that if you take it slowly, educate yourself, don't get distracted while reloading, and don't push the boundaries of the stated load data it is fairly safe, much like shooting and driving a car are fairly safe if you are smart about them.

As for reloading manuals... I am the wrong person to ask. I've done some shotgun reloading in my apartment and will be buying a turret press to load .357 Magnum and .38 Special rounds shortly. I've been reading the ABCs of Reloading and Reloading for Handgunners in preparation for my coming foray into handgun reloading, and they have been helpful. I'll also be getting manuals from the major powder manufacturers before I begin, as well as probably the Lyman and/or Hornady manuals as well. I'm sure others will chime in with their favorite books, and if not, check out /r/reloading.

I'll probably be getting a Lee Turret Press to start. Given that I already have a good scale for shotshell reloading (which I can do for $3/box, loading for low cost), which saves me $70, I figure I can get into handgun reloading for another $200 or less, plus the cost of consumables, and load light .357s for a ~$6-7 per 50 with plated bullets, vs ~$20 a box for commercially loaded .357 ammo and $14 or so for cheap commercially made .38 Special ammo.

u/EgglestonMunitions · 1 pointr/guns

Yep, depending on how hot you load them and the quality of the brass. Check for signs of case fatigue like cracking, splitting, worn out primer pockets, etc.

I'd recommend the book The ABC's of Reloading, there is a ton of information on how to find signs of failing brass with photos of each type of warning sign:

u/e4excellence · 1 pointr/guns

This will answer all of your questions:

  • You will not save money by reloading.

  • Please read the /r/reloading FAQ in it's entirety!

  • Read The ABCs of Reloading from cover to cover.

  • Return to /r/reloading with any questions.
u/Merad · 1 pointr/guns

The FAQ on /r/reloading has good info. I'd also get The ABCs of Reloading and read it through before buying any equipment.

I just got started a few weeks ago loading for .38 Special and it's a surprising amount of fun. I'm already planning to expand to include 9mm and .223.

u/lyric911 · 1 pointr/reloading

This one. Not a reloading manual in the sense of being a bunch of load data, but is an entire book just about the process. It's fairly cheap on Amazon as well.

u/8492_berkut · 1 pointr/reloading

I'd say it's a perfectly serviceable set if you're just getting into the handloading game. What it comes down to is what you're hoping to achieve by handloading, and buying equipment that supports that need.

Personal opinion time: I'd steer clear of using the factory crimp die. If you have your dies set up properly, you'll never need to use it. It can be used to coerce out of spec handloads back into shape if you've messed them up, but don't expect to see any repeatable results in accuracy after using it.

The Hornady and Sierra reloading handbooks are the two I go to most often, with the Lyman following close behind. I would highly recommend you get a copy of the The ABCs of Reloading by C. Rodney James and read that cover to cover just to see if there's any tidbits of info that you might not already know. It's a worthwhile read.

EDIT: I was corrected by /u/flange2016 on how the Lee FCD works on rifles. Please see his reply to me below.

u/QuirkySpiceBush · 1 pointr/running

Has anyone applied the concepts and formulas from Daniels' famous book to other endurance sports?

This book really helped my distance running in college, but now that my knees are getting a little dodgy with age, I wonder about using the advice for cross-country skiing, etc. Or even using them to structure gym training on the exercise bike, elliptical, etc. to maintain cardiovascular fitness for health benefits.

u/symmitchry · 1 pointr/Ultramarathon

I haven't read it, but I would check this one out:

I have read "Daniels' Running Formula" which is very very good:

I also recommend "Advanced Marathoning" which is a better all purpose "how to be a runner" book than Daniels, but a bit less scientific.

Both have training plans for beginners. And like people mentioned: getting good quickly is easy... it's not getting hurt that is tough!

u/RiceOnTheRun · 1 pointr/running

Check out Daniel's Running Formula, it's what my coach used and it felt pretty effective to me at least.

I would suggest a lot of Interval paced training, assuming you already have a strong base to work with. Speed workouts when it counts of course, but from what I remember, Interval pace is the bread and butter of mid-distance events like the 800.

u/Magicked · 1 pointr/AdvancedRunning

Sure! I just picked up this book:

I read through most of it (there is a ton of information in the book), but the 40 mile 2Q marathon plan was the one I ended up choosing. It seemed to fit best with my current commitments and was also challenging for me without being too intimidating.

