Running 101

Andrew Read lead by example, here running a marathonRunning gets a bad rap from most in the strength-training world. Trainers love to cite high injury rates and point to marathon runners as skinny fat in order to justify their lack of love for an essential human movement. But at some point you may need to run. It could be a marathon or just a 5k. It could be Spartan or Tough Mudder. It may even be a full Ironman. Or it may be for military or law enforcement recruit training. So it’s in your best interest to have some background knowledge on how to run. Continue reading “Running 101”

Gain strength endurance in one session per week

Strength endurance is a critical component of modern warrior training
Strength endurance is a critical component of modern warrior training

The nature of humans is to be unbalanced. We like black and white but not grey. We speak of people who are good or bad or place those labels on our food. It’s rare that we have a moderate stance on much. Continue reading “Gain strength endurance in one session per week”

8-7-4-3-2

Health before fitness. Fitness before performance.
Health before fitness. Fitness before performance.

Success leaves clues. No matter the subject if you want to be successful you only need to look to someone who has travelled that path before you and copy what they have done to achieve success too.

Somehow when it comes to fitness we all want to believe that there must be another way. A short cut. A trick. A way to game the system. We search endlessly for hacks and supplements when what we should be doing is nailing down basics. Continue reading “8-7-4-3-2”

How to lift weights faster for maximum effect

IWTS for maximum conditioningIf you ever want to be anything other than a show pony at some point you’re going to have to do some type of training to develop your work capacity. Work capacity can be a fuzzy catch all term for many things. It combines aerobic endurance, muscular endurance, and is the sort of thing pictured when people talk about Hell Week during BUDS. Continue reading “How to lift weights faster for maximum effect”

Talking Tabata

Racing in the rainOne of the more popular exercise regimes over the last two decades has been the Tabata protocol. Originally tested by Izumi Tabata in 1996 it was immediately latched onto by many as superior to other training regimes for fitness and fat loss. Nothing could be further from the truth.

To begin with we should take a look at exactly what the Tabata regime consisted of. After having been out for so many years it has been well and truly bastardised like a game of Chinese whispers. Continue reading “Talking Tabata”