35 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.

The Athlete's Garage The Motion Mechanic

    • Running
    • 4.8, 16 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.

    Plyometrics for Rehab and Running Performance with Sports Physiotherapist Steve McAdam

    Plyometrics for Rehab and Running Performance with Sports Physiotherapist Steve McAdam

    In this episode, Trang sits down with Sports Physiotherapist Steve McAdam to discuss plyometrics training for rehab and running performance.
    Steve has been working as a Physiotherapist for over 12 years and is currently the head Physiotherapist for Melbourne United in the NBL, so helping athletes with their rehab and to achieve more power is second nature for him!
    In this chat, Steve goes through the benefits of plyometrics training for athletic performance, bone health, and end-stage rehab. He also gives practical recommendations for how athletes can incorporate plyometrics into their training week.Plyometrics is an area of rehab and S&C that is often underrated, so for anyone wanting to maximise tissue capacity to achieve optimal performance, this episode is for you!
    Timestamps:
    4:19- Get to know Steve11:56- The difference between plyometrics and power training16:00- Plyometrics for running performance20:10- Plyometrics for bone health27:16- Tendons36:11- Rehab stages for a tendinopathy42:30- Plyometrics is necessary in end-stage rehab for tendinopathies46:49- How to effectively add plyometrics into your program52:28- Why it’s important to do plyometrics on top of the plyometrics that is already what running is59:59- Prerequisites before starting plyometrics training1:01:07- Q&A
    Get in touch with SteveEmail: steve.mcadam@melbourneutd.com.auInstagram: physio_stevem
    Get in touch with TrangFacebook: The Motion MechanicInstagram: TheMotionMechanicEmail: trang@themotionmechanic.comWebsite: www.themotionmechanic.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    How to strength train effectively during this 'Off-Season' - Trang as a guest on the Peak Endurance Podcast

    How to strength train effectively during this 'Off-Season' - Trang as a guest on the Peak Endurance Podcast

    This episode is of a recent interview between Trang and Isobel Ross on the Peak Endurance Podcast, where Trang speaks about strength training for endurance athletes during this 'Off-Season'. 
    Topics covered include how to periodise your strength training, the best types of S&C exercises, how many reps and sets you should do for different outcomes, training at home and whether or not you will bulk up from the strength training.
    Hopefully, this episode comes at a good time for runners and triathletes who are ready to make the most of this 'Off-Season' by building not only their base fitness, but strength and power as well. This is particularly relevant for Melbourne-based athletes, who are experiencing a change in their training scene once again. Enjoy!
    Get in touch with TrangFacebook: The Motion MechanicInstagram: TheMotionMechanicEmail: trang@themotionmechanic.comWebsite: www.themotionmechanic.com
    Get in touch with IsobelPodcast: The Peak Endurance PodcastWebsite: https://www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au/#/IG: Peakendurancecoaching

    • 41 min
    Sleep for athlete performance and recovery | Research Mondays

    Sleep for athlete performance and recovery | Research Mondays

    In this episode of #RESEARCHMONDAYS, Trang goes through the science to discuss sleep for recovery.
    Sleep is arguably the most important aspect of recovery. It should be planned strategically since it takes up 1/3 of a person’s life and provides such vital contribution to mental and physical function and capacity. Yet, sleep deprivation is more prevalent in athletes than in the general population, and sleep is often under-prioritised as soon as training/work/family schedules start to stack up!
    If you are an athlete who wants to make the most of your sleep for immediate and long-term benefits to health, cognitive and physical performance, then this #RESEARCHMONDAYS is for you!
    1:33- The stages of sleep 4:27- The benefits of sleep 12:19- The consequences of sleep deprivation 19:59- Sleep recommendations for athletes 23:29- 8 ways to improve your sleep patterns References: Kölling, S., Duffield, R., Erlacher, D., Venter, R., & Halson, S. L. (2019). Sleep-Related Issues for Recovery and Performance in Athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance, 14(2). Marshall, G. J., & Turner, A. N. (2016). The importance of sleep for athletic performance. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 38(1), 61-67. Vitale, K. C., Owens, R., Hopkins, S. R., & Malhotra, A. (2019). Sleep hygiene for optimizing recovery in athletes: review and recommendations. International journal of sports medicine, 40(08), 535-543.
    Walker, M. (2017). Why we sleep: Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams. Simon and Schuster.__________________________________________________________________________ Trang is a Physiotherapist & Strength and Conditioning Coach for endurance athletes. She takes a holistic approach in her coaching and education to help athletes step up and achieve their greatest potential. Her vision is to help them become not only a high-achieving athlete, but also a high-achieving human. Email- trang@themotionmechanic.com Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/themotionmechanicInstagram- https://www.instagram.com/themotionmechnic
    Free ebook (Thrive against the times: 10 ways for endurance athletes to maximise their performance this Off-Season and beyond): https://bit.ly/TATTebook Free webinar: Strength Training for Endurance Athletes- https://bit.ly/2W6J92I

    • 35 min
    Finding the right shoe for you with Running Footwear Specialist Steve Rosel

