List books in category Sports / Coaching

  • Yoga for Cyclists

    Yoga for Cyclists
    Lexie Williamson

    Yoga is fast becoming an essential performance tool for road cyclists keen to improve flexibility, core strength, balance, breathing efficiency and mental focus. Most cyclists want to ride harder for longer but the unnatural slouched posture and repetitive nature of riding takes its toll on the body. Short, tight hamstrings, hip flexors and quadriceps are easily damaged and, over time, can cause knock-on problems in the lower back or knees. But a cyclist with a supple back, hips and hamstrings will not only be far less prone to overuse injuries than his stiffer training partners. He can also hunker down into aerodynamic positions easily and ride for longer, with more comfort. A cyclist able to breathe slower and deeper will breathe more efficiently and economically. A cyclist able to reduce adrenaline and control a scattered mind with concentration techniques will remain calm and focused in the heat of a race. Yoga for Cyclists will be the first title to address all of these areas by adapting yoga techniques specifically for cyclists of all levels, in clear, concise chapters. This is the ideal, no-nonsense resource, where every stretch, strengthening posture, breathing or recovery technique relates back to its impact on performance. Also included in this enhanced ebook are twelve video clips of selected yoga sequences.

  • The Strength and Conditioning Bible: How to Train Like an Athlete

    The Strength and Conditioning Bible: How to Train Like an Athlete
    Nick Grantham

    Professional athletes' careers and livelihoods depend on results, so when they train they make sure they get the most from their training sessions. Experienced trainer Nick Grantham introduces you to performance based conditioning, explaining why athletic-based strength and conditioning training programmes are superior to all other training methods. Providing you with detailed information in a highly accessible manner, the book ensures you can elevate your training programmes to a new level.Revealing the training S&C strategies and principles used by elite athletes, this book will show that, regardless of your current fitness and exercise experience, anyone can train like an athlete.Providing a strong scientific rationale for an athletic approach to training so you can develop a better understanding of physical preparation, The Strength and Conditioning Bible gives you the key elements of an integrated performance-conditioning programme. An essential resource, this book contains a 16-week, 4 stage plan that balances total-body strength, endurance, mobility, balance, coordination and athleticism. You will be able develop a customisable and realistic fitness programme and with the knowledge gleaned from the book, you will develop and enjoy productive and pain-free workouts for years to come.

  • The Pressure Principle: Handle Stress, Harness Energy, and Perform When It Counts

    The Pressure Principle: Handle Stress, Harness Energy, and Perform When It Counts
    Dave Alred

    ''If you are struggling with exams, vivers, job interviews, work presentations, with performing in a team or individual sport – or find it difficult to interact in social situations – then this is for you' – Amazon reviewThe book on how to handle pressure from the performance coach to Francesco Molinari and Jonny WilkinsonWhether it's the stress of hitting a deadline at work, passing an exam or an upcoming job interview, pressure is everywhere.So how can we turn this into our advantage?Dr Dave Alred MBE is widely acknowledged as one of the best coaches on the planet. A pioneer in performance psychology, he nurtured Jonny Wilkinson into rugby's most feared kicker, and has helped Premiership footballers, number one golfers and England cricketers deliver on the biggest stage.He believes that dealing with pressure is a skill like any other and in this book he shares his eight ground-breaking principles, distilling his life's work into an accessible and practical book with examples from the world of business, sport and the classroom.From writing down personal affirmations to understanding how to use language more effectively, The Pressure Principle will help you become your best self and stay calm when the heat is on.'Dave Alred is a genius. There is simply no-one around to match him in his field' Jonny Wilkinson CBE'Dave Alred is the coach who helped Jonny Wilkinson keep his cool. We can all learn from him' Matthew Syed, author of bestselling Black Box Thinking

  • The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition: 8th edition

    The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition: 8th edition
    Anita Bean

    The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition is the definitive practical handbook for anyone wanting a performance advantage. This fully updated and revised edition incorporates the latest cutting-edge research. Written by one of the country's most respected sports nutritionists, it provides the latest research and information to help you succeed. This eighth edition includes accessible guidance on the following topics: maximising endurance, strength and performance how to calculate your optimal calorie, carbohydrate and protein requirements advice on improving body composition specific advice for women, children and vegetarians eating plans to cut body fat, gain muscle and prepare for competition sport-specific nutritional advice.

  • Crewing to Win: How to be the best crew & a great team

    Crewing to Win: How to be the best crew & a great team
    Saskia Clark

    The crew of a racing boat is as important as the helmsman – they work as a team to sail as fast as they can. But different members of that team have different roles in the boat. In addition to the obvious roles which belong to the crew – trimming the jib and spinnaker and helping keep the boat upright – the crew can also contribute to tactics, boat tuning, watching the competition and so on. In this book, Olympic gold medallist crew, Saskia Clark, describes all that is needed to become a top-rate crew, or just be a better crew at whatever level you want to compete at. She initially takes you through getting started as a crew and team – choosing a boat and setting your goals. She then turns to the specific crewing skills of hiking, trapezing, tacking, gybing, handling the spinnaker and having good boatspeed on each leg of the course. The focus then turns to racing and particularly the roles of each member of the team, communication, decision making and execution around the race course. Finally, she brings it all together with advice on how you can be the best crew and a great team. Packed with photographs this is the ultimate book for crews whether they are trying to win a championship or just wanting to sail at their local club. If your helm doesn’t buy it for you, treat yourself!

  • Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball

    Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball
    Bob Tewksbury

    Former Major League pitcher and mental skills coach for two of baseball's legendary franchises (the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants) Bob Tewksbury takes fans inside the psychology of baseball.In Ninety Percent Mental, Bob Tewksbury shows readers a side of the game only he can provide, given his singular background as both a longtime MLB pitcher and a mental skills coach for two of the sport's most fabled franchises, the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. Fans watching the game on television or even at the stadium don't have access to the mind games a pitcher must play in order to get through an at-bat, an inning, a game. Tewksbury explores the fascinating psychology behind baseball, such as how players use techniques of imagery, self-awareness, and strategic thinking to maximize performance, and how a pitcher's strategy changes throughout a game. He also offers an in-depth look into some of baseball's most monumental moments and intimate anecdotes from a "who's who" of the game, including legendary players who Tewksbury played with and against (such as Mark McGwire, Craig Biggio, and Greg Maddux), game-changing managers and executives (Joe Torre, Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean), and current star players (Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Miller, Rich Hill).With Tewksbury's esoteric knowledge as a thinking-fan's player and his expertise as a "baseball whisperer", this entertaining book is perfect for any fan who wants to see the game in a way he or she has never seen it before. Ninety Percent Mental will deliver an unprecedented look at the mound games and mind games of Major League Baseball.

