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Doping, Performance Enhancing Drug Expert Mark Johnson

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Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports – just in time for the Rio Olympics, we’re talking with the author of this new book. Mark Johnson has covered cycling and endurance sports as a writer and photographer since the 1980s A few years ago, Mark was embedded for 12 months with the Garmin-Cervélo professional cycling team. A category II road cyclist, Mark has ridden across the United States twice. And – you won’t hear this about many sports journalists – he has a PhD in English Literature, from Boston University.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.
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Endurance, Triathlon & Holistic Health Guru Phil Maffetone

Ironman coach, over-training expert

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One of our favorite guests is back for a third time: Endurance training and holistic health supremo Doctor Phil Maffetone.

Well-known for working with six-time Ironman triathlon world champion Mark Allen, renaissance man Dr. Phil has been just about everywhere and done just about everything including helping musicians like James Taylor, Johnny Cash and the Red Hot Chili Peppers stay healthy on tour.

He’s founder of the Maximum Aerobic Function Method, known as MAF – probably the most effective approach I’ve seen to prevent over-training and to fix broken athletes. He’s also a leading pioneer of low-carb, relatively high fat real food diets for athletes.

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Dr. Phil has authored and co-authored 17 books, including The Healthy Golfer, The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing and The Million Dollar Marathon.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.
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Training Without Trauma: Primal Endurance’s Brad Kearns

Holistic Fitness for Athletes
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Number-one Primal Blueprint lieutenant Brad Kearns is this week’s guest. A former world-class triathlete, Brad has over the past 10 years focused on holistic health and helping endurance athletes as well as the average Joe or Jane avoid over-training syndrome, chronic injuries and worse.

Brad is co-author with Mark Sisson of the recently published book Primal Endurance – subtitled Escape Chronic Cardio and Carbohydrate Dependency, and Become a Fat-Burning Beast!

Primal Blueprint founder Mark Sisson has been a guest on the show too, a couple of years ago – check out his interview in the archive. Brad is also host of the highly informative and entertaining Primal Endurance Podcast.
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Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Endurance training, holistic fitness, over-training, S&C, recovery, strength and conditioning; sleep for athletes, sports nutrition, chronic injuries

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S&C, Mobility WOD Supremo Kelly Starrett of CrossFit San Francisco

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CrossFit Kelly Starrett Mobility Wod Squat photo 22feb16Physical therapist and Mobility WOD supremo Kelly Starrett is back. If you’ve heard either of the two previous interviews you’ll know that any that with Kelly is going to be wide-ranging and high-energy.

This time around we take quite a deep dive into the topic of whether Strength and Conditioning coaches are underappreciated and underpaid, particulary in professional sports and college, i.e. Division I of the NCAA.

Kelly, who has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, is the author of the books Becoming a Supple Leopard and Ready to Run, and lead teacher of the wildly popular Crossfit Movement & Mobility Trainer Course.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor.
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Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: CrossFit, Kelly Starrett, Strength & Conditioning, Mobility WOD, agility, S&C coaching, director of elite performance, coach compensation, NCAA, NFL, NBA, recovery, sports nutrition, CrossFit San Francisco, sports physical therapy

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Sports Nutrition: Beet Expert & Exercise Physiologist Andy Jones

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@AndyBeetroot as he is known on Twitter is this week’s guest.

More properly speaking, we are joined by Andrew Jones, PhD, Professor of Applied Physiology at the University of Exeter in the U.K., head of Sport and Health Sciences there and leader of its Bioenergetics and Human Performance Research Group. Andy is also a Special Advisor for Endurance at the English Institute of Sport.

With all those qualifications, Andy knows a lot about a certain red root vegetable that has definite performance enhancing properties and also makes for interesting experiences while on the toilet.

Just to clarify, in the U.K. it’s called a beetroot; in the U.S. it’s just a beet – but we’re talking about the same vegetable. In this interview we also discuss a wide range of legal ergogenic substances, including caffeine, creatine and, of course, spinach.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Sports nutrition, performance enhancing drugs, functional foods, ergogenic aids, beets, nitrates, nitric oxide, caffeine, creatine, spinach, Andrew Jones, @AndyBeetroot, human performance, endurance aids.

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Sports Medicine: Human Potential & Limitations With Michael Joyner, M.D.

Optimal training; cardio-vascular system; oxygen intake, blood-oxygen transportation
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Our favorite renaissance sportsman is back to talk about lots of interesting things – training adaptation, doping and other forms of cheating, cardiovascular health, oxygen intake, optimal nutrition, and lots more.

Dr. Michael Joyner is based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, researching among many topics blood flow during exercise, glucose regulation and the physiology of elite athletes.

Dr. Joyner is a keen athlete himself, particularly triathlon. As we mentioned last time, he can quite possibly lay claim to being the fastest ever marathoner on a height-adjusted basis. Measuring 6’4″, he posted a personal best of 2:25 hours.

