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How I trained for the steepest day climb in America

May 22, 2017

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According to Wikipedia the Cactus to Clouds trail has the greatest elevation gain of any day hike in America. Nearly 11,000 feet in 18 miles. It’s been rated the fifth hardest day hike in America by Backpacker magazine. “Hard” is hard to measure, but never mind the 18 miles, in the first 10 miles you climb 8,000 feet; it’s been […]

Misunderstanding energy leaks when sprinting in the transverse plane

May 8, 2017

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[client is dumbbell bench pressing and obviously tired] [client rests with weights down at their chest] – Me “If you want to rest that’s no problem, but rest with your arms straight up rather than at your chest. It will make it easier than coming up from a dead stop.” Rocket scientist client from MIT “Oh, […]

Pessimism regarding upcoming artificially intelligent personal trainers (part 5)

April 10, 2017

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Improved performance methods aren’t too relevant We’re still leg pressing- “the presented approach would allow professionals but also their coaches to analyze in detail the athletes’ executions and improve their performances by looking in real time at the measured force and displacement time series or also calculated acceleration, velocity and power properties.” Charlie Francis, the Jamaicans, […]

Pessimism regarding upcoming artificially intelligent personal trainers

March 31, 2017

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AI is tag-alonging trickling into every field. Exercise and personal training are no different. In this series we’ll stick to what’s currently being worked on and purportedly near term. Science fiction such as Ex Machina is not going to be considered. The impetus is: –Artificial Intelligence in Sports on the Example of Weight Training These researchers put some sensors on a leg […]

Is cross training worthwhile when dealing with an injury?

March 15, 2017

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Years ago I’m in between clients and a gym member comes up to ask a question. “Is there any good substitute for running? I’m giving my achilles a break.” “Ehh, you can try the elliptical, but because of the lack of pounding, it’s not really that similar.” “Yeah, the elliptical fucking sucks. So does the […]

Can’t bend your knee? Here’s what to do

March 8, 2017

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After any knee injury or surgery one of the most obvious changes is a lack of knee flexion. You have trouble bending your knee: Knee Flexion Besides pain and difficulty running / walking, this is often the most alarming change for people. To go from having ~120 degrees knee flexion (roughly heel to butt) to only […]

Emptying out the mailbag & clearing the history #18

February 6, 2017

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Other mailbags can be found here. Keep in mind a lot of this is email conversations, comment replies, or some random interesting things I’ve found. By their nature they are not as thorough or complete as a post on one topic. Here’s what’s covered in this installment: – For the “exercise has failed” crowd Some have said exercise and […]