This also seemed like a good comparison between marathon plans:

I don't have experience with many of those plans, so I'm basically taking the author at his word. I assumed I would fit into the "Improver" or "Enthusiast" category and went from there (even though I had never run a marathon before).

Good luck!

u/nicholt · 1 pointr/Fitness

1 - I'd say your times are pretty decent. For reference a sub 20min 5k is quite good and a sub 17min 5k is elite.

2 - For training tips, I recommend this book: Daniels' Running Formula

It has training programs from 800m to marathon and it is a very useful resource.

Or you can simply just add speedwork into your weekly routine to get better at sprinting.

u/Minicomputer · 1 pointr/running

> Any advice in training for a 5k/10k?

Here are some 5K training plans to choose from.

Daniels' Running Formula will make you knowledgeable so you can be a smart runner and train in the most effective way.

u/dearoldavy · 1 pointr/running

Or you could just buy the book.

u/reredditnogetit · 1 pointr/running

i started on hal higdons and ended up not liking it. too much just running, not nearly enough quality to make me feel like i was improving.

i picked up Jack Daniels Running Formula and really, really like it. it has plans from general fitness to 800m to full marathons. i recently PRed my half after doing his blue fitness into an HM plan, all the while i was getting faster on my easy days. the book teaches a lot about programming weeks, which i consider to be the most important thing one can take away from this book. its worth checking out imo.

u/irck · 1 pointr/Braves

I would recommend that you read this book to start out:

u/skagbhoy · 1 pointr/baseball

I'd suggest reading Watching baseball smarter by Zack Hample. It helped me tremendously when I first got into the game. Zack's even on here somewhere.

As for a team, I'd suggest watching a few games first. ESPN America will usually have one or two games a day, and there's the free game of the day on if you're not ready to make the commitment to (which is actually great value, by the way).

As mentioned, Ken Burns' Baseball is great, and it's shown a few times per year on PBS if you've got Sky. You should be able to find it easy enough online, however.

And if you want to chat to other fans in the UK & Ireland, head over to

u/MrSkimMilk · 1 pointr/baseball

There are some books on getting into baseball. But, really, the best way is to just start watching games in their entirety. Don't just skip to the highlights. There's plenty of down time to look up rules and terminology online if you're feeling lost.

u/offstage4 · 1 pointr/CHICubs

I believe the more you know about a sport the more you can enjoy it. Once you understand the very basics I want to suggest the book Watching baseball Smarter.

It's a real easy read, but will inform you of some of the more nuanced aspects of the game.

Also the Cubs should be a good follow for the next 5-10 years. Our front office has done a good job of finding future talent.

u/Sophocles · 1 pointr/baseball

Watching Baseball Smarter, by Zack Hample.

u/SlipStreamWork · 1 pointr/baseball

I think Watching Baseball Smarter might be a good read

u/contextplz · 1 pointr/baseball

He catches some flak here for his ball-hawking antics, but Zack Hample's Watching Baseball Smarter is a pretty good read.

Plenty of history trivia and stories, lots of the little things that's easily consumable, maaaaaaybe for a 10 year old as well.

u/n3rdXcore · 1 pointr/mlb

I was in the same boat as you a few years ago, then I read this book:

Read it!!

u/killyouintheface · 1 pointr/baseball
u/ExpendableGuy · 1 pointr/NYYankees

This book is an easy read and is very informative despite the author being a prick.

u/robotsapproach · 1 pointr/running

Advanced Marathoning is dense with great information!

The first 2/3 of the book covers everything from mitochondria and glycogen to heart rate ranges for various types of training runs to how much water your stomach can digest over time and how to drink on the run. An endless number of gems really, I love to just open the book up and read a page and see what I learn.

The last 1/3 is the various training schedules based on your weekly miles...up to 55/week, up to 75/week, and beyond.

Ive bought other running books but this is the first one that was full of information you don't naturally encounter on the web.

