Category Archives: Scientific Concepts

Metabolic efficiency: More smoke and mirrors coaching

ESP Tipcast 89: Clearing the smoke and breaking the mirrors on Metabolic Efficiency This article first appeared July 1, 2016. The article is republished here with a brief addition near the end (BLUE TEXT) The fitness and nutrition market is driven by sexy new terms and training methods. Few have garnered more...
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Aerobic Decoupling: Still just CV drift, and not worth the time

AEROBIC DECOUPLING DEFINED “when heart rate is held steady during extensive endurance training, output may be expected to drift downward. This parallel relationship between input (heart rate) and output (power or speed) is referred to as “coupling.” When they are no longer parallel in a workout as one variable remains...
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Cycling Science: Is power output the key to catching dopers?

The 2015 Tour de France is over and with it the endless stream of doping speculations about Chris Froome. I get it, we’re all skeptical of disparities in performance now, as if we expect 5 or 10 riders to all slug it out on every climb before sprint to the...
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The (absurdly) strange case of Roman Kreuziger

If you follow cycling, then you no doubt know about the 4 year long battle of Roman Kreuziger. Now with his CAS case finally coming due, Roman is facing, what I would consider I near certain ban. I’ll get to why I’m near certain a little bit later. First, let’s...
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What big insects mean to world-class performance

In a recent post on IFLScience, they discussed the role of genetics in the growth of insects. However, it neglected to discuss the evolutionary reasons for why insects are not as large as say the Meganeura monyi, a foot long ancestor of the modern-day dragonfly that was prominent during the oxygen-rich Carboniferous Period,...
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ESP Tipcast 64: What I’ve learned from 8 years of low volume training

On tipcast 64 I discuss what I’ve learned from low volume training programs over the past 8 years. Well before Chris Carmichael jumped onto the HIT bandwagon with his time-crunched approach, I was experimenting with polarized training, HIT and reduced volume. Here are some of the highlights: Many coaches fall...
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