    Finding the right shoe for you with Running Footwear Specialist Steve Rosel

    In this episode, I sit down with Steve Rosel to chat about running shoes. Steve is the co-owner of The Running Company Lilydale and the running group Generation Run, where he specialises in running footwear fitting and running coaching. Steve is also a very established trail runner himself!
    In this chat, we talk about how to find the right shoe for you, guidelines for replacing and rotating through shoes, different types of shoes from minimalist to maximalist shoes, barefoot running, running shoe technology, and more.
    For a topic that has so much information out there, this is a great place to get the accurate guidelines for running footwear by someone who has been in the industry for a decade. If you are a runner who wants to get the most out of your performance, then this episode is for you!
    Timestamps:
    2:34- Get to know Steve12:29- What does Steve look for when fitting shoes?18:04- Finding the right shoe for you35:50- Breaking in a new pair of shoes38:17- How many pairs of shoes should you have?44:54- When to replace old running shoes48:10- Minimalist shoes53:11- Barefoot running56:27- Heel to toe drop59:16- Running shoe technology1:01:29- The Nike Air  Zoom Alphafly1:11:12- The next step if you are looking for new shoesGet in touch with SteveWebsite: www.therunningcompanylilydale.com.auInstagram: therunningcompany_lilydaleFacebook: The Running Company Lilydale
    Get in touch with TrangFacebook: The Motion MechanicInstagram: TheMotionMechanicEmail: trang@themotionmechanic.comWebsite: www.themotionmechanic.com

    • 1 hr 22 min
    How do your genes affect your performance capacity? | Research Mondays

    How do your genes affect your performance capacity? | Research Mondays

    Have you ever wondered what the relationship is between your genes and your performance capacity?
    In this episode of #RESEARCHMONDAYS, I go through the science to discuss how genes affect not only performance, but also injury-risk, response to training and recovery rate. I also talk about other environmental factors that play a role in being able to achieve your performance potential.
    Trang is a Physiotherapist & Strength and Conditioning Coach for endurance athletes. She takes a holistic approach in her coaching and education to help athletes step up and achieve their greatest potential. Her vision is to help them become not only a high-achieving athlete, but also a high-achieving human.
    Email- trang@themotionmechanic.com Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/themotionmechanicInstagram- https://www.instagram.com/themotionmechanicFree ebook- Thrive against the times: 10 ways for endurance athletes to maximise their performance this Off-Season and beyond- https://bit.ly/TATTebook Free webinar-Strength Training for Endurance Athletes: https://bit.ly/2W6J92I
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    References:
    Hautala, A. J., Kiviniemi, A. M., Mäkikallio, T. H., Kinnunen, H., Nissilä, S., Huikuri, H. V., & Tulppo, M. P. (2006). Individual differences in the responses to endurance and resistance training. European journal of applied physiology, 96(5), 535-542.
    Lopez-Leon, S., Tuvblad, C., & Forero, D. A. (2016). Sports genetics: the PPARA gene and athletes’ high ability in endurance sports. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Biology of sport, 33(1), 3.
    Ma, F., Yang, Y., Li, X., Zhou, F., Gao, C., Li, M., & Gao, L. (2013). The association of sport performance with ACE and ACTN3 genetic polymorphisms: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PloS one, 8(1), e54685.
    Vlahovich, N., Fricker, P. A., Brown, M. A., & Hughes, D. (2017). Ethics of genetic testing and research in sport: a position statement from the Australian Institute of Sport. British journal of sports medicine, 51(1), 5-11.
     

    • 19 min
    Body recomposition for endurance athletes with Luke Tulloch

    Body recomposition for endurance athletes with Luke Tulloch

    Luke Tulloch is a coach who has been based out of Sydney, Australia for over 13 years. He has a University degree in Neuroscience and travels the world for in-person seminars. Luke is currently focusing on online education about training, lifestyle and nutrition for coaches and the general population.
    In this episode, I chat with Luke Tulloch about how to work towards body composition goals while still maximising endurance performance. We discuss the balance between reducing bodyweight and maintaining energy for training and racing, genetics for body composition, fat loss strategies, and ways to increase muscle hypertrophy even when doing high-volumes of endurance training. 
    If you are someone who has any desire to change your body composition, whether for aesthetics or for better performance, this episode is for you!
    Episode timestamps:5:21- About Luke9:49- What is body composition?14:54- Ways to measure body composition18:34- What needs to be in place for fat loss?25:50- Making sure your diet is nutritionally adequate31:54- Why most diets fail in the long term41:52- Body composition as a result of chasing performance outcomes44:19- Spot reduction50:50- How to get stronger without getting bigger56:31- The interference effect between endurance and resistance training1:09:15- Training methods to maximise muscle hypertrophy 1:14:53- Nutrition to support muscle hypertrophy1:21:49- Protein intake1:23:36- Toned vs bulky muscles1:27:43- Genetic basis of muscle gain
    Get in touch with LukeWebsite: luketulloch.comInstagram: _luketulloch
    Get in touch with TrangFacebook: The Motion MechanicInstagram: TheMotionMechanicEmail: trang@themotionmechanic.comWebsite: www.themotionmechanic.com

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Ash Lehmann ,

Awesome content

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

ChiroNels ,

Always learning something!

Great content, always learn something with each episode, keep it up Trang!

Georgia Cooke ,

Engaging and informative

Loved listening to this podcast. Very engaging. Trang is able to interact with her listeners and asks the right questions to help inform and expand on different areas of training and sport which I can use right away for my own training.

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