$13 at Amazon

u/tflw · 1 pointr/90daysgoal

Yeah, Pete Pfitzinger wrote the definitive guide to marathon training, it's considered to be the bible on /r/running and /r/advancedrunning...

In the book there are sample training regimens for all sorts of scenarios, weekly milages, skill levels, etc. Hal Higdon also has this sort of thing on his website, but I think Pfitz does a better job with speedwork.

u/hikenbikehonk · 1 pointr/running

Advanced Marathoning - 2nd Edition

Its a worthwhile read both for pacing for the plan and overall how you should be training for the marathon.

u/BelfastRunner · 1 pointr/AdvancedRunning

Buy that. You’re asking questions that have already been answered by experts in the field. My honest assessment is that if you’re saying you ran 1:42 “without pushing yourself” and can crank out 8 min miles as recovery pace while still asking about strength and eating then you’re nowhere close to BQ. Learn the basics of marathoning, get a plan, and be patient. I’d say you’re 18-24 months away if you do your research and dedicate yourself.

u/The_Silent_F · 1 pointr/running

The New Rules of Marathon and Half Marathon Nutrition by Matt Fitzgerald is a good book that talks mainly about nutrition. Some people say it was written as a marketing ploy by Matt Fitzgerald, however there's still some great info in there about nutrition for training and race day.

Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger is also a great resource for all things training. Ignore the training plans in the back as they're likely too advanced for your first marathon, but the rest of the book has amazing information about physiology, cross-training, recovery, nutrition, types of workouts... Highly recommend. Then, if you get to a point where you want to take your marathoning to the next level, you'll have some great plans to work off.

Another great online resource is (i've linked you straight to the marathon section) -- this guys has compiled A LOT of data if you're a data nerd, and there's also a lot of good info in there.

Just a note on using different resources -- you'll see that sometimes they can contradict each other. For example, Matt's book and fellrnr both speak to the benefits of fat loading during your pre-race carb load phase, but Pfitz's book writes this off as not necessary. This is normal, and don't get too caught up in what's right and what's not. The point is that everyones different, and you need to find what works for you.

This sub-reddit is also a great trove of information, with many people willing to answer specific questions about anything running related, so never hesitate to ask!

Good luck with your training and race!

u/AnonymousWritings · 1 pointr/running

Honestly I'd say that with a 1:57 half and five months to train, 4:30 is a pessimistic time. You'll just have to make sure to get some good long runs in, and don't jump into things too fast after the half (to avoid getting an injury).

I would look at the Hal Higdon intermediate plans or (more preferably) one of the lower mileage Pfitzinger plans from Advanced Marathoning

Just to give you the flavor of Pfitz, the peak distance week of the 18/55 plan has you running 88km (55 miles) split up as:

Mon: Rest / cross-train

Tues: 10K w/ strides

Wednesday: 19K

Thurs: Rest / cross-train

Fri: 19K w/ 11K tempo

Saturday: 8K

Sunday: 32K

u/RageCageRunner · 1 pointr/running

Here's the amazon link

I ran in college, had no idea how to train for a marathon, and just sorta winged it for a couple marathons before someone recommended me this book. I've never had better results than the season I followed the training in this book to a T. They have all kinds of distances too, so if you want to do a high mileage training season, they have that, or if you're looking for a 50-60 mile season, that's possible too.

u/drseamus · 1 pointr/running

Aside from the plans themselves this book covers everything. It's a great resource. Diet, pacing, stretching, and the science behind all of it. It goes into heart rate training and everything. Highly recommend.

u/dblcheesepepperoni · 1 pointr/running

Most marathon training books will have everything your looking. Probably the most commonly recommended is Advanced Marathoning but there are quite a few.

u/sandwich_breath · 1 pointr/running

This the one? Advanced Marathoning?

u/monkeywithafootball · 1 pointr/MTB

Sucks to hear about your broken arm. I go crazy when I'm hurt and can't get out to do things. You've definitely got the heart and drive to progress on a bike. Best advice I can give you is:

1- don't give up! Mountain bikes really are fun a great way to exercise once you get a little fitness and skill built up.

