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Good to Go

How to Eat, Sleep and Rest Like a Champion
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Science
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Publisher's Summary

The first definitive account of the new frontier of sports recovery science, which shows what we should and shouldn't be doing between exercising to achieve maximum performance.

All athletes from Olympians to weekend warriors must toe the line between training and recovery to maximise the benefits of workouts and reach optimal performance. For the longest time, coaches and training manuals have emphasised training. But now sports science is homing in on an even more fundamental part: recovery.

The aim of training is to force the body to adapt to stress, and this adaptation is what makes you fitter and better able to perform. But to adapt, you need to optimise recovery, too. You benefit only from training that you can recover from, and the ability to recover determines how much training your body can handle. Recovery, the science shows, is a crucial component of exercise training, and it’s starting to look like it may be the most important one.

Good to Go is the first definitive account of this new frontier in sports and exercise science. This developing science informs not only professional athletes and sports teams but also people who are exercising for health or fitness and those who are aiming to take a little off their personal record.

Good to Go will take listeners on an intimate, lighthearted journey through the science of exercise recovery, from ice baths and cryogenic freezing chambers to the science behind Usain Bolt’s love of chicken nuggets and Tom Brady’s recovery pyjamas. In the same vein as David Epstein’s The Sports Gene and Bill Gifford’s Spring Chicken, Good to Go assesses the science and claims of a wide variety of recovery methods and potions and debunks the junk to give a clear picture of what we should actually be doing to look after our bodies better between exercising.

©2019 Highbridge, A Division of Recorded Books (P)2019 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Christie Aschwanden is simply one of the best science writers in the world. Whether you’re striving for a personal best or simply wondering about that post-workout beer, Good to Go is the definitive tour through a bewildering jungle of scientific (and pseudo-scientific) claims that comprise a multi-billion dollar recovery industry." (David Epstein, best-selling author of The Sports Gene)

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  • 28-01-2020

Fantastic book

I like that this book looks in-depth into the science of sports recovery. I like that it covered subjects like hydration, sports drinks, and a whole bunch of other recovery methods. I would recommend this book to anyone who suffers from fatigue or has plateaued in their training and is looking to better themselves. I chose this rating because this book satisfied me.

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  • Dougie Nisbet
  • 08-05-2019

Easy listen - no huge surprises

The format is becoming a little familiar to me now. Perhaps it's more of an indication of the sort of books I listen to than a judgement on the genre. A sceptical but neutral view of recovery techniques. It reminds me of Matt Fitzgerald's Diet Cults, Bounce by Matthew Syed, and to a lesser extent, Adapt by Tim Harford. Lots of anectode and real-life examples, which in Good to Go, often began with a pithy quote, then attributed to a particular athlete. The sort of thing you'd get in a newspaper headline and I found it a bit tiresome at times. Overall an upbeat book and useful book.

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  • Dimitar Mihaylov
  • 11-06-2019

A bit waste of time.

don't waste your time and money with this book. they reject every theory and don't recommend anything.

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  • AS
  • 02-08-2020

Valid information but a tad contradictory at times

Very well read but the headline is misleading and should instead be something like 'debunking popular recovery myths'. Also, the author appears to criticise research when it suits, but never really questions the validity of research that demonstrates her point. In truth, I believe the author has done their homework and she is correct in her comments but it could easily be misleading.

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  • Christopher R.
  • 14-02-2020

not endure

it's ok. but if you've read endure by Alex Hutchison you'll be disappointed. it is just thinner and less well researched