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Energy Work for the Everyday to Elite Athlete

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I misunderstood what "Energy" meant when I picked up this book. I think this book will be great for some people, but I'm not the target audience.
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Energy Work for the Everyday to Elite Athlete :How to Achieve Optimal Sports Performance is a very interesting and in depth book aimed at athletes at all levels.  The author uses a variety of methods to help improve an athletes energy resources (some you will need to have an open mind for !).   It is extensive, but easy to read and lots of scientific studies and sources are cited.   It is a really good book for any athlete to own and refer to, as implementing just some of the strategies will have a positive impact on performance and energy levels.  Overall a great book.
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As an elite athlete, I am always looking out for things that will help me get a competitive edge over my fellow competitors. So when I saw that this book could help boost your recovery, optimise training and improve my performance I was instantly intrigued. Unfortunately, I did not get too far into this book before I gave up reading it. The last time that I did not finish a book was back in 2017, so not finishing a book is unusual for me.

This book is quite a long one at 275 pages not including the index. It is split into 2 main parts. Part One is called Get Ready and Set!; and part 2 is Energy Work For The Athlete. Most informational books that I tend to read are shorter than this, so I was hoping that this book would have been abundant with useful tips and tricks with it being so much bigger than comparable books.

The very first chapter feels like she is trying to convince you that her way works with vague description of how her techniques laters on in this book worked. Unfortunately telling me that ‘later on I will explain how this worked, I am just letting you know that it does now’ is not how I believe that a book that is trying to teach you something should be organised. At no point in the first few chapters does she explain what it is exactly that she is trying to teach us, which certainly left me very skeptical when she goes onto say that “With his trainers peering at us, I conducted my energetic ‘magic’. Within ten minutes, Gabe’s arm was back to full mobility, with absolutely no residual tenderness.”. When someone describes what they do in an informational book as ‘magic’, even if it supposed to be a joke, I struggle to take whatever is going to be said seriously. This certainly set the tone for this book for me, and I did not last more than 20 more pages before I gave up.

The only redeeming thing in this book is that it cites it sources, on almost every page. It is nice that if I was interested in further reading of the article and papers that she is referencing I would have easy access to do additional research myself.

Even thought I did not finish this book, I did skim through the parts that I did not read. Nothing later on in the book convinced me to go back and give it a second try. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not already interested in charkas and spiritual energy.
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This is a must-have resource to help improve resiliency, health, and athletic performance. It is full of great strategies, advice, and easy to implement ideas. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
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