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GAINcast Episode 92: Athletic Development for Endurance Athletes

The central component of training for endurance athletes will be building specific endurance, but research has continued to show that athletic development and strength training play a vital role for endurance athletes. The benefits are numerous, such as improvement movement economy and helping prevent injuries. On this episode the podcast we explain the benefits of athletic development work, discuss different modes of training, and provide examples of progressions and workouts. Read more

GAINcast Episode 91: Endurance Methods and Concepts

If you break down athleticism into its key compenents, there is one component we have not covered much on the GAINcast: endurance. It is not due to lack of experience or knowledge; we just simply haven’t gotten around to it. The wait is over though. We are going to take an in-depth look at the topic, starting with this week’s episode where we introduce the basic tools of training for endurance by explaining endurance training methods and concepts. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – September 2017

Welcome back to another edition of Sports Science Monthly. This month we take a look at the practical use of sports science in coaching, and issues that arise in that relationship; the effect of body mass on ice baths; the impact of genetic variation on concussion risk; recovery for team sports; placebo effect; and individualized training based on HRV. Read more

GAINcast Episode 71: Peak Performance Part 2 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

On part one of our interview with Peak Performance authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness we covered the stress-growth formula and productivity strategies like single-tasking. On this week’s GAINcast we continue the discussion to discuss how skills come from struggling, sleep, the role of focus and thought in performance, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 70: Peak Performance Part 1 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

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. Read more

Creating a Strength Plan for Runners

Over the past week I have posted articles on why runners need to lift and strength methods for runners. To wrap up this topic it is important to look at how to put everything together into a plan. Read more

Strength Methods for Distance Runners

Earlier this week we looked at why runners need to lift. Now that you understand the why, let’s look at what kind of strength training provides the specific neuromuscular and physiological benefits we discussed above. To review, there are three purposes to lifting:

  1. Improve running economy;
  2. Provide movement patterns that contrast the repetitive nature of running; and
  3. Accelerate recovery to prepare for the next hard workout and to reduce injury potential.

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GAINcast Episode 69: Long-Term Development (with Patrick McHugh)

At North Shore Country Day School students range from age 4 to 18. As athletic director, Patrick McHugh has had a chance to put in place a truly long-term athletic development process. The key word there is process: long-term development is not a model, but a process that is never linear. On this episode he talked about his philosophy and more. Read more

Why Runners Need to Lift

As a college athlete, our field event teammates called us distance runners the “skinnies.” For us, the weight room was optional and any organized training program was, well, disorganized. Things are starting to evolve more recently and many distance runners are no strangers to weight rooms now. But for those who coach the skinnies, strength training can still be an overwhelming world of muscle-bound information that is difficult to pare down to what is most beneficial for endurance creatures. Read more

GAINCast Episode 60: It’s Not That Complicated

At the end of day, training comes down to a few core principles. Yet the complexity of the human body often cause us to lose focus of this and make training more complex than it needs to be in many cases. On this episode of the GAINcast we discuss the need to keep things simple and how to keep things simple. Read more