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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> <BR>In this instant<i> </i>and tenacious bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.<BR><BR>Bill Gates named <i>Shoe Dog</i> one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.”<BR> <BR>Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.<BR> <BR>But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In <i>Shoe Dog</i>, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.<BR> <BR>Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.
Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack
by Jill Grunenwald

Language

English

Pages

264

Publication Date

January 03, 2017

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In the fall of 2012, quirky and cat-loving Cleveland librarian Jill Grunenwald got an alarming email from her younger sister: her sister was very concerned with Jill’s weight and her overall mental and physical health. Having always struggled with her weight, Jill was currently hitting the scales at more than three hundred pounds. Right then, Jill looked in the mirror and decided that she needed to make a life-style change, pronto. She enrolled in Weight Watchers and did something else that she—the girl who avoided gym class like the plague in high school—never thought she’d do; Jill started running. And believe it or not, it wasn’t that bad. Actually, it was kind of fun.<BR><BR>Three months later, Jill did the previously unthinkable and ran her very first 5k at the Cleveland Metropolitan Zoo. Battling the infamous hills of the course, Jill conquered her fears and finished—but in dead last. Yep, the police were reopening the streets behind her. But Jill didn’t let that get her down—because when you run for your health and happiness, your only real competition is yourself.<BR><BR>Six years and more than one hundred pounds lost later, Jill is still running and racing regularly, and she is a proud member of the back of the pack in every race that she has entered. In <I>Running with a Police Escort</I>, Jill chronicles her racing adventures, proving that being a slow runner takes just as much guts and heart as being an Olympic champion. At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, <I>Running with a Police Escort</I> is for every runner who has never won a race but still loves the sport.<BR><BR>Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.<BR><BR>In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <I>New York Times</I> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
How To Be Your Own Bodyguard: Self defense for men and women from...
by Nick Hughes

Language

English

Pages

326

Publication Date

October 01, 2011

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<h3><strong>MASTER THE SKILLS OF A BODYGUARD AND REDUCE YOUR RISK OF EVER BEING A CRIME VICTIM<br /></strong><br /></h3><p>Now you don't have to be rich enough to hire your own bodyguard. You can learn the skills in this book and take care of yourself the way the pros do.</p><p><strong>WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?</strong></p><p><em>“How To Be Your Own Bodyguard”</em> is an invaluable reference for:</p><p>• Anybody who wants to significantly reduce their risk of ever being a victim of a crime.<br />• People smart enough to figure out there’s more to self-defense than learning how to fight<br />• Anyone who travels for business or pleasure.<br />• Professional Close Protection Agents<br />• People who want to try and avoid trouble rather than fight their way out of it.<br />• Teens going off to college.<br />• Martial artists<br />• Law Enforcement Officers</p><p>Not only does the book explain how to keep you and your loved ones safe from criminals it also covers mindset training, which martial arts to pick, resources used by professional bodyguards and more. There are chapters on where you should stay in a hotel, the safest places on an aircraft, how to conduct a threat analysis like a pro, staying safe in your car, and dealing with blue light bandits.</p><p><strong>THIS BOOK WILL TEACH YOU:</strong></p><p>• That your car windows are actually stronger if they’re down quarter of an inch if a mob is trying to break them.<br />• Why riots and contact lenses don’t mix<br />• The four unconscious things that bad guys do before they attack you<br />• Why RUN HIDE FIGHT during an Active Killer Event is wrong,and what works better.<br />• How criminals select their victims<br />• Why “Soft Skills” constitute 75% of self-protection and exactly what they are<br />• A less than $10 security kit that will keep you safe in sketchy hotels</p><p><strong>WHY THIS BOOK?</strong></p><p>Because it’s been written by a former professional protection agent who, for over 25 years, used the contents to keep his clients safe in hostile environments around the world. As one Amazon reviewer said <em>“I am a regional disaster preparedness officer for a multi-national corporation. This is the best book on personal security and disaster preparedness I have ever read…and I have a library of such books.”</em><br /></p><p>Critically acclaimed by security experts around the world this is the only book you’ll need on the subject.Take advantage of Amazon’s<strong> “Look Inside”</strong> feature and check out the table of contents for all the things you’re going to learn. There’s even a <strong>bonus home security check list</strong> for you that the author uses when looking after high risk clients. <br /></p><p><strong>WHY MOST OTHER BOOKS GET IT WRONG</strong></p><p>They all begin with you being attacked. In reality the attack began a long time before the assault began. Non consensual violence begins with <strong>SELECTION</strong> of the victim. Next comes<strong> ISOLATION</strong>. The book will teach you how to run counter-surveillance and develop your situational awareness so you’ll know in advance you’re being set up. After the bad guy isolates his intended victim there will be a distraction phase consisting of some <strong>VERBAL</strong> patter. Verbal aggression is also always present in attacks in bars. <em>“What are you looking at?” “You were looking at my girlfriend”</em> If you can say something to make the situation worse then you can learn to say something that just might make the situation better. Again, the answers to that and more are in the book.If you can learn how to master those first 3 phases of a criminal attack then you rarely need to get in to the physical assault itself. As Sun Tzu said <em>“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."</em><br /></p><p>Buy it and learn how to keep you and your loved ones safe. Get a copy for anyone you care about.</p>
Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race
by Lara Prior-Palmer

