EPISODE 27 - Heart Rate Variability, Keto Diets & Elite Endurance Athletes w/ The Plews & Prof

In this episode, Dr. Bubbs sits down with high performance expert researchers and coaches Dr. Daniel Plews and the "Prof" Dr. Paul Laursen to talk heart rate variability, low-carb and keto diets and endurance training. The Plews and Prof share insights into how best to assess HRV and what it means for your training, the impact of low-carb and keto diets on training adaptations (and how it differs on race day) and longevity, and share their personal insights of working with the world's best endurance athletes. Great stuff here from two of the worlds top experts! 

HRV "Lay-Ups"

1)    Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the physiological phenomenon of variation in the time interval between heartbeats. It is measured by the variation in the beat-to-beat interval.

2)    By measuring HRV you can gain insights into how your nervous system, cardiovascular system, and respiratory systems respond to training and life’s stressors.

3)    A higher HRV is correlated with younger biological age and better aerobic fitness.

HRV "Performance Hacks"

1)  Training above anaerobic threshold (VT2) puts a much heavier stress on HRV.

2)  Your autonomic nervous system is always changing, thus rolling or average values are critical for optimal assessment.

3)  Favourite App "HRV for Training" – compares favourably to the gold-standard ECG for accuracy.

Coffee Talk

The Plews – Cup of tea (pre-swim) OR coffee and MCT powder

Non-training days – Coffee + MCT followed by intermittent fasting mornings until about noon

The Prof – Coffee + Cream (intermittent fasting until noon)

About "The Plews & Prof"  

Dr. Daniel Plews is just one part of “Plews and Prof”, a company who specializes in maximizing performance health and longevity in athletes. For 7 years, Dan worked with High Performance Sport New Zealand where he has been immersed in the Rowing program. During this time, he attended both the London and Rio Olympic Games where the rowing team claimed 5 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. Dan has 17 peered reviewed publications in various academic journals. With his PhD focusing in heart rate variability, 9 of these publications are in the practical application of heart rate variability to assist in informing training decisions. Follow Dan on Twitter at @theplews1.

Prof Paul Laursen. Across the last two Olympic cycles, Dr. Laursen was employed as Lead Physiologist for High Performance Sport New Zealand alongside a joint position as Adjunct Professor of Exercise Physiology at Auckland University of Technology. This unique role positioned him at the nexus between theory, research and application of sport science and physiology for Olympic sports in New Zealand. While he continues his Professorial role, he is now based in Canada as a coach and consultant (www.plewsandprof.com). He’s amounted more than 125 scientific publications, holds two international patents and is the inventor of the world’s first ice slushy bottle (www.floebottle.com). Follow Dr. Laursen on Twitter @PaulBLaursen

Find out more at www.plewsandprof.com and follow on twitter at @PlewsandProf.

Article link:

https://www.plewsandprof.com/single-post/2017/04/09/JAN-VAN-BERKEL-THE-FAT-ADAPTED-HEALTHY-ATHLETE-VISCERAL-FAT-AND-ITS-RELATIONSHIP-TO-HEALTH-AND-PERFORMANCE

EPISODE 25 - Maximize Hypertrophy Training, Fat Loss Myths & Nutrition For Building Muscle w/ Dr. Brad Schoenfeld

In this episode, Dr. Bubbs interviews hypertrophy and body composition expert researcher Dr. Brad Schoenfeld PhD. Brad shares his research and incredible insights on the ideal sets, reps and periodization for building lean muscle, the myth of multiple meals increasing metabolism, his findings on fasted-cardio for fat loss, as well as his nutrition tips for maximizing lean muscle gains. Brad also dives into going keto for building muscle, the impacts of "fat bombs" on testosterone levels, and so much more. Brad drops a plethora of knowledge bombs and provides numerous simple, and actionable take aways for anyone trying to build muscle or burn fat.

Weight Loss "Lay-Ups" 

1) To lose weight you need to achieve a caloric deficit.

2) Multiple meals throughout the day does NOT increase metabolism and promote weight loss.

3) Morning fasted-cardio is neither beneficial, nor detrimental. 

