Undulating Periodicity for Runners

We’ve been talking recently about how periodicity in your lifting program – systematic alternations in the intensity and volume over time – can improve your results.  And we honed in on undulating periodicity as an advanced technique. But what about runners? Periodicity Is Not The Same As Progression I previously wrote about how to incorporate progression into your cardio. ...
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The Cause Of The Problem – The 3 Percent Rule

Last week I described a running injury I developed and asked for your guesses about the cause. Of course, there were many contributing factors. I’m not a physical therapist or any kind of medical professional.  So this is all opinion based, not medically based. But one stands out, because a) it was the most significant b) even the other...
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Rest & Recovery

Can You Spot the Mistake?

Can you guess the cause of my running injury? I made a stupid exercise mistake last week.  One that could impact my fitness routine for months because of the resulting injury.  I want to share it with you, because hopefully you won’t repeat it. Even though injury is no laughing matter, what I’d like to do is make this...
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Mental

Bodybuilding Snobs vs. Strength Training Snobs vs. Running Snobs



If I were to say to a roomful of average Americans, “I’ve run 4 times a week, every week, for the past 10 years, without an exception, even when I was sick,” I’d get most of the audience nodding their heads in appreciation and admiration. I’d probably even get some spontaneous applause and a few people would be...
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Exercises & Routines

Introducing Inverted Tabata – Interval Training



The basic findings of Izumi Tabata's research was that in 4 minutes of work, you could get more cardiovascular benefits, and more fat loss, than in 60 minutes of steady state cardio (e.g. jogging). That's right: 4 minutes vs 60 minutes.

But most people can't do this. They either give up, or don't go 100%. It...
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Exercises & Routines

What Do You Think About When You Run? – 11 Thinking Types



The other day my ipod shuffle wasn't working so I did my run in "silence". The good news is that it didn't affect my motivation or speed or anything. The bad news is that I figured out I'm a pretty weird guy...

You see, without my audio, my brain simply started thinking (I hear that's what brain's do...
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