55 episodes

A podcast for runners and triathletes who love to learn more about the science behind their sport, and are determined to maximise their physical performance to be the best athlete they can be.

'The Athlete's Garage' explores the latest research and practical tips one episode at a time. Topics cover training, injury management, sports nutrition, elite psychology and managing your environment so you can fulfil your absolute potential as an athlete, and human being.

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    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

A podcast for runners and triathletes who love to learn more about the science behind their sport, and are determined to maximise their physical performance to be the best athlete they can be.

'The Athlete's Garage' explores the latest research and practical tips one episode at a time. Topics cover training, injury management, sports nutrition, elite psychology and managing your environment so you can fulfil your absolute potential as an athlete, and human being.

    It's not the end, only the start - The final episode with Trang Nguyen

    It's not the end, only the start - The final episode with Trang Nguyen

    Helloooo everyone!


    Time to break the episode drought with a fresh episode.


    This episode is one I have putting off for a while, as this episode marks the final episode of The Athlete's Garage Podcast :(


    This announcement brings me some sadness and a sense of loss, but also excitement with what is to come out of this.


    I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for being part of this podcast and this journey. And a huge thank you to all the guests who have been part of the show. So, so much love to you all!



    To continue following me and find out what is yet to come, find me at:


    @themotionmechanic on Instagram


    The Motion Mechanic on Facebook


    trang@themotionmechanic.com (Email)

    • 18 min
    How flexibility can improve your performance with Physiotherapist Jack Williams

    How flexibility can improve your performance with Physiotherapist Jack Williams

    In this episode, I sit down with Jack Williams to talk about flexibility. Jack is a Physiotherapist, S&C coach, yoga teacher and involved in teaching and research at La Trobe University, with extensive experience in helping people achieve optimal performance.


    In particular, Jack has a special interest in training flexibility and has had exposure to a wide range of practices over his years. So in this conversation, Jack shares his perspective on the research as well as providing practical takeaways for you to improve your flexibility.


    Whether you are a triathlete, runner or health professional, there is plenty for you to learn from in the chat. Enjoy :)


    Timestamps:
    0:00- Intro
    3:00 Getting to know Jack
    9:57- What is flexibility?
    15:58- The difference between flexibility and mobility
    18:30- Are we approaching stretching the right way in 2021?
    24:37- The role of stretching in a warmup
    31:26- Flexibility requirements for runners
    36:09- Why elite runners may be less flexible than recreational runners
    43:35- Flexibility requirements for swimmers
    48:20- Flexibility requirements for cycling
    51:17- Does lack of flexibility cause injury?
    53:23- Common mistakes that people make when stretching
    1:01:05- Stretches for runners and triathletes


    Get in touch with Jack
    Melbourneathleticdevelopment.com.au

    Get in touch with Trang
    trang@themotionmechanic.com
    IG: themotionmechanic

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Optimising Strength and Conditioning into your week- Trang as a guest from the Run Smarter Podcast

    Optimising Strength and Conditioning into your week- Trang as a guest from the Run Smarter Podcast

    This episode is from when I was a guest on The Run Smarter Podcast by Physiotherapist Brodie Sharpe. In this episode, I talk about how recreational runners can incorporate S&C into their week to achieve favourable adaptations, whilst minimising interference with running sessions and progress.


    Although it doesn’t need to be complex, there are some key things that runners should look out for in order to make the most of their time and effort with S&C training.


    Some things I talk about are:


    What a typical week of S&C training can look like for a recreational runner, including frequency, intensity and exercise examples

    Exercise dosages like sets and reps

    Periodisation of training when preparing for a race

    What runners should aim to ‘feel’ during strength training

    Muscle activation

    Different types of muscle fatigue

    The most bang for your buck equipment for home S&C training


    Whether you are new to S&C or looking to optimise the application of your current routine, you will no doubt get a lot from this episode. Enjoy!



