Episode 17- Falling into the trap to do more – Science of Running

Interview with Tony Holler – Science of Running


In the latest episode of the Magness and Marcus show, we
discuss a familiar topic to all coaches, the trap to do more because you really
don’t know what else to do. Yes, we’re talking about the age old problem of
increasing work for the sake of increasing something. We begin with the
diminished return and plateau effect and the mistaken and wrongly idealized
linear growth mindset.

From here, we delve into how to manipulate variables and
stressors to take an athlete slightly beyond their comfort zones to insure
adaptation. Jon and I both talk about how we never repeat the same exact key
workouts and what are reasoning behind that decision is.

After getting into the training a bit, we step back and take
a look at some of the set patterns we fall into as coaches an athletes.
Beginning with the issue of assigning importance to a component simply because
we can now track or measure it, and then getting into relying on “default mode”
workouts where we simply give a workout without really thinking about what we’re
actually doing it. To get around this problem, we talk about responsive
training and using a thinking pattern of breaking concepts down to their
simplest components before trying to build them up.

In this podcast we also mention enough books to keep you
busy for a few months!

Hopefully you all enjoy the podcast and let us know what you



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