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Apr 12, 2022

Back again with another jammed pack podcast with more OCR Training tips.  It feels like forever since my last race and I am definitely getting the itch after seeing everyone post their pics and medals recently.  Hopefully I will get my chance soon.  But until then I will keep training and getting better every day.  

In this episode I share my 3 step process in conquering any obstacle.  There is a lot that goes into training for specific obstacle, but I like to break it all down into three categories.  For each obstacle you face you need to be able to do these three things.  Once get this down you are ready to take on any obstacle.  

Next in my research review I share an interesting study showing how stress in football players leads an increase injury risk on the field.  I talk about how we can all relate to this.  Stress, in any form, is something that has to be managed.

Finally, I share my thoughts on the famous anabolic window.  Does it really matter if you eat right after your workout?  Will you lose all of your gains if you don't have that shake immediately following your workout?  Just like most things it depends.  I share when you may want to focus on getting fuel in right after your workout and when it probably doesn't matter.  

Full show notes:  www.ocrunderground.com/episode-91

 

Feb 23, 2022

Well I am in between trips so I wanted to get an episode out before I check out on vacation.  As usually I have tons of good info to help you train for your next OCR.  

First up in the Inside Mike's Mind segment, I talk about one of my favorite subjects, Physiology.  I know not everyone loves learning how the body responds to exercise so I did my best to keep it simple.  But understanding your own physiology helps you create way better workout programs.  This was the basis behind my book, Fuel and Fire.  I specifically dive into how understanding how your body responds to exercise can help you program to be a better and faster runner.  

In my research review I discuss a new study out on training to failure.  I have discussed this topic before, but this study compared high load versus low load training to failure or not to failure.  See who won out for strength and muscle size.  

And finally in my bonus section I discuss my other favorite topic, Recovery.  Recovery is a pretty broad term so I wanted to take a deeper dive on why it is so important.  I discuss what fatigue is and the different types of fatigue you may experience.  When you understand the type of fatigue you are suffering from you can choose the best recovery method to match that.  

All this and more in today episode.  

 

Full shownotes:  www.ocrunderground.com/episode-90

 

Jan 11, 2022

Another great episode that will help you train for your next OCR event.  In this one I discuss the two big concepts that should be the focus of your training program right now.  This is testing and programming.  I discuss different ways to set your baseline and then how to use that information to create a better program.

In my research review I found a cool study that compared massage versus cold water immersion.  This study wanted to see which one had a bigger impact on recovery.  Check out the results in todays episode.

And I had an awesome chat with Coach Paul Christopher, owner of Gravity and Oxygen Fitness.  Paul Christopher has been an established fitness professional, operating in the Boca Raton area for over 20 years. A graduate of the University of Central Florida in 2000, Paul possesses credentials as a Certified Athletic Trainer (NATA-ATC), Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA), and Certified Personal Trainer (NASM). His experience variety is a blend of orthopedic rehabilitation, sports performance, and personal training.

In 2009 Paul founded the fitness brand/concept Gravity + Oxygen, as a grassroots off-season conditioning program for South Florida’s professional beach volleyball players, as well as a freelance FitPro locally. During these years, the trial and error of enhancing the group exercise experience was fostered.   Fast forward to Feb 2015, to when Gravity + Oxygen Fitness opened its tangible doors for the first time. Located in East Boca Raton, the 5000sq ft “GO House” aims to provide an experience that exceeds customer expectations. In over 5 years of existence, G + O has helped hundreds of clients reach their desired fitness goals.

I wanted to chat with Paul about his experience with the Deka.  He has a lot of experience from both running an event to competing in them, so I thought he would be the perfect person to interview on this topic.  If you are planning a Deka event this year, I highly recommend listening in to this one.

 

Full shownotes:  www.ocrunderground.com/episode-89

 

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