  • Coaching for Performance: The Principles and Practices of Coaching and Leadership

    Coaching for Performance: The Principles and Practices of Coaching and Leadership
    John Whitmore

    "Coaching for Performance is the proven resource for all coaches and pioneers of the future of coaching." Magdalena N. Mook, CEO, International Coach Federation (ICF)"Shines a light on what it takes to create high performance." John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays, Chairman, TheCityUK Coaching for Performance is the definitive book for coaches, leaders, talent managers and professionals around the world. An international bestseller, featuring the influential GROW model, this book is the founding text of the coaching profession. It explains why enabling people to bring the best out of themselves is the key to driving productivity, growth, and engagement. A meaningful coaching culture has the potential to transform the relationship between organizations and employees and to put both on the path to long-term success. Written by Sir John Whitmore, the pioneer of coaching, and Performance Consultants, the global market leaders in performance coaching, this extensively revised and extended edition will revolutionize the traditional approach to organizational culture. Brand new practical exercises, corporate examples, coaching dialogues, and a glossary, strengthen the learning process, whilst a critical new chapter demonstrates how to measure the benefits of coaching as a return on investment, ensuring this landmark new edition will remain at the forefront of professional coaching and leadership development.

  • The Cyclist s Training Manual: Fitness and Skills for Every Rider

    The Cyclist’s Training Manual: Fitness and Skills for Every Rider
    Guy Andrews

    The Cyclist's Training Manual is the definitive guide to fitness for cycling, suitable for everyone from complete beginners looking to build fitness for their first charity event through to experienced cyclists looking to improve competitive performance. Starting with the basic components of fitness, this step-by-step handbook then guides you through everything you need to know to train and compete at your best, including how to organise your training, training methods, nutrition, health and how to avoid the most common cycling injuries. It also provides specialised training programmes and techniques for all cycling disciplines, such as road racing, time trials, mountain biking, sprint rides and challenge rides, as well as specific advice for novices, juniors, women and veterans. Quotes, tips and Q&A sessions from leading cyclists and team coaches are also featured.

  • Winning!: The path to Rugby World Cup glory

    Winning!: The path to Rugby World Cup glory
    Clive Woodward

    Winning! tells the story of the remarkable past six years – an unforgettable journey that began in September 1997 and took the team from the lower ranks of international first-class rugby to the top as World Cup Champions. Sir Clive Woodward and his team mounted a campaign of vast change, great learning, team building and clear vision to achieve their aim. 'We would question everything, change anything and leave no stone unturned,' he writes. WINNING! will talk about the team's journey of innovation and discovery and will reveal exactly how it happened, the fundamentals of their success and how these principles can be applied to any human endeavour. 'We changed the way we coached, the way we played and, of equal importance, how we operated off the field.' Bringing his business management skills to the game, Woodward simplified the entire approach to the structure of the team and created new management systems both on and off the pitch.In an anecdotal style, Clive Woodward entertains and informs while he describes the thrilling build-up to England's World Cup triumph.

  • The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

    The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods
    Hank Haney

    In March 2004, Hank Haney received a call from Tiger Woods in which the golf champion asked Haney to be his coach. It was a call that would change both men’s lives. Tiger – only 28 at the time – was by then already an icon, judged by the sporting press as not only one of the best golfers ever, but possibly the best athlete ever. But Tiger was always looking to improve, and he wanted Hank’s help. Over the next six years of working together, the supremely gifted Woods collected six major championships and rewrote golf history. Hank was one of the very few people allowed behind the curtain. Always haunting Tiger was his fear of ‘the big miss’ – the wildly inaccurate golf shot that can ruin an otherwise solid round – and it was because that type of blunder was sometimes part of Tiger’s game that Hank carefully redesigned his swing mechanics.Towards the end of their time together, the champion’s laser-like focus began to blur and he became less willing to put in punishing hours practicing. Hints that Tiger hungered to reinvent himself were present in his bizarre infatuation with elite military training, and – in a development Hank didn’t see coming – in the scandal that would make headlines in late 2009. It all added up to a big miss that Hank, try as he might, couldn’t save Tiger from.There’s never been a book about Tiger Woods that is as intimate and revealing – or one so wise about what it takes to coach a superstar athlete.

  • Core Strength Training: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to a Stronger Body and Better Posture for Men and Women

    Core Strength Training: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to a Stronger Body and Better Posture for Men and Women
    DK

    The step-by-step guide to building a stronger bodyImprove your physique, posture and power with Core Strength Training, a practical, no-nonsense guide suitable for everyone from complete beginners to fitness fanatics. 150 step-by-step exercises are demonstrated with clear diagrams and artworks showing you exactly what to do and which muscle groups you are using. Plus hints and tips help you perfect your technique and perform each movement correctly and safely. Pick the exercise routine that works for you from a wide range of specially designed programmes so whether you're looking to improve core-strength for your golf swing, increase your power in combat sports or improve your posture post-pregnancy, you'll find the programme for you. Variations are also included so exercises can be adapted to suit your ability and experience.Core Strength Training gives you everything you need to build a stronger body and get the very best results from your work-outs.

  • Thoughts of a Millwall Optimist: Five Years in the Life of a Millwall Fan

    Thoughts of a Millwall Optimist: Five Years in the Life of a Millwall Fan
    David Hall

    This is the story of what it's like to be a devoted fan of one of football's most famous clubs, covering the seasons of a highly eventful five-year period from 2005/06 to 2009/10, a period which was surprising – even by Millwall standards! Starting by perfectly capturing the tension as chairmen and managers come and go and the despair felt by our optimist as the team is eventually relegated, it continues as another season passes, marked by the addition and too-frequent departure of players and a struggle to avoid relegation for a second successive year. The club survives and goes on to enjoy success culminating in a trip to Wembley for a nail-biting League One playoff final, which is lost, only to return the following season, this time to be victorious, winning promotion to the Championship.# Anyone who has ever given their loyalty to a football club will empathise with this Millwall optimist as he takes the reader through the full range of emotions experienced almost daily by all true fans as they support their teams through defeat and follow them to glory.

  • I Am The Secret Footballer: Lifting the Lid on the Beautiful Game

    I Am The Secret Footballer: Lifting the Lid on the Beautiful Game
    Anon

    This updated edition of the bestselling and wildly popular I Am the Secret Footballer features a new introduction and an additional chapter. The anonymous writer of The Guardian's "Secret Footballer" column gives Premiere League fans an insider's look into the unseen world of professional football.It is often said that 95% of what happens in football takes place behind closed doors. Many of these stories I shouldn't be telling you. But I will.Who is The Secret Footballer? Only a few people know the true identity of the man inside the game. Whoever he is-and whatever team he plays for-TSF is always honest, fearless and opinionated. Here he takes readers past the locker-room door and reveals the inner-workings of a professional club, the exhilarating highs and crushing lows and what it's really like to do the job most of us can only dream of doing.TSF chronicles the exploits of his Premiership colleagues with a gimlet eye and frank humour. Managers, agents and players are not spared from his observations-their mindsets, their relationships with those outside the sport, their behaviour good and bad. In his inimitable style, TSF recounts entertaining and eyebrow-raising vignettes, naming names and dropping colourful details along the way.

