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Primal Endurance Podcast

Welcome to The Primal Endurance Podcast, where we challenge the ineffective, overly stressful conventional approach to endurance training and provide a refreshing, sensible, healthy, fun alternative. Going primal frees you from carbohydrate dependency and turns you into a fat burning beast! Enjoy interviews from elite athletes, coaches, authors and scientists on the cutting edge of endurance training and performance.
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Apr 6, 2018

Brad updates you on topics of recent interest and new strategies he is trying out in training. Included is his experiment to bring more downtime into his exercise patterns. This means periods of 24-36 hours where there are no formal workouts; this is in order to perform at a higher level when he pushes himself with challenging endurance or high-intensity workouts. That said, Brad also discusses the importance of establishing a baseline routine of general everyday movement, mobility/flexibility exercises, random strength/explosive efforts, and not worrying as much about filling in all the blanks of a training log. 

 Brad reports that despite reduced overall running frequency and monthly volume, he felt stronger than ever delivering a maximum effort to get his first win in a Speedgolf tournament—playing 18 holes on a hilly course in San Luis Obispo in 52 min and shooting 85 for a Speedgolf score of 137. Brad credits being fully rested, along with having some good sprint workouts, for a strong endurance performance at the tournament. Yes, high-intensity sprint sessions will greatly improve your endurance if they are conducted properly and not in an overly strenuous manner. Then, you pair occasional hard stuff with very comfortably paced aerobic workouts that are safely below MAF heart rate or perhaps WAY below MAF heart rate. Don’t worry; you still get a significant aerobic stimulus even if it’s a brisk walk or a cruiser bike trip to Farmer’s Market. Dr. Maffetone details these concepts in his series of outstanding videos in the Primal Endurance Mastery Course at primalendurance.fit

 

Brad lets us in on some of the fitness routines that keep him in shape. What?? Downtime?? [00:02:21] 

Does slowing down interfere with the competition? What happens when Brad plays Speed Golf? [00:14:39] 

"Simply Running" is a book about modifying training by Nick Willis suggesting the same slowing down theory. [00:18:30] 

Is excessive cardio really unhealthy? [00:20:54] 

What happens if you are sleep deprived? What is Leptin?  What is Ghrelin? [00:24:06]  

Are endurance athletes at risk? [00:26:44] 

Does genetics come into play? [00:30:21] 

 

3 Comments
  • almost four months ago
    Debbie
    Brad,
    I have been loving your podcast. I completely changed my training. I am giving Maffetone a chance, and I’m loving it. I’m 52, and started Keto 10 months ago. My entire life has improved, and now that I found you and Mark everything is coming together. I’m planning on doing a half-marathon and hopefully winning my age group:) I’ll Lee you posted.
    I am also writing a book on how primal living has cured my eating disorder, and my essential tremor.
    I’m a huge fan, and if you’re interested in publishing my book. Please let me know
    Thanks for all you do!!!
    You’re changing/saving lives.
    Deb
  • over four months ago
    Thomas
    Brad - There are two ways to ask this question. Let me start with the insulting version: Why should we pay attention to what you currently recommend since, according to your own admission, you keep experimenting and changing what you are doing? A more philosophical way to pose the question, a way that might lead to an insightful answer during one of your Q&A sessions is: Can you elaborate on what is a suitable domain for self experimentation versus the core principles that have remained unchanging in your routine over the last several years? Despite my lead in, I do enjoy your podcasts. If you care to consider a second question, it would be on the relative merit of fartlek versus occasional dedicated speed workouts. Background: I am well and truly in my geezerhood, regularly running 3-9 miles at a slow heart rate with some embedded fartlek as I find a dedicated speed workout to be boring.
  • over four months ago
    Dan DaConti
    Brad love your shows and your light-hearted comedic yet ultra passionate approach. I tend to amp myself up pretty hard for any type of training session I do but I have to say that my favorite way to absorb your philosophies is to listen to an episode such as this one immediately before a training session to keep me honest and remind myself to go a little bit slower than I was plannng to. It ultimately leads to me entering my session way less stressed and way more confident because I feel like I’m “ahead of the curve” for knowing all this amazing info. 👍
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