Hypertrophy "Performance Hacks"

1) Minimal suggested carbohydrate intake for maximizing hypertrophy = 3g/kg.

2) Incomplete glycogen recovery increases AMPK thus comprosiming anabolic capacity.

3) "Clean Bulk" - aim for 200-400 calorie surplus per day.

Coffee Talk

Brad's Big Black Coffee & his morning dog walk 

About Dr. Brad Schoenfeld

Dr. Brad Schoenfeld is an internationally renowned fitness expert and widely regarded as one of the leading authorities on body composition training, muscle development, and fat loss. Brad is a best-selling author and his books  have sold over a half-million copies, including the The M.A.X. Muscle Plan - widely referred to as the "muscle-building bible" -Strong and Sculpted, a cutting-edge body sculpting program targeted to women, and his seminal textbook “Science and Develoment of Muscle Hypertrophy”, the first text devoted to an evidence-based elucidation of the mechanisms and strategies for optimizing muscle growth. Brad is a lifetime drug-free bodybuilder, has won numerous natural bodybuilding titles and currently and acts as director of their human performance laborator at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY.

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EPISODE 24 - Nutrigenomics: Nutrition, DNA & Insights Into Performance w/ Dr. Jeremy Koenig

In this episode, Dr. Bubbs interviews nutrigenomics expert Dr. Jeremy Keonig, founder and CEO of Athletigen Technologies. Dr. Koenig digs into the intersection between your genetics, nutrition and environment and how these factors come together to influence performance gains. Jeremy explains how genetic testing can help personalize your nutrition and training protocols, specific genes that highlight sensitivity to caffeine, predisposition to injury, mindset and so much more. He also shares some insights into his morning routine, favourite productivity hacks and current nutrition strategies. Don't miss this fascinating discussion!

Nutrigenomics Lay-Ups

1)    If you have a body…you’re an athlete

2)    DNA is like blueprint, but a constantly changing dynamic blueprint.

3)    Performance is where “nature” (i.e. your DNA) meets “nurture” (i.e. your environment)

Nutrigenomics Performance Hacks

1)    COMT gene – “Warrior vs. Worrier”. In general, “worriers” don’t need much stress to over-stimulate, whereas “warriors” need stress of competition to get up for performance.

2)    COL5A1 gene – In elite sprinters 48% possess this protective allele compared to only 11% in the general population.

a.     My Score = CT (i.e. elevated risk)

b.    Protectic allele – present in 48% (only 11% in general pop)

Coffee Talk

Yerba mate tea + morning cold plunge

About Dr. Jeremy Koenig

Dr. Jeremy Koenig is the founder and CEO of Athletigen Technologies, a leader in providing precision performance insights to athletes and coaches by blending environmental data and genomics. Dr. Koenig’s development of Iris, a sports performance application, builds on his understanding of the valid role of genetic research that aims to enhance understanding of athlete susceptibility to injury, training and recovery. Dr. Koenig was a varsity track-and-field athlete during the completion of his Ph.D. and Postdoctoral training in genetics at Cornell University.

Learn more at blog.athletigen.com

EPISODE 22 - Music, Creativity & Habits of High Performers w/ Stu "Bassie" Brooks

In this episode, Dr. Bubbs interviews Grammy nominated bassist, composer, producer, and musical director Stu “Bassie” Brooks. Stu dives into the similarities between music and high performance sport, the stress of new environments, finding inspiration in his surroundings, the importance of structure for creativity to thrive (as well as how to overcome creative roadblocks) and so much more. The parallels between music and performance are remarkable and Stu shares some deep insights and metaphors throughout the interview, as well as a glimpse into the daily habits of a high performer! 

"Lay-Ups" in This Episode

1)    For creativity – you need a clear head.

2)    Creativity needs some structure or context to fully thrive – “a road map with spaces for the unknown”.

3)    Practice – over and over again – makes you an expert in the fundamentals, which then allows you to express your elite talent (and creativity).

"Performance Hacks" From This Episode

1)    Non-verbal cues are a sign of a “team” – in sport, music, or workplace, sport, music – and a common trait of elite teams 

2)    Putting yourself amongst people who are “more successful” or talented than you will propel your growth.