2- You just jumped right into, maybe not the deep end, but at least the end of the mtb pool where your feet can't touch. Riding off even small drop takes practice and technical skills take a while to learn. While you're recovering check out Mastering Mountain Bike Skills by Brian Lopes and Lee McCormack. By far the best break down of how to learn technical bike skills out there.

3- Even the best of the best still crash. It's a good idea to work on learning to "tuck and roll grandma!". I think I'd have way more broken bones than I do now if I hadn't learned how to fall. I took some entry level judo classes when I was young that taught me, but there's plenty of info online on how to break your fall properly. In the words of Wade Simmons:
>I’ve always said this, you’ve gotta be a better crasher to be a better rider.

u/JShultz89 · 1 pointr/MTB

Luckily indeed. This is the first weekend it's getting about 50F. The ground has been frozen up until now. You'll definitely have a lot of time to improve. You'll find yourself getting better and better the more you ride. Also, if you want to look for more material on riding techniques I would check out:

u/nico_hig · 1 pointr/MTB

Just ordered my brand new Rocky Mountain Altitude 730. Il should have it in the next week. Thanks everyone for your help.

And I ordered Mastering Mountain Bike Skills to improve my technique and Magellan Echo Fit to see my progress via Runkeeper.

I'm ready for this summer!

u/moneybags0 · 1 pointr/MTB

As far as position goes, you typically want to go "long and low" or "short and high." You can change your stem out for something longer/shorter and more/less rise, or you can swap out bars for something wider/narrower or more/less rise.

I'm pulling the following numbers and information from this book: If you're more XC and like to climb, you may want to go long (90-120mm) and low (0-10 degrees rise), but if you're more into descending and jumping, short (40-70mm) and high (10-15 degrees) may be better for you.

In addition to the stem, you can get a bar with rise if you'd like. For "long and low" XC, flat or 1" rise is good. For "short and high," 1.5" to 2.5" is better.

As far as bar width goes, it really depends on your build. If you have wide shoulders, you'll probably need wider bars. Basically, it should feel comfortable.

Since you say your frame is small, you'll probably need to go to the edges of the ranges above (e.g. if you like "long and low," you might try a 120mm stem rather than 90mm). I don't know enough to give you specifics for your bike, but it does sound a little small for you. Your LBS probably has hundreds of different stems in a drawer and could fit you pretty well.

u/swaits · 1 pointr/bicycling

Get this book!!

Seriously, it has helped my technique. Which greatly improves my safety. And fun.

u/CloggyDutch · 1 pointr/MTB

Here's my list:

First Aid Kit - just handy:

Some sort of sunglasses / windglasses:

Bike maintenance book:

Mastering mountain bike skills book:

Arse saver pants:

Cheap lights:

Tool kit:



Inner tubes,
Spare chain,
Chain tool,
Water bottle and cage,
Decent pedals (AND shoes)(,
Strava App,
Decent bag, maybe a camelback one or one with spine protection?

And lastly: A willingness to get muddy regularly. With that in mind, keep your bike clean! No pressure washing, just a hose and a brush, and some stuff. I got this kit free with my LBS membership:

That's it. All you really need is your bike!

u/meommy89 · 1 pointr/Ultralight

I found the inspiration in this book: Ultralight Backpacking Tips , Mike Clelland

If you go this route. Measure twice, cut once. I snipped a couple straps that probably could have stayed.

u/Natural_Law · 1 pointr/Ultralight

That's just a free image floating around on the internet draw by Mike Clelland.

I HIGHLY recommend his Ultralight Tips book. His illustrations are hysterical and he's been a NOLS instructor all his life (so he knows whats up). I actually learned to telemark (backcountry) ski and winter camp using some of his older books (and amazing drawings).

I don't get any money from anyone for recommending it, but I bought mine here:

u/kinohead · 1 pointr/backpacking

Congratulations! I think it's very cool that you're going to be setting out to do this. I've thought about it. I don't think very many people have thru hiked this trail. There's a book about a couple who did it that might be worth trying to hunt down. The name escapes me, but it obviously has "Bruce Trail" in the title.

