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Now displaying: January, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

In this episode learn my top 5 recovery strategies that will dramatically reduce your risk of injury please help you break through plateaus and see massive improvements in your performance.  

Learn how you might be stuck in the recovery cycle and never really see any true gains from your workout program.  While recovery strategies might not be the sexiest topic in training, if you aren't paying attention to it you are falling behind.  

This episode will teach you the fundamentals in want you must be doing to get the most out of your workouts.  

Full Show Notes: www.spartanunderground.com/episode-22

Jan 24, 2017

In this episode learn tips and strategies to help better prepare for your next Spartan Race.  Learn about a training app to track all of your training activities.  It gives you live feedback on your training, heart rate, intensity, and progress.  This app provides incredible feedback to help you understand your training and determine if you are making the right progress.  

Also, learn the research behind rhythmic breathing and its effect on running.  Rhythmic or cadence breathing refers to timing your breathes with each step while running.  Learn the physiological and psychological benefits of this breathing strategy and how it can help make you a better, more efficient runner.  

In our SGX Coaches's interview, I talk with Coach Bryan Ginger Spartan.  Coach Bryan is the co-owner for Fitness Without Limits.  Him and his partner Coach Bonnie Spartan are living and embracing the Spartan Lifestyle.  Bryan shares his story how he was in his 20's and pre-diabetic, suffering from high blood pressure, exhaustion, and a host of other health issues.  He took control and lost over 100lbs and eventually found Spartan Racing.  

Coach Bryan's passion is undeniable, and you will learn some incredible insight and tactics to help you with your training.  Coach explain how Spartan Racing can play a role in your weight loss journey, how to eat for weight loss and performance, how to be a better runner when you struggle at it, planning for the 2017 race season, and lessons he learned from being on Season 4 of the Bone Skull Challenge.  Learn this and a whole lot more in this episode.

 

The full show notes are available at www.spartanunderground.com/episode-21

Jan 17, 2017

As always the Underground SGX Show is providing you training tips and advice to improve your next Spartan Race.

In this episode, discover a cool calculator for determining your training pace for your runs.  Instead of just randomly going for a run, this calculator tells you the exact pace you should be hitting, based on the specific training adaptation you are trying to improve.

We also discuss lactate threshold.  Discover what it is and why you need to know about it.  Plus we review some of the research on lactate threshold training and how you can improve it if you want to be a better racer.

And in our SGX Coach's interview I have on Coach Stephanie Lozon.  Coach Lozon is a former RN turned trainer and OCR coach.  She works with many Masters athletes helping them prep for racing and helping them stay injury free.  Coach Lozon has helped her clients prep at the OCR World Championships maximizing performance and longevity.

In this episode she discusses how she helps her seasoned athletes stay fresh and healthy for the long haul.  She give great tips on how you can train for the elements.  And she provides a great template to help you divide your training plan into different phases to help you peak for your most important races.  We even touch on the importance of the deload and how so many are increasing their injuries and decreasing their performance, but not implementing this crucial component.

 

Full Show Notes: www.spartanunderground.com/episode-20

 

Jan 4, 2017

In this episode, learn about one of the key elements that you must train to improve if you want to see gains in your endurance performance.  This episodes research review discusses a study on what type of training you should be performing on a regular basis to improve VO2 Max.  Learn what VO2 max is, why it is important, and how to train to improve it.  Plus practical strategies to implement these techniques.

On the nutrition side of training, we have SGX coach and RD Anne L'Heureux to discuss one of her recent articles she wrote for the Spartan blog.  In this episode she reviews her article on 10 Foods You Should Always Have In Your Kitchen For Good Nutrition.  She discusses 3 of the 10 in this podcast and explains why it is not just about carbs, fats, and proteins, and why you need to consider micronutrients to maximize your health and performance.

In our resource of the week I talk about a book that is a must have in your library.  This book is a complete guide to OCR training and has everything you need to know to train for your next race.  For a complete exercise library, training checklists, gear recommendations, done for you programs, and much more.  In our SGX Coach's Interview we have on one of the authors of the book Coach David Magida.

David is the Founder and Head Coach of Elevate and has dedicated his life to fitness. A former collegiate runner, David shifted his training focus to the Elevate Method and immediately moved up the world rankings in the sport of competitive Obstacle Racing. Through HIIT David got stronger, leaner, faster and more explosive. He is a founding member of the Reebok Spartan Race Pro Team, the author of “The Essentials of Obstacle Race Training” and the host of NBC Sports “Spartan Race.”

In this interview he chats about how he got started running competitively in the early days of Spartan Race training.  We dig into some of the topics discussed in his book from proper gear and apparel, how to create a balanced program, what it takes to be a athlete built for Spartan Racing, lessons from Randy Moss, and a ton more.  You won't want to miss this jam packed interview.

 

Full show notes at www.spartanunderground.com/episode-19

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