  • The Fat Burn Revolution: Boost Your Metabolism and Burn Fat Fast

    The Fat Burn Revolution: Boost Your Metabolism and Burn Fat Fast
    Julia Buckley

    Looking for a way to shed stubborn fat, or wondering why your current exercise programme isn't helping you slim down? Having trouble breaking through a body fat or fitness plateau? The Fat Burn Revolution demystifies fat burning fitness, answering all these questions and more to put you on the right track for the lean body you have always wanted.With insights into the latest fat-loss information used by top personal trainers combined with tried-and-tested metabolism-boosting workout programmes, the Fat Burn Revolution gives you the tools to sculpt your body.Leading fitness journalist and trainer Julia Buckley shows you the healthy way to condition your body for optimum fat burning – even when you're not exercising.* Adaptable for absolute beginners wanting advice on how to get started, through to experienced fitness aficionados.* Effective and efficient exercise programmes can be tailored to suit your lifestyle.* No gym membership is needed – the workouts use just a few key pieces of equipment, so can be done at home. * Hate running long distances or spending hours on boring cardio machines? No problem, these intense, varied lessons – lasting up to 45 minutes – are tough, but never boring!* Easy to follow nutritional advice is included as well as solutions to common barriers to exercise and fat loss, and tips on maintaining a lean healthy body in the long term.

  • The Education of a Coach

    The Education of a Coach
    David Halberstam

    More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country's most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves.Bill Belichick's thirty-one years in the NFL have been marked by amazing success–most recently with the New England Patriots. In this groundbreaking book, THE EDUCATION OF A COACH, David Halberstam explores the nuances of both the game and the man behind it. He uncovers what makes Bill Belichick tick both on and off the field.

  • The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman

    The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman
    Timothy Ferriss

    Do you want to lose fat, double testosterone, get the perfect posterior or give your partner a fifteen-minute female orgasm? Whatever your physical goal, The 4-Hour Body eclipses every other health manual by sharing the best kept secrets in the latest science and research to provide new strategies for redesigning the human body. And you don't need to exhaust yourself. International bestselling author, Timothy Ferriss, helps you reach your true genetic potential in 3-6 months with a commitment of less than four hours per week. You can pick and choose from a menu of options, from simple to extreme, for dramatic body changes. Based on over 15 years of research and with personal stories, amazing before and after photos, recipes and sidebars, The 4-Hour Body will give unbelievable results and change the way you look forever.

  • Ballroom Dancing

    Ballroom Dancing
    Alex Moore

    This early work on dancing is a fascinating read for any dance enthusiast. Extensively illustrated with 72 diagrams and photographs to complement comprehensive step-by-step guides to a variety of dance steps. Contents Include: The Quickstep, The Waltz, The Foxtrot, The Tango, Popular Dances, Old Time Dances, Ballroom Novelty Dances and Games, and The Practical Side of Teaching. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

  • Football - Bloody Hell!: The Biography of Alex Ferguson

    Football – Bloody Hell!: The Biography of Alex Ferguson
    Patrick Barclay

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS Sir Alex Ferguson is the most controversial and compelling figure in football. For many he ranks as the greatest manager of all time. He is certainly the most successful.It's been more than ten years since Ferguson's Manchester United triumphed over Bayern Munich in the dying seconds of the Champions League final. Since then he has presided over the rise and fall and rise again of José Mourinho; the arrival and departure of the world's best player, Ronaldo; the removal of one English talisman – Beckham – and the irresistible instalment of another – Rooney. Ferguson has been instrumental in making the Premier League the most successful competition in football, and he has endured while the mountains of cash have turned to valleys of debt. Throughout, award-winning journalist Patrick Barclay has been pitch-side and spoken to all those who know Ferguson best – fellow managers, former players, colleagues and commentators. The result is Football – Bloody Hell!: the definitive work on the game's greatest living legend.

  • Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics

    Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics
    Jonathan Wilson

    In INVERTING THE PYRAMID, Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world's game, tracing the global history of tactics, from modern pioneers right back to the beginning when chaos reigned. Along the way, he looks at the lives of great players and thinkers who shaped the sport and probes why the English, in particular, have 'proved themselves unwilling to grapple with the abstract'.This fifth-anniversary edition of a football modern classic has been fully updated to include an investigation of the modern-day Barcelona and how their style of play developed from Total Football, which itself was an evolution of the Scottish passing game invented by Queens Park and taken on by Tottenham in the 1930s. It also analyses different styles in the early British game and the changing mentality of South American football in the 1970s, as well as looking at the birth of the 3-5-2 system so prevalent today.

  • The Barcelona Legacy: Guardiola, Mourinho and the Fight For Football s Soul

    The Barcelona Legacy: Guardiola, Mourinho and the Fight For Football’s Soul
    Jonathan Wilson

    Manchester, 2018: Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho lead their teams out to face each other in the 175th Manchester derby. They are first and second in the Premier League, but today only one man can come out on top. It is merely the latest instalment in a rivalry that has contested titles, traded insults and crossed a continent, but which can be traced back to a friendship that began almost 25 years ago.Barcelona, late-nineties: Johan Cruyff's Dream Team is disintegrating and the revolutionary manager has departed, but what will come next will transform the future of football. Cruyff's style has changed the game, and given birth to a generation of thinkers: men like Ronald Koeman, Luis Enrique, Laurent Blanc, Frank de Boer, Louis van Gaal, and Cruyff's club captain Pep Guardiola and a young translator, José Mourinho.The Barcelona Legacy is a book in part about tactics, about how the theories that underpin the modern game were forged by Cruyff and his successors, but also about the people and personalities who gathered at the Camp Nou for what was effectively the greatest coaching seminar in history, about their friendships and rivalries and, in one case, an apocalyptic falling out that continues to shape the game today.

  • Don t Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runner’s Obsession

    Don’t Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runner’s Obsession
    Vassos Alexander

    This is a celebration of running – and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part fitness. Part simple childlike joy of running when you could be walking.Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. Each of the .2 chapters also features a fascinating insight into how others first started – from Paula Radcliffe to Steve Cram, the Brownlees to Jenson Button, Nicky Campbell to Nell McAndrew.Funny, inspiring, honest – the perfect read for anyone with well-worn trainers by the door (or thinking of buying a pair…)

  • F2 World of Football: How to Play Like a Pro (Skills Book 1)

    F2 World of Football: How to Play Like a Pro (Skills Book 1)
    The F2

    'The F2 are unbelievable – what they do is not possible!' – Pelé We're The F2 and this is our World of Football. Inside we give away the biggest secrets of the greatest footballers on the planet. Want tricks like Neymar? Or to hit free-kicks like Ronaldo? Or to dribble like Messi? We show you how.We've been travelling the world, meeting the biggest stars, like Gareth Bale, Ronaldinho, Mesut Özil, Pelé and Stevie G, and now we give you the lowdown on what they're really like, and how they got their edge.We'll also let you in on our journey from aspiring pros to YouTube superstars with over 10 million followers. Want to know how to become a social media star? That's inside too.There's a free app to download that will make these pages come to life with exclusive videos, tricks and games. So, what are you waiting for? Open, read, learn, download and get out on the pitch and practise. Love, peace and tekkers,Billy and Jez, aka The F2Enter the F2 World of Football competition!!Submit your pre-order confirmation for a chance to win a selection of amazing prizes, including having your book delivered to your door by Billy and Jez and featuring on their Vlog!Go to www.F2playlikeapro.co.uk for all the details.

  • Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches

    Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches
    Carlo Ancelotti

    Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full, riveting story of his managerial career – his methods, mentors, mistakes and triumphs – and takes us inside the dressing room to trace the characters, challenges and decisions that have shaped him. The result is both a scintillating memoir and a rare insight into the business of leadership.