3)    Even elite performers experience “stress” in new environments – embrace the unknown.

Coffee Talk

Stu’s “Blue-Bottle” method using his Travel Aeropress. Find out how to prepare at: https://bluebottlecoffee.com/preparation-guides/aeropress

About Stu Brooks

Stu Brooks is a Grammy nominated bassist, composer, producer, musical director and co-founder of the genre-bending, experimental group Dub Trio. Stu is a Canadian born/Brooklyn-based bass player, and has worked with artists such as Pretty Lights, Mike Patton, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Mary J. Blige, and Tupac Shakur (posthumously). He currently serves as the bassist and musical director for Grammy nominated artist, Matisyahu and will be touring this summer in support of the new album Undercurrent set to release on May 19th. Follow Stu on Facebook or Instagram

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EPISODE 11 - Personalized Nutrition, 7-Day Carb Test, Longevity & Why Your Brain Is "Wired To Eat" w/ Robb Wolf

Dr. Bubbs sits down with the man, the myth, the legend...Robb Wolf! Robb launched the Paleo Diet into the stratosphere in 2010 with his NY Times best-seller The Paleo Solution and is a driving force in the ancestral health and nutrition space. In this episode, Robb talks about his evolution since his first book, the importance of "personalized nutrition" and how he's changed his diet over the years. He delves into the effect of the microbiome on blood sugar response, the pros and cons of keto diets and fasting, as well as the importance of community in health, and provides tips on training longevity and much, much more! As usual, Robb's insights are profound, succinct and highly actionable!  

"Wired To Eat" Fundamental "Lay Ups" From This Episode (simple, easy, actionable items)

1) The conventional "Eat Less, Move More" guidelines to lose weight are fundamentally flawed and in direct opposition to our brain's basic instinct. We're wired to seek out high calorie foods with minimal effort. (see Optimum Foraging Strategy).

2) Constant Novelty = Increased Consumption.  Constant novelty from food (or iPhone apps!) are highly addictive and light up dopamine levels in the brain, the body's "reward" signal, ultimately programming cues to seek out this food/behaviour in the future. 

3) Your Environment = Success. Clear out all processed and snack foods from your pantry at home, and office work space, to set yourself up for success (and ditch the constant snacking).

Robb's "Performance Hacks" In This Episode 

1) Robb's "7-Day Carb Test" - use a glucometer to assess your blood sugar response to a variety of carbs to see how you react to specific foods.

2)   Use Fasting & Ketosis as a "Super-tool" -  activate sirtuins (SIRT-1), cell stress mechanisms that “clean-up” abnormal cells headed toward senescence (i.e. problem cells set to trigger inflammation). Caution – heavy glycolytic sports can suffer performance decrements; only use for certain groups.

3) Pure Binaural Beats app – take belly breaths in sync with app to activate vagus nerve activity, parasymnpathetic nervous system and promote recovery. 

4) For training longevity - focus on mobility & flexibility, monitor your training volume & intensity, perform a full-body workout twice a week, along with constant low-intensity movement (e.g. hiking). Practice mindfulness as you age; if you feel good, train hard. If you feel tired, keep it light!

Coffee Talk

Robb's "Feeling Frisky" Double Espresso - in the morning upon rising, sometimes a 2nd around 10am. To be avoided on high-stress or short-slept days. 

About Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf is the New York Times Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution – The Original Human Diet. Robb is a former research biochemist and one of the world’s leading experts in Paleolithic nutrition. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast and wildly popular seminar series. Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism and the Journal of Evolutionary Health.

Robb is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and undefeated amateur kickboxer. He’s provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to various governmental and military entities including NASA, The United States Navy SEALS, Naval Special Warfare, the United States Marine Corps and the Canadian Light Infantry. Robb also co-founded the first and fourth CrossFit affiliate gyms in the world.

www.robbwolf.com 

Other Show Notes:

Find the research paper Robb cites, 'Omnivores Dilemma' here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24564590

For "10% off bone broth at Broyaliving.com use coupon code: 'DrBubbs'.

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