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Coaches Steve Magness and Jon Marcus team up to bring you an insider's view on coaching. Taking you inside the thoughts and conversations that usually occur behind the scenes. They bring a diverse background having both worked with athletes at the collegiate and professional level. They hope to bring a mixture of science, old-fashioned wisdom, and a touch of philosophy to help understand the process of coaching and maximizing endurance performance. For more information visit www.ScienceOfRunning.com

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Coaches Steve Magness and Jon Marcus team up to bring you an insider's view on coaching. Taking you inside the thoughts and conversations that usually occur behind the scenes. They bring a diverse background having both worked with athletes at the collegiate and professional level. They hope to bring a mixture of science, old-fashioned wisdom, and a touch of philosophy to help understand the process of coaching and maximizing endurance performance. For more information visit www.ScienceOfRunning.com

    Episode 103: Why You Shouldn’t Train Like a Pro…Unless You’re a Pro

    Episode 103: Why You Shouldn’t Train Like a Pro…Unless You’re a Pro

    In episode 103, we explore why training knowledge seems to come from the top down. We take our training cues from the top and then water down the training for our college, high school, and recreational athletes. Is that the right way to do it? We argue no. In this episode, we explore:







    * Why we can’t treat younger athletes like “short adults.”* You can’t skip steps! Understand what’s needed to set the stage for the next part of the athlete’s career.* Bringing Periodization to one’s career instead of just the season.* “What if the athlete won’t run in college or as a pro?” You are still setting the foundation! It might not be for elite performance, but it is for (hopefully) running for life.* How do you determine what to work on? What’s maxed out as an athlete? Where is there room for improvement, or a stimulus that he or she hasn’t done yet? * The key to developing athletes year after year is to look for holes in their training.







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    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast







    * The Science of Running Book* Long Term Training- HS to Pro* The Playmaker’s Advantage* The Foundation of Coaching Seminar– Learn the History of Endurance Training* The Scholar Program- Jon and Steve’s Coaches education program!















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    Episode 102: High Volume AND High Speed Training

    Episode 102: High Volume AND High Speed Training

    In episode 102 of the On Coaching Podcast we take on the never-ending argument over volume versus intensity of training. We go back into the history books to look at the poster children of high volume training and high-intensity training to try to get to the root of the argument. A few key takeaways include:







    * Everything bleeds together- Why energy system categories are overused.* Why every distance runner should run 100 meters all-out* “Check the box syndrome”- When we categorize training (i.e. Vo2max, lactate threshold, anaerobic power) we tend to cycle through workouts so that we can check them off as completed.* Are you building or maintaining a component? How much does it take to do either?* Can we develop speed and endurance at the same time?







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    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast







    * Running My Way by Harry Wilson* The Foundation of Coaching Seminar– Learn the History of Endurance Training* The Scholar Program- Jon and Steve’s Coaches education program!







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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 101: Interview with Tony Holler

    Episode 101: Interview with Tony Holler

    In episode 101 of the On Coaching Podcast we bring on special guest Tony Holler. Tony is a succesful high-school sprint coach who’s teams have won three state titles. He is known for his “Feed the Cats” program where he focuses on what matters in sprinting and keeping athletes engaged in the training.







    In this episode, we dive into Tony’s methods of developing speed and ask how that would translate to cross-country training. This episode will challenge your thinking. There will be some things that you disagree with, but it will make you think of training in a different way







    We hope you enjoy our conversation with Tony.







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    • 2 hrs 9 min
    Episode 100: Strength & Conditioning with Alan Bishop

    Episode 100: Strength & Conditioning with Alan Bishop

    In episode 100 of the On Coaching Podcast we bring on special guest Alan Bishop. Alan is the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Houston men’s basketball program. In this wide-ranging conversation, we tackle everything from nutrition to what a proper squat looks like to developing buy-in. We go from the physiological to the psychological and everything in between. A few of the topics and insights Alan brought to the table are:







    * “Knowledge not applied is wasted.” What’s your one big takeaway that will make your life better?* The best program in the world run poorly is pretty worthless.* Nutrition: How we’ve overcomplicated it and need to focus on actionable solutions* Why Alan uses tempo runs and jump rope in his basketball conditioning.* The importance of complementing what you’re doing out on the court, field, or track, in the weight room. Don’t take away from it.* Job searching: Know what motivates you and find the environment that gives you that.* Set your standard and never negotiate effort.* “If you want to be fired, be afraid to call out your best player.”* “When you are home. Be home.”* Never sacrifice movement quality.







    We hope you enjoy our conversation with Alan.







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    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast







    * Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story* Buddhas Brain* The Scholar Program- Jon and Steve’s Coaches education program!







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    • 1 hr 48 min
    Episode 99: Is it all about the shoes?

    Episode 99: Is it all about the shoes?

    Is it all about the shoes? In this episode, we look at how recent shoe technology has changed the marathon. Is it all hype or is their substance to it? We dive into the research on the performance benefits and look at the performance of Kipchoge, Kosgei, and the American athletes for clues on how the marathon has changed. Finally, we discuss what we should do about it. Should we ban them? What about innovation? We try to cover it all in this weeks podcast.







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    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast







    * Difference between Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifying in 2016 to 2020.* Amby Burfoot’s take on the shoe issue.* One Scientists proposal for how to regulate shoe technology* The Missouri HS Coaching Clinic featuring Vern Gambetta, Jimmy Radcliffe, Harry Mara, and more!* The Scholar Program- Jon and Steve’s Coaches education program!







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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 98: Models of Training That Make You Fast

    Episode 98: Models of Training That Make You Fast

    Lydiard, Daniels, Maffetone, Canova, Pfaff, Tellez. In the world of running, we tend to throw out names of well-known coaches and say that we train utilizing their method. Their model of training. But what often happens is that a coaches method gets simplified to the extreme. Lydiard becomes about 100 mile weeks. Daniels becomes about reps, VO2max, and LT. Maffetone becomes about slow easy runs. But programs are more complex than what they are known for.







    In this episode, we explore the models of training that have stood the test of time. We delve into what their original training looked like, how it changed, and what stuck in our coaching education.







    We cover a range of topics including:







    * Ernst Van Aaken and the pure endurance method* The Original Lydiard- We forgot about the hills and speed!* The Intensity vs. Volume debate* Designing Workouts for Physiology, Psychology, Biomechanics, or Fun!* Stephen Seiller’s work on endurance training.







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    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast







    * The Van Aaken Method* The Maffetone Method* Lydiard’s Original Training Schedules* The Missouri HS Coaching Clinic featuring Vern Gambetta, Jimmy Radcliffe, Harry Mara, and more!* The Scholar Program- Jon and Steve’s Coaches education program!







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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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Good conversational content.

Easy to listen to and generally pretty informative. A suggestion for the hosts, especially Marcus, is to mute your mic when slurping your coffee.

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Great source of knowledge

Whether you're a new coach, an experienced coach or an athlete, you will always leave the podcast reflecting on something contained in each episode.

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