I would really suggest trying to go light weight with gear. Check out r/ultralight. I've found it MUCH tougher to go ultralight with gear from Canada than the States. I suggest giving this book a read for consideration:

Also, here's an interesting article about someone who thru hiked it:

SO much more, but good luck!

u/ajtrns · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Yes. In excessive detail:

While squatting over a cathole, 6" or deeper, you shit into the hole, then you wipe most of the shit off your ass with a smooth stone, clump of foliage, or paper product. You deposit that in the cathole with the rest of the shit.

Then you scoot to the side a bit and use water to wet your hand (for modern humans, usually the right hand -- left hand holds the water bottle), with the cathole catching the rinse water. With your wet hand (index and middle finger usually) you wipe your anus, rinse your fingers, wipe, rinse, repeatedly. Anus is now as clean as it would be after taking a soapless shower or using a bidet. Which is to say, more clean than just wiping with paper (the old saying: "if you got shit on your arm, would you just wipe it with toilet paper and call it good? no, you'd wash it off.")

Then you've got your right hand. Two fingers are rinsed off but not hygienic. Dry that hand with a bit of paper towel or grass, dry your ass, deposit in cathole. Then disinfect your hands. Some people use wet wipes for this and other parts of the process. I use alcohol gel, hospital-style. Hit the outside of the gel bottle and the water bottle while you're at it. Other people use soap and water.

This is roughly Clelland's method from "Ultralight Backpacking Tips".

(All this is somewhat beside the point. Cholera usually spreads through poorly managed drinking water, not human-to-human fecal-oral contamination.)

u/ovincent · 1 pointr/WildernessBackpacking

This book is the best intro resource I’ve found to teach beginner’s the essentials.

If you don’t have any gear or friends to go with, you might want to try getting a hotel near a destination and doing some day hikes, or try a car camping trip.

Otherwise, just make sure you’re not getting in over your head - don’t go somewhere you don’t know, make sure you have the essentials especially navigation, and have fun!

u/VaughnTomTucker · 1 pointr/minimalist

Of all things, the book "Ultralight Backpackin' Tips" (available here, is what inspired me to start down the path of minimalism. It showed me what was truly important to have in that particular hobby, and general tricks on how to look at things and see what's important and why. Once I pared down, I experienced the happiness that comes with having little, yet still what I needed. That snowballed into paring down all my possessions.

Random, but if you like backpacking, could be a good catalyst :-)

u/huffalump1 · 1 pointr/climbing

For specifics, definitely pick up a copy of Climbing Anchors. Nice explanations, illustrations, and examples. It's a must-have.

u/middleclasshomeless · 1 pointr/Fitness

To improve in climbing you need sport specific training and weight loss.

The loss of ten pounds even when I am out of shape can drastically improve my climbing.

I highly recommend:
Training for Climbing

How to Climb 5.12
The Rock Warriors Way

I have heard that Dave Macleod's book
and Self Coached Climber
are also really good.

u/dr_grigore · 1 pointr/climbharder

Eva Lopez's blog has a lot of good resources. But she does caution the use of her methods and products to those with "2 years of systematic training" and some proven level of finger strength.

Given your minimal experience, common wisdom suggests just climbing routes as the best means to develop both strength and technique. On that front, the Self Coached Climber spells out climbing movement.

When your ready, check out Mike and Mark Anderson's new site. These are the "rockprodigy" guys.

u/tradotto · 1 pointr/climbing

I am in Cincinnati, we have our share of RRG mutants. I think the only reason that I get to talk to people who climb way harder then me is that I am always in their way while lead climbing. (Not in a bad way, it's a gym, there are 12's on the same line as my 10's)

I think it's more of a mutual recognition thing then a elitist attitude. If I see a new climber a few times that looks serious about climbing harder or having fun climbing, I am more likely to offer some help then when I see someone with rented harness, rented shoes with socks, a smirk like "This climbing shit is easy" and asking me where they can rent a lead rope. I am not saying that is you I just see that as one of the social spectrum at the gym. Lean more towards the climb harder/training attitude and you will get more and better beta.

Check out the book The Self Coached Climber It goes in to detail about how to visualize a route and your body position and center of gravity for every move. It's helped me but I still have a lot to learn.

