Category: Strength Training

Finding a Cycling, Running Coach to Crush Your Next Adventure Goals

Choosing Simple Endurance Means You Want to Focus on the Process of Training, Not Just Results Finding a cycling coach or a running coach to help you find your challenges and reach your biking, running, or endurance sport goals can be tough. You need to find someone who understands your goals, your needs, and your…

Get Remarkable Results With Your 2021 Health Goals

Lose Weight and Get Stronger Through Strength Training, Better Fueling I’ve had several inquiries lately about how best to lose weight and get stronger. I will always argue that the answer is the opposite of that question: Get stronger and you will lose weight. Get stronger with heavy weight, do interval work, and you will…

Wearing a Mask May Actually Deliver Growth in Lung Capacity

Face Masks Improve Breathing by Increasing Lung Capacity We are going to be – and should be – wearing masks for several months yet into 2021.  Instead of fighting against the public health and medical officials, people who refuse to wear masks should instead know that masks improve breathing capacity! In fact, people pay a…

New Research is Absolutely Clear: Lift More Less

Effective Strength Training for Cyclists, Runners Means Fewer Reps, Heavier Weights The science is absolutely clear: Strength training for cyclists and strength training for runners works and is critical for improved performance. And the recent research suggests we should be lifting heavier weights with fewer reps. And as an older athlete, I’m doing less volume…

Four Tested Ways to Improve Performance During Your Menstrual Cycle

Women Can Use Hormone Levels to Actually Improve Training During Their Menstrual Cycle (This is one is a series of articles about specific training information and advice from Dr. Stacy Sims’ book, Roar. If you are a female athlete, or coach female athletes, this book is required reading. It changed everything for me as a…

Since Strong is the New Beautiful, Grab a Bigger Kettlebell

Women Need Heavy Strength Training to Counter Loss of Lean Muscle Mass (Women need heavy strength training is another recommendation from Dr. Stacy Sims’ book, Roar. This is one is a series of articles about specific training information and advice based on her book. If you are a female athlete, or coach female athletes, this…

Your Butt is a Steering Wheel; Make Sure It’s Got Power!

Female Athletes Need a Strong Core for Stability, Mobility, and Strength (This is one in a series of articles about how women can improve their performance with endurance sports based on the revolutionary book by Dr. Stacy Sims called Roar.) I’ve written a lot about core strength here, especially the evils of crunches and sit-ups.…

Want to Feel Better as an Older Person? Lift Weights!

Weight Training for Older Cyclists and Runners Brings Better Health, Bone Strength, and Mobility Joan MacDonald was 70 years young when she started working out to deal with high blood pressure and acid reflux. Now look at her!   Mike Harrington went to a personal trainer at 69-years-young to deal with weight gain and improve…

You Need More Strength Training for Better Balance, Endurance

Unilateral Single Leg Strength Works Helps Cyclists and Runners Prevent Injuries, Builds Mobility I admit it. Working out at home has been a challenge. My wife, because she is amazing, somehow found some kettlebells online for Father’s Day. But for the most part, I’ve been trying to maintain some strength without going back to the…

Three Keys to Return to Strength Training in the Gym

Move Slowly in Return to the Gym Prior to the pandemic, my goal in the gym was to lift heavy things to build overall strength that I could tap for on-the-bike endurance.  I was deadlifting with a hex bar, using dumbbells for shoulder, back, and chest work, and doing a lot of kettlebell work, especially…