Episode 101 - How HIIT Effects Your Nervous System, Top Tips For Prepping For Altitude, & Matthew O'Quinn Shares His Story In Overcoming Failures
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If you are looking for a podcast loaded with tips to help you dominate you next race, you have come to the right place. Each episode I dive into relevant research to help mold you into a better endurance athlete, share training strategies I use with my clients, and interview other coaches and athletes in the OCR world.
In todays episode I share research that compared different high intensity training methods and how they impact neuromuscular response and vagal tone. One of the methods was burpees interestingly. Using this study I share some key elements to consider when trying to program HIIT training into your routine.
The Big Bear Spartan Race is just around the corner. With this in mind I wanted to cover I question I have heard many times. How do you train to prepare for altitude when you don't live at altitude? It is a tough situation but there is plenty of simple things you can do to help prepare. In fact, I cover 7 things you can easily do to plan for your next race at altitude.
Finally, I chat with Matthew O'Quinn. In 2011 Matthew was overweight and unhealthy, so he decided to lose some weight and completely redefine his health. He lost around 40 lbs. and then eventually discovered OCR. His first Spartan race was in 2012 and received his first trifecta in 2013. Wanted to discover more he started on the endurance path and did his first Hurricane Heat in 2016. He has spent many years doing Spartan Races and the Spartan Endurance events as well as another well-known event, the Gauntlet down in middle Georgia.
In 2016 he finished his first Spartan Hurricane heat with the famous class 080. Since then, he has finished many more Hurricanes including the 4, 12, and 24 hour events over the past several years. He has also competed in the Gauntlet in Georgia several times and will soon be participating in the Spartan Death Race.
This wasn't an easy journey and in fact Matthew faced many failures along the way. When everyone was telling him to stop and give up and looked in and found what he needed to move and over come his challenges. Matt shares his journey and knowledge on how to deal with repeated failure and how to attain your goals.
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