Every few months we take a look back at all the short topics we’ve wanted to cover but haven’t had the time. Well, now’s the time. On this episode we take a quick look a several diverse topics. We start off by discussing categorical thinking and its impact on velocity based training, energy systems, and other areas of training. Then we look at genetic testing, training speed, EMGs, FMS, and several other topics.
Highlights and Quotes
This week’s episode started with a discussion on categorical thinking inspired by Robert Sapolsky’s new book. We then let the coversation go from there.
- 1:00 – Looking at the recent swimming world championships and the state of swimming post-Phelps.
- 4:00 – A look at Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, the new book from Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers author Robert Sapolsky.
- 4:30 – The downside of categorical thinking:
- 6:30 – Velocity based training and categorical thinking. “Does your body know that when you move slightly faster I am working a different type of strength? “
- 10:00 – Energy systems training and categorical thinking. “Remember when training energy systems: you can’t train just one energy system. “
- 14:00 – Where does “triphasic training” come from?
- 17:30 – Measuring muscle activities through EMGs. “What does EMG activity mean? Not all activity is the same. Is the muscle singing or screaming? “
- 20:00 – The latest on FMS. “The outcome of a movement screen should help you determine where you should dial up and dial down an athlete’s training on a continuum. “
- 22:45 – Thoughts on training speed. “You cannot train speed with high volumes. Train speed in, not out. ” You also have to respect inter- and intra-session rest in developing speed.
- 27:30 – Olympic lifting as a tool to train coordination.
- 28:30 – Genetic testing to determine future athletic potential
- 31:30 – The eye test: “The eye test can be more effective than sophisticated measurements; sometimes you see things with the eyes before they show up in tests. “
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- Craig Pickering recently reviewed Sapolsky’s book and looked at how the biology of behavior impacts performance.
- You can learn more about Triphasic Training: A systematic approach to elite speed and explosive strength performance here. As we discussed in GAINcsat 48, we are all standing on the shoulders of giants. In this case one of them is Jean-Pierre Egger. For more about Egger’s methods and a translation of the Werner Günthör training video, check out our resources on him or our interview with him.
- For more about the role of genetics in performance, read David Epstein’s great book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. We wrote about the boo herek. For an example of how complex the genome is, read this NPR article about trying to identify height through genetics.
- There are also several other episodes on both of our podcasts which further discuss the topics mentioned today. GAINcast 64 also covered odds and ends. GAINcast 16 covers training speed. On the HMMR Podcast Episode 32 discusses movement screens (Vern has also written about the topic), Episode 15 looks at velocity-based training, and Episode 17 discusses the topic with Professor Bryan Mann. Jonas Sahratian discussed Olympic lifting and coordination on last week’s Episode 112. Vern also covered that topic on GAINcast 26