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Stories from people who find joy in pushing their limits and discovering new challenges. Triathlon, Marathoning, Ultrarunning, and Adventure Racing are among the sports we feature.

Stories from people who find joy in pushing their limits and discovering new challenges. Triathlon, Marathoning, Ultrarunning, and Adventure Racing are among the sports we feature.
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Stories from people who find joy in pushing their limits and discovering new challenges. Triathlon, Marathoning, Ultrarunning, and Adventure Racing are among the sports we feature.






ATC 254: Tips To Avoid Going Into The Marathon Over-Cooked, Hyponatremia Symptoms and Risks, Setting Sights on a BQ, and More

On this episode of Ask The Coaches: BQ or bust! With a history of a 3:15 marathon, followed by a couple injury-laden years, how to get back on track for a BQ and/or sub-3 marathon? Is MAF training for the marathon the safest route to avoid re-injury? What kind of timeline for an aggressive marathon […]


Jae Gruenke: Fix Common Running Issues – Knees Caving In, High Hamstring Pain, Feet Splaying Out, and More!

Jae Gruenke, GCFP, a Feldenkrais practitioner and founder of The Balanced Runner™. For the past 14 years she has helped runners from beginner to Olympian learn to run pain-free, efficiently, and fast. She specializes in helping those whose problems have not resolved with medical treatment and those transitioning to natural running form, minimalist footwear, and […]


ATC 253: Benefits to Boosting Lactate Threshold, Hills v. Speedwork, Zone 2 and Ironman, Fat Malabsorption Issues, and More

On this episode of Ask The Coaches: No more KPR (points system) for the Ironman World Championships and 70.3 World Championships, after the 2018 races. It is going back to a slot allocation system for pros! Our thoughts, and why we think this is a great thing. Zone 2 and Ironman: Is Z2 the right […]


Alex Hutchinson: How Much Can We Endure? Exploring the Brain, Performance Limiters and How To Push Harder and Farther

On this episode, we welcome back sports journalist Alex Hutchinson, who’s written a fascinating new book titled Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Pre-order your copy here (ships out out in February). Endure is a must-read for all endurance athletes! In addition to authoring books, Alex is Outside Magazine’s Sweat Science columnist […]


ATC 252: How To Approach the Offseason Comeback, Stress Fracture Risk In Collegiate Runners, Beet Juice For Fat-Adapted Athletes, Glute Activation Exercises, and More

On this episode of Ask The Coaches: Article discussion: Stress fracture risk in collegiate cross country runners. New study in the JOSC shows astoundingly high stress fracture numbers in runners under 25. 42 cross country D1 runners, between 18-24 years old. 40% of females and 35% of males had history of stress fracture. None of […]


The Sock Doc: Why Genetic Tests May Fall Short and The Pros and Cons To Discovering Your DNA, Plus: Truths of Leg-Length Discrepancies and More

The Sock Doc, Steve Gangemi, is back to tackle the topic of genetic testing and whether finding out your DNA via testing is worthwhile or not, as well as answer your other questions! DNA, epigenetics & on getting your genes tested: DNA is the long-term information storage. Via transcription, RNA is formed, and this is […]


ATC 251: Setting Heart Rate Zones using Metabolic Efficiency vs. MAF 180 Formula, Strength Training After Illness, HRV Troubleshooting, Nasal Breathing, and More

On this episode of Ask The Coaches: Making a comeback to sport after cancer – where does one start? Endurance vs. strength training needs after your body has gone through severe illness. Mentions: Podcast: 8 Steps to Mastering MAF The 5×5 strength training program 10 exercises that keep you athletic as you age Metabolic efficiency […]


Sports Nutrition 238: What’s Up With Maurten, Relieving GI Distress With Breath And Core Work, Luteal Phase Supplements, And More

On this episode of Sports Nutrition with Ben Greenfield: Pregnancy mentions The Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth Our thoughts on the new Maurten sports drink. Said to be the world’s most carbohydrate-rich sports drink & big in the marathon and running world. Can you make a drink similar to this at […]


ATC 250: Post-Workout Fueling Myths (and What You Should Do), Pre-Training For a 100-Miler, Buying Kettlebells For Home, and More!

