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Understanding Your Free 80/20 Strength Training Plug-in

By Matt Fitzgerald | September 21, 2019

This document covers how to use your free strength training plug-in. For support on your Premium Strength Training plan, see Understanding Your Premium 80/20 Strength Training Plan. If you have not done much strength training recently, or if many of the exercises in your 80/20 Strength Training Plug-in are new to you, we recommend that you perform […]

New Study Provides Further Evidence That How You Balance Different Intensities Matters More Than Anything Else You Do in Training

By Matt Fitzgerald | September 16, 2019

Unless you fell onto this blog through a trapdoor and you have no clue what you’re doing here, you know that I am a proponent of the 80/20 training method, which entails spending about 80 percent of your training time at low intensity and the rest at moderate and high intensities. This does not mean […]

The Four Kinds of Endurance Talent

By Matt Fitzgerald | September 9, 2019

What does it mean to have a talent for running or cycling or other endurance sports? Generally, we think of it as a natural capacity to maintain high speeds for prolonged periods of time, a capacity that is physiologically rooted in what we can loosely call aerobic power. There is no question that you aren’t […]

Is Pre-Race Tapering Overrated? Or Is This Question Just Click Bait?

By Matt Fitzgerald | August 27, 2019

Recently one of my custom training plan clients emailed me with a question. He was three weeks out from the marathon he’d hired me to prepare him for and was somewhat alarmed to see that I had scheduled a 20-mile run featuring 16 miles at his goal marathon pace at the end of the current […]

Good Cop, Bad Cop

By Matt Fitzgerald | August 19, 2019

To train with maximal effectiveness, you have to be mean to yourself. And you also have to be kind to yourself. Every week I do two full-body functional strength workouts at a local gym. The specific exercise selection evolves over time, but there is one exercise I never fail to include among the dozen or […]

Become a Better Coach by Becoming a Better Listener

By Matt Fitzgerald | August 12, 2019

This week, Matt writes for the TrainingPeaks Coach blog and his article can be found here.

The Art of the Marathon-as-Workout

By Matt Fitzgerald | August 5, 2019

If you’re a relatively inexperienced runner, or a back-of-the-pack runner, stop reading now. This one’s not for you. Unless you’re just curious—then go ahead and keep reading. For most experienced competitive runners, a marathon is a race. You sign up, pin a number on your belly, and go for broke. The workouts that serve as […]

How to Cultivate a Growth Mindset in Athletes

By Matt Fitzgerald | July 29, 2019

This week, Matt writes for the TrainingPeaks Coach blog and his article can be found here.

Test or Stimulus? How You View Your Workouts May Say a Lot About Your Overall Mindset

By Matt Fitzgerald | July 22, 2019

I’m working on a new book on the psychology of endurance sports. It’s titled The Comeback Quotient and it’s a sort of sequel to How Bad Do You Want It? As part of my research, I’ve just read Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. You may be familiar with Dweck’s work, which has been mainstreamed by a […]

Would You Go to a Fortune Teller for Retirement Planning Advice? Then Why Do You Not Go to Trained Professionals for Sports Nutrition Guidance?

By Matt Fitzgerald | July 15, 2019

If you’re interested in the effects of diet and nutrition on endurance performance, you’ll be interested in a study that was just published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Italian researchers recruited 40 student-athletes from the University of Bergamo and separated them into four groups. Two of the groups were made up of kickboxers, […]