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The Met: In Focus

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In Focus, a new podcast series from the Metropolitan Opera, introduces audience members to the operatic masterpieces presented in the company’s award-winning Live in HD cinema transmissions. Hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger, In Focus provides historical context about the works and their creators, as well as insightful commentary about the drama and the music, accompanied by excerpts from past Met performances. For more information and a Live in HD schedule, vis ...
 
He Sang/She Sang is a new podcast from WQXR for the opera-curious and opera superfans who want to know what all those big voices are really singing about. The podcast follows the radio broadcast season of the Metropolitan Opera with a weekly roundtable chat that discusses the plots, characters, music, productions, social significance and great performances of that week's opera. Following the Met's radio broadcast season, He Sang/She Sang will dive into the new productions of Wagner’s Tristan ...
 
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We couldn't believe it had taken us this long to go more in-depth about Fraction of Expired Oxygen and how it tells us some really great insights into how best to attack your training post VO2max test. We discuss what it is, the trends we see and more in an episode that covers off one of the most important metrics we look at in the testing data. Fo…
 
Luke talks about an increasingly more popular supplement, Beta-Alanine and the possible impacts on performance that it might have. For more free resources about improving endurance performance, sign up to our email list here: http://go.metsperformance.com.au/free-mets-mastermindMETS Performance による
 
We came across a really great instagram page (@labratrundown) who's doing some cool research on all of the super shoes out there including the famous or arguably infamous Nike Vaporfly's. We discuss the findings of a recent set of testing and chat about our thoughts on the piece of equipment that has had the endurance world talking for a few years …
 
Great session, if we're talking race specificity this is pretty much spot on for a half/full distance marathon runner. Nick and Luke discuss how they might alter the session for different purposes, and talk about why it's a great session to begin with. EMAIL us your training sessions to review --> nick@metsperformance.com OR message us on Instagram…
 
A great question came through to us via instagram asking about strategies to optimise triathlon training. Can you have week to week changes in focus (i.e. Week 1 = 4 Swim, 1 Bike, 2 Run. Week 2 = 2 Swim, 4 Bike, 3 Run etc) Luke and Nick also dive into strategic fatigue, training camps and some other concepts surrounding periodisation to maximise th…
 
EPISODE 150 is HERE! In this one we talk about how and why athletes at the elite level can transition across endurance sports, like Cam Wurf did from Olympic Rowing to Professional Cycling and now Ironman Triathlon, with so much success. But also why it usually only works in particular directions. For more free resources about improving endurance p…
 
Another session sent in by one of our listeners, what does it do well and what could be improved? Check out the session below and then listen to our thoughts: 10 x 400m @ 100% VO2max with 400m easy jogging recovery (approx. 1:2 work to rest ratio) For more free resources about improving endurance performance, sign up to our email list here: http://…
 
Luke and Nick answer a question about Ultra running in this episode and what the main goal should be for events lasting 6hours and more. Is it purely to be better at using Fats as a fuel source? Is it worth doing Threshold, Tempo or even VO2max work? here our thoughts in this episode. For more free resources about improving endurance performance, s…
 
In a follow up to our discussion on threshold based training last week, here's a perfect example of a session that executes this aspect of our physiology really well. One of our listeners sent in the following: 5 x 5min (4min @ 100% FTP, 1min @ 105-120% FTP) with 2.5min recovery In the context of preparing for a TT run up the 1 in 20 climb, this is…
 
A few great questions sent in recently asking if going to Zone 2 ONLY training is a good idea in a base phase and what the difference between VO2 and Threshold sessions are. here our thoughts on this episode on both topics and how we process these decisions for building training programs. For more free resources about improving endurance performanc…
 
In this episode we talk about an awesome session we use for a number of athletes and why it's really effective PLUS we critique our own work and tell you how we've gone back and improved the session over the years to get to where it is now. Main set: 2 sets of 1 x 5min @ 88-92% VO2max, 2.5min @ 60-70% VO2max 5 x 1min @ 100-105% VO2max, 30s Passive …
 
Another great session sent through by one of our listeners. Session Details: 4km warm up & strides Main set: 10 x 800m @ 120% Threshold Pace, 90s jog recovery 4 x 200m max speed, 2min passive recovery 2km easy cool down Check out what we think, what we'd change and more in this episode. For more free resources about improving endurance performance,…
 
We have this question a lot..."How far off A-Grade cycling am I?" or "If my VO2max improves will that make me an A-Grade rider?" So we thought we'd share our thoughts on what separates A from B-grade cyclists, form physiology to performance smarts & tactics. For more free resources about improving endurance performance, sign up to our email list he…
 
Another session sent in, this time imagine starting out very easy and continually increasing or 'ramping' up the intensity then gradually ramping it back down. What does this aim to do? Nick and Luke chat through the session and talk about why flipping that upside down to do "u-shapes" instead of pyramids would potentially be a much more effective …
 
