Running Strong by Dr Jordan Metzel – Book Review

I had the honor of getting an advanced copy of Dr Jordan Metzl’s new book Running Strong which will be available on Monday April 6, 2015.

I’m a Kinesiology major, so my inner sports science nerd was pretty excited.

The book opens with a dedication.

“Every morning around the world alarms ring at 5:30 a.m. In every country, in every bed, athletes debate with themselves: Do I hit the snooze button, or do I swing my feet over the side of the bed and go running? This book is dedicated to the millions of runners who, against all logic, suppress the desire to stay in bed. They kick off the covers and swing their legs around to hit the floor. May the knowledge in these pages and videos keep you moving ahead with health and enthusiasm for many years to come.”

You had me at the dedication Dr. Jordan Metzl!

I was interested in reading this for a few reasons:

  • I am not a natural runner, its tough for me #TheStruggleIsReal
  • I’m a 40 yr old (why did I type that?!) Mom, wife, and business owner so injury prevention is at the top of my list. I can’t afford to be sidelined with injuries
  • I love running and the science of running. To get the perspective on an athletic Dr who run’s totally had my interest.
  • I want to be a better runner.

Dr. Jordan is an athlete. He’s a runner, so he gets it.

The book is written like he is talking to you not at you. It’s the conversation we have all wanted to have with our Dr’s. Real answers, not complicated and not full of medical jargon that we have to Google. He breaks down what’s going on with your body. He does it is such a way that if you have an injury you can better explain it to your Dr so you can get the help you are looking for  need.

This book is a complete guide to becoming, being and remaining a great runner. Dr. Metzl starts from the ground up and answers all of those questions that you’ve asked  on forums, asked your friends and of course asked on Facebook.

He explains the whys, the how’s and the fixes on how to be a better runner and uses case studies from his patients to show that even when dealing with an injury or setback you can get back to where you were.

Power quote:

“Daily exercise – even when you’re injured is the best medicine”

The body is made to move. You don’t need to lay on the couch for weeks if you have an injury. You can always do something.

Chapter 4 – Feet & Ankles…this was my chapter. I read each word with laser focus. I have be battling plantar fasciitis for over a year and its terrible. Dr. Jordan goes over what’s happening in your body , prevention & treatment – he pairs this with the how to’s of stretching, foam rolling and strength training.

“Regular exercise is literally an antidepressant for many people”

Preach Dr Jordan, preach!!

I have worked with thousands of clients over the years and I can say that with 100% certainty that exercise changes your life. Even if you have limitations there is always a way around them…always!

Obviously, I am designating myself  a card carrying member of Dr Jordan’s fan club. Perhaps, I am even lobbying for the position of President.

Page after page the book kept getting better. Then we get to the chapter on the benefits of strength training…YES, this is my language! A Dr who runs? And understands how the body moves? And says loud and clear you need to strength train!!!  You need a strong upper body and core to balance those strong legs.

The IronStrength workout designed by Dr Jordan is a complete and comprehensive total body workout. He teaches you how to put it all together… yes, literally a prescription for your workout…boom!

There is no stone unturned in this book… he talks about:

  • the mind/body connection
  • nutrition/food: how you burned 293 calories on your 30 min run and then wiped it out by having a grande vanilla latte which comes in at 250 calories – you wonder why you aren’t losing weight?!
  • overuse injuries
  • stomach issues (read between the lines on that one)
  • shoes and gear…now he is speaking my language of love!
  • how to design YOUR training program / schedule

You may have guessed it by now…I am strongly recommending this book as a must read for every level of runner:

  • Beginner (couch to 5k)
  • Intermediate (10 milers)
  • Advanced and (marathoners)
  • Crazy! (tri-athletes)

Don’t just take my word for it though, get your own copy by pre-ordering here now!
Available in paperback and for the Kindle

 

 

 

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