On this episode of Ask the Coaches: Adding kettlebells to your home gym: What are some recommend sizes? KBs for a relatively fit woman Upper body vs. lower body Tawnee has 8kg, 12kg, 16kg and 24kg purchased from Another alternative is a weight-adjustable kettlebell. Planning your first 100 mile trail run next season: How […]


Brian Mackenzie & Phil White: When Wearables Go Too Far, How To Unplug and Get Back In Tune With Yourself

On this show we’re joined by coach and human potential specialist Brian Mackenzie and Emmy-nominated writer Phil White, who are both co-authors of the book Unplugged, which teaches athletes to think more critically about technology use and the tools to upgrade your fitness, performance and consciousness. Intros Brian was the Crossfit Endurance guy for a […]


ATC 249: Free Weights v. Machines, Keeping Motivation High During Winter, Mastering VO2Max Intervals and More

On this episode of Ask the Coaches: Article discussion: Weight machines vs. free weights It’s not an either or – they work synergistically. It depends: What are your goals? Machines may be safer for some (especially those new to weights). How to keep winter training motivation high when it’s lonely and cold? Cross country ski […]


Dr. Phil Maffetone: The Eight Steps To Mastering MAF, Healthy Body Fat Ranges, and How Athletes Can Decrease Health Risks

Dr. Phil Maffetone is back for an instant classic on how you can maximize your fitness gains and longterm health simultaneously: MAF Method refresher: It’s not just about the 180 Formula when you pursue MAF, it’s a holistic method for overall improved health, wellness and fitness. There are 8 steps to mastering MAF, which we […]


ATC 248: Mastering Your Central Governor, Diagnosing Gut Woes, How To Push Harder on the Ironman Marathon and More

On this episode of Ask the Coaches: Reasons for seemingly getting slower (or not progressing) despite several years of training? Taking into account immunity (how often are you getting sick?), stress levels and mindset in gauging your fitness progress or lack thereof. Defining speedwork and aerobic sessions – make sure you’re not training too hard […]


Anna Vocino: Managing Celiac With Diet, Healthy Gluten-Free Living, and The ‘Eat Happy’ Cookbook

Anna Vocino is an actress, standup comedian and co-host on America’s Angriest Trainer Podcast with Vinnie Tortorich. She has a fabulous cookbook called Eat Happy, with gluten-free, grain-free and low-carb recipes, which was largely inspired by the diet changes she made after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease. On this show we discuss: Anna’s story of […]


ATC 247: Top Strength Exercises To Do This Offseason, Balancing ‘Body Maintenance’ With Training, How To Be a Low-Risk Triathlete, and More

On this episode of Ask The Coaches: We’ve recently had many general questions on what to do in offseason; here are links to shows where we’re talked about offseason structure, please start there. If you have a more specific offseason question that we didn’t address yet, then send it to us! ATC 244: Offseason Planning […]


Ask The Doc: Dr. Tommy Wood on Familial Hypercholesterolemia in Athletes, Restless Leg Syndrome, His ‘Elite Performance Analysis’ Test and Much More

Dr. Tommy Wood is back on the show for another edition of Ask the Doctor, Tommy’s sixth time as our resident doc. You can find Tommy over at NourishBalanceThrive, and be sure to check out their Elite Performance Analysis quiz. On this show, we catch up with Tommy and he tackles the following listener questions: […]


ATC 246: The Long Run for 50k Training (How Far?), Run Drills for Cyclocross, MAF vs. Max HR for Zones, and More

On this show: A little Kona talk. For more, catch our Kona recap podcast we recorded with Thorsten Radde hours after this year’s Ironman World Championships. The long run when training for a 50k trail run: how far? Using past marathon training as a gauge for how far your 50k long run can be. For […]


Tina Muir: Building Healthier Mind and Body To Beat Amenorrhea And Start A Family

On this show we catch up with pro runner Tina Muir, who’s had many life changes since we last spoke with her in 2016 (listen to that podcast here). If you don’t know Tina, she is a pro runner from the UK and living in Kentucky with her husband, who’s a running coach. Last year […]


ATC 245: Train Your Swim Kick For Better Triathlons, Improve Ground Contact Time To Run Faster, Pro-Dairy or Dairy-Free, and More

Announcement: If you want in on an epic experience with the EP crew, don’t wait, email us now at! We have two teams for SoCal Ragnar on April 7-8, both ultra and regular distance, and we’re taking signups for Ragnar Cape Cod on May 11-12. On this show: Should you spend more time training […]


Pete Jacobs: Kona Ironman Champ On Repairing Metabolic Damage and Making a Comeback with Increased Focus on Health, Clean Eating & MAF

With Kona right around the corner, on this show we feature professional triathlete Pete Jacobs, the winner of the 2012 Ironman World Championships. The year prior to that, Pete was second at Kona and the winner of Ironman Australia. After a hiatus, this year he’s toeing the line at Kona again. Today we’re going to […]


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