  • The Cave: The Inside Story of the Amazing Thai Cave Rescue

    The Cave: The Inside Story of the Amazing Thai Cave Rescue
    Liam Cochrane

    Twelve lost boys, their coach, and the heroes who rescued them. When the 12 young members of the Wild Boars soccer club walked into a Thai cave with their coach, they expected to be out by nightfall. A birthday cake waited in the fridge for one boy, another boy had a tutoring class. They had rope and torches but no food. Then a sudden monsoonal downpour flooded their route out. They were trapped – imprisoned in a cave said to be haunted by a mythical broken-hearted princess. So began the greatest search-and-rescue mission in living memory. People from across Thailand, and soon from across the world, joined hands to find the boys and get them out. ABC foreign correspondent Liam Cochrane was on the ground as the dramatic events unfolded. Using his local knowledge, and working with a team of Thai researchers, he puts us at the centre of the story, witnessing the boys' agonising wait, the divers' battle against muddy torrents, the race to pump out flooded caves, the secret drilling plans. With unrivalled access, he reveals fresh details about the boys' time inside the cave and gives an exclusive account of the rescue from lead diver John Volanthen. Amidst the hope, there are tensions, tragedy and powerful players guiding the rescue. But most of all, this is the inspirational story of an amazing group of boys and what can be achieved when the world unites.

  • Youth Development in Football: Lessons from the world’s best academies

    Youth Development in Football: Lessons from the world’s best academies
    Mark Nesti

    The identification and development of talented young players has become a central concern of football clubs at all levels of the professional game, as well as for national and international governing bodies. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey and assessment of youth development programmes in football around the world, to highlight best practice, and to offer clear recommendations for improvement. The book draws on original, in-depth research at eight elite professional football clubs, including Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich, as well as the French national football academy at Clairefontaine. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, including psychology, coaching and management studies, and covers every key topic from organisational structures, talent recruitment and performance analysis to player education and welfare. Written by two authors with extensive experience in English professional football, including five Premiership clubs, this book is important reading for any student, researcher, coach, administrator or academy director with an interest in football, youth sport, sports development, sports coaching or sport management.

  • My Turn: The Autobiography

    My Turn: The Autobiography
    Johan Cruyff

    'I knew nothing about football before knowing Cruyff.' Pep GuardiolaJohan Cruyff is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. Throughout his playing career, he was synonymous with Total Football, a style of play in which every player could play in any position on the pitch. Today, his philosophy lives on in teams across Europe, from Barcelona to Bayern Munich and players from Lionel Messi to Cesc Fabrecas. My Turn tells the story of Cruyff's life starting at Ajax, where he won eight national titles and three European Cups before moving to Barcelona where he won La Liga in his first season, in 1973, and was named European Footballer of the Year. He won the Ballon d'Or three times, and led the Dutch national team to the final of the 1974 World Cup, famously losing to West Germany, and receiving the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.Off the field his life was more turbulent, surviving a kidnapping attempt and bankruptcy. This honest and unflinching autobiography also explores his life after retirement, when he became a hugely successful manager of Ajax and then Barcelona when he won the Champions league with a young Pep Guardiola in his team. My Turn is the inspirational account of a legendary football hero, voted European Player of the Century, in his own words.In March 2016 Cruyff died after a short battle with lung cancer bringing world football to a standstill in an outpouring of emotions. A brilliant teacher and analyst of the game he love, My Turn is Johan Cruyff's legacy.

  • The Secret Footballer s Guide to the Modern Game: Tips and Tactics from the Ultimate Insider

    The Secret Footballer’s Guide to the Modern Game: Tips and Tactics from the Ultimate Insider
    Anon

    The bestselling anonymous author is back with the ultimate book to challenge conventional footballing wisdom. This is football gift with a bit of attitude. Perfect for football fans and armchair referees alike.With his trademark wit, opinion and candour, The Secret Footballer will guide the reader through: The pass – geometry and positioning and intelligence; Fitness; Skills & dribbling; Power & passion; When to listen to your gaffer and when to ignore him; Data and how it is used on the pitch/in transfers; Football academies; Match fixing, diving and other dark deeds; Tunnel vision – what it takes to be a pro; What the pundits say and what they really mean; top 11s (goals to scapegoats, chants to stadiums); 'Bouncebackability' and other words that just aren't acceptable.

  • Marathon Running: From Beginner to Elite, 4th edition

    Marathon Running: From Beginner to Elite, 4th edition
    Richard Nerurkar

    "I've learned so much from Richard about marathon running. If you want to run a marathon, or a faster one, you have to read his book!" Haile Gebrselassie, first athlete to run a sub-2:04 Marathon "Richard's achievements as a world-class distance runner speak for themselves. His success came from a meticulous approach to training and from knowing how to get the best out of himself in his races." Paula Radcliffe, women's marathon world record holder (2:15:25, London 2003)Written by Richard Nerurkar, Britain's most successful marathon runner of the 1990s, the fourth edition of this classic, invaluable guide will help you get the most from your distance training. From the complete beginner enchanted by the challenge of the London Marathon, to the experienced runner wishing to improve on racing strategy, its authoritative pages reveal a wealth of information on: structuring an effective build-up and tapertraining harder without doing too much improving your endurance and pace judgementproducing your best on race-day. This new edition has been fully updated to take account of the latest developments in running science and programme design. Also included are tips on how to choose a good marathon and the pitfalls of bad ones, as well as more insights from Richard and other leading runners.

  • The Total Dumbbell Workout: Trade Secrets of a Personal Trainer

    The Total Dumbbell Workout: Trade Secrets of a Personal Trainer
    Steve Barrett

    The ultimate 'one stop' guide to training with dumbbells. Practical and easily accessible, The Total Dumbbell Workout is perfect for the fitness enthusiast or fitness professional who wants to lightly improve their knowledge and heavily improve the range of exercises they can use in their training. Tried and tested exercises are accompanied by clear photos and illustrations presented in a modern and logical way.The Total Dumbbell Workout is brimming with ideas for using this bestselling piece of fitness equipment not just in the gym but at home too. Packed with clear and easy to use exercises, this how-to reference book also provides adaptations of basic and advanced exercises making it ideal for anyone who wants to get the most out of their fitness gear.- Each exercise idea is organised by fitness level and includes follow-up and extension ideas. – Written in a jargon-free and concise style, this book is light on the science and background, heavy on practicality.

  • The Fitness Instructor s Handbook: A Complete Guide to Health and Fitness

    The Fitness Instructor’s Handbook: A Complete Guide to Health and Fitness
    Morc Coulson

    New and updated, The Fitness Instructor's Handbook, 3rd edition is the essential guide for anyone working in, or wishing to enter, the fitness industry.Including a brand new chapter on Cardiorespiratory machine exercises covering correct technique, safety points and step-by-step photos and updated references throughout, this new edition reflects the latest changes to the National Occupational Standards (levels 2 and 3).Topics covered include:The skeletal systemmuscles and tendonsthe energy systemcirculation and respirationcomponents of fitnesssafety issuescustomer servicescreening clientsplanning and programme designexercise evaluation.Packed full of illustrations, case studies, revision questions and sample programmes this is the ideal book for those new to the industry as well as experienced trainers.

  • The Men s Health Little Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!