Last, if you are close enough to the red, let's go. We have had a few reddit meetups in last few years. There are some great places to learn to lead and lead belay in Muir Valley and Pendergrass.

u/TormentedDoss · 1 pointr/climbing

2008 isnt dated. The sport hasnt changed much but I personally just got this book and love what I have read so far. And I have seen it recommended multiple times on here

u/scutiger- · 1 pointr/climbing

The Self-Coached Climber is one of those books that's often mentioned for that purpose. Definitely a great book with lots of good info.

u/theoryof · 1 pointr/bouldering

Hmm, not sure how to describe all the techniques that you could be using, I would actually recommend reading a book or watching some videos on climbing techniques. Going from V0 to V1 is where things like turning your hips in and engaging your core really start mattering. It's actually harder to learn proper technique on V0 because a lot of the times you can get through them without proper technique. Try to work harder problems with someone who has good form, and try to get at least 2 or 3 moves at a time. If you can't do a pull-up yet, I would work on getting in at least 1 pull-up with proper form as well. One trick I found useful to get the "feel" of a move is hovering over the next hold with my hand before grabbing on to it. If you can reach for the next hold and hover over it for 2~3 seconds, it means you have established a proper base with your feet. Not always possible, but generally you want to be in balance so you conserve energy. Hope that helped, I mostly just climbed with other better climbers and wasn't shy about asking for technique tips, most were very willing to share beta and give me feedback. Good Luck!

u/pozorvlak · 1 pointr/climbing

I've never done a course inside, but I've done a couple of winter climbing courses outside (notes: course 1, course 2), and they were totally worth it. I had a great time and have used lots of the stuff I learned. A friend of mine did an "advanced movement" course at her local gym and claims it helped her technique a lot, particularly on steep terrain.

You might find the books The Self-Coached Climber and 9 out of 10 Climbers Make the Same Mistakes helpful. The first covers the nuts and bolts of technique and training; the second is more about how best to make use of the limited climbing time you have, and how to avoid getting stuck in a rut.

u/Christaller · 1 pointr/climbing

Running laps with a pump, silent feet, no hands, slow hands, slow feet, turning in with each step, forced resting, ...

The Self Coached Climber gives you more insight in these exercises.

u/KieranTrojanowski · 1 pointr/Mountaineering

Start hiking in the mountains in NJ, NY, MD and further in NE or down in the Apps. Find a rock climbing gym and get in as much time as you can there. Colorado rules, I live in Denver and don't ever want to leave. Moving here just because you want to climb mountains without experience, not a good idea. Start reading and training. Once you feel ready then decide where to move. Best book you will ever find for helping you in your quest for mountaineering is here.

u/TheFitzmonster · 1 pointr/camping

Yes, it's a mountaineering book, but it covers all of the basics you'll need to get started camping, and then some. A friend got it for me when I started and I'd recommend it to anyone just beginning in hiking/camping.

u/catville · 1 pointr/hiking

I echo the trekking poles suggestion (they're a lifesaver for me), and I'd say that practice will help you build confidence. I'm not sure where you are, but if scrambling is what you're interested, there might be courses that give you instruction and techniques to better move over rock and snow. I took my alpine scrambling course through the Mountaineers in Washington state, and it did wonders for my confidence on snow (I already felt pretty good on rock). A lot of the material covered is in the Freedom of the Hills book, which might be an interesting read, though it goes into alpine climbing and more advanced subjects as well.

u/tomb-ah · 1 pointr/climbing

there aren't any stores in freedom of the hills, i'm not sure what you are referring to. nor is it expensive, in the grand scheme of climbing gear.

u/StuckAtOnePoint · 1 pointr/climbing

Take a class from a certified mountain guide.

No, seriously. Take a class.

Failing that, find a partner who has 1) many many years of mountain experience. Offer to belay them anywhere and everywhere. Learn from them. 2) REALLY has many years of experience. There are quite a few folks who present themselves as experts but know fuck-all - it's terrifying.

