When Tim Di Francesco recently shared some fantastic insider secrets - afternoon sleep schedules included - from the LA Lakers camp, it got me thinking about the optimal blend between performance and habitual lifestyle. How do the “pro rules” apply - if at all - to mere mortals who actually get in a car, beat a path through traffic and drop down to desktop height for a living?
The issue of protein intake as that relates to weight loss, lean mass gains/maintenance and human performance can be a touchy subject.
In 1997 Greg Welch won the Laguna Phuket triathlon in a record time that still stands. I remember it well for a number of reasons. My employer IMG had created the event and I had contrived a cunning plan for me to travel from Singapore to make sure everything went according to plan. If that plan was pretty loose, my objective was very clear - I just wanted to hang out with some of my triathlon heroes!
At the end of "Run on Fat" we sign off with a heads up on Jeff Volek's FASTER Study. While the paper is yet to be published, the research findings are creeping into the public domain courtesy of some excellent presentations by the author.
Last weekend I met a friend of mine whom I have been in "fatty food comms" with for about a year now. Actually, it started out as fatty food comms with a threesome of 50 somethings - long time mates keen to push one another to get healthier before it's too late and all that.
1988 was a sporting “summer of 69” for me. To kick it all off, my club toured Canada to take in the World Junior Athletics Championships and the Canadian Olympic trials. While it was the year of the Seoul Olympics, the sporting history books will show that it belongs to Ben Johnson and “the dirtiest race in history.”
In the good old days, my athletics calendar looked something like this -
Winter Conditioning - 6 days week/6 week blocks Oct -March. Weight training; Circuits; Pure Plyometrics; Jumping Fartleks (30-40 minute easy run with explosive plyo exercise every 200 meters); Speedwork; technical work January onwards.
Dear Me -
I'm writing to you from the year 2015 (at the ripe old age of 44!!) in order to give you some advice about how to get here in one lean, fit, healthy piece! Here's the deal -
When I had my eyes tested recently the optometrist asked me if I had had my cholesterol checked. I asked why and learned something new.
Here it is -
-Donal O'Neill is the Producer of Cereal Killers (2013); Run on Fat - Cereal Killers 2 (2015); Co - Producer of The Big Fat Fix (2016); Co-author of The UK bestseller The Pioppi Diet (2017).