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Category Archives: Training & Performance

How Elite Runners Train When They’re Pregnant

When Elle Purrier St. Pierre, the 27-year-old Olympic miler and multiple American record-holder, announced her pregnancy a few weeks ago, fans were surprised. I was too, even though I recently wrote about a study suggesting that pregnancy doesn’t alter the career trajectory of elite runners. Old habits die hard, and the knee-jerk assumption that motherhood […]

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The Illusion of Progress in Sports Technology

A few years ago, I spent a week cycling through the Italian and French Alps with a deluxe tour group whose selling point was a pre- and post-ride dose of electric brain stimulation. Protocols were based on what the Bahrain Merida cycling team was trying at the time, zapping neurons to enhance performance and recovery. […]

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Why You Should (Sometimes) Ignore Your Training Plan

The techno-utopian vision of the future of endurance training is that on any given day, your workout will be perfectly calibrated for how you’re feeling, how your body responds to different stimuli, and what your current goals are. Wearable tech will track your workout and monitor your recovery around the clock, and the algorithm will […]

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How Caffeine Boosts Endurance

Compared to, say, ice baths, it doesn’t take a lot of convincing for people to embrace caffeine as an essential performance aid. After all, there’s plenty of favorable research, and 90 percent of people already guzzle it daily. Rebranding your morning brew as a pre-race supplement isn’t a big lift. But caffeine’s ubiquity sometimes obscures […]

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Sex Differences in Running Are More Complicated Than We Thought

A pretty good rule of thumb is that women, on average, tend to be about 10 to 12 percent slower than men across a wide range of running distances. That used to be an uncontroversial observation. But these days, with debates swirling about the participation of transgender athletes and those with differences of sexual development […]

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How to Do a Pull-Up (for Beginners)

Pull-ups are impressive, which means that for many athletes, they’re aspirational. If you can’t do one, odds are you’d like to. If you can, maybe you’re gunning for the single-arm or weighted variation. Once you’re able to do a few pull-ups, it’s easy to see how you might build up to more. But if you […]

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A Four-Move Workout for Better Posture

How’s your posture? Chances are it’s not great. All that slouching isn’t just a bad look; it drags down athletic performance, too. “How we move in daily life directly crosses over to patterns in sports,” says Heidi Greenwood, a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Building strength and mobility in key areas (shoulders, hips, the back) […]

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3 Common Misconceptions About Core Strength

The burning sensation of building core strength can be incredibly satisfying, whether you’re holding a plank or struggling to finish your last set of crunches. That burn might bring you a sense of accomplishment, but it shouldn’t be your only measure of core strength. The core is the literal center of your body, a key transition […]

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