Read read read and practice practice practice. Some good books are:

Moutaineering: Freedom of the Hills

How to Rock Climb! - John Long

Climbing Anchors - John Long

More Climbing Anchors - John Long

Training for Climbing - Eric Horst

Climbing Self Rescue - Tyson and Loomis

It is very important to realize that these skills should be second nature to you. When you are tired, cold, or frightened you should not be trying to remember how to rig a clove hitch on an equalette or set up a 3-to-1 to haul your partner over the crux of the 2nd pitch, in the dark. Buy gear, watch videos, read books and practice at home. Be confident without being over-confident.

Mountaineering (in all its forms) is a long slow progression of skill and judgement.

u/Seattleson · 1 pointr/climbing

The outdoor walls at Sandpoint and Marymoor are good starting places to practice lead. The style of climbing in Northbend is good for beginners as well. This book covers everything pretty well, it's worth reading through the rock sections at least once when learning.

u/m_c_hammered · 1 pointr/alpinism

Ya, I grew up in Colorado so climbing has always been a part of me. If you're looking to get into mountaineering I recommend you pick up this book, it taught me everything I didn't already know plus its nice to have around.

u/ZeroFC · 1 pointr/Mountaineering

The question of how warm is a bit of a variable depending on the individual and circumstances - weight, temperatures, fitness, duration and intensity of activity etc.

I'm guessing you mean the base layer items from Target or Costco? As long as you feel it suits you for the conditions, go for it. Although it should be noted that its always nice to have the option of taking off layers in the event its too warm rather then be stuck without additional layers if you're too cold.

Generally, as long as you keep moving, especially given that you're in snow and ascending, I find it much more challenging to avoid sweating then any issue with cold. Alternatively, if you're in a situation where you're belaying or taking an extended rest, the cold can pose a real danger.

If you're able to, check out this book - Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills. Considered a fundamental of mountaineering, very comprehensively written with a section dealing specifically with optimal attire for different circumstances

u/tokeyoh · 1 pointr/nfl

I recommend reading this if you really want to understand the game. It puts perspective on a whole 'nother level.

u/weirderthanyou · 1 pointr/nfl

This book will lay it all out for you quite well

u/kbergstr · 1 pointr/CHIBears

looks like someone's read Pat Kirwan's book-- totally recommend it to everyone who's into the game.

u/DreadSabot · 1 pointr/PS4

buy Pat kirwans book - it will help you understand the sport better:

It is possible to play the game, sure, but you will need to understand how offenses and defenses operate to really enjoy it, unless you play it on easy.

u/race_kerfuffle · 1 pointr/fantasyfootball

I started playing because I discovered the joy of football and wanted to get into it, and I figured fantasy would be a great way to learn about the sport/players/teams. It is. I've only been watching football for real for 3 full seasons, and I already know a lot about the sport. Obviously not compared to most or /r/nfl, but more than most people. So I'd say just jump right in.

One thing that was helpful during my first season was watching games with my roommate who knows a ton about football. We actually had free NFL Sunday Ticket at our place (for some reason, our landlord could add a second house onto his subscription? no idea but we didn't press the issue), so we'd sit there all Sunday and he'd explain things to me.

I've heard this book is great for learning more but I haven't gotten around to it.

Oh, also, when I first got into football (end of 2011 season), my friend played Madden with me and would explain things. That helped a ton. Before that I didn't really understand football. I knew about downs and stuff but nothing about the strategy, so playing Madden was really what made it click and that's when I fell in love with football. Actually, I just decided I'm going to pick up an Xbox so I can start playing Madden for real to get deeper into knowledge of routes and strategy, I feel like I've hit a wall based on what I learn watching games and reading about the game. I'm a girl so I never played football growing up except for just fucking around.

3 years later, I "have a football problem" according to my friends. And it's kind of crazy how much I've picked up in a short amount of time, but mostly that is because of fantasy.

u/bobby_runs · 1 pointr/nfl
u/djbuttplay · 1 pointr/nfl

Check out Matt Bowen's Football 101 stuff from when he was with Bleacher Report:

He's really good at explaining everything.

There are also some books that have been recommended quite a few times on this sub, like this one:

u/GrundleTurf · 1 pointr/nfl

If you like reading, this is a great book for people like you and still good for any NFL fan. I enjoyed it even though I read it at 30 years old and I've been watching football since I was 3.

u/Phayded · 1 pointr/nfl

Here is an excellent book to learn all the basics and some advanced stuff about football.

