Sep 28, 2017
Brad is a world famous triathlete. He’s one of the most
well-known persons in the world of endurance sports having garnered
multiple awards and victories on top of being ranked 3rd best in
the world in 1991. He’s also an author of many books catering to a
primal way of life.
Today Brad will talk with us about his take on what people
associate endurance sports with, the importance of sleep and
recovery for endurance athletes, the type of nutrition that works,
and why he likes the idea of resistance training for endurance.
"We get deluded these days into thinking succeeding in endurance
sports is all about enduring in a negative context rather than
being good to your body as you pursue ambitious fitness goals.”
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Sleep habits are more important than whatever endurance books
will tell you. Brad said he slept half his life throughout his best
career to get the best out of his body.
- Most athletes should add more hours of sleep even if it means
sacrificing physical activity or training.
- Getting up before sunrise will disrupt the way your body
functions, especially when it comes to your circadian cycle and
- If you're running yourself down, back up so you don't just keep
wearing the system down. Dictate your training decisions according
to your mood.
- You want to have a nutrient-dense diet compared to getting fuel
with little to no nutritional content such as sugar-based sports
- Just because you're not getting morbidly obese when you eat
more sugar than the average person doesn't mean it's not hurting
- Fixing your sleeping habits especially after sundown will do
wonders to your body's metabolic processes, especially when it
comes to controlling your appetite and burning fat.
- When it comes to training for endurance sports, balance is
important; not just miles but also mobility, functional strength,
and other activities that translate to better endurance
- Resistance training will simulate what happens to your body
when it’s under extreme fatigue or stress during endurance
competitions. With that said, nothing can substitute with actual
cardio training when it comes to building a solid aerobic
- You can't go in and perform at your best level when you're
working out almost every day of the week. It's better be varied in
your training and focusing on intensity for a short period of time
and rest for a short period of time, rather than going at it 100%
all the time.
- Everyone knows stress and recovery is important but not
everyone can get it balanced.
- The intuitive element is everything; the difference between
coming in first or last place. Having the discipline to realize the
state of your body and mind are at each day and taking what your
body gives you and nothing more is what will bring out the best in
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