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Is There a Threshold of Training Volume Below Which an 80/20 Intensity Balance Is Not Optimal for Fitness Development?

By Matt Fitzgerald | October 21, 2019

The question that serves as the title of this article is one that comes up often in discussions of the 80/20 method of endurance training. It’s a natural question to ask. Common sense suggests that a person can make up for exercising little by exercising hard. Heck, there’s no bigger proponent of the 80/20 approach […]

Book Review: Rebound: Train your mind to bounce back stronger from sports injuries

By Matt Fitzgerald | October 14, 2019

Overuse injuries such as Achilles tendinosis and runner’s knee are very different from other “health problems” such as migraine and flu. Whereas the latter cause all-day physical discomfort, most overuse injuries hurt only when you try to do the specific activity that caused them. And yet they bother you just as much, don’t they? The […]

Don’t Trust Your Treadmill

By Matt Fitzgerald | October 8, 2019

One of the more persistent myths in running is the idea that running on a treadmill is “easier” than running overground. Here’s a typical formulation of the myth, which I found on the website of the Houston Chronicle:  Running on a level road or trail is not the same as running on a level treadmill. […]

A Novel Approach to “Training Through” Running Injuries

By Matt Fitzgerald | September 30, 2019

The August 2009 issue of Triathlete Magazine featured an article titled “The end of Running Injuries.” Written by yours truly, the piece introduced readers to the Alter-G antigravity treadmill, which, I claimed, “has the potential to completely eliminate traditional injury setbacks from the life of any runner (or triathlete) who has access to a machine.” This […]

Should You Lock Yourself in a Hot Room While Tapering for Races?

By Matt Fitzgerald | September 23, 2019

I am not an exercise scientist, but I do have a strong interest in the science of endurance exercise, and every once in a while I speculate on the kinds of questions exercise scientists like to explore experimentally. For example, back in 2004 I found myself wondering if training in a hot environment might improve […]

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 […]