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Do you want to know how training makes you faster? Listen in. Kolie is a leading expert in endurance, sprint, and strength training for cyclists. Kyle is a NASA scientist and national champion sprinter on the track.

Empirical Cycling is a coaching company specializing in individualized training plans for all cycling disciplines. If you like the podcast, please consider a donation at http://www.empiricalcycling.com/donate.html

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Do you want to know how training makes you faster? Listen in. Kolie is a leading expert in endurance, sprint, and strength training for cyclists. Kyle is a NASA scientist and national champion sprinter on the track.

Empirical Cycling is a coaching company specializing in individualized training plans for all cycling disciplines. If you like the podcast, please consider a donation at http://www.empiricalcycling.com/donate.html

    Ten Minute Tips #11: Integrating Physiology Into Coaching

    Ten Minute Tips #11: Integrating Physiology Into Coaching

    This episode is Kolie's practical view on integrating physiology into a pragmatic training philosophy. Focused on coaches and self-coached athletes who are applying scientific learning to their coaching.

    • 30 min
    Perspectives #1: The Challenges of Self Coaching, with Alex Carmona

    Perspectives #1: The Challenges of Self Coaching, with Alex Carmona

    In the first episode of the Perspectives series, Empirical Cycling coaches Kolie and Alex discuss self coaching, the challenges of training and motivation during COVID, the value of knowing thyself, among many other topics.

    • 40 min
    Watts Doc #30: What Limits Fat Use

    Watts Doc #30: What Limits Fat Use

    This episode takes a wide angle view of the chain of events between starting exercise and successfully burning fat, and where the main bottlenecks are in that process. Nuances discussed are the differences between adipose tissue and intramuscular fats, energy demand rates, diet, and potential training strategies to improve fat utilization at most exercise intensities.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Watts Doc #29: Why Fat Oxidation Is Anaerobic

    Watts Doc #29: Why Fat Oxidation Is Anaerobic

    This episode begins a series on metabolism with the process of oxidizing fatty acids for energy, and why the process is anaerobic. We also discuss fats vs lipids, different types of fatty acids, and take a deep dive into the periodic table to explain why oxygen loves electrons so much.

    • 58 min
    2020 Best of Instagram AMA Questions

    2020 Best of Instagram AMA Questions

    To wrap up 2020, we went through all the questions asked for Kolie's weekend story AMAs and picked our favorites to expand on. The list of questions are in the show notes at empiricalcycling.com, in order of appearance.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ten Minute Tips #10: How To Read A Scientific Paper

    Ten Minute Tips #10: How To Read A Scientific Paper

    In this first extended Ten Minute Tips, Kyle uses the extra time well to review his strategies to effectively read, digest, and understand any scientific paper. If you read papers along with us for the Watts Doc episodes, this may be a good playbook to pull from.

    Cover art on this is an example of "data massage" as mentioned in the episode.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

J.atkins ,

Professionals and scientists

These guys know cycling unlike any other coach or podcast personality. Their background as scientists brings more information that will make you head spin, but in a way anyone can understand it. They address many of the misconceptions most of us know is wrong and they fully explain why. Then explain what us right. Their deep dives into studies is astounding. They are pros.

You know, like ,

Informative, but...

It like drives me crazy that like every sentence has like one or two likes peppered throughout. I like prefer my like scientific info to like be presented in a way like you feel like the presenter isn’t like a 17 year old.

T. M. Palmer ,

Fantastic deep dives and lots of useful tips

I love this podcast...these guys are the perfect tour guides through the vast and often contradictory scientific literature of cycling. If you're confused about why your training program has you exhausted all the time, if you've plateaued and can't seem to get any faster, if you want to know how to make your own hydration mix to save money, if you want to know how to best figure out your FTP, or if you want to really dig in to the science of getting fast on your bike, this is the podcast for you. I listen to a bunch of different cycling training pods, and this is far and away my favorite.

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