Nick and Luke breakdown a session sent through by a podcast listener, repeats of a short hard effort followed by a sub threshold block, back into a 30s burst. Is this an effective session or what could be changed to get more out of it? Plus when might you use this type of session in your training? For more free resources about improving endurance p…
 
Who does METS turn to to keep up to date with the science of aerobic training? This guy. Nathan Heaney (AKA The Conditioning Consultant) joins Luke in an absolutely awesome, must listen episode of the Podcast. They dive into the science of maximising time at VO2max, training intensity distribution (i.e. polarised), field testing for maximal aerobic…
 
You know we love our VO2max intervals and this session is one of those. Nick and Luke chat about doing short HIIT this time and how doing 30s ON/30s OFF can achieve a similar stimulus to our favourite 2-4min effort @ 95% VO2max with equal very easy recovery. PLUS why this session might be more or less specific to you depending on what type of athle…
 
The Balanced Runner is BACK! Paul Mackinnon joins us agin on the podcast to talk all things running technique, including the big mistakes he sees athletes and coaches make, why trying to activate your glutes isn't fixing any problems and his insight on how pro's could be even faster than they already are, IF they learnt to run more effectively. One…
 
Low Cadence is a training method lots of cyclists would have heard of or used, but what does it aim to do and are there some better alternatives to make sure you get best bang for buck in your training. Nick and & Luke talk through their thoughts on another training sessions explained episode of the podcast. For more free resources about improving …
 
Lockdown 5.0 in Melbourne came at a perfect time for us to sit down and watch the Zwift Tri-Battle between Jan Frodeno and Lionel Sanders, ultimately leading to the Ironman distance World Record being smashed. Luke, Nick & Tyler chat about their thoughts on the science, innovation and ultimately their reactions to the event. Plenty to unpack in thi…
 
Training sessions explained is where Nick & Luke bring up one of your training sessions, an idea for a session or something we've seen online and discuss the physiology, the good and the bad behind it. This time it's a running session: 6 x 6min at Threshold PLUS 6 x 200m FAST. For more free resources about improving endurance performance, sign up t…
 
In this NEW podcast sub-series Nick & Luke choose one of your training sessions, something we've seen online or an idea for a session, turn the mic on and give our immediate thoughts and reactions. This episode is all about a recently suggested session by an Athlete to do 1min On/3min Off. For more free resources about improving endurance performan…
 
In this episode, Nick chats with Nathan Fenton (a.k.a the Run Power Coach) and discusses all things running and power meters including technology such as Stryd, how to implement the data in training and where the industry might be heading when it comes to using this metric. About Nathan: A lifelong endurance athlete and is fascinated by the many di…
 
Another race was cancelled recently with a number of athletes now left wondering what to do as they completely re-think their preparation for the rescheduled event. Luke talks about how to make the most of your training with the adjusted timeline till race day. More free resources at https://go.metsperformance.com.au/free-mets-mastermind…
 
After Luke found a Facebook ad outlining "improvement" in anaerobic performance as a result of a respiratory muscle trainer, he was both shocked and bit annoyed that another device has entered the industry making some interesting claims to say the least. So we thought we should talk bout it as we know many on social media immediately jumped on boar…
 
Something we often take for granted and forget when looking at the next 1% improvement is that a change in a part of our physiology may not actually generate a positive impact. Luke & Nick discuss the process whereby our performance is the result of the interaction of multiple systems (mainly we discuss respiratory, cardiovascular and muscular syst…
 
New restrictions have hit Melbourne and stage 4 is here, but what does that mean for your training and how can you make the most of your 1 hour of outdoor exercise per day over the next 6 weeks? Luke and Tyler discuss how to alter your plans to keep things ticking along during this lockdown. Got a question about endurance performance you want answe…
 
A great question came through via our instagram (@metsperformance) about whether it is worth Peaking without any racing or not? Luke, Nick & Tyler jumped on Zoom to discuss the pros and cons of peaking without an event and how you can make it work for you rather than against you. Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us …
 
Last week we talked about the effects of detraining and this week we've gone the other extreme. Overtraining syndrome which is a real possibility at the moment with more athltetes working form hoe on flexibile hours and wanting to get out to train more. So Luke and Nick sat down to discuss the symptoms of overtraining and how to avoid it. VIDEO LUK…
 
Luke and Nick discuss the science of "use it or lose it" and go into how quickly things start to decline when detraining kicks in. What specifically changes in your physiology when you stop training completely and how can you prevent this from happening even when you need to cut back the number of sessions you do in a week. VIDEO LUKE REFERENCES: O…
 