You can check out his highly stimulating blog Human Limits at drmichaeljoyner.com. One of his recent articles is called Speed Bumps: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Cheaters in Track and Field which he co wrote for Pro Publica, with David Epstein, the author of the Sports Gene and lead reporter on a recent series of articles accusing Nike coach Alberto Salazar of anti-doping improprieties.

Sports Coach Radio is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with world-class coaches, sports scientists and sports thinkes, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership psychologist. You can follow us on Twitter, where we post useful articles and coaching tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be very grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Sports medicine, optimal training; cardio-vascular system; oxygen intake, blood-oxygen transportation, anti doping, cheating in sports; performance enhancing drugs, WADA

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Strength & Conditioning Expertise From Tim DiFrancesco of the L.A. Lakers

S&C training; diets for resilience & recovery
s&c_coach_tim_difrancesco_2Good news ­ one of our favorite guests is back ­the head strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, Tim DiFrancesco. Similar to our first interview, last year, Tim and I cover a wide range of topics, everything from talent identification, over-training, the wonders of an all-natural, healthy fat diet, and the elegant perfection of the goblet squat.

Tim has a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts and can be followed at his website www.tdathletesedge.com and Twitter @tdathletesedge.

Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

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Topics: Strength & Conditioning, agility, resilience, recovery, Tim DiFrancesco interview, L.A. Lakers, basketball, training, S&C, sports nutrition, healthy diet for athletes, Paleo Diet, bone broth

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Sports Lighting Expert Toine Schoutens On Performance Enhancements With Sun Substitutes

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Minimizing the effect of jet lag and optimizing performance using light therapy — this week’s guest is an expert.

Toine Schoutens develops lighting technology, lamps and special wearable visors, and applies them to enhance the performance of world-class swimmers, soccer players, rowers, gymnasts and many others. If you think about how much time many indoor athletes spend out of the sun and/or travelling you¹ll realize how hugely important it is to improve on circadian rhythms, Vitamin D synthesis and coping with jet lag.

On the web, you can check out Toine’s site: www.fluxplus.com

Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

Topics: Sports lighting expert Toine Schoutens on performance enhancements with sun substitutes; minimizing jet lag; optimizing performance using light therapy; athletes & seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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Creatine: All About The Go-To Sports Nutrition Supplement

Over-training, performance enhancement, protein & recovery

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Creatine: It’s the go-to nutrition supplement for almost every high-performance athlete. But how much do you really know about it? Dr. Rick Kreider is the director of the Exercise & Sport Nutrition Lab at Texas A&M University and one of the world’s leading experts on creatine and other sports nutrition supplements. Rick is also the founding Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. This interview was carried out in February 2013.

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Triathlon and Cycling Coach Joe Friel On Being Fast After 50

Cycling, Triathlon, Fat-Adapted Nutrition, Paleo Diet
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Master endurance coach Joe Friel is back, this time to talk about a subject near and dear to many coaches I know – being Fast After 50. So whether you’re coaching older athletes or you are an older coach-athlete yourself, this interview is for you. We cover a wide range of topics – cardio vascular performance, strength training, mobility and agility and, of course, nutrition.

Coach Friel is the cofounder of software company Training Peaks and the author of numerous books including The Cyclist’s Training Bible, The Triathlete’s Training Bible and co-author of the ground-breaking Paleo Diet for Athletes. He’s been a coach for nearly 35 years and is past chairman of the USA Triathlon National Coaching Commission.
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Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, leaders and scientists, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching adviser and leadership consultant. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Endurance expert, triathlon, cycling coach Joe Friel on cardio vascular performance, strength training, mobility and agility, and nutrition, Paleo Diet.

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Stretching the Limits of Human Performance With Michael Joyner

Exercise Physiology; Blood & Breathing Expert
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This week we have one of world’s leading experts on human performance and exercise physiology. Dr Michael Joyner is with us to talk about endurance training, muscle growth, recovery, you name it. He’s based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, researching among many topics blood flow during exercise, glucose regulation and the physiology of elite athletes.

Dr. Joyner is a keen sportsman himself, particularly triathlon and can quite possibly lay claim to being the fastest ever marathoner on a height-adjusted basis. Measuring 6’4″, he posted a personal best of 2:25 hours.

You can check out his highly stimulating blog Human Limits at www.drmichaeljoyner.com.

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Sport Science’s Preeminent Iconoclast: Tim Noakes

Central Governor, Hydration, Endurance Athletes

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 Brain-Body Connections and Low-Carb Fuelling

It’s an honour to have Professor Tim Noakes back on the show. He’s one of the world’s leading sports scientists, with special expertise marathons, ultra running and other long endurance events.

Professor Noakes is as active as ever, despite retiring recently from the University of Cape Town’s Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Group, which he founded.
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He’s now a particularly strong proponent of low-carb, high-fat approaches to weight loss and athletic performance. We talk about that, plus hydration and, of course, the Central Governor Model, a highly influential approach to understanding the relationship of the brain and the body in high performance sport.