    The Men’s Health Little Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!
    Adam Campbell

    The Men's Health Little Book of Exercises is a handy instruction manual to more than 250 of the best exercises and workouts for torching fat and losing weight, shredding abs, and sculpting massive biceps, pecs, delts, glutes and more!With detailed step-by-step photos, the book will instruct you how to execute each move with perfect form to challenge every muscle fibre for better, faster results. Special advice includes 'how to add 50 pounds to your bench press', '10 ways to add inches to your arms', 'the best abs exercises you're not doing but should' and '4 surprising foods that burn fat and build muscle'. Based on the best-selling Men's Health Big Book of Exercises, the Little Book by Adam Campbell is even more useful because it's compact and rugged enough for you to take right into the gym with you – so you'll never wonder if you're doing an exercise wrong again. Workout log included.

  • The Greatest: The Quest for Sporting Perfection

    The Greatest: The Quest for Sporting Perfection
    Matthew Syed

    What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform?And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning? Matthew Syed, the 'Sports Journalist of the Year 2016', answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be, as individuals, teams and as organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its illusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.

  • The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines

    The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines
    Michael Cox

    An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition. Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically. And then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no-get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence. The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson’s directness to Keegan’s relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit, to Mourinho’s cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri’s counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

  • Shadows on the Road: Life at the Heart of the Peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky

    Shadows on the Road: Life at the Heart of the Peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky
    Michael Barry

    In 2012, veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport after riding for several top professional teams, including US Postal and Team Sky. Weeks later he testified against his former team mate Lance Armstrong, as part of the USADA investigation. In a stunning piece of writing, Barry explores the dreams and passion of a young, idealistic cycling fan from Toronto, what it was like to go on to ride as a teammate alongside such giants of the sport as Lance Armstrong, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, and how those dreams were compromised early on in his career by a sport in crisis. But it is also the story of his eleven years riding clean, before and after his time in the notorious US Postal Team. What was it like to head for Europe at such a young age, and what was it like to escape the environment of doping, to try and start again, all the time aware that past actions may one day catch up with him? Offering a unique and elegiac insight into the life and mind of a professional sportsman – the pressures, sacrifices, fears, crashes, injuries and neuroses – Shadows on the Road: Life at the Heart of the Peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky is a must-read for cycling and sports fans alike.

  • The 4-Week Body Blitz: Transform Your Body Shape with My Complete Diet and Exercise Plan

    The 4-Week Body Blitz: Transform Your Body Shape with My Complete Diet and Exercise Plan
    Chloe Madeley

    Chloe Madeley's 4-Week Body Blitz is an exercise and nutrition plan that shows you how to transform your body shape in just 28 days.Do you have a party dress to squeeze into for the Christmas season? If you have a short-term weight-loss goal, then this is the book for you!Chloe Madeley is a qualified personal trainer who specialises in body shape transformation. In the 4-Week Body Blitz, she lays out the exercises you need to do and the food you should eat every single day for four weeks in order to get yourself in shape. Follow Chloe's instructions and you will see a significant difference in how your body looks. What’s more, you don't need a gym membership or expensive equipment to follow Chloe's plan.This comprehensive, fully illustrated guide is full of delicious, easy recipes to fuel your exercise and aid your weight-loss.

  • My Story

    My Story
    Steven Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard – legendary captain of Liverpool and England – tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football.As the only player ever to have scored in a FA cup final, a league cup final, a UEFA cup final and a champion's league final, Steven Gerrard is an inspiration to fans and footballers alike. After joining his beloved Liverpool at the age of eight, he spent the next 28 years, and over 700 games, devoted to this one club. Perhaps the last player of his calibre that we will see display such extraordinary longevity and commitment, his loyalty ensures he will be remembered not only as one of the all-time Anfield greats but one of England's finest footballers. In My Story Gerrard dissects his full playing career. He examines the defining games such as the 2005 Champion's League Final when he inspired 'The Miracle of Istanbul' as Liverpool came back from 3-0 down against AC Milan to become champions of Europe. He talks about his 114 caps for England, including World Cup and European Championship campaigns, asking what went right – and wrong. In My Story Gerrard dissects his full playing career. He examines the defining games such as the 2005 Champion's League Final when he inspired 'The Miracle of Istanbul' as Liverpool came back from 3-0 down against AC Milan to become champions of Europe. He talks about his 114 caps for England, including World Cup and European Championship campaigns, asking what went right – and wrong. He writes candidly of those he's played with and competed against, from Luis Suárez to Jose Mourinho, his experiences under Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson. He also has an incredible and rare personal story, telling us of the extraordinary ups and downs of staying loyal to one club for your entire career. Explosive and searingly honest, Steven Gerrard's My Story is the last word from an era-defining player.

  • Soccernomics

    Soccernomics
    Simon Kuper

    At last, football has its answer to Freakonomics, The Tipping Point and The Undercover Economist. Why do England lose?”“Why do Germany & Brazil Win?”“How have Spain conquered the World?”"Penalties – what are they good for?"“What is the price on achieving success and the true cost of failure?” These are questions every football fan has asked. Soccernomics (previously published as Why England Lose) answers them. Written with an economist's brain and a football writer's skill, it applies high-powered analytical tools to everyday football topics. Soccernomics isn't in the first place about money. It's about looking at data in new ways. It's about revealing counterintuitive truths about football. It explains all manner of things about the game which newspapers just can't see. It all adds up to a new way of looking at football, beyond clichés about "The Magic of the FA Cup", "England's Shock Defeat" and "Newcastle's New South American Star". No training in economics is needed to read Soccernomics but the reader will come out of it with a better understanding not just of football, but of how economists think and what they know.

  • Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running

    Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running
    Richard Blagrove

    Endurance runners and coaches have tended to neglect weight training and conditioning techniques, often in the belief that they don't benefit performance, add unwanted muscle bulk, or cause excessive soreness. But as standards at elite level have improved, so coaches and runners have become increasingly keen on learning about the latest new training techniques or ways to stay injury free. No longer does the running community view strength and conditioning with scepticism, or as something that can only benefit elite runners. In Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running, author Richard Blagrove shows how a strength and conditioning programme can directly improve running performance and reduce the risk of injury, as well as allowing an athlete to tolerate high volumes of running in the future. Fully illustrated with 312 colour images and diagrams.

