Decoding zone 2 cardio

“Healthspan” has entered the common vernacular and I think that’s a good thing. The term has been around for a while but Peter Attia has really popularized it. I love the idea of seeing you in your 70s as strong, mobile, durable, and spry um… as heck. Lots goes into this — including genetics and luck — but we’ll, of course, focus on the stuff within your control. Specifically, we’ll look at training your cardiovascular

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It’s not about the math

Almost a decade ago, I was sitting in a lecture theatre in Virginia. The audience was filled with hyper-educated collegiate strength coaches. In the spaces between their bald heads and meaty necks I could see Natalia Verkhoshanksky. An accomplished sport scientist in her own right, she was also the daughter of the legendary Yuri Verkhoshanksky — who is credited as the father of plyometrics. A thick arm was raised and a question followed about precise

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9 tips for your next decade of training

I had originally titled this as Tips for Training Over 40 but most of this is just good advice for anyone who wants to play the long game of health and fitness. Address imbalances Sports are asymmetrical. Humans are asymmetrical. Life is asymmetrical. That’s just how it goes. While we don’t worry about absolute symmetry, we do like to keep strength and mobility in the same ballpark for the sake of injury prevention. So, while

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Mindful or present: what’s the difference?

Mindfulness can be applied to anything where you’re focusing on the task at hand. To eat mindfully, for example, might include thinking about the farmers who produced this food, the land where it was grown, the truckers, sailors, or robots who transported it, and so on. I’ve been distinguishing presence from mindfulness as our awareness of the moment… Of—wait for it… the present. Your experience of smelling, chewing, tasting, satiety, and even digestion could live here. In

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Is this a Go-Through, Go-Around, or Go-Over Problem?

Yesterday, a friend asked about how we deal with injuries and other tough challenges at Bang. We have systems for dealing with constraints—but that doesn’t just mean physical ones. After all, pain and injury can be emotional too. It sucks to feel stuck. So, we have to work with the whole person—not just their body. To do this, we sometimes imagine constraints as a wall. Once we can see the wall clearly, we can choose

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The truly hard stuff

Humans have no real defense for a great story. So, when we begin to explore exercise in any serious way, we have to tread carefully. The allure of fitness marketing is strong. It can be tricky to untangle it from the realities of a sustainable exercise practice. Hard is a compelling story. It’s appealing. It sells. Yet it often falls apart under pressure. That can’t be right. The real hard stuff is more like iron

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