He’s also co-authored a couple of books since we last spoke: The Real Meal Revolution, and Challenging Belief – Memoirs of a Career.
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S&C Strength and Power Coach Matt Jordan: Injury-Free Explosiveness

Torn ACLs, Alpine Skiing Expert

s&c coach matt jordan-1Strength and power coaching – always one of our most popular topics. This week we’ve got a world leader in the area, especially when it comes to winter sports.

Matt Jordan is head of Strength and Power Science at The Canadian Sport Institute.

Matt has been personal strength coach to more than 20 Olympic and world championship medallists, and has worked extensively in speed skating, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, hockey, football, volleyball and mixed martial arts.
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Matt is currently completing his doctorate in medical science at the University of Calgary, focusing on ACL injury/re-injury prevention in elite alpine ski racers.

Matt Jordan on “Relentless and Purposeful Preparation”

Athletes, coaches and supporting cast members centralize and prepare every single day as a collective to deliver performance on demand.

The support team brings expertise to help remove physical barriers for performance on demand.  The coaches bring technical expertise and sport know-how to ensure the athletes have the ability to perform on demand.  And the athletes engage these experts and engage in rigorous preparation to deliver performance on demand.

This needs to be executed from the smallest scale (i.e. the passing seconds) to the large scale (i.e. the passing years), and done so in a highly repetitious manner to establish the mental and physical skills to deliver performance on demand
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Marathon Coaching: Sub Two-Hour Times, Phil Maffetone Shows The Way

Endurance strength training & fueling
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Endurance expert and holistic health guru Dr Phil Maffetone joins us again to talk about his fascinating new book: 1:59: The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach: Here’s How It Will Go Down, and What It Can Teach All Runners about Training and Racing. There is lots to learn in this interview for not just runners, but all endurance athletes and their coaches.

As you might already know Dr Phil mentored legendary triathlete Mark Allen through his key Ironman victories, as well working with triathlete Angela Naeth and race car drivers Mario and Michael Andretti, among many others.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interviews with world-class sports coaches, leaders and scientists, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching adviser and leadership consultant. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

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Key topics:

Marathon coaching, marathon training, sub-two hour marathon, endurance, sports nutrition, strength training for endurance athletes, triathlon, fueling, hydration low-carb, bare-foot running, Frankfurt Marathon, Kenyan runners, Ethiopian runners, genetic differences, Nike Oregon Project, Mo Farah

 

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Primal Health, Recovery and Resilience With Mark Sisson

Preventing Over-Training the Paleo-Primal Way
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It’s an honor to have Mark Sisson on the show this week. He’s the go-to-guy for guidance and inspiration in high-performance nutrition, anti-inflammatory diets, weight loss, and rest and recovery. His incredibly useful and comprehensive website is www.marksdailyapple.com

One of the key founding fathers of the currently rampant Paleo-Primal nutrition movement, Mark has a strong background in high-performance sports. He was a top-level national marathoner in the 1970s and a world-class level triathlete in the 1980s.

Mark also served for 15 years as the anti-doping and drug-testing chairman of the International Triathlon Union and as its liaison to the International Olympic Committee.
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In this interview we talk extensively about his shift from competing and coaching in endurance events to his current focus on happiness, meaning and purpose, and sustainable health. We also explore how these ideas can be used by the coaches of elite athletes to keep athletes injury free and healthy, and to prevent over-training and depression.

Sports Coach Radio is hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership psychologist. You can follow us on Twitter, where we post useful articles and coaching tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

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Dr. Sweat Science is Back With Hits & Misses of the Year

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We’re very glad to have “Dr. Sweat Science” back on the show. Alex Hutchison has a PhD in physics, a passion for running and an intense calling to comb through the constant flow of sports science research to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly.

Alex writes a highly engaging and practical blog for Runner’s World and the Jockology column on fitness and exercise for the Globe and Mail in Toronto, where he is based.

One point of clarification – about half-way through this interview we’re talking about protein supplementation. Alex’s preferred type is whey protein rather than casein protein.

Alex is also the author of the highly useful compendium “Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?”
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L.A. Lakers’ Tim DiFrancesco On Building Strength and Resilience

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tim_difrancesco_dwight_howard2This extensive conversation with Tim DiFrancesco brings together many of our favorite themes – innovative approaches to building power, speed and mobility, optimal fueling for intense performance and recovery and the motivation to make it all happen. Tim’s approach to sports nutrition is nothing short of revolutionary.

Tim is the strength and conditioning coach of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. For the few listeners not familiar with the Lakers, they have consistently been one of the top teams in NBA over the past fifty years. Their roster currently boasts some of the very best players in the world, including Pau Gasol and of course Kobe Bryant.

In addition to Tim’s infectious passion for real food, he’s got a serious background in sports medicine, including a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which he earned in 2006.
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This interview will be podcasted in two parts. We’ll be back in two weeks with Part 2.