What does it take to reach peak performance in sport or in life? The new book Peak Performance by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg attempts to answer this question and on this week’s GAINcast they join us for the first part of an interview on the topic where we discuss the stress-growth formula, productivity strategies like single-tasking, and more.
Madness and Stulberg’s new book is based on science, but as they like to say they are aiming for real science, not bro science. Throughout the book they bring science to life with examples of how research shows that simple concepts can contribute to peak performance. Here are some highlights:No routine is effective for everyone, but each person can their own. Click To Tweet Stress isn’t necessarily bad, it’s how we deal with it that can be. Click To Tweet Good performers can multi-task. Top performers can single task and focus on one thing. Click To Tweet Multi-tasking feels like you’re doing twice as much, but you’re really doing half as much. Click To Tweet Top performers are good at up regulating and down regulating what matters. Click To Tweet
To hear more about these topics you can listen to the full episode above. And tune in next week for part 2, where we discuss how skills come from struggle, sleep, how much thought is needed to perform, and more. If you like what you hear on the GAINcast, don’t forget to give us a review and subscribe on iTunes.
The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Don’t forget to join HMMR Plus. Sign up and get access to numerous webinars, online meetups, articles, our sports science newsletter, and more. Our latest webinar might be of particular interest to distance runners and coaches: Lesson 8: Lifting for Runners.
- GAIN Swimming will take place in September. Learn more about it here.
- Want to read the book yourself? You can get it on Amazon: Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
- I wrote a review of the book recently and also some additional thoughts on balance
- For more on the topic of stress and allostasis, read my recent interview with John Kiely.
- You can find both Stulberg (@BStulberg) and Magness (@stevemagness) on Twitter.
- Magness has twice been a guest on the HMMR Podcast: Episode 5 and Episode 36. You can also learn more from him on his blog or his podcast with Jonathan Marcus.