In this episode of the Underground SGX show you will learn about different periodization methods. Research is clear that a planned workout program that progressively gets more challenging is more effective that performing random workouts each day. You will learn research on some of the more effective ways for designing a program to maximize your results for your next Spartan Race.
You will also discover a cool app to help you test the status of your central nervous system (CNS). Top coaches from around the world agree that the nervous system is the key to elite athletes and maximizing performance. If you train hard all the time you will see performance decrease, injuries increase, and many other issues arise. This cool app is a simple way to track your readiness each day in a few minutes.
In our SGX coaches's interview I chat with Mike King from King's Camps and Fitness. Mike spent the better part of his life in Information Technology working with Biotech Startups having a direct impact on the technology slated to improve people’s lives. During this time, Mike returned to a life of physical fitness and his pursuit of having a more direct impact on people’s wellbeing and lifestyles began. In his pursuit of continued personal growth, Mike returned to school to obtain his Bachelors of Science. During this time he took an opportunity to coach group fitness classes within his community. It wasn’t long before he realized where he could have a profound impact on the wellbeing of those in his community.
Taking this new career path to heart, Mike became a National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT), A Certified Spartan Group X Coach (SGX) and a Dynamic Variable Resistance Trainer – Level 1 and 2 (DVRT.) This study along with involvement with industry professionals have allowed him to have positively affected and changed the lives of hundreds. This pursuit continues with every client he sees – regardless of their pursuits – and is the basis of opening King’s Camps and Fitness. In 2013, Mike began working to improve the fitness of our youth by opening the Youth Obstacle Boot Camp a fitness program designed at promoting fitness in a fun and unique way.
Mike shares his insight on how to create efficient exercise programs to stay healthy and stay competitive. He talks about training as a Master's athlete and specific ways to prepare for races. Mike shares a host of knowledge from help getting more kids involved in races, all the way up to keeping your body fresh as you age.
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In this episode of the Spartan Underground SGX Show learn more insights on how you can maximize your training and become unstoppable in your next Spartan Race. This week we talk about supplementing with antioxidants. Antioxidants have become incredibly popular due to their multiple health benefits, but they may be effecting your performance. Learn about current research on antioxidants and endurance performance in this week's research review. In the resource of the week we talk about one of my favorite training tools, The Ultimate Sand Bag. Plus I give two awesome sand bag videos you can check out below.
And finally I talk with Elite OCR Racer and SGX Coach Shaun Provost from Live Unbreakable. Coach Provost is a full-time Online Personal Trainer and Obstacle Course Racing Coach, specializing in prehab, injury prevention, running, TRX, Kettlebells, and body bars to help you achieve the healthiest version of yourself. She has multiple top 3 finishes in Spartan Races, as well as, many other OCR's. Shaun talks about how she has overcome some serious injuries and stayed competitive, plus she shares strategies she uses with her clients how have to conquer what could be some of your biggest obstacles, which is yourself. We get into how to train for the mental side of Spartan Race Training and what she does to prepare for a race/training.
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In this episode I chatted with our favorite Spartan Dietician and SGX Coach Anne L'Heureux. Recently I had a health scare after some routine blood work. Expecting an all clear call from the doctor, I was shocked when I was diagnosed with anemia. After running more tests, my doctor couldn't figure out what was going on and I found myself at an Oncologists office.
Coach L'Heureux talks about what happened to me and a common condition that occurs with endurance athletes, sports anemia. Learn all about what happens to your body in an attempt to adapt to endurance training and what you can do about it. Iron deficiency is a common issue among athletes and dramatically effect performance. Discover how to increase your iron intake through whole foods, increase absorption rates, and avoid common things that decrease absorption.
Complete Show Notes available at www.spartanunderground.com/episode-12
In this episode learn about a new nutrient timing strategy that goes against everything you heard. Timing your carbs has been shown to increase performance, specifically endurance performance. This can be a huge advantage for your Spartan Race Training. But should you consume carbs after your workout? This new research might get you to question common practices.
Also, learn how you can master the push up. No more push ups from your knees. The only way to get better at push ups is by doing them. So get off your knees and master the push up wth this awesome strategy.
And finally join me for my SGX interview with Coach Jono Blodgett. Jono grew up in Hawaii where he was constantly immersed in the outdoors. If the surf was good, then he would be in the waves; but if not, then he would be either under the water going free-diving, or up in the mountains hunting down waterfalls. He specializes in using the outdoors and a variety of equipment to get people out of their comfort zone and moving their bodies in a way they wouldn’t normally move, but also help them to realize that they are capable of so much more.
He has been competing in obstacle course races for the past 5+ years and just competed in this year’s World Champion Men’s Elite division in Lake Tahoe.
Coach Jono gives his insight into how to maximize your training by taking outdoors, unique and unconventional training tools, and some nutrition strategies to help you with your training.