Paleo Treats Podcast

Barry Murray is a sports nutritionist and coach for elite endurance athletes.  His main focus is on adapting athletes to burn fat instead of carbs, and his work with Tour de France cyclists along with his own performances (several wins in ultra marathons) lend credence to his ideas.  In this podcast we discuss how long it takes to fat adapt, how fat adaptation is not the only part of athletic performance, and why you shouldn't go out and run 50k on no breakfast starting tomorrow morning.

Direct download: episode-30-barry-murray.mp3
Category:racing -- posted at: 5:29pm EST

Phil Maffetone is back on the Paleo Treats Podcast, though this time we swing well away from athletic performance and into the realm of Purpose and Music.  Phil has had 2 major epiphanies in his life, the first took him down the path of becoming a world class coach and doctor.  The second drew him into the world of music and songwriting. 

In this episode, our conversation ranges widely from discussing sexuality and what sex drive can tell you to looking at the world through the lens of a naturalist and how music has been integral to our evolution.

Phil is not your average running (or endurance) coach, and this podcast is a chance to see another side of the man most of us know only to be an expert in one field.  Enjoy this look behind the curtain in the pursuit of excellence.

Direct download: episode-29-phil-maffetone-2.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

Our guest on this podcast is Dr. Phil Maffetone, coach of legendary athletes Mark Allen, Stu Mittelman, and Mario Andretti.  Phil has worked with more than just sporting greats, he's been an adviser to the military on how to make  B2 bomber pilots more effective, has worked with NASA and has even helped race horses improve their performance via heart rate training. 

He's most well known for The Maffetone Method, which is a heart rate based method for increasing your aerobic (vs anaerobic) performance.  A simple equation (train at a heart rate of 180 minus your age), it is one of the most effective training tools in any athletes repertoire.

An avid proponent of barefoot running and occasionally lifting heavy things, Dr. Maffetone's methods are most clearly distinguished by three things: His extraordinary individualization of coaching, his incredible patience, and his holistic approach that goes well beyond just one type of healing modality.

Dr. Maffetone made the transition from endurance performance coaching into music in the early 2000s, so we also talk about how music affects people, how the way we listen to music has changed, and how music can increase your athletic performance (hint: It's not with earbuds!)


Direct download: episode-28-phil-maffetone.mp3
Category:racing -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Matt Kuzdub from PUSH comes on the show to talk about strength training, running, and how the PUSH device can help you get better with both.  PUSH is an armband that measures speed over shorter distances; you mainly use it to track bar speed while lifting, although you can also track pull ups, push ups, and medicine ball throws with it. 

Training based around bar speed is called "velocity based training" or VBT.  This is super exciting because bar speed is a dimension that the average athlete hasn't been able to track without going into a science lab.  Tracking speed means you can train for power, not just weight, and be super accurate at getting better.

PUSH goes one step further and can advise you on how many sets and reps to do based on how quickly you can move the bar.  As you slow down (or speed up) PUSH will recommend you decrease weight, increase weight, or just walk away.  It's like SKYNET for weight training, but friendlier.

Tune in if you're ready to geek out on the science of velocity based training!

Direct download: episode-27-matt-kuzdub-PUSH.mp3
Category:weightlifting -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Episode 26, Brooks Kubik part II

Brooks Kubik is one of the most prolific writers in the Iron Game and he brings an absolute wealth of experience to the table. 

In this episode we talk about the mind game, when to train with (and without) partners, the importance of working out in a dingy facility, and he adds one more aspect to the Big Four of performance to make it the Big Five: Deep, focused concentration.

Listen in if you love lifting heavy and the mediation of exercise.


Direct download: episode-26-brooks-kubik-II.mp3
Category:weightlifting -- posted at: 12:04pm EST

Originally introduced to Brooks Kubik through his book, "Dinosaur Training", his work has had a huge impact on how I train.

Brooks is a fan of pure strength along with what you might (if you were a CrossFitter) call "ultra heavy metcon."  Heavy sandbags, barrels, car pushing, farmer's walks, and as many odd lifts as you can imagine make up Brooks' routines.

He's a 5 time National Champion in sub-masters bench press, so he's definitely not some armchair writer; this guy lives it.

On top of all that, he's got a mind like a steel trap, and to sit back and listen to him talk about the history and connections found throughout the Iron Game is to enjoy a master at work.

From Alan Calvert to Harry Paschall and from Thomas Inch up to Peary Rader, Brooks has studied and can elaborate on all the connections found throughout the marvelous sport known as the Iron Game.

While most of this may be well outside your area of expertise, I think you'll enjoy the passion, enthusiasm, and commitment that comes through in every word.


Direct download: episode-25-brooks-kubik.mp3
Category:weightlifting -- posted at: 11:20am EST

Episode 24, Kevin Stacy & The Station Foundation

Have you wondered what happens to all the Navy SEALs who don't get out and write books?  

Of course, there are a whole slew of Special Operators who are consummate quiet professionals, but it turns out that keeping it all in has its own set of problems.  Luckily, there are a few groups out there dedicated to doing the actual work (not just raising the money) to help out the Few.

In this podcast we speak with Kevin Stacy, former Army officer and 160th flier who has developed a program aimed specifically at helping the Spec Ops community post-combat.

Kevin talks about what he's doing with The Station Foundation, how it's different than other programs, and how you can help (if you're so inclined.)  


Direct download: episode24-kevin-stacy-station-foundatioin.mp3
Category:military -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

Episode 23: The Bee Girl

Sarah Red-Laird from joins us in an attempt to drill some very basic bee information into our heads.  We talk about everything from the slowly receding threat of colony collapse disorder to beekeeping in the UK to a brief dive into the intricacies of the US subsidy system.  It's brief, calm down.  Enjoy!

Direct download: episode-23-bee-girl.mp3
Category:bees -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

Episode 22: Pete Scobell & Traumatic Brain Injury

Pete Scobell, a Navy SEAL, talks about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and how it affects him along with the latest treatments.

Direct download: episode-22-pete-scobell.mp3
Category:military -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

Steve Underwood is the Fire Management Officer out at Mesa Verde National Park and a 26 year veteran of fighting forest fires. He is also one of the most well read folks you’ll ever meet.

In this podcast we talk about many different famous wildfires, from Mann Gulch in ’49 to Yellowstone in ’88 to the 2006 Tripod fire and the 1994 Storm King fire.

Steve covers everything from how fires operated before Europeans arrived in America to how a fire crew is organized to how much a wild land firefighter will carry when heading into the fight.

He’s also got some interesting insight into what makes women such tough and effective firefighters, why fighting fires is so interesting, and the the difference between “natural” and “wild” fires.

This is a fascinating look into a subject that not many folks take the time to know about. Enjoy!

Direct download: episode-21-steve-underwood.mp3
Category:fire fighting -- posted at: 2:56pm EST