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Gene Doping: A Primer

The standard story in life is that we have to play the hand we’re dealt. We can’t choose our genes, and so we have to make the most of what we have, optimizing our training techniques and lifestyle in order to reach our potential, whatever that might be. But this standard story is slowly changing and this might have a major impact on sport. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 108: GAINz

Earlier this month Nick and I made the annual pilgrimage out to Vern Gambetta’s GAIN event in Houston. With leading coaches and specialists from a wide variety of fields, it was a great idea to exchange ideas about training with faculty members like John Pryor, Steve Magness, Bill Knowles, Jimmy Radcliffe, Michael Joyner, Vern Gambetta, and more. On this episode of the podcast we discuss the highlights and take aways from each day of the event. Read more

Sharpen Your Knives

In my presentation at GAIN 2017 last week, I went on a tangent to talk about cutlery. Like most people, I’m attracted to sharp and shiny things, but the reason I brought up knives is that the provide a great analogy for exercise selection. 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

HMMR Podcast Episode 107: Performance Nutrition (with Kyle Pfaffenbach)

Nutrition is a field with some exciting developments and trends, but it is also one filled with pseudoscience and gurus. On this week’s episode consultant and professor Kyle Pfaffenbach joins us to talk about how athletes and coaches can make sense of nutrition. We discuss how to create buy-in, nutrient timing, how to individualize nutrition, and more.

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Pfaffenbach teaches at Eastern Oregon University and is also a consultant to many elite athletes including work with the Brooks Beasts Track Club. To start off the episode he discussed how a consultant can best bring about change:

Often athletes need peace of mind as much as a magic formula when it comes to nutrition consulting. Click To Tweet

The heart of the episode focused on nutrition itself:

Just like training, there is no nutrition formula. Find what works best for each athlete. Click To Tweet It’s not just about your competition meal plan; it’s your every day nutrition that counts. Click To Tweet

Diet and performance nutrition shouldn’t be about control or conquering; you should enjoy food. Click To Tweet

Pfaffenbach also has a deep interest in nutrient timing and we went into some detail on key points for both power athletes and endurance athletes.

It’s not about the stress itself. You don’t benefit from training unless you adapt to the stress. Click To Tweet

To hear more about nutrition, listen to the full episode above. Also be sure to subscribe to our podcast and review it on iTunes.

Further Reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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

Sports Science Monthly – June 2017

Welcome back to another installment of sports science monthly. We kick off this month with a look at strength training frequency and how it might represent a worthwhile avenue for exploration in well-trained athletes looking to gain muscle. We also have a review article examining nutritional periodization, how beliefs can affect how much of an improvement you see from a sports supplement, a case report on rhabdomyolysis, and a look at a new model proposed to explain fatigue. Let’s get going. Read more