Racing Weight, 2nd Ed.

How to Get Lean for Peak Performance

By Matt Fitzgerald


Racing Weight is a proven weight-management program for endurance athletes.


Racing Weight is a proven weight-management program designed specifically for endurance athletes.

Revealing the latest research and drawing from the best practices of elite athletes, coach and nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lays out six easy steps to help cyclists, triathletes, and runners lose weight without harming their training. This comprehensive and science-based program shows athletes the best ways to lose weight and avoid the common lifestyle and training hang-ups that keep new PRs out of reach.

Fitzgerald’s updated weight-management program helps athletes:

  • Improve diet quality
  • Manage appetite
  • Balance energy sources
  • Easily monitor weight and performance
  • Time nutrition throughout the day
  • Train to get—and stay—lean

Racing Weight offers practical tools to make weight management easy. Fitzgerald’s no-nonsense Diet Quality Score improves diet simply and without counting calories. Fitzgerald recommends superfoods that are high in the nutrients athletes need for training. He offers supplemental strength training workouts that can accelerate changes in body composition. Daily food diaries from 18 pro athletes reveal how the elites maintain an athletic diet while managing appetite.

Athletes know that every extra pound wastes energy and hurts performance. Using this Racing Weight program, cyclists, triathletes, and runners have a simple program and practical tools to hit their target numbers on both the race course and the scale.

Read excerpts and try sample recipes on the VeloPress Racing Weight Page.

Find your fastest body weight estimator and use a helpful Diet Quality Score calculator at Matt Fitzgerald’s

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance
Matt Fitzgerald
6″ x 9″, 296 pp., $18.95, 9781934030998
Paperback with tables and illustrations throughout.

Racing Weight, 2nd Ed.: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance

Matt Fitzgerald

Shipping Dimensions: 6.12in x 8.98in x 0.71in pp $18.95, Inventory 9781934030998, Shipping 1.00lbs


Part 1: Finding Your Racing Weight
Chapter 1: Get Leaner, Go Faster
Chapter 2: How Much Should You Weigh?
Chapter 3: Dieting vs. Performance Weight Management

Part 2: 6 Steps to Peak Performance
Chapter 4: Improving Your Diet Quality
Chapter 5: Managing Your Appetite
Chapter 6: Balancing Your Energy Sources
Chapter 7: Monitoring Yourself
Chapter 8: Nutrient Timing
Chapter 9: Training for Racing Weight

Part 3: Fine-Tuning Your Strategy
Chapter 10: The Racing Weight Journey
Chapter 11: Racing Weight Foods
Chapter 12: What the Pros Eat
Chapter 13: Racing Weight and You

Appendix: Strength Training Exercises for Endurance Athletes
About the Author
Also Available: Racing Weight Quick Start Guide

See What’s New in the 2nd Edition

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“I highly recommend reading Racing Weight even if you don’t need to lose any excess poundage. You’ll come away with a better understanding of your physiology and also of food.” — Joe Friel, founder of TrainingBible Coaching and author of The Triathlete’s Training Bible and The Cyclist’s Training Bible

“Racing Weight is the first book written exclusively about an issue that is very important to runners—eating and training properly to get to the start line of the peak race with the right body composition for running fast.” —

“Reaching an ideal weight for endurance sports is important, but doing it the right way is even more important. Matt Fitzgerald provides scientific and sound advice for anyone trying to achieve their racing weight.” — Scott Jurek, 7-time winner of the Western States Endurance Run and 2-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon

“Fitzgerald is a fountain of information on current research studies and findings from the sciences of healthy nutrition and exercise performance.” — Ultrarunning magazine

“Sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lets us in on his no-diet secrets that can help endurance athletes get leaner, stronger, and faster.” — Men’s Fitness

“Fitzgerald is going to go down as one of the most competent and prolific authors of books for serious runners covering just about every legitimate aspect of the all-important runner’s lifestyle.” —

“Racing Weight answers the difficult questions athletes often have about dieting, including how to handle the off-season. The book gives readers a scientifically backed system to discover your optimum race weight, as well as five steps to achieve it.” — Triathlete magazine

“A crash course on how endurance athletes should think about food.” — LAVA magazine

“Even if you are already a lean machine, you’ll likely still learn something from Racing Weight. From how to determine your optimum weight, to improving your diet and training around it, to controlling your appetite and making your own fuel—it’s all in this book.” — BikeRadar

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