One of the most common struggles among athletes is how to manage time and balance all the moving pieces of an optimal training plan. Determining the specifics of your training schedule can be a beast, especially with so many options on how to structure your season… Plus, every individual athlete responds differently to varying forms… Continue reading An Overview of Periodization Training for Endurance Athletes
You’ve probably heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder.” The idea is simple: if there’s a more efficient or effective way to get from point A to point B, you should do it, rather than wasting time and energy on an inefficient method. The concept is often embraced in the business world where innovation is… Continue reading Train Smarter: Why External Feedback is Essential for Effective Training
Our bodies are fascinating pieces of “machinery” — although jumping comes naturally and appears simple in theory, the actual science behind the motion is deeply complex and rooted in specific biomechanics that can make or break optimal performance. But, we’ve never shied away from the complex. Jumping is still 100% a skill that can be… Continue reading How to Jump Higher: The Science Behind a Better Vertical
Finding the optimal training plan can feel like a complicated process, and it’s easy to overthink which one might be the best choice for you. But maybe that’s the problem — maybe you’re spending too much time listening to your head, when you should be listening to your heart. Alright, that was said in jest…… Continue reading Will Low Heart Rate Training Actually Make You Run Faster?
Whether you’re working through your first season of running or have lived in the running world for years now, you’ve likely had this thought pop into your mind at some point: How do I run faster? It’s a valid question, especially since running is one of those sports where you can constantly improve. But even… Continue reading The Science of Speed: How to Run Faster
We all know that, to get better at running, you’ve got to run. Getting enough practice is already half the battle, and the rest of the fight boils down to making sure you’re practicing the right way to achieve the pinnacle of your performance. And that’s where a lot of people tend to drop off… Continue reading VO2 Max vs. Running Economy: Which Matters More for Running Success?
Ever wonder what that “burning” sensation is when you’re running a 5k or marathon? You know, that burn you feel in the middle or near the end of the race? And when you try to run faster, it gets more intense, so you end up having to slow down? It’s super frustrating, right?? If it… Continue reading Understanding the Lactic Acid Threshold and the Role It Plays in Endurance Training
The most famous story on the effects of visualization tells of a soldier held captive during the Vietnam War. While he was in captivity, he maintained his sanity and passed the time by mentally playing 18 holes of golf every day. He walked a familiar golf course every day, feeling the sun on his back… Continue reading Building a Strong Mental Game: The Power of Visualization for Athletes
For most athletes, devoting time to rest and recovery is like balancing a checkbook…you know it’s important, but it’s hard to appreciate the value. Spending money is fun and exciting only if you have the money to spend, just like crushing a hard workout is fun and rewarding only if you have the energy reserves… Continue reading Why Athletes Need Rest Days: The Benefits of Optimal Recovery Periods
“You need more power!” “No, you need to run faster!” “What’s a tempo? Do I need to do those tempo things if I’m doing the marathon?” “How many miles do I need to run a half marathon?” “Are intervals and repeats the same thing?” These are all questions every competitive runner (or intrigued would-be-runner) have… Continue reading Run Training Overview: How to Approach the Most Common Race Distances