Episode 14: Thoughts on Fatigue Management & Biofeedback

In this episode, we share our thoughts on recovering from and adapting to training for optimal results. We begin by highlighting the importance of adequate sleep, nutrition, and stress management/relaxation. We also discuss how, when these areas are negatively impacted, one can adjust training accordingly to reduce the risk of injury and allow for the maintenance of, rather than the regression of, desired fitness characteristics.

Next, we discuss methods of biofeedback, such as RPE "Rate of Perceived Exertion" and RIR "Reps in Reserve", that can be used to help monitor exercise intensities. An honest evaluation of one's effort can help inform not only pacing and weight selection, but can also help in the evolution of, and prioritization of, an athlete's highest training priorities.

Episode 13: Interview with Danny Camargo

In episode thirteen of the Strength Ratio Podcast, we’re joined by Danny Camargo who shares with us his weightlifting insight and coaching journey. As a Junior, Danny was one of America’s most celebrated lifters, and now, roughly twenty years later, Danny is respected as one the nation’s most distinguished coaches. Danny has earned Level 5 Senior International Distinction and has coached countless elite athletes in the sport including, most recently, Mattie Rogers.

In this interview with Zach Greenwald, Danny shares his philosophies for coaching athletes, detailing both the technical and interpersonal aspects of his craft. Most notably, he explains how, through experience and with an open mind, these philosophies have changed over time.

Ultimately, we can learn from Danny not only what it takes to effectively coach the Snatch and Clean & Jerk, but also what it takes to foster sustainable and productive relationships with athletes over many years.

Episode 12: Biomechanics & Accessory Work

In this podcast, we discuss foundational biomechanics across squatting, hip-hinging, pushing and pulling exercises to improve both safety and performance. We also provide context around commonly used cues to clarify misconceptions, and that allow you to focus on the most important aspects of sound technique.

Furthermore, we discuss the role of accessory training, and how it fits into our ABC Model of programming.

Make sure to send us any questions you have through Instagram (strengthratio) or Facebook (Strength Ratio LLC). 

Episode 11: ABC Model of Sustainable Training

In this podcast, we share how we program for both strength and conditioning, concurrently. Our ABC Model creates a framework of exercise selection and exercise intensities that help our athletes improve performance, and regulate fatigue over time. Grab a pen and paper for this one; you may want to take notes!

Make sure to send us any questions you have through Instagram (strengthratio) or Facebook (Strength Ratio LLC). 

Episode 10: Cardiovascular Adaptations Part 2

In this episode, we continue our discussion pertaining to cardiovascular adaptations of endurance sports and of CrossFit. This podcast discusses the physiology of the oxidative system, how to train it, and how it supports the anaerobic systems.

Then, we discuss the respiratory system, and how it adjusts during exercises to ensure oxygen delivery and the removal of carbon dioxide.

Make sure to send us any questions you have through Instagram (strengthratio) or Facebook (Strength Ratio LLC). 

Episode 9: Cardiovascular Adaptations Part 1

In this episode, we discuss cardiovascular adaptations of endurance sports and of CrossFit. We begin with a thorough, yet easy to digest, explanation of the body's bioenergetics, known also as metabolism. We break down bioenergetics into three systems: Creatine Phosphate, Anaerobic Glycolysis, and Oxidative Phosphorylation.

Next, we provide further insight into each categories respective training intensities, durations, and frequencies using practical training examples.

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Episode 8: Periodization for Strength

In this episode, we highlight the origins, theory, and distinct training phases of periodization for strength adaptations, as it was popularized in Soviet Russia. In doing so, we provide context for whom, and for how long, this traditional model may work.

We then discuss how one can blend the general characteristics of periodization simultaneously, including general physical preparedness, hypertrophy, strength, power and taper, rather than training each characteristic separately. Ultimately, we argue that for long-term health and performance, the former may be more sustainable for general population athletes while the latter may be optimal for strength athletes with specific strength goals that revolve around a clearly defined competitive schedule.

Make sure to send us any questions you have through Instagram (strengthratio) or Facebook (Strength Ratio LLC). 

Episode 7 - CrossFit Mini-Camp Interview

Our "Concurrent Training" series was put on hold this week, as we interviewed three of our competitive CrossFit Athletes. Natalie Allport, Grace Lilley, and Harrison Bell were all in town for a mini-training camp leading up to the CrossFit Open.

Natalie is a former Pro-Snowboarder turned CrossFit athlete from Canada, and Grace, a Nationally Competitive Weightlifter from the UK, placed 9th in the Meridian Regional, alongside her boyfriend, and "Espirit De Corps CrossFit" team-mate, Harrison.

In this episode, you will learn more about their respective training histories, competitive accomplishments, and training experiences since joining our team.

Make sure to send us any questions you have through Instagram (strengthratio) or Facebook (Strength Ratio LLC), and to follow these three athletes below:

Natalie Allport IG: @natalieallport

http://www.natalieallport.com/

Grace Lilley IG: @gracelils

Harrison Bell IG: @dingerbelll

Episode 6 - Strength Training Part 2 "Training Variables"

In this episode, we begin by discussing the stress response to training, and the indicators of training thresholds necessary to elicit a minimum effective dose. Next, we highlight traditional recommendations of strength training variables such as volume, intensity, frequency and time, as well as their effects on size and strength.

Contrary to traditional belief, however, recent advances in human science suggest that we can successfully blend these variables together to improve multiple fitness characteristics concurrently, rather than emphasizing each variable exclusively towards a specific goal! Make sure to send us any questions you have through Instagram (strengthratio) or Facebook (Strength Ratio LLC). 

Episode 4 - Concurrent Training

Humans have evolved as generalists. We were never the fastest in the kingdom, nor were we the most enduring. Instead, we developed a nice blend of both strength and endurance. In this podcast, we introduce how to train strength and endurance simultaneously, what variables must be considered in this process, and how best to manage these variables for long-term health and performance. Make sure to send us any questions you have through Instagram (strengthratio) or Facebook (Strength Ratio LLC). 

Episode 3 - Foundational vs. Advanced Fitness Characteristics

In this episode, we discuss both biological and training age considerations for an athlete, how to train genetic "freaks", and how CrossFit athletes can periodize their training around the Open. Make sure to send us any questions you have through Instagram (strengthratio) or Facebook (Strength Ratio LLC). 

Episode 2 - Master Athlete Considerations

In this episode, we discuss our training recommendations for the Masters Athlete, explore what happens to our training-related physiology as we age, and propose actionable feedback to help you sustain health and performance into your golden years! Make sure to send us any questions you have through Instagram (strengthratio) or Facebook (Strength Ratio LLC).