Take Your Eye Off the Ball

u/ediamond · 1 pointr/nfl
u/71017 · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Get this book:

It is maybe 2-3 years out of date with the player names, but it will give you a good primer on what teams are looking to do, how they plan on doing it, and the back and forth between each coach as they try to decipher each others tendencies and play calls.

u/JonnyAU · 1 pointr/CFB

I try to usually watch the defense on any given play, usually the linebackers since you can't see much of the secondary (on TV). I recommend the following book:

u/Abiv23 · 1 pointr/nfl

Football is really really complicated, you're never going to learn the technique related stuff (how to release from press as a WR, how to chain moves together as a pass rusher) without playing yourself

Learning general knowledge stuff like formations and pre-snap reads for an offense/defense read "Take your eyes off the ball"

u/TheAethereal · 1 pointr/todayilearned

First, there is a lot more to football than what is happening after the ball is snapped. Take your eye off the ball.

Also, the replays are not superfluous. So much is happening on the field at once that it is almost impossible to see everything. OK, the RB just ran for 20 yards. Why did that happen. On the replay you can see how the defense was in man coverage and was pulled away from the run by the receivers, and how the guards pulled to deliver great blocks - or whatever the case may be.

Commercials are annoying, but I am rarely bored while the play clock is rolling.

u/BillyJackO · 1 pointr/nfl

A book called 'take your eye off the ball' is suppose to be good for learning the x's and o's. It's suppose to help get a grasp of formations and the chess match of the game.
Edit: link to Amazon and words.

u/BerettaSC · 1 pointr/bicycling

I tried to ride 3-4 times per week. Some weeks are better than others. I am going to participate in my first race on March 11th, so I am riding every day until then. Sometimes it is only 30 minutes, but other times it is 2-4 hours. I have two young children and a full time+ job, so I just work it in where I can.

My suggestion is to find a community around a good bike shop or a club. If you live in a populated area at all, there will be a bike club. Check Facebook.

There are two books that really helped me.

The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners: Everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding

The Cyclist's Training Bible

u/Corndogginit · 1 pointr/cycling

*This is from a layman's perspective on exercise science and physiology as it relates to amateur cycling training

I'd rank ways to measure the training load of intervals like this from least to most helpful:

4. Distance at RPE or Speed
3. Time at RPE or Speed
2. Time at HR

  1. Time at a specific Power Rating

    My understanding is that Time and Intensity are what matter for training for specific physiological adaptations, so the more accurately you measure those two factors, the better quality your training will be. Distance tells you nothing about time it takes to complete a specific interval. It's related to time in that at a given speed on unvarying terrain different distances will take different times to complete, but we can't control for those variables on the road. On a track or a very flat course with no wind....maybe.

    Speed tells you very little about intensity because of the same factors as well as your level of rest and recovery.

    Rate of Perceived Exertion (how hard am I working on a scale of 1-5 or 10 or whatever) can be a really good training cue for yourself, but until you have something more objective to measure it against (heart rate or power) it doesn't necessarily tell you much.

    Heart rate is influenced by a number of factors outside of the intensity of a specific workout, including rest, hydration, health, recovery, etc. It does, however, control for a lot of environmental variances (gradient, wind, etc.)

    Power is probably the most accurate way to measure intensity, and when coupled with heart rate and RPE you can draw some pretty profound conclusions about physiological responses from your body.

    I train with heart rate since I'm too much of a peasant to own a power meter. Typically I try to do my intervals at different heart rate levels based on what I'm attempting to train (muscular endurance, power, etc.) and try to return to a baseline heart rate within a designated resting interval. If I can't recover in time, typically it means I'm not rested enough for the workout or I haven't done enough base training and I change my plans for the day or the week.

    I'd recommend the Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel

    It certainly helped me.
u/mikedao · 1 pointr/Velo

Before you do that, you might want to read this:

You can use that with this:

And create your own workouts and training plan.

u/max1391401 · 1 pointr/cycling

Read The Cyclists Training Bible by Joe Friel.

Like others say its such a hard question to answer. I (and many others) found that book to be a very good starting point.