Have you always dreamed about doing an endurance event, but always thought it’s not for you? It turns out that the human body is naturally quite good at “going long,”
With a few simple tweaks you can just keep it healthy, it is capable of enormous endurance feats that don’t eat up your precious time or make you feel like a hamster on a wheel.
Train less, perform better, faster and further
Have you always dreamed about doing an endurance event, but always thought it’s not for you? It turns out that the human body is naturally quite good at “going long.”
With a few simple tweaks you can just keep it healthy and you’ll see that it is capable of enormous endurance feats that don’t eat up your precious time or make you feel like a hamster on a wheel.
According to me, there are five fundamental elements that constraints our capability and makes it really hard or impossible for most people to do endurances races.
We use the wrong fuel
The liver and muscles can only store 1,800–2,200 calories of carbohydrates in the form of glycogen. In simple terms, if your running becomes an anaerobic process (literally, without oxygen) you have to pull from these limited stores.
Even if you refuel 200–600 calories per hour, all the stomach can handle, it’s likely you will run out of glycogen before the finish line of an endurance event. This is called “bonking” and usually means game over. Force feeding during the race is one option, but it pays to flip another switch.
We exercise too much
High volumes of endurance training can lead to increased stress, loss of sex drive, anxiety, irritability and feelings of depression. You will also lose motivation, enthusiasm and energy. Above all, the risk of injury is very high.
In doing so, more and more time is spent not only exercising at high intensities for long periods of time, but also fretting and worrying about the lack of results. Which just makes the problem worse, since it is even harder to get results when the body is broken down.
The trick is to remain aerobic at higher speeds, which is the fundamental goal of this program.
We are not breathing right
Breathing is everything. You can have such a nice car, but without an engine you’re not going to get anywhere.
If your running becomes an anaerobic process (literally, without oxygen) you have to pull from these limited glycogen stores. A lot of runners, run with a high heart rate and fast breathing and it’s unlikely you will reach the finish line of an endurance race if you have to breath fast all the time.
We eat the wrong food
Nutrition can be devided in 2 categories: Energy based nutrients and building block nutrients. In the Western world we eat a lot of non nutriend food, we eat energy only food. At endurance events most runners eat sugar gels and attend the pasta party.
Pasta for example, is a lot of calories, but thats all you get from it, energy. No nutrient building blocks. So a lot of people get overfed in energy food, but underfed in nutrient building blocks.
With such a demanding event for your body, it’s very important to not only give your body energy food, but also nutrition building blocks food.
We have a limited mindset
At endurance events it feels like standing outside the exam room at school. People telling others how hard it is going to be, how bad their preparation was, that after 30k it’s all about character, how bad the weather conditions are or that they’re not aiming for a time but hoping to finish.
Endurance is 75% about what you are telling yourself. If you’re telling yourself that it is impossible or how hard it is going to be and how bad you want to quit, it’s going to be really hard to reach the finish line. For hours and hours you have a conversation with yourself. It’s the power of stories, so tell yourself good stories.
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU LOOK BEYOND THESE LIMITATIONS?
When I was looking beyond these limitations I’ve found a ton of studies that showed a completely different picture. There’s a big, big problem in endurance sports. It’s a hole. A black hole. There is no best way to train for endurance. People think it’s time-consuming, unhealthy, boring and only for the real athletes. There isn’t a set blueprint.
That’s why I’ve started a long experiment to expand on the ‘limited research’, living and learning from those who have perfected this craft. I dramatically improved my lung capacity, lactic threshold and movement efficiency to complete (ultra) marathons, in less time, effort, injuries and more fun.
It’s completely void of any genetic advantage or physiological predisposition to be good at endurance events. That means that everyone can learn the art of stamina and endurance, yes… everyone. By applying the principles from this program, you can run, row, swim, cycle further than you ever thought possible.
After all, for thousands of years, we have hunted, gathered, and roamed the fields and plains, and in the process have developed an innate ability to engage in extended periods of sustained movement.
Once you start using you’re natural ability to go long, you will experience tremendous benefits:
Learn how your body can keep running for hours and hours on your stored fat resources.
Optimized Health and Longevity
Understand your body’s design and it will improve your health and longevity instantaneously.
Optimal Body Weight
Finally achieve and sustain your optimal body weight – no diets, gruelling exercise or drastic lifestyle changes.
Learn breathing techniques that reduces stress and enhances your recovery, sleep and performance.
Reduced Risk of Injury
Because you’re using the body to it’s design and workout shorter you put less stress on the body, which tremendously reduces the risk of injury.
The trick is to remain aerobic at higher speeds and keep your hormones in balance. Long runs are counterproductive.
Experience a flow state, a enjoyable state of total absorption of being in the zone.
After implementing this knowledge you will experience so much more fun in running.
WHY IT IS SO HARD TO DO ENDURANCE RACES?
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