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
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.
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
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- You can read more about Pfaffenbach’s background on the Eastern Oregon University site. If you are interested in consulting services, just shoot him an email.
- Pfaffenbach has also done a good and practical written interview with the Run Lady Like blog.
- On Episode 75 of the podcast we discussed recent research on the science of nutrition with Craig Pickering. Nutrition is a frequent topic that comes up in his Sport Science Monthly series, available exclusively to HMMR Plus members.
Whether they want to or not, parents play a large role in determine the success of their children. Part of this is in the genes they pass on, but a bigger part is in how they raise and nurture their children. On this episode of the podcast we take a look at the topic from the coach’s perspective: how do we see parents best helping their child’s success. Plus, we include an excerpt on the topic from an upcoming GAINcast episode with Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg. Read more
Over the past decade the influence of medicine in sport has grown tremendously. Now more than ever problems are being defined and treated as medical conditions and viewed through the eyes of doctors. The problem is that no one area has all the answers in sport. As each silo grows closer, it becomes harder for different specialists to work together and profit from each others knowledge. On this episode of the GAINcast we take a look at the medicalization of sport and discuss better ways to address the problems this approach has been trying to solve. Read more
If you are looking for the best throws coach in America, your journey might take you to Fargo, North Dakota. Justin St. Claire has turned North Dakota State University from a remote team into one of the best training groups in the country. On this week’s episode we sit down with St. Clair to discuss the secrets behind his success including his approach to team culture, recruiting, training, and technique. Read more
All eyes look towards Europe in the soccer world and if you look close enough you will see there are some interesting team sports planning trends gaining momentum. As the High Performance Director for the MLS champions Seattle Sounders FC, Dave Tenney has tried to keep his team on the cutting edge and has looked closely at the new models emerging from Europe. On this episode, we have a discussion with Tenney about the direction periodization is headed and how he has seen successful solutions implemented at various clubs. Read more
Working with a new sport or athlete requires that you understand what they are working towards; the coach has to break down and analysis the needs of that sport. This is the first step in creating a sport-specific plan. On this episode of the podcast Nick and I share our process for analyzing a sport and walk through each element step-by-step. Read more
To get athletes to be champions, we have to get them to think like champions. This requires a team culture where athletes are given space to independently choose to do what it takes to win. This is exactly the environment swim coach Chris Webb has set up with several clubs. On this week’s podcast Webb joins us to talk about the steps he is taking to install cultural change at his new job with T2 Aquatics in Florida. Read more
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