A scientific paper on heart rate training by Dr. Phil Maffetone
March 27, 2016 | Heart Rate Training, Literature/Studies, Training | 4 Comments|
If you haven’t read any of Dr. Maffetone’s books on endurance running, you probably should. Here are a few:
The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing.
The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within ReachHere’s How It Will Go Down, and What It Can Teach All Runners about Training and Racing
Read his scientific article on heart rate training below or download the PDF here.
Source: The MAF Heart Rate White Paper – Dr. Phil Maffetone
While I have used the maffetone method before and I agree with a lot of his principals, mostly keeping the majority of your endurance training low intensity, I do question calling this a scientific article. My main issue with this is that it was not published in a peer-reviewed journal. In fact, I do not see anything when I search pubmed for Maffetone. This is slightly problematic. As far as I can tell his 180-age formula has never been peer reviewed. I agree that most formulas for HR are flawed but they at least go thru standard peer review. His general principle is probably wise to follow but I have to question the rest. I read his yellow book cover to cover and it’s ok in some areas for sure. But the whole fat based diet is a bit much. especially lately the whole fat based fad is being oversold to what the actual evidence says.
And I must remain somewhat suspect to anyone who was trained in a pseudoscience. Chiropractic is not very rigorous when it comes to the scientific method. And I recall Maffetone also discussing acupuncture and other alternative nonsense in his yellow book. The general principle is great but how about some true peer-review and at least some attempts at RCTs before calling things science.