Episode 163: Cardio Strength Training
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- Hey fellas. Great show. I caught your show by surprise while searching for a cardio workout music podcast on itunes and decided to give you a try and did not regret it (episode 162). I too use video games for relaxation and do listen to a couple of video game podcasts as well so when you guys started talking of video games in the beginning of the cast I completely forgot that I was listening to a fitness/nutrition podcast for a few minutes. Anyhow, its cool to hear guys talk about health, fitness and throw in video games every now and then. Nice touch! Once again, great show! Keep up the good work.-Jam (from Ottawa)To the Fitcast Crew: Love the show, please do keep up the good work. And Kevin, the video of Leigh’s gift to you is PRICELESS!I believe this question should go to Dr. Fass, but any advice would be appreciated. Here’s what happened:In the gym doing Bulgarian Split Squats a few weeks ago. I started with my left foot forward with no trouble, but when I switched to put my left foot on the bench behind me, I felt a pull in the back of my ankle / achilles tendon area. I stopped and went over to the stairs to stretch out my calf, but didn’t feel any discomfort no matter how far I stretched. I went back to doing the Bulgarians and felt the same “pull” when my left foot was on the bench. Since then I’ve noticed the pulling sensation only when my toes are pointed. In engineering school they told us “you can’t push on a rope”, so I’m a bit baffled what might be going on – if I have the mechanics right, my heel bone is “pushing” the achilles tendon upward, so why would I feel a “pull”?
I have no issues walking or stretching my calf out, only when I point my toes – which doesn’t make any sense since that shouldn’t stretch my achilles tendon, right?
It’s not debilitating, but I don’t want this to turn into something worse, so any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. For background, I’m 6′, 190#, and 42 years old. I don’t recall any injury or even aches in that area before this.
Baffled Recovering Engineer
- Hey Kevin, I have a question about lifting at a gym during one hour lunch breaks at work. Many of the guys around the office practice this for efficiency, so I decided to try it out for a day. I typically lift for roughly 1 1/2 hours specifically for strength training following the workday. I ended up sacrificing half of my routine so I can rinse off and head back on time. Its in my best interest to workout during lunch to save time, but I’m pretty stubborn about my workout schedule. Is there a logical way to squeeze a 1 1/2 hour workout into 45 minutes without giving up critical parts of my routine or am I biting off more than I can chew? Your advice is very much appreciated. I’m a big supporter of the show. Best regards from Chicago, Young
- Hello Kevin/Jon,Reading the Kevin’s blog about “9 things he learned” where he talks about hip mobility (which was an eye-opener for me), I realized I don’t really have too much mobility in my whole body.
I did myself the Thomas Test and resulted that my extended leg was raising from the floor indicating that I’m not so flexible at all.So the question is what are the best exercises for increase mobility and flexibility, not only in the hips, but in the whole body? (could you post some images of videos?) When should these exercises should be done: before or after the weight lifting?
I tried one today, but I’m not sure I’m doing it right, and I believe I should be doing more of them, and more often. I really could notice the difference when I finished my workout today.
I have worked out with weights for about 4 years, but never done stretching before, which I can realize could improve my squatting and overall performance.
Thanks for any advice
Interview with Dos Remedios
- How should the listeners incorporate cardio strength training into their programming if they are already doing some kind of 3 or 4 day lifting program?
- What do you recommend in terms of progressions. Start with 2:1 rest:work, then 1:1 then 1:2
- What are the most important pieces of equipment for a good cardio strength training routine?
Dos,I’m in the middle of starting an off season wrestling program for 7th through 12th grade kids and would like to make explosive overall strength(legs, and back) and improving their grip strength a concentration for them to work on over the 8 months they have in between seasons. What would you recommend, we have just about anything you can think of in our gym location to work with so we have the facilities. Just looking for a few ideas.Thanks,
Dos I would like to know your AHA moments for 2009 that have made you think differently about how you train your athletes? -Craig K.
- hey Coach Dos! Love your latest Cardio strength training book! Anyways, I am an college student looking to get into S&C and am curious what you have done differently this year over the past few years? What causes you to make these changes? – Chase
- Does the USA have a shot against England in the World Cup? -Kevin Larrabee