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English

Pages

283

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<b>"Think the next <i>Educated</i> or <i>Wild</i>. Palmer’s memoir of beating the odds to become a horse champion is an inspiring saga of perseverance—and a classic underdog tale." —<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, 1 of the 15 Most Anticipated Books of the Year</b><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Named a Best Book of Spring by <i>Wall Street Journal Magazine, Esquire, Elle, Southern Living</i>, and <i>Buzzfeed</i><br /><br /> <br /><br />"If you like your memoirs to revolve around singular experiences, Lara Prior-Palmer’s <i>Rough Magic</i> delivers." —John Williams, <i>The New York Times</i><br /></b><br /><br /><br /><br />At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to “the world’s longest, toughest horse race”—an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland. On a whim, she decided to enter the race. As she boarded a plane to East Asia, she was utterly unprepared for what awaited her.<br /><br /><br /><br />Riders often spend years preparing to compete in the Mongol Derby, a course that re-creates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan, and many fail to finish. Prior-Palmer had no formal training. She was driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses. She raced for ten days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she decided she had nothing to lose. Each dawn she rode out again on a fresh horse, scrambling up mountains, swimming through rivers, crossing woodlands and wetlands, arid dunes and open steppe, as American television crews chased her in their jeeps.<br /><br /><br /><br />Told with terrific suspense and style, in a voice full of poetry and soul, <i>Rough Magic</i> captures the extraordinary story of one young woman who forged ahead, against all odds, to become the first female winner of this breathtaking race.
Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

May 04, 2009

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<b>The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.</b><br /><br />An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?<br /> <br />Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
by Stephen Guise

Language

English

Pages

128

Publication Date

December 22, 2013

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<b>***A Worldwide Bestseller in 17 Languages!***</b><br /> <div>                 <div><b>Lasting Change For Early Quitters, Burnouts, The Unmotivated, And Everyone Else Too</b></div><div></div><br /><div>When I decided to start exercising consistently 10 years ago, this is what <i>actually</i> happened:</div><div><ul><li>I tried "getting motivated." It worked sometimes. </li><li>I tried setting audacious big goals. I almost always failed them.</li><li>I tried to make changes last. They didn't.</li></ul></div><div></div><br /><div>Like most people who try to change and fail, I assumed that <i>I</i> was the problem. </div><div></div><br /><div>Then one afternoon--after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise--I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). <i>I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books and blogs. </i><br /><br />I was right.</div><div></div><br /><div><b>Is There A Scientific Explanation For This? </b></div><div>As I sought understanding, I found a plethora of scientific studies that had answers, with nobody to interpret them correctly. Based on the science--which you'll find peppered throughout <i>Mini Habits--</i>we've been doing it all wrong. </div><br /><div></div><div>You <i>can</i> succeed without the guilt, intimidation, and repeated failure associated with such strategies as "getting motivated," New Year's Resolutions, or even "just doing it." In fact, you need to stop using those strategies if they aren't giving you great results. They don't work because they all require you to fight against your subconscious brain (a fight not easily won). It's only when you start playing by your brain's rules and taking your human limitations seriously--as mini habits show you how to do--that you can achieve lasting change.</div><br /><b>What's A Mini Habit?</b><br />A mini habit is a very small positive behavior that you force yourself to do every day; its "too small to fail" nature makes it weightless, deceptively powerful, and a superior habit-building strategy. You will have no choice but to believe in yourself when you're always moving forward. The barrier to the first step is so low that even depressed or "stuck" people can find early success and begin to reverse their lives right away. And if you think one push-up a day is too small to matter, I've got one heck of a story for you!<div><br /><b>Aim For The First Step</b><br />They say when you aim for the moon, you'll land among the stars. Well, that doesn't make sense, as the moon is closer than the stars. I digress. The message is that you should aim very high and even if you fall short, you'll still get somewhere. I've found the opposite to be true in regards to productivity and healthy behaviors. When you aim for the moon, you'll won't shoot because it's too far away. But when you aim for the step in front of you, you might just keep going and reach the moon.<br /><br /><b>I've used the Mini Habits strategy to get into the best shape of my life, read 10x more books, and write 4x as many words.</b> It started from requiring one push-up from myself every day. How ridiculous is that? Not so ridiculous when you consider the science of the brain, habits, and willpower. The <i>Mini Habits</i> system works because it's how our brains are designed to change.</div><div></div><br /><div>I relished the opportunity to share this life-changing strategy with the world. I loved writing <i>Mini Habits.</i> You'll see my passion in the content as well as the overall quality and presentation of the book. <br /><br /><b>Note:</b> This book isn't for eliminating bad habits (though some principles could be useful for breaking habits). Mini Habits is a strategy to create permanent healthy habits. Some categories include: exercise, writing, reading, thinking positively, meditating, drinking water, eating healthy foods, etc.</div></div><div>            </div>
Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked ...
by Matthew Futterman

