Episode 34 of the Strength Ratio Podcast features yet another team member of Renaissance Periodization, Alex Harrison. Alex received his Ph.D in Sports Performance from East Tennessee State University.
As an Olympic Hopeful in bobsled, Alex had trained many years for improved power. In fact, if you look through his social media, you'll see mesmerizing vertical jump abilities, as well as highly impressive numbers in the power clean, power snatch and push press. Alex, therefore, begins the podcast by discussing the fundamentals of power training, as well as the foundational importance of relative strength - namely strength relative to one's bodyweight.
After his career in bobsled, Alex leap-frogged from training for power related sports to now training for endurance sports. In the latter half of our discussion, he explains the significance of relative strength for endurance athletes, how to improve one's VO2 Max using high-intensity interval training, and the approximate ratios of high versus low-intensity cardiovascular training for optimal fatigue management for endurance athletes.