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221. Strength Coach Tony Gentilcore Answers YOUR Weightlifting Questions

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 11/11/2021

261. 5x National Champ Eoin Everard on Neuromuscular vs. Aerobic Runners, Muscle Activation, and Master’s Training show art 261. 5x National Champ Eoin Everard on Neuromuscular vs. Aerobic Runners, Muscle Activation, and Master’s Training

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There are broad elements of training that all runners need to work on in order to improve. But if you tailor your workouts to your unique physiology, you can continue to get stronger through your master’s years and beyond. A master’s runner himself (by European standards), this week’s podcast guest is Eoin Everard. He is a physiotherapist with a PhD in Biomechanics. He’s also a sub-4 minute miler, a sub-14 minute 5k runner, and a five-time Irish National Champion in the 1500 and 3000m. As an elite runner and chartered physiotherapist, Eoin brings an incredible amount of knowledge and...

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260. 3 Proven Ways to Build Endurance (Least to Most Risky!) show art 260. 3 Proven Ways to Build Endurance (Least to Most Risky!)

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While endurance may not be the sexiest word when it comes to better running, it is certainly the most essential. Endurance is a broad term that applies to every aspect of your running, whether you are looking to run longer, faster, or both! But in order to build endurance, you first need to start with consistency. While there is no magic bullet to running faster, consistency in training is about as close as it gets.   In this episode of the podcast I’ll go in depth about each of the three strategies you can use to improve your endurance. While the second and third options each...

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259. Running and Lifting: How Elizabeth Does Both As a Sub-3 Marathoner show art 259. Running and Lifting: How Elizabeth Does Both As a Sub-3 Marathoner

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Listeners know I'm a relentless advocate of , whether you're doing at home or in the gym. But some runners take strength training to a level above and beyond the rest of us - and find great success along the way. This week’s podcast features a fellow running coach and one of my private coaching clients, Elizabeth Corkum. Elizabeth - who goes by the nickname Corky - is a 2:58 marathoner and 5-day per week weightlifter. Coach Corky has multiple coaching certifications, including USA Track and Field, Road Runners Club of America, and the Lydiard Foundation. She is also a certified personal...

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258. Professor of Kinesiology Kim Dawson on Managing Pre-Race Anxiety show art 258. Professor of Kinesiology Kim Dawson on Managing Pre-Race Anxiety

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Kim Dawson is a professor of kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, Canada. Her extensive education and research in psychomotor behaviour and exercise science gives her a deep understanding of the issues that affect performance. She has worked with elite athletes, Olympians and professional sport organizations for over 10 years. This episode is all about managing emotions like stress, pre-race anxiety, and nervousness, so you can transform them into ambition for a great run. Don't miss even more ideas on how to build mental skills at . Thank you Athletic Greens! One scoop...

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257. Get to Know Jason: An Interview with Strength Running’s Jason Fitzgerald show art 257. Get to Know Jason: An Interview with Strength Running’s Jason Fitzgerald

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Jason Fitzgerald is the driving force behind Strength Running's , , and podcast, but you may not know as much about his life behind the scenes. Today Jason gets interviewed about his history, advice for runners and entrepreneurs, his current aspirations, and more! Jason's friend and fellow coach, , agreed to spend some time talking with him about who he is behind the microphone. Sara is a running coach and Boston qualifier with more than 15 years of competitive experience. She hosts the Elevate Your Running Podcast and Elevate Your Running camps held in Boulder, Colorado. After Jason spoke at...

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256. How to Be Adaptable and Flexible with Your Training with Coach Ryan Banta show art 256. How to Be Adaptable and Flexible with Your Training with Coach Ryan Banta

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Living through the recent pandemic has made us acutely aware of the need to adapt to changing circumstances. We can only control the controllables, and there are very few of them! This week’s podcast guest has had an enormous impact on the world of high school coaching. Mr. Ryan Banta is a coach with more than 20 years of experience and the author of . At the high school level, Ryan has produced 135 All-State medalists, including 10 state champions and 15 runners-up. He also coached this year’s state championship team. A major factor in Ryan’s success comes from his ability to help...

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255. How Ali Feller Got Hooked on Running, Podcasting, and Runners (like you!) show art 255. How Ali Feller Got Hooked on Running, Podcasting, and Runners (like you!)

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Ali Feller has become a beacon of enthusiasm for the sport of running and its passionate, supportive community. Her podcast, is one of the most popular running podcasts out there, with hundreds of episodes and countless fans. On her long-running podcast, Ali has had conversations with many of the sport’s most recognized runners. She is also continuing to work to make listeners more familiar with guests whose stories we don’t get to hear enough about. Ali is a marathoner, a TedX Speaker, and a race announcer for New York Road Runners and Millennium Running.  She is also a...