    Get in touch with Brodie:
    Website: breakthroughrunning.physio + runsmarter.online
    IG: @runsmarterseries

    Book in for a Physiotherapy appt with Trang: https://www.healthhp.com.au/contact-us


    Apply for running or S&C coaching with Trang: https://trang92.typeform.com/to/JMsu8J


    Sign up for the weekly 'Dose of Learnings' email subscription: http://www.themotionmechanic.com/mailing-list-sign-up/


    Say hello!
    Website: themotionmechanic.com
    Email: trang@themotionmechanic.com
    IG: @themotionmechanic

    • 1 hr 5 min
    How we can run while giving life back to our planet with The Plastic Runner Karin Traeger

    How we can run while giving life back to our planet with The Plastic Runner Karin Traeger

    In episode 52, I sit down with ‘The Plastic Runner’ Karin Traeger to learn more about how we can give back to the planet while running. As an ultra-marathoner with a passion for preserving our planet, Karen founded The Plastic Runner, a group that runs plogging events (Jogging x picking up litter). Over the years, the group has run over 30 events across Australia and picked up over 1000kg of rubbish!


    Professionally, Karen is a vet for wildlife, holds a Master of Environment and a scientific diver. Let’s just say she has been on some epic adventures both on land and in the sea!


    In this chat, Karen talks about adding an eco- dimension to our running. She covers the true impacts of plastic waste, ways to start plogging, tips on reducing and recycling plastic waste, the connection between our food choices and the environment, running in lockdown and her 100km run at Wilson’s Prom.


    Since one of the great things about running is being able to see and enjoy nature in its most raw state, this is such an eye-opening conversation about how we can easily give back while doing what we love. Whether you are new to plogging or a regular plogger, this episode is for you! Enjoy :)

    Timestamps:


    0:00- Intro
    5:00- Get to know Karin
    16:17- How the Plastic Runner started
    25:55- The true impacts of plastic waste
    36:13- Tips to start plogging
    41:34- How we can better reduce and recycle our plastic use
    50:59- The connection between our food choices and environmental impact
    1:01:43- Karen’s upcoming 100km run




    Get in touch with Karen:
    IG: @theplasticrunner
    Website: www.theplasticrunner.com

    Get in touch with Trang:
    IG: @themotionmechanic
    Website: www.themotionmechanic.com
    Email: trang@themotionmechanic.com




     

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The 3 pillars of peak performance - A race debrief with host Trang Nguyen

    The 3 pillars of peak performance - A race debrief with host Trang Nguyen

    RACING IS BACK!


    In this episode, Trang chats about her triathlon race over the weekend, where she achieved a race PB as well as in each of the 3 legs. From there, she goes through the three aspects that made the biggest difference in this race compared to previous ones, and how these three things are the biggest pillars to achieving peak physical performance.


    Enjoy!



    Book in for a Physiotherapy appt with Trang: https://www.healthhp.com.au/contact-us


    Apply for running or S&C coaching with Trang: https://trang92.typeform.com/to/JMsu8J


    Sign up for the weekly 'Dose of Learnings' email subscription: http://www.themotionmechanic.com/mailing-list-sign-up/



    Say hello!
    Website: themotionmechanic.com
    Email: trang@themotionmechanic.com
    IG: @themotionmechanic


     


     

    • 28 min
    Talking all things Recreational Running with Tim Crosbie

    Talking all things Recreational Running with Tim Crosbie

    The Athlete’s Garage Podcast is back for 2021!


    To kick off the year, I’m delighted to share my chat with Tim Crosbie about all things recreational running. In this conversation, Tim shares his experiences as a runner, coach, how the running scene has evolved over the years, how to get back into racing in 2021 and much more.


    Tim is a goldmine of knowledge about the world of running, and most notably, has a wonderfully deep understanding and determination to help people with what’s best for them.


    I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it!

    IG: @timcrosbie 
    FB group: Crosbie Crew
    Email: tim@athsvic.org.au


    Timestamps:
    0:00- Intro
    4:00- Getting to know Tim
    11:01- Why run coaching isn’t just for the pros
    27:04- Aths Vic being part of the recreational running scene
    38:53- Tips for how to get back into running races in 2021
    46:39- Q&A with Tim



    Get in touch with Trang:
    Website: themotionmechanic.com
    Email: trang@themotionmechanic.com
    IG: @themotionmechanic

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

stevecam2015 ,

Awesome Podcast

Always full of fantastic content and informative stories.

Avi Charlton ,

So helpful for everything about endurance training

Great podcast for endurance training

Ash Lehmann ,

Awesome content

Such a resourceful podcast, there’s always really good content & the duration isn’t to long. Keep it up 👍🏼

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