  • Reading the Wind: and Coaching Techniques

    Reading the Wind: and Coaching Techniques
    Jim Owens

    Updated 2013 ebook versionAs a competition shooter you can control many things, but you cannot control the wind conditions. To excel in any outdoor shooting sport you will need to learn how to compensate for the effects of the wind. Written by Master Sergeant Jim Owens, his 20+ years of Marine Corps Shooting Team experience will give you the knowledge of how to read, judge and adjust for the wind – in any type of rifle competition. Jim’s book presents a simple system for judging the speed, direction and value of the wind. You'll learn to read the mirage, how to accurately read the range flag, estimate wind speed, wind strategies, effects on the bullet and much more. The coaching techniques section will help your own performance and that of others when shooting in the wind.Also included are 22 sets of wind charts for a variety of calibers (.223, .308, 6.5-08, 6.5-284, .300 Win. Mag.), bullet weights, and for both Across the course and Long Range. There are 80 wind charts in total !"My scores have improved drastically. I thank you for your books. High Power shooting is enjoyable when you do better."—Neal Trubitt “Your series of books and tapes have helped me make the first daunting steps and I entered my first competitive event ever, the 2004 NRA High Power Week Competition at Camp Perry. Your Data Book is the best that I have seen and all the information that you had put together and your personal commitment to Juniors in the sport is indeed commendable.”—Steven Field Keywords: windage,rifle,high power,clicks,adjustment,range,chart,training, practice,wind speed,kentucky,hold,sight picture,aim,competition,NRA

  • Periodization Fitness Training: A Revolutionary Football Conditioning Program

    Periodization Fitness Training: A Revolutionary Football Conditioning Program
    Javier Mallo

    Periodization Fitness Training A Revolutionary Football Conditioning Program Learn How to Condition your Team the Modern Way, All Season Round This revolutionary book in FULL COLOUR contains a complete conditioning program based on Periodization Fitness Training. Periodization is the systematic planning of fitness training. This book helps you solve the problem of organizing the training loads in order to achieve the highest team performance possible at the different stages of a season. This book includes practices that develop all the attributes needed for an individual and a team, such as: – Warm ups with and without the ball – Football specific conditioning with the ball – Technical and Tactical practices – Competitive small sided games – Attacking and defending – The transition from defence to attack and attack to defence. The fitness practices in this book are very creative and aim to replicate competitive matches, so the players get used to making quick decisions and solving problems that arise during competition.

  • Yoga For Men: Build Strength, Improve Performance, Increase Flexibility

    Yoga For Men: Build Strength, Improve Performance, Increase Flexibility
    Dean Pohlman

    Maximise your athletic performance, reduce your post-workout aches, and help prevent injuries with yoga. Professional athletes are making yoga a regular part of their fitness routines; and GQ, HuffPost, and Men's Health have all advocated yoga for men. Flexibility is one of the most important, yet overlooked, elements of fitness, and sports success- for example tight hamstrings mean your stride isn't as long when running, or that you can't swing your leg as high when kicking a ball. Yoga increases flexibility, building a bigger range of motion and allowing you to work more muscle fibres with every movement. With straightforward language and easy-to-follow steps, Man Yoga will teach you how to execute the 50 key yoga postures you need for greater endurance, flexibility, balance, and strength – no chanting required. It also includes 20 yoga workouts tailored to help you meet specific performance goals, such as core strength or greater power. You'll find that incorporating yoga into your training will help you get stronger, play harder, and feel better.

  • The Stack and Tilt Swing: The Definitive Guide to the Swing That Is Remaking Golf

    The Stack and Tilt Swing: The Definitive Guide to the Swing That Is Remaking Golf
    Michael Bennett

    An in-depth, full-color, step-by-step guide to the new golf swing that has taken the PGA Tour by stormThe traditional golf swing requires a level of coordination that few golfers have. So it's no surprise that, despite huge advances in club and ball technology, the average golf handicap in America has dropped by only one stroke since 1990. Maverick golf instructors Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer spent a decade researching the swing, eventually combining physiology and physics to create a method they dubbed the "Stack and Tilt." The result? Big-name pros like Mike Weir, Tommy Armour III, and Aaron Baddeley are already converts, and Bennett and Plummer are now two of the most soughtafter swing coaches in the game. Making these breakthroughs available to everyone, The Stack and Tilt Swing is a handsome, fully illustrated, complete course, packed with more than two hundred full-color photographs that make it easy for golfers at all levels to adopt this radical yet simple approach. Analyzing why the traditional swing won't work for most golfers, the authors explain the importance of keeping the upper body stacked over the lower body, while the spine tilts toward the target during the backswing, greatly reducing the inconsistencies created by the old-fashioned approach. Enhanced with practice routines, a troubleshooting list, test cases, and point-by-point assistance, this is the breakthrough guide to golf's hot new secret weapon.

  • The Complete Guide to Personal Training

    The Complete Guide to Personal Training
    Morc Coulson

    A complete reference guide for anyone involved in prescribing exercise programmes for personal training clients. Contains practical tips for designing a range of appropriate client exercise programmes but always with a focus on the best ways you can sustain a business in this area and how you can stand out from the crowd.The Complete Guide to Personal Training also covers all of the Level 3 requirements detailed within the Health and Fitness National Occupational Standards and the Qualifications Framework pertaining to personal training, and provides the theoretical underpinning of how to programme appropriate exercise for your clients.Includes information on:The foundations of personal trainingPlanning and delivering exercise programmesTraining methods and exercise techniques – this enhanced epub also contains nine videos of key exercisesNutritionHealth and safetyIdeal for personal trainers in the health and fitness industry as well as those wishing to undertake qualifications in this area.

  • The Fat-loss Blitz: Flexible Diet and Exercise Plans to Transform Your Body – Whatever Your Fitness Level

    The Fat-loss Blitz: Flexible Diet and Exercise Plans to Transform Your Body – Whatever Your Fitness Level
    Chloe Madeley

    ___________AS SEEN ON ITV'S SAVE MONEY LOSE WEIGHT Bestselling author of The 4-Week Body Blitz, Chloe Madeley, is back with a new diet and exercise plan to get you in shape and shift your body fat – whatever your fitness level or starting point may be.Whether you are an exercise novice, someone who works out a few times a week or if fitness is your way of life, there is a plan in Chloe's book to suit you. From home workouts to gym routines, this book has it covered.Follow Chloe's 28-day tailored eating and fitness plans and you will soon start to see a difference in how you look and feel.This fully illustrated, day-by-day guide contains delicious, easy recipes and step-by-step exercise instructions.

  • Invincible: Inside Arsenal s Unbeaten 2003-2004 Season

    Invincible: Inside Arsenal’s Unbeaten 2003-2004 Season
    Amy Lawrence

    Invincible by Amy Lawrence: A gripping insider's account of how Bergkamp, Henry, Vieira and Pires became the first team in 100 years to go the entire season undefeated2014 Writer of the Year, Football Supporters' Federation'This book is so full of exclusive interviews you'll soon feel like part of the squad. A worthy tribute to one of English football's best ever teams, it makes you long for one more game at Highbury' Shortlist 'Unbeatable insight' Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph In 2003-04, a team that played with lightning speed and lustrous skill fulfilled Wenger's lifelong dream – to go a whole season unbeaten. They pushed and inspired each other, bringing the best out of strong characters like Jens Lehmann, a self-styled 'Mad German', Sol Campbell, an intense competitor, Robert Pirès, an instant friend if you give him a football, Patrick Vieira, a soft-spoken, battle-hardened captain, Gilberto, a thoughtful Brazilian, Thierry Henry, a supremely gifted and obsessed scorer and creator, and Dennis Bergkamp, the perfectionist conductor.Based on exclusive player interviews, and with a foreword and afterword by Arsene Wenger, this definitive book allows the Invincibles to tell their own story. Football writer Amy Lawrence weaves together the team's recollections, and the testimonies of other key players and protagonists around the club, to relive the pivotal games and moments. From the battle of Old Trafford to jubilation at White Hart Lane, from training ground sparks to dressing room revelations, readers will go behind closed doors, onto the pitch, and into the players' minds to understand the teamwork and the psychology to go unbeaten.Published in time for the 10-year anniversary, this is a must-have read for any Arsenal fan. It will be enjoyed by readers of memoirs by Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams, and will also appeal to football fans everywhere who enjoy classic sports books such as The Damned United. Amy Lawrence has watched football avidly since her first trip to Highbury at the age of six, and has written about it, mostly for the Guardian and the Observer, for twenty years. She lives in London.

  • Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life

    Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life
    Joe Friel

    Fast After 50 is for every endurance athlete who wants to stay fast for years to come. For runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, and cross-country skiers, getting older doesn't have to mean getting slower. Drawing from the most current research on aging and sports performance, Joe Friel—America's leading endurance sports coach—shows how athletes can race strong and stay healthy well past age 50. In his groundbreaking book Fast After 50, Friel offers a smart approach for athletes to ward off the effects of age. Friel shows athletes how to extend their racing careers for decades—and race to win. Fast After 50 presents guidelines for high-intensity workouts, focused strength training, recovery, crosstraining, and nutrition for high performance: How the body's response to training changes with age, how to adapt your training plan, and how to avoid overtrainingHow to shed body fat and regain muscle densityHow to create a progressive plan for training, rest, recovery, and competitionWorkout guidelines, field tests, and intensity measurementIn Fast After 50, Joe Friel shows athletes that age is just a number—and race results are the only numbers that count.With contributions from: Mark Allen, Gale Bernhardt, Amby Burfoot, Dr. Larry Creswell, John Howard, Dr. Tim Noakes, Ned Overend, Dr. John Post, Dr. Andrew Pruitt, and Lisa Rainsberger.

  • Tales from the Secret Footballer

    Tales from the Secret Footballer
    Anon

    FOOTBALL'S BIGGEST CHARACTERS TELL IT LIKE IT ISWho is the Secret Footballer? Well he's back and this time his mates speak out too.Players, agents, coaches and managers give you access to all areas of the Premier League. From deal-making to play-making, from dodgy tactics to drunken antics, they reveal the unforgettable highs and the unforgivable lows.This is football as you've never seen it before. 'What happens behind closed doors at Premiership clubs usually stays firmly shut behind closed doors. Not if the Secret Footballer has anything to do with it.' Loaded **From the bestselling author of I am the Secret Footballer and The Secret Footballer's Guide to the Modern Game.**

  • The SAS Training Manual: How to get fit enough to pass a special forces selection course

    The SAS Training Manual: How to get fit enough to pass a special forces selection course
    Chris McNab

    Twice a year, 150 anxious recruits gather at SAS headquarters in the UK, their minds focused on one objective: to become SAS soldiers in one of the world’s most elite regiments. Yet between arriving and receiving the famous winged dagger badge, stands nearly four months of the toughest military selection process in the world. Could you rise to this exceptional challenge of mind and body? The SAS Training Manual shows you how. Beginning with essential preparation, the book covers fitness training, navigation skills and the four-week selection course itself. Find out how to keep the instructors happy, how to deal with exhaustion during Test Week, and how to survive disaster strike on bleak mountains. But having been selected, there’s still training. Learn how the recruits acquire the skills of an SAS soldier, from hostage rescue to handling foreign weapons, from parachute training to surviving jungle courses, from escape and evasion to resistance and interrogation. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and instructive artworks and including first-hand accounts, The SAS Training Manual is an exhaustive, lively guide to the process of becoming one of the world’s best soldiers. Twice a year, 150 anxious recruits gather at SAS headquarters in Hereford, England, their minds focused on one objective: to become SAS soldiers in one of the world’s most elite regiments. Yet between arriving and receiving the famous winged dagger badge, stands nearly four months of the toughest military selection process in the world. Could you rise to this exceptional challenge of mind and body? The SAS Training Manual shows you how. Beginning with essential preparation, the book covers fitness training, navigation skills and the four-week selection course itself. Find out how to keep the instructors happy, how to deal with exhaustion during Test Week, and how to survive disaster strike on bleak mountains. But having been selected, there’s still training. Learn how the recruits acquire the skills of an SAS soldier, from hostage rescue to handling foreign weapons, from parachute training to surviving jungle courses, from escape and evasion to resistance and interrogation. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and instructive artworks and including first-hand accounts, The SAS Training Manual is an exhaustive, lively guide to the process of becoming one of the world’s best soldiers.

  • Commitment: My Autobiography

    Commitment: My Autobiography
    Didier Drogba

    The story of one of the most recognisable and successful players in world football. Didier Drogba is renowned for his heading ability, sharp shooting and sheer strength. He has played for his native Ivory Coast and for clubs in France, China and Turkey, but it is as a Chelsea striker that he is best known. His feats with Chelsea have made him a cult hero among supporters. In Didier Drogba's honest and revealing autobiography he will talk about life as an immigrant in Paris, the importance of his education and how finding success later than most professional footballers has kept him grounded.In 2012 Didier was voted Chelsea's greatest ever player. He talks from a privileged behind-the-scenes position about tactics and how he felt mentally and physically as well as anecdotes from the dressing room. Didier provides unique insight into important and controversial matches from the first trophy he won with them in 2005 to the Premier League title a decade later; as well as what persuaded him to stay when he was at his lowest ebb.Away from football Drogba has been widely applauded for his involvement in trying to broker peace in the Ivorian civil war – he is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and does a huge amount of work with the Didier Drogba Foundation – Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. Go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and find out about life on and off the field for this humble Chelsea hero.

  • Klopp: Bring the Noise

    Klopp: Bring the Noise
    Raphael Honigstein

    The definitive insight into the man behind Liverpool’s Champions League 2019 victoryJürgen Klopp was confirmed as manager of Liverpool FC in October 2015 to a rapturous reception. His super-sized personality and all-or-nothing style of football and management made him the perfect choice to pump up the volume at Anfield and lift Liverpool out of a slump. The appointment sparked hysteria in the city with fans and club officials delighted to get the coach they’d long admired from afar and eager to see the impact he would have on the club and the Premier League. Klopp is the manager to turn players into winners. He’s authentic, approachable and funny, charming media and fans alike. He’s also merciless and exceptionally driven, his quick temper bubbling away barely under the surface. Klopp’s pitch-side passion has enthralled fans, culminating in 2019’s triumphant Champions League win. With exclusive access to Klopp's friends, family, colleagues and players, Raphael Honigstein goes behind-the-scenes at Liverpool to tell the definitive story of Klopp’s career and how he brought Liverpool to victory.

  • Mental and Physical Endurance: How to reach your physical and mental peak

    Mental and Physical Endurance: How to reach your physical and mental peak
    Alexander Stilwell

    Most of us know that we are not exercising our minds and bodies as much as we should. The Elite Forces Manual of Mental and Physical Endurance uses techniques developed by special forces units to train their recruits to show how we can improve our mental and physical fitness. The book is a detailed examination of what it takes to become as fit as a special forces soldier, taking a holistic view of the body and mind. It is equally important to focus on diet, rest patterns and mental discipline as it is to concentrate on physical exercises. Using simple steps, the book shows the reader how they can build up their endurance over a matter of weeks and months, and how their quality of life will benefit. Like elite soldiers, top athletes need the spur of competition to achieve their greatest successes, and The Elite Forces Manual of Mental and Physical Endurance demonstrates how you can gain the psychological edge over your opponent. Whether you are competing in unarmed combat sports, running a marathon or just looking to get ahead, the book has helpful and practical advice for you. Using photographs and artworks, The Elite Forces Manual of Mental and Physical Endurance shows how special forces units such as the SAS and Delta Force stretch themselves mentally and physically, giving the reader the opportunity to train as they do in easy-to-follow steps to reach their peak of mental and physical strength.

