Our first podcast and we're lucky to have an expert in the field of sport science, Dr. Mike T Nelson - one of our early beta testers. Listen to Dr. Mike T Nelson, PhD in Exercise Physiology, talk about how he designs programs for the average Joe, how athletes should incorporate variety into their workouts, his take on the role of technology in the world of strength & conditioning and why Lebron's low carb diet might impair the King's on-court performance.
Whether you’re an elite athlete or someone who hits the gym on a regular basis - gaining muscle size is often a goal many of us strive for. Certain athletes need the added mass because of the demands of their sport - think defensive lineman trying to hold the line of scrimmage - while you and I might want some extra muscle to...well, you know why we want more muscle. So you’ve all probably heard it before, use moderate loads, perform them at relatively slow tempos, do 6-12 reps and/or train to failure. While these suggestions could work, you may be missing out on a few simple tactics that could massively (pun intended) help accelerate your muscular gains.
It isn’t always a question of “what’s next?” but often a question of “what is happening right now?” Strength and conditioning coaches and athletes monitor training loads and intensity to show what training has been completed, and how subsequent training can be changed to affect performance. Similarly, some coaches use products like Heart Rate Variability to measure training ‘readiness’ and fatigue. Although these methods provide information an athlete can use between sessions, they do nothing in terms of providing feedback during training.
Distance running and weight lifting are two things that a majority of people would think are polar opposites. When most people conjure up visions of distance runners, they think of skin and bones running around in slightly offensive short-shorts. Weight lifters? Those are the guys that rock the just-got-out-of-bed hairstyle because their biceps are too big to take a comb to their head. And let’s not even mention the tank tops, bro. Now that I have equally offended both parties involved, let’s get down to business.
Attention all runners, if you want to improve your running times, get into the weight room! If you don't want to listen to me, at least take George Perry's advice. George is the director and running coach for the Austin Track Club and this week, he'll not only explain why strength training is important, but he'll also show us a sample workout that he uses with his runners.