November 1, 2020
In this episode we discuss motivation and how it fits into the psychobiological model when interpreting athletic performance. We also discuss Brehm's distinctions between potential motivation and motivational intensity (link below), and provide real examples of how they are displayed in CrossFit. Motivation is obviously an important factor in any athletic endeavor and we hope this episode offers a different way to think about motivation.
October 4, 2020
In this episode we talk about some of the outside factors that affect your sense of effort when training or competing. We elaborate on how sleep, nutrition, and life stress can alter the outcome of a given task from a purely psychological perspective. We also discuss how you can decrease your sense of effort by controlling some of these outside factors.
September 18, 2020
In this episode we discuss the Psychobiological Model as explained by Sam Marcora. How does one's physiology interplay with their psychology, and how does this affect the outcome? The next few episodes we will explain the Psychobiological Model in depth and how we think of the model when designing training.
August 23, 2020
In this episode we take a look at variables and limitations when trying to use the Power-Duration theory to predict performance in CrossFit. If you haven't listened to the previous episodes on Power-Duration, you will want to go back before listening to this one. We also briefly hint at what our next episode will be about.
August 2, 2020
In this episode we continue our discussion on the power duration relationship focusing on the concept of duty cycle. Duty cycle refers to a work to rest ratio that can be used to mathematically predict failure/fatigue at a given task. We then explain why we think this concept can be used when discussing pacing in CrossFit.
July 9, 2020
In this episode Michael talks about the history of his fitness competition known as Outside The Box. The purpose of this episode was to explain how the competition came to be, as well as discussing the format that Michael uses to develop the events.
June 5, 2020
In this episode we introduce the power-duration (PD) relationship. It is a broad explanation of how critical power/speed/torque is used to predict when someone will reach task failure at a given endurance task (cycling, running, etc.). This episode is only meant to serve as an introduction to the concept. In the next episode we will discuss ideas on how the PD relationship may relate to training and competing in CrossFit.
If you are interested in learning more, please refer to the links below.
May 11, 2020
In this episode, we asked some people on why they left CrossFit to pursue other athletic endeavors. We also discussed the tendency to gravitate towards endurance sports when leaving, and possible reasons as to why. This topic was a difficult one to discuss as you may get a sense of that when listening.
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