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English

Pages

285

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b><b>"Athletes in any sport stand to learn from Larsen's methods, and Futterman turns in a fluent yarn reminiscent of Plimpton and McPhee."</b><br /><b><i>--Kirkus</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Visionary American running coach Bob Larsen assembled a mismatched team of elite California runners . . . the start of his decades-long quest for championships, Olympic glory, and pursuit of "the epic run."</b></b><br /><br />In the dusty hills above San Diego, Bob Larsen became America's greatest running coach. Starting with a ragtag group of high school cross country and track runners, Larsen set out on a decades-long quest to find the secret of running impossibly fast, for longer distances than anyone thought possible. Himself a former farm boy who fell into his track career by accident, Larsen worked through coaching high school, junior college, and college, coaxing talented runners away from more traditional sports as the running craze was in its infancy in the 60's and 70's. On the arid trails and windy roads of California, Larsen relentlessly sought the 'secret sauce' of speed and endurance that would catapult American running onto the national stage. <br />     <i>Running to the Edge</i> is a riveting account of Larsen's journey, and his quest to discover the unorthodox training secrets that would lead American runners (elite and recreational) to breakthroughs never imagined. <i>New York Times</i> Deputy Sports Editor Matthew Futterman interweaves the dramatic stories of Larsen's runners with a fascinating discourse of the science behind human running, as well as a personal running narrative that follows Futterman's own checkered love-affair with the sport. The result is a narrative that will speak to every runner, a story of Larsen's triumphs--from high school cross-country meets to the founding of the cult-favorite 70's running group, the Jamul Toads, from national championships to his long tenure as head coach at UCLA, and from the secret training regimen of world champion athletes like Larsen's protégé, American Meb Keflezighi, to victories at the New York and Boston Marathons as well as the Olympics. <i>Running to the Edge</i> is a page-turner . . . a relentless crusade to run faster, farther.
Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Per...
by Alex Hutchinson

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<p></p><p><strong>THE <em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER • </strong><strong>Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell</strong></p><p><strong>"Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits." — Adam Grant</strong></p><p><em>Limits are an illusion: a revolutionary account of the science and psychology of endurance, revealing the secrets of reaching the hidden extra potential within us all. </em></p><p>The capacity to endure is the key trait that underlies great performance in virtually every field. But what if we all can go farther, push harder, and achieve more than we think we’re capable of?</p><p>Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell—who contributes the book’s foreword—award-winning journalist Alex Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests the seemingly physical barriers you encounter as set as much by your brain as by your body. This means the mind is the new frontier of endurance—and that the horizons of performance are much more elastic than we once thought.</p><p>But, of course, it’s not “all in your head.” For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores—pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel—he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and body by telling the riveting stories of men and women who’ve pushed their own limits in extraordinary ways.</p><p>The longtime “Sweat Science” columnist for <em>Outside</em> and <em>Runner’s World</em>, Hutchinson, a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist, was one of only two reporters granted access to Nike’s top-secret training project to break the two-hour marathon barrier, an extreme quest he traces throughout the book. But the lessons he draws from shadowing elite athletes and from traveling to high-tech labs around the world are surprisingly universal. Endurance, Hutchinson writes, is “the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop”—and we’re always capable of pushing a little farther.</p>
Jiu-Jitsu University
by , Kevin Howell

Language

English

Pages

372

Publication Date

November 29, 2015

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Saulo Ribeiro—six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion—is world-renowned for his functional jiu-jitsu knowledge and flawless technique. In <i>Jiu-Jitsu University</i>, Ribeiro shares with the public for the first time his revolutionary system of grappling, mapping out more than 200 techniques that carry you from white to black belt. Illuminating common jiu-jitsu errors and then illustrating practical remedies, this book is a must for all who train in jiu-jitsu. Not your run-of-the-mill technique book, <i>Jiu-Jitsu University</i> is a detailed training manual that will ultimately change the way jiu-jitsu is taught around the globe.
ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Ph...
by , Selene Yeager

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

July 05, 2016

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Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one. <br /><br />Because most nutrition products and training plans are designed for men, it’s no wonder that so many female athletes struggle to reach their full potential. <i>ROAR</i> is a comprehensive, physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women. This book teaches you everything you need to know to adapt your nutrition, hydration, and training to your unique physiology so you can work with, rather than against, your female physiology. Exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist Stacy T. Sims, PhD, shows you how to be your own biohacker to achieve optimum athletic performance.<br /><br />Complete with goal-specific meal plans and nutrient-packed recipes to optimize body composition, <i>ROAR </i>contains personalized nutrition advice for all stages of training and recovery. Customizable meal plans and strengthening exercises come together in a comprehensive plan to build a rock-solid fitness foundation as you build lean muscle where you need it most, strengthen bone, and boost power and endurance. Because women’s physiology changes over time, entire chapters are devoted to staying strong and active through pregnancy and menopause. No matter what your sport is—running, cycling, field sports, triathlons—this book will empower you with the nutrition and fitness knowledge you need to be in the healthiest, fittest, strongest shape of your life.

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