Paleo Treats Podcast (human performance)

Dr. Amy Kruse began tearing things apart as a (very) young girl, ripping apart her first typewriter at 5 years old.  Raised as an only child by high school English teachers, she ended up in neuroscience working in the defense industry helping soldiers learn to shoot faster, more accurately.  Of course.

She currently works at the Platypus Institute, which is an "Applied Neuroscience" institute. That means they figure out how to use what we know about the brain to make humans better.

Dr. Kruse wasn't sure what she'd do once she finished her PhD in neuroscience, but quickly fell in to the defense contracting world.  Yes, the government knows and wants to know a lot about how your brain works.

In this interview we talk about her environment growing up (pretty much the perfect childhood), how she thinks when it comes to "moonshots", "The moon is just a little too close for me", and what she's learned in over 15 years poking around and watching the human brain.

From watching how brains interact in a group to accelerating learning in individuals, Dr. Kruse has explored way out to the edge of the possible in neuro-land.  We talk about neuro-marketing, neuro-protection, how people become radicalized, and how the next big thing is going to be upgrading our attention span.

For those of you paying attention to human performance, Dr. Amy Kruse is definitely someone to watch closely.  Enjoy the conversation!

Direct download: 050_-_Amy_Kruse.mp3
Category:human performance -- posted at: 11:29am EST

Upon getting back into rock climbing after a 17 year hiatus, I quickly discovered Mark & Mike Anderson's contribution to training for the sport in the form of The Rock Climber's Training Manual.

After reading through it I realized that these guys were demonstrating more than just an interest in training, this is total "pursuit of excellence" material.  

In this episode of the Paleo Treats podcast we talk about where they learned about hard work, why climbing satisfies so many human cravings, and what stops most climbers from becoming better.

This is definitely not a "sets and reps" episode; if you're looking for specific training advice, buy the book.  :)  However, if you're looking for practical examples of what works to improve anything, not just climbing, you'll find enough in here to inspire and encourage you to do the very best you can in whatever endeavor you engage in.

Enjoy!

Direct download: 045_-_Anderson_Bros.mp3
Category:human performance -- posted at: 9:40am EST

Of all the paths to excellence, perhaps the most reliable is one based on the importance of personal responsibility.  In this podcast, Brian Mackenzie from CrossFit Endurance shares with us what drove him from being a broken down ex-swimmer getting crushed on the run sections of the triathlon to one of the foremost minds in cross training for endurance.

From running technique to eating habits to mindset and the importance of raw strength, Brian goes through the various and winding paths that brought him to being one of the most well respected coaches in CrossFit and the endurance world.

Whether it's the way you breathe, pick up your foot when you run, or what you spear with your fork, Brian's mantra of personal responsibility for one's own actions comes through loud and clear in this podcast.

If you'd like to learn more about Brian and what he does please pop on over to CrossFit Endurance, or follow him on Twitter or fuel up with 3FU3L (primal, not paleo) for more on his approach and coaching strategy.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 040.Brian_Mackenzie.mp3
Category:human performance -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

Peter Defty of VespaPower goes through the OFM (Optimized Fat Metabolism) pyramid in this fact-packed podcast.  Peter is a long time student of endurance performance and specifically the effects of nutrition and goes through the whole process of transitioning from being a carb burner to a fat burner.

Whether he's talking about who OFM is for (everybody) or "not being held hostage by food", Peter is a wealth of information on returning to our evolutionary roots in the nutrition game.

Listen in to learn why ruminants are actually fat burners, what animal humans are closest to when it comes to digestive tract similarities (nope, not pigs), and why it's likely you're eating too much muscle meat. 

This is a long show, so settle in for some serious learning!

Cheers,

Nik @ PT

Direct download: episode-39-peter-defty-OFM.mp3
Category:human performance -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

Ian Dunican joins us today to talk about one of his favorite subjects (other than jiu-jitsu and ultra running), which is sleep.  He's currently working on a PhD at the University of Western Australia (UWA) focused on the question, "Can you use sleep as a performance enhancer?"

Starting off in the Irish Army as an infantryman, after five years he left the military and moved into personal training, eventually following his wife to Western Australia where he settled down and ended up working for the mining industry as a Human Performance and Health & Safety project manager.  He has a Master's Degree in Mining Engineering, an MBA, and a Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science from UWA.

A well traveled man, Ian has lots of experience and education about sleep on this podcast, from the basics of sleep hygiene to how much sleep you need as an athlete to the difference between chronotypes such as larks and owls, how to beat jetlag and the best way to adjust to sleeping at altitude. 

Ian discusses the best times to schedule meetings and make decisions, the worst times to quit, and everything in between.  A finisher of the Leadville Trail 100 (in 2013) and a BJJ blue belt, Ian backs up his academic knowledge with a lifetime of practical application with elite athletes, the military, and the corporate world. 

If you'd like to connect with Ian he's @sleep4perform on Twitter or @sleep4perform on Facebook, or you can grab his email at the end of the show.

Enjoy!

Direct download: 038-Ian_Dunican.mp3
Category:human performance -- posted at: 2:42pm EST

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