S4E4 Conquering the Way of the Roses
Mid Life Athlete
by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
1M ago
Greg & Jason are back doing their own challenges. This is a short pod immediately after the guys just completed the Way of the Roses, a 275km (171 miles),  a spectacular coast to coast cycle route which passes through both the red rose county of Lancashire and the white rose county of Yorkshire. Support the Show. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter and automatically get our latest podcasts, blogs, offers etc into your inbox ..read more
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S4E3 Patagonman
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by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
4M ago
Jason and Greg chat to Gavin Booker, who recently took on and conquered Patagonman. The race is not for beginners. It's  a grueling triathlon that takes place in one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. Starting in the Aysen Fjord, athletes must swim 3.8 kilometers, cycle 180 kilometers along the famous Carretera Austral, and then run 42.2 kilometers through canyons, next to lakes and waterfalls to General Carrera Lake. Along the way, participants may encounter a variety of wildlife, including sea otters, sea lions, whales, dolphins, foxes, and even pumas. Turns out Gav ..read more
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New Year resolutions
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by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
5M ago
Happy New Year everyone. We shoot the breeze with some New Year resolutions and future guests. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter and automatically get our latest podcasts, blogs, offers etc into your inbox. Support the show Click here to subscribe to our newsletter and automatically get our latest podcasts, blogs, offers etc into your inbox ..read more
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S4E1 We're back!
Mid Life Athlete
by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
7M ago
Afer a long hiatus of 6 months where kids exams, the Summer and work/life got in the way Greg and Jason are back for a season 4. We intend to complete delving into our mid life athlete framework plus we're going back to where we all started with mid life athletes and expert guests.  Support the show Click here to subscribe to our newsletter and automatically get our latest podcasts, blogs, offers etc into your inbox ..read more
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S3E11 How to approach strength training
Mid Life Athlete
by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
7M ago
In this episode, Jason and Greg discuss the importance of strength training in maintaining health and athletic performance, and provide advice on how to create a structured strength training program. We talk about the need to have specific goals and how understanding the principles of specificity, overload, and progression are important in creating an effective program. We outline seven steps to consider, including conducting a needs analysis, selecting exercises, and determining training frequency. If you would like to access the detailed notes behind this episode then please subscribe to ou ..read more
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Our own Greg Ryan & Nick Gibbins chase another burpee world record
Mid Life Athlete
by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
7M ago
Listeners may have heard Greg talk about his latest challenge - an attempt at the 24 hr team relay burpee world record.  Instigated by Nick Gibbins a team of 3 men and 3 women will attempt to do over 12,000 burpees in a 24 hr period to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease. Three of the team are mid life athletes and fair to say exploring the boundaries of what we think is feasible for those of us in middle age. This is the story of their attempt to break that world record over the weekend of 11-12 March 2023. If you feel like contributing to the charity then here is the Just Giving pag ..read more
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S3E10 Anaerobic Training - what happens when we do it
Mid Life Athlete
by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
7M ago
This is part 1 of a 2 part chapter on anaerobic training. Anaerobic training is important for mid-life athletes to combat muscle loss, strength loss, and loss of power as they age. It involves high-intensity, intermittent bouts of exercise that require the regeneration of ATP at a much faster rate than aerobic exercise. Anaerobic training uses the phosphagen and glycolytic system, while the aerobic system is involved in the recovery of energy stores and the expulsion of metabolic wastes during rest and low-intensity exercise. The benefits of anaerobic training include increased strength, powe ..read more
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S3E9 How to train for aerobic & VO2 capacity
Mid Life Athlete
by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
7M ago
Aerobic and VO2 capacity training is important for mid-life athletes as aerobic capacity decreases after the age of 40 years and VO2 max decreases gradually with age. These declines can be slowed down by aerobic exercise, done correctly. The ideal training is a mix between "zone 2" training and high-intensity workouts like interval training. "Zone 2" is moderate intensity characterized by low blood lactate, controlled ventilation, and low perceived effort. This type of training facilitates a larger overall training volume and is favorable for inducing mitochondrial adaptations in slow-twitch m ..read more
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S3E8 The respiratory & circulatory systems
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by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
7M ago
Jason and Greg discuss the respiratory and circulatory systems and how they work together to support the body. The circulatory system, made up of the heart and blood vessels, brings blood to and from the lungs to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body's tissues and organs, while also removing carbon dioxide and waste products. The respiratory system, which includes the lungs, alveoli, and diaphragm, is responsible for breathing and facilitating the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the air and the blood. The autonomic nervous system controls breathing and regulates the cardiovas ..read more
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S3E7 The body's energy systems
Mid Life Athlete
by Jason Smith & Greg Ryan
7M ago
In this episode, Jason and Greg tackle the basic tenants of the bodies energy systems. Show notes The energy systems represent the body’s ability to convert chemical energy stored in food into mechanical work. There are three main energy systems that the human body uses during exercise. The phosphagen system is the primary energy system used during short-term, high-intensity exercises such as sprinting or weightlifting. Glycolytic system uses lactate from the muscles and glucose from the blood and stored glycogen to provide energy to the muscles. The oxidative system is slower than the phosph ..read more
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