Gaining a performance edge from supplements can be seen two ways: objectively and subjectively. Both are important for athletes to consider. Give these supplements a try and see for yourself if there are any performance benefits, whether it's time off your miles or simply feeling better.
Every serious athlete knows recovery is essential to make the most out of a workout. Supplements can help kick that process into overdrive. Knowing which supplements to take, and when to take them, can provide an added boost to your recovery regimen.
Commonly known as "the trots," runner's diarrhea can put your perfect race right in the toilet. Learn what causes runner's diarrhea, and a few ways you can combat the issue–like diet and timing of fuel ingestion pre-race.
Tempo runs have become the bread and butter for runners seeking to boost endurance, speed, and running efficiency at every distance–from the mile run to the half marathon. It's something every runner needs in their training plan.
The ketogenic diet is best known for weight loss. Many think the low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet isn't built to bulk up. But evidence suggests building or maintaining muscle on keto is possible–while also improving body composition–through balanced eating and targeted exercise.
A 1989 speed hack by cycling legend Greg Lemond changed the sport forever. Now, aerobars are ubiquitous in cycling, both professionally and casually. But before you make the switch, consider your riding needs and how much pain you can endure on the bike.
A multi-sport event requires a specific training strategy. The path to success should consider the swim, bike and run equally–or you may not even reach the finish line.
The Boston Marathon is one of the most storied races in the world. Do you know what it takes to get there? The training plan, the hard-earned miles, the rigorous course. Learn from HVMN Co-founder and COO, Michael Brandt, who explains the countless hours of training and all the emotion of race day.
Training for your first marathon can be a daunting endeavor. But with the proper training plan and nutrition strategy, you should be ready come race day–and ready to tackle future events.
Even the mention of lactate threshold can send pain into a runner’s quads. For decades, lactic acid production was thought to only be a bad thing–but new research is suggesting that’s only half the story. Understanding your individual lactate threshold (or LT) can be a tool to training smarter and performing better.
Diligent training should be rewarded. Leading up to a race, you get up every day and put in the hours, pushing yourself to better adapt your body. But where's the line? Overtraining syndrome is a sign you've crossed it. Here are a few ways to spot overtraining, and some suggestions for what to do if it's too late.
Changing the number of steps you take per minute doesn't seem like a big deal, but it can have huge impacts on performance and injury risk. Adopting a new running cadence takes times, but these drills can help train your body to increase or decrease cadence to match your running needs.
The sprint triathlon is a great way for beginners to try multi-sport races. It's much shorter than other triathlons, and thus requires an appropriate pacing strategy. But pacing is something many new triathletes don't consider. Proper pacing may be the difference between a beautiful race and a bonk.
While it may seem counterintuitive for many athletes, cutting down training volume days or weeks before a big event can have a huge impact The balance of how to taper is both a science and an art with many factors to consider. It's imperative serious athletes learn how to taper for peak race day performance.
Exercise periodization is popular with many top athletes, but what if we viewed nutrition in the same lens to maximize metabolism? Bob Seebohar, a dietician for the US Olympic Committee, coined the term "Metabolic Efficiency Training". He reveals real-life applications for anyone searching to optimize their metabolism for both performance and health.
The idea of carb cycling is born out of training needs–load up for intense training days, cut carbs on rest days when the body doesn't utilize them as much. Creating a metabolic flexibility can help improve body composition, performance and recovery, but recent science backs the idea of low-carb training.
Time. It’s our only limited & non-renewable resource. We speak with Matt Dixon, founder of Purple Patch Fitness, a top endurance performance coaching company based in San Francisco. He is an expert in optimizing the lives of both time-starved athletes and knowledge workers. He was one of the first coaches to prioritize recovery and nutrition for elite athletes during a time when they were an afterthought.
VO2 max might be the truest representation of endurance fitness there is. While elite runners and cyclists train their bodies to use a high volume of oxygen as efficiently as possible, all athletes can benefit from understanding VO2 max, and training to improve it.
September 13th, 2018. That was the day Italian cyclist Vittoria Bussi set a new record for one of cycling’s oldest and most prestigious challenges: The UCI Hour. Vittoria joins the podcast today to share her story and reveal how she achieved her ultimate goal.
During intense training blocks, you adhere to the routine you’ve set. But after a while, it can become monotonous (and maybe, dangerous). Cross training is a great way to switch up workouts, and has shown to be beneficial for both the mind and body–actually improving performance in your main sport.
The average human reaction time is 284 milliseconds. Vince Mancinni, a professional gamer, has a reaction time of 97ms. How did he achieve this?
Muscle recovery begins at the end of your last workout. By skipping this all-important process, you could be losing out on gainful training. Use these techniques to help put your muscles in the best position to perform their best during your next workout.
Six months after a tragic injury that left professional triathlete Tim Don with a broken neck, he completed the 2018 Boston Marathon in under 2:50. How did Tim manage to get back on his feet so quickly? We dive into the determined, passionate, and astute mindset of one of the world's greatest athletes.
Diving into the "mother of all biomarkers". Jason Moore, CEO of EliteHRV, joins the podcast to discuss the basics and nuances of HRV and how it ties into optimal performance and health.
With the scientific revolution taking over endurance sport, athletes are looking for new ways to train, fuel, recover and even think. We discuss human endurance with Alex Hutchinson, one of the most respected writers in the community. His newest book, Endure, is a New York Times bestseller; his “Sweat Science” column in Outside Magazine is widely popular; he received a National Magazine Award for his technology coverage in Popular Science.
We always say here at HVMN that we take a systems approach to the human platform, and mental math achieves exactly that: A systems approach within the brain. Yusnier Viera is a real-life math wizard, known around the world as the “The Human Calendar" for breaking the world record calculating calendar dates. He uses a mixture of flash math & trained memorization.
Runners chase speed. For many, it's a lifelong pursuit. The connection between the body and the mind is important for speed, and harnessing both with these techniques may decrease those mile times.
Hydration. There’s more to it than just drinking water. Like everything in the human system, there’s nuance, meaning there’s room to optimize according to your own biology, needs, and goals. Let's discuss with Andy Blow, CEO of Precision Hydration.
Rowing as a sport is incredibly nuanced. While not perhaps as popular as other sports, the technique, teamwork, training, nutrition, the combination of aerobic and anaerobic exertion requires a high-level skill set. Let's dive into the mind of an US Olympic rower: Mike DiSanto.
Overload principle is a technique often employed by weightlifters, but it's something all athletes can use. Progressively switching up your workouts can help you avoid the dreaded plateau. These techniques for implementing overload principle can be tackled by athletes of all levels.
How does the growing culture of running reflect larger world-wide trends? We explore these topics with Samuel Robinson, who holds a Ph.D. in history and is a centerpiece in the endurance community here in the Bay Area. His writing, published on outlets such as Outside Magazine, focuses on the culture, experience, and inner lives of endurance athletes and uses sport as a lens that provides otherwise unseen perspectives around us.
Tennis is commonly dubbed the “sport of a lifetime”. This is true for none other than Pat Cash, a legend of the sport who is a Wimbledon Men’s Champion and 5x Grand Slam Finalist. A force to be reckoned with throughout the 80’s, Pat dominated the court by seeking out the cutting-edge of training, nutrition, and recovery…even when no one else was.
When you look at the world’s most popular and greatest athletes throughout history, you’ll notice that many of them are past what we would consider “prime age” for peak sports performance. Jeff Bercovici, the San Francisco bureau chief of Inc and an athlete in his own right, went on a journey to find out what makes them different than the rest of us, and what we can do to reach our own form of elite performance as we age.