On this podcast we talk with Shaun Huls from the Advanced Expeditionary Force SOCOMM at Camp Little Creek in Norfolk VA. A strength and conditioning specialist, Shaun has worked with elite and pro athletes in football, baseball, track and field, MMA and endurance sports. Shaun and I discuss the modern SEAL and the differences between training for military special op's training and sports. If military training or fitness is your interest, this is a talk you won't want to miss!
On the first podcast of the fall season behavioral scientist Dr. Susan Swithers from Purdue University will be joining me to discuss new concerns raised about artificial sweetners. Forget the cancer warnings, scientists are questioning the impact that artificial sweetners (NNS) on both our body’s response to sugar, but also our brains ability to determine what to do as food comes in. NNS appear to increase our risk for cardiovascular and metabolic diseseases, like diabetes, and do little to aid in weight loss. What is worse, thin people, like athletes, may actually be at greater risk than overweight individuals. If you’re interested in health as well as fitness, you’ll want to stick around for our discussion.
Also on the podcast, Dr. Swithers and I discuss how perception of sweetness can be applied to exercise and whether you really do need to drink that sports drink to benefit from it.
We also want to remind everyone to head over to iTunes and write a review!
ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS PRODUCE THE COUNTERINTUITIVE EFFECT OF INDICING METABOLIC DERANGEMENTS. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Don't miss our next podcast and article series where I update the latest on periodization!
Approximate show time: 1:04
In the final installment of our three past series covers five tests you can and should do yourself to optimize your performance. Rather than focus on testing for marginal gains, like functional threshold, ESP recommends addressing the bottlenecks. Some of the most important assessments include:
Assessing strength specific for good movement and balanced muscle development
Estimating maximum 30 sec and VO2 max (run) pace or (bike) power
From this list, you can easily see that the last three can be easily ascertained during actual training sessions.
Not all test facilities and services are created equal. On part 2 of our three part series, I discuss the questions, and answers, needed for making the best choice for testing services. Don't be fooled by flashy websites, lots of scientific lingo, or athletic prowess. The fact is the best testing is done by qulaified professionals with both the education and experience to test. When in doubt, err on the education side because anyone with money can buy and use expensive equipment, very few are skilled enough to analyze and advise from the data you provide. Some important things to look for include:
An M.S. or Ph.D. in exercise physiology, physiology, kinesiology, or similar degree
ACSM HFS or NSCA CSCS certification
300+ hrs of hands on experience working a human performance lab; very few B.S. grads have this experience
Actual one on one test experience with athletes and non-athletes
If your test center cannot provide at least 4 of 5 listed, its best to look elsewhere.
With fall approaching and off-season planning coming to fore, many athletes begin thinking about if, when and how to test their fitness. There is often a great deal of confusion on testing, including what tests to run, how often and where to go for testing. In part one of this three part series, I breakdown the basic reasons for testing, what to test and when including:
Testing after the season
Testing during the off-season
Testing before the season
Testing during the season
On this TipCast we discuss our top 5 tips for winding down your season to help enhance your off-season.
1. Assess - what worked, what didn't. What goals did you achieve?
2. Test - if you don't test, compile all your data for review later
3. Plan - an off-season plan is essential
4. Recover - recovery is active, rest is passive. Stay active!