Female athletes deserve coaches who understand their unique needs. Pro triathlete Liz Blatchford has a lot to say about optimising training and nutrition for the female form.
Research into female athletes is exploding, but it's long overdue. Historically, exercise was designed for men. It's only in the past few years that the focus has turned to us girls. There are still massive gaps in the evidence, but we're heading in the right direction.
In the early days of Liz's career, there was little discussion of female-specific factors, but this is changing, albeit slowly.
Research on female athletes is crucial because women are not just smaller versions of men, and their physiology, needs, and training responses differ.
Every woman's experience is unique, and it's...
It can be confusing to know whether to follow the numbers or trust your intuition.
Gerard Donnelly from Trivello Coaching has been coaching triathletes since 1988 and knows all there is to know about data driven triathlon training.
He was a pro himself for about five years and was the Australian Ironman champion and Australian Duathlon champion in 1988.
In 1989, he was the Australian Ironman runner up and he also represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games team in Auckland, New Zealand in 1990. He was also the Australian Masters champion in 2014, 2015, and 2017.
Gerard has a lot of experience firsthand as a triathlete himself and many, many years under his belt coaching triathletes from all walks of life as well.
Here are some of his tips for training smarter by combining data and feel:
As a triathlete himself and with more than 10 years of experience working with triathletes, he totally gets it.
And kindly shares lots of practical and zero cost tips with us to get you riding faster, with less pain, tick, and tick.
Michael believes in a personalised approach to bike fitting. Rather than relying solely on your height, he suggests configuring a bike based on your unique needs and preferences, down to the crank length.
Let’s break down a few of his suggestions.
Before you buy a bike, consider investing in a bike fit session.
It's a small upfront cost that can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
A proper fit can help you find the right frame size, crank length, handlebar width, and more.
When buying a bike, pay attention to its...
Founder of Eat For You here in Australia, Dr Hayley Dickinson is the expert on all things organic food. (Learn more about Dr Dickinson by listening to her previous episode: Unravelling the Truth About Food Labels and The Nutrient Quality of Our Food with Dr Hayley Dickinson.)
If you've ever entered into the world of triathlon nutrition, you've probably stumbled upon countless generic meal plans online.
These cookie-cutter plans promise to fuel your triathlon journey, but here's the harsh truth—they might not be serving you as well as you think.
After more than 15 years of working with endurance athletes like you, one thing became clear: the desire for healthy, nutritious, and delicious recipes that are quick and easy to prepare.
You don't want to waste time and money on complicated, unappetizing meals.
Let's dive into the essential ingredients for your triathlete diet and how to find recipes that fit your needs.
Triathletes have unique nutritional requirements due to the demands of their training. You need meals that provide a perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats to fuel your workouts and support recovery.