  • Charlton Athletic A History

    Charlton Athletic A History
    David C. Ramzan

    For Charlton Athletic Football Club supporters, their club will always be a part of their lives. A Charlton supporter since the mid-1960s, David Ramzan has seen some of the best and worst of times – from playing in the old Second Division, dropping into the Third, ground sharing with local rivals, promotion to the First Division, then relegation and later promotion in the most dramatic final ever played at the home of English football. On a roller-coaster football journey, the club has always been an integral part of the local community, where organisations run by fans have grown alongside the club since it was first formed in 1905. In Charlton Athletic: A History – produced with the assistance of members of the Former Players’ Association, the club, supporters’ groups and associated organisations – David Ramzan charts the history of the South East London club and also those groups, whether independent or part of the establishment, that have made Charlton Athletic one of the most respected clubs in the world of football.

  • Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier

    Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier
    Terry Laughlin

    Swim better—and enjoy every lap—with Total Immersion, a guide to improving your swimming from an expert with more than thirty years of experience in the water.Terry Laughlin, the world’s #1 authority on swimming success, has made his unique approach even easier for anyone to master. Whether you’re an accomplished swimmer or have always found swimming to be a struggle, Total Immersion will show you that it’s mindful fluid movement—not athletic ability—that will turn you into an efficient swimmer. This new edition of the bestselling Total Immersion features: · A thoughtfully choreographed series of skill drills—practiced in the mindful spirit of yoga—that can help anyone swim more enjoyably · A holistic approach to becoming one with the water and to developing a swimming style that’s always comfortable · Simple but thorough guidance on how to improve fitness and form · A complementary land-and-water program for achieving a strong and supple body at any age Based on more than thirty years of teaching, coaching, and research, Total Immersion has dramatically improved the physical and mental experience of swimming for thousands of people of all ages and abilities.

  • Lift Yourself: A Training Guide to Getting Fit and Feeling Strong for Life

    Lift Yourself: A Training Guide to Getting Fit and Feeling Strong for Life
    Laura Hoggins

    Ditch the fad diets and step off the treadmill. There's another way to get results, and it's all about lifting weights.Laura Hoggins spent her early adult life a slave to the scales and a fad diet junkie. Fed up of feeling unhappy, exhausted and demotivated, something had to change.That's when she discovered lifting – the ultimate form of fitness that celebrated effort over results and empowerment over appearance.Packed full of practical tips and myth-busing advice, Lift Yourself is your go-to companion to strength training which will help you to:· turbo-charge your metabolism · improve your mental health · recharge your energy levelsNow a qualified strength and conditioning coach, Laura's 10 Lifting Commandments will help you kick-start a happier, healthier life. So, get ready for lift-off and prepare to find out just how strong you are.

  • How To Watch Football

    How To Watch Football
    Ruud Gullit

    How can one striker be better than three? Why do the best defenders never need to make a tackle? What's the secret of Tiki-taka?Welcome to Ruud Gullit's masterclass on how to 'read' a match.From his unrivalled perspective as player, manager and pundit, the Dutch football legend shows us everything to look for in a 90 minute match. From formations and tactical decisions to player qualities and pivotal moments, Ruud Gullit unveils the hidden patterns on the pitch.Packed with his acute insights, original observations and talking points, How to Watch Football will quite simply change the way you see the beautiful game.

  • Don t Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runner’s Obsession

    Don’t Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runner’s Obsession
    Vassos Alexander

    This is a celebration of running – and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part fitness. Part simple childlike joy of running when you could be walking.Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. Each of the .2 chapters also features a fascinating insight into how others first started – from Paula Radcliffe to Steve Cram, the Brownlees to Jenson Button, Nicky Campbell to Nell McAndrew. Also includes a foreword by Chris Evans.Funny, inspiring, honest – the perfect read for anyone with well-worn trainers by the door (or thinking of buying a pair…)

  • It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager: Book 3

    It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager: Book 3
    Harry Redknapp

    After 40 years in football management, there’s not a lot I haven’t seen. There’ve been big highs, but a fair share of lows too. When I have to make difficult decisions, I make a point of avoiding newspapers, phone-ins, Twitter – all of it. But there’s always a load of armchair-pundits waiting to start on me. Being a manager has never been easy, but between the fans and the media it often feels impossible to get it right.In It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager, I talk about how different the job is now from what it was like when I used to play. For one, managers used to drive up and down motorways all day to scout for players – now there’s so much analysis and global scouting. It’s a different thing, completely. In this book, I share everything I’ve learnt from a lifetime of both wins and losses, and wisdom from greats like Cloughie and Ferguson. I’ll tell you about what actually happens in the dressing room, including when Clough smashed the door off its hinges; the bust-ups at full-time, like when I kicked a tray of sandwiches on Don Hutchinson’s head; and the times when I had to swap an arm round a player’s shoulder for a boot up the arse. It’s my guide to being a manager, the Harry way.

  • Sports And Remedial Massage Therapy

    Sports And Remedial Massage Therapy
    Mel Cash

    This is the definitive reference book on massage as a remedial therapy for sports training and sports injuries. It covers all practical and theroretical aspects of the subject, ranging from the basics through to the treatment of soft tissue injuries; and it gives guidance on how to work in a support role with medical practitioners treating more serious injury. It offers innovative new ideas like working posture and the psychology of injury treatment. This book goes beyond the conventional idea that massage is just a pleasant luxury, and shows it as a vital component in an athlete's training. The therapy offers effective pain relief for muscular problems, with practical advice on how to achieve permanant solutions to improve performance in sport.

  • One Putt

    One Putt
    Ken Brown

    Climb the ladder to achieve one-putts by choosing the right putter, achieving an immaculate set up, reading the greens, acquiring touch and feel and honing your skills through drills.This book also includes some stunning bespoke photography from Getty's No.1 golf photographer as well as many shots of today's leading Pros shot especially for the book.With Ken's own analysis and stories from a wealth of experience, this heavily illustrated, easy-to-follow book will make honing this golfing skill easy and entertaining.

  • Stand Up Paddleboarding: A Beginner s Guide: Learn to SUP

    Stand Up Paddleboarding: A Beginner’s Guide: Learn to SUP
    Simon Bassett

    Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport worldwide. The comparatively low cost, the convenience of inflatable boards and the fact that you can just get on and go all add up to its appeal. But, as with everything, a little bit of knowledge and technique makes the experience so much more enjoyable! That is where this book – the first UK how-to book on paddleboarding – comes in. It provides a perfect introduction to the sport: how to paddleboard, what kit to use and where to go. The book guides you through launching, the correct stance, paddling in a straight line, the different types of turns and landing. It shows you how to choose your board and paddle, inflate and deflate an inflatable board, and talks about where to ride as well as weather, safety, maintenance and repair of your equipment. It covers the main types of paddleboarding: touring, racing, surfing and yoga / fitness. All aspects are heavily illustrated with colour photographs making it easy to understand and clear to follow.