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254. Running Imbalances: How to Prevent & Treat Asymmetries with Dr. Sarah Ceschin show art 254. Running Imbalances: How to Prevent & Treat Asymmetries with Dr. Sarah Ceschin

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Running is essentially a series of one-legged hops repeated over and over again. The repetitive nature of running can exacerbate imbalances in any part of our body.  While many mild asymmetries are normal and not necessarily cause for concern, others can make you more .   This week’s guest helps runners deal with all types of imbalances. Dr. Sarah Ceschin is a physical therapist from Boulder, Colorado, who I had the pleasure of meeting in person at a recent group run. Sarah works with a variety of athletes, particularly runners and climbers.  If you ever find yourself in...

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253. Pregnant & Postpartum Running with Dr. Rachel Selman DPT, CSCS show art 253. Pregnant & Postpartum Running with Dr. Rachel Selman DPT, CSCS

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Misconceptions and misunderstandings abound when it comes to running while pregnant and postpartum. With the research constantly evolving it can be tough to keep up, but patience in the recovery process will ultimately pay off in the long term. Dr. Rachel Selman is a physical therapist based in Georgia who specializes in pregnant and postpartum athletes. She is also a mom and a runner. Rachel is certified as both a Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner. She is a wealth of information for new and expecting moms who are trying to figure out how...

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252. Everything You Need to Know About Marathon Fueling with Holley Samuel MEd, RD, CPT show art 252. Everything You Need to Know About Marathon Fueling with Holley Samuel MEd, RD, CPT

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Holley Samuel is a Registered Dietitian who also happens to be a Boston Marathon Qualifier. She has a Master’s in Health Education and is a Certified Personal Trainer, and also happens to own a cookie company. Clearly, she knows how to maintain a balance when eating for both joy and health! Holley and I explore the ins and outs of marathon nutrition, including carb-loading before the race, your pre-race breakfast, mid-race fueling, and eating for recovery.  Holley and I tackle a wide variety of marathon nutrition questions: Is carb loading important? What’s the right way to go about...

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Strength training is critical for runners who want to get the most out of their training. While it’s easy to skimp on weights in favor of running more miles, weight training for runners has so many benefits: 

  • Increased speed and power
  • Greater running economy that helps improve endurance
  • The ability to handle a greater workload (i.e., you can run more!)
  • Improved injury resistance

In short, there’s no good reason NOT to strength train if you’re a runner!

To help answer all of your questions about strength, Tony Gentilcore has joined us. He's a former collegiate baseball player who graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY-Cortland with a degree in Health Education with a concentration in Health and Wellness Promotion. After almost going pro in baseball, he worked as a personal trainer for several years in NY, CT, and MA.

Tony opened a sports performance gym with two other trainers that has grown into one of the premier baseball training facilities on the east coast. He has contributed his strength training expertise to numerous publications, including T-Nation, The Boston Herald, and BodyBuilding.com, amongst others.

In today’s podcast, Tony addresses many common questions related to weight lifting. But this episode is unique because the questions come directly from members of our High Performance Lifting Program, including the following:

  • How do runners find a great strength coach or gym? What are the top 1-3 things to look for?
  • Should strength training routines be modified for older runners?
  • If an athlete wants to avoid any Olympic lifts but still wants to develop power and explosivity, are there alternative exercises that would be helpful?
  • How can runners tell if they are over or under training with regard to strength?

Check out the podcast to hear the answers to these questions and more. These questions are only a sample from the full 90min Q&A! Be sure to join HPL so you can get your hands on the full conversation!

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Thank You InsideTracker!

Our show is supported by our longtime sponsor InsideTracker. Today, more than ever, it's essential that we’re making the right decisions to keep our bodies healthy. To help us be resilient, prevent over-training, and optimize our running to get the most from it.

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InsideTracker’s patented system will transform your body's data into knowledge, insights, and a customized action plan of science-backed recommendations. The data can help you determine whether you’re running too much, not enough, or have some other issues that could be affecting your recovery or performance.

I've had my own blood drawn with InsideTracker several times and have been amazed at the valuable information that they provide. Not only are the results very detailed, but they also share guidance for how to improve any markers that are out of range.

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Thank you Elemental Labs!

A big thanks to Elemental Labs for their support of this episode! They make electrolyte drinks for athletes and low-carb folks with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or colors. And you can get a free sampler pack of 4 flavors and 8 individual packets when you pay $5 in shipping.

Elemental Labs' products have some of the highest sodium concentrations that you can find. Anybody who runs a lot knows that sodium, as well as other electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, are essential to our performance and how we feel throughout the day.

The citrus flavor has quickly become my favorite. I’m drinking one a day now to help me get enough fluids in our dry Colorado air. It’s tasty and delicious and I find that I’m not peeing every 45 minutes throughout the day, which might be an indication I wasn’t eating enough sodium.

There’s now mounting evidence that higher sodium intake levels are not unhealthy – and athletes need substantially more than your typical sedentary person. Of course, ask your doctor if you’re worried. But for those athletes running outside in the heat, an electrolyte replacement makes a lot of sense.

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