We've all seen a VO2max number come up on our Garmin watches, but how does Garmin estimate this and how does it compare to getting your Vo2max measured in the lab? Luke and Nick discuss the ins and outs of Garmin's VO2max estimate. Check out Nick's Video covering this as well: https://youtu.be/DRem4jt0_9A Got a question about endurance performance …
 
Luke discusses how heart rate changes with your fitness level at rest and during submaximal & maximal intensities. Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us know, JOIN the METS Mastermind community (link below) to gain access to the FREE Facebook Group and MORE! https://go.metsperformance.com.au/free-mets-mastermind OR Ch…
 
Throughout this year we've seen a number of professional athletes analysing their sweat including Lionel Sanders & Sebastian Kienle, plus with the launch of the METS Membership we've had a number of questions about sweat testing. How does it work? What are we looking for? AND How can you use the data practically ready for race day? We sat down to d…
 
Luke discusses an introduction into Nitric Oxide: what it is, what it does, and why it does/does not improve performance. Stay tuned for a future episode where we will delve into the science in more detail. Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us know, JOIN the METS Mastermind community (link below) to gain access to th…
 
This stems from a bit of a rant we had about how many swimmers we all see at the pool doing entire 2-3km sets with paddles, snorkels, fins, you name it they are using them and how ineffective it is to developing faster swimming. Also follows on from last weeks return to swimming post COVID podcast episode so be sure to check that out first! Got a q…
 
This episode is part brag about all of our new bikes BUT mainly about how you can change up the bike you use to change it up with some variety and still get all the training stimulus you need to work towards your goals. Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us know, JOIN the METS Mastermind community (link below) to gain…
 
Nick and Tyler discuss how to best go about returning to the pool and swimming now restrictions are easing. Tyler dives into his sessions at the moment, the importance of technique and quality over quantity for getting back to his best. PLUS Luke jumps in towards the end quickly to share his thoughts. Got a question about endurance performance you …
 
Luke talks through planning your training as we start to come out of isolation and restrictions are reduced. What should post-COVID periodisation look like? Get your unlimited testing subscription here: https://go.metsperformance.com.au/mets-subscription Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us know, JOIN the METS Master…
 
Training zones are one of the most talked about parts of endurance training, but how do you YOU get your zones? Do you use percentages of a generic equation like 220-age? Have you maybe followed the MAF method? Even better do you go for physiological testing to measure and pinpoint your training zones? Luke and Nick breakdown the most common ways o…
 
The fastest breakdown of how to make the most of race day nutrition, specifically balancing Glucose & Fructose to get more carbs in AND hopefully manage any gastric upset in the process. Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us know, JOIN the METS Mastermind community (link below) to gain access to the FREE Facebook Grou…
 
Another great question came through that compared two athletes doing very different warm up routines for the same main session. Who was doing it better and what are the key components of a warm up to get you best prepared for the session ahead and likely reduce your injury risk along the way. Luke and Nick discuss on today's episode. Got a question…
 
We get asked quite a bit what the differences between treadmill and outdoor running are and how it may be benefitting or hindering your training/performance. Luke and Nick discuss the pros and cons of both and why you might choose to run indoors or outdoors. Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us know, JOIN the METS Ma…
 
A great question came through about recovery periods during a VO2 interval set and how fast or slow should you walk when your program says "Walking Recovery"? Luke discusses how to best go about it on today's episode. Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us know, JOIN the METS Mastermind community (link below) to gain a…
 
Luke discusses the different intervals lengths and intensities you can use to accumulate 10 minutes of time at VO2 max. Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us know, JOIN the METS Mastermind community (link below) to gain access to the FREE Facebook Group and MORE! https://go.metsperformance.com.au/free-mets-mastermind …
 
Another great question came through recently after our recent episode on fuel for performance. If is worthwhile to plan phases of low and high carb depending on the demand of your training or racing schedule? Luke and Nick sit down to talk through the ways in which using a mix of both low and high carb strategies can be beneficial depending on the …
 
A great question came through about VO2 interval training. When you're pushing yourself to the absolute limit in an interval, should you continue to push through even if your pace is dropping to get the quantity done? Or should we cut the effort short and go for quality in the session? Luke and Nick discuss how to make the most of VO2 interval sess…
 
Fatigue is can sometimes be a complex mix of multiple factors, but when we start to recover, where does that all go? Luke discussed how by-products are dealt with by the body in the recovery process. This video provides a more in-depth discussion surrounding how lactic acid is removed: https://youtu.be/E9M1yJQ8VOc Got a question about endurance per…
 
We had a great question come through about the difference between Threshold & Tempo training. Is it all one grey zone and the same? OR is there any benefit to being more specific in our approach? Luke and Nick discuss the needs to knows on tempo & threshold. Got a question about endurance performance you want answered? Let us know, JOIN the METS Ma…
 
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