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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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Nov 29, 2016

The Primal Endurance podcast Interval shows are published in between our full-length feature episodes published on Fridays. For the Interval episodes, podcast host Brad Kearns discusses various elements of the Primal Endurance approach, pulling from topics in the book/digital course and adding some candid and fresh insights. The Interval shows will keep you focused and purposeful with all of your workouts and lifestyle decisions.

Among the most common questions relating to the importance of training aerobically and the method of calculating, and rationale for, training at or below your maximum aerobic heart rate. Details on the adjustment factors to the "180-age" baseline calculation. Comparing and contrasting the Maffetone 180-age formula with the conventional approach of using percentage of max heart rate and ventilatory threshold. Hint: be conservative and avoid the risks of chronic exercise. This is a great show to refer to over and over to cement the idea that taking it easy and working the low end aerobic zone will pay great dividends to your racing performance at higher speeds.

2 Comments
  • eleven and a half months ago
    Primal Endurance - Lindsay
    Hi Greg!
    If you are having success training at 180-age, there is no reason to change that up. If your training isn't progressing like you think it should, or especially if you start exhibiting signs of overstress/overtraining, you now have the benefit of this testing giving you a new (lower) target heart rate to work with.
  • almost twelve months ago
    Greg Midzak
    I recently underwent a VO2 Max test, and in doing so my max heart rate was measured. I sat right at 180. I'm 27, so my MAF would be 153. That's about 85%. Should I be looking more at 70-75% of 180 instead? While training at 153, I feel good, don't necessarily crave extra calories/carbohydrates, and my HRV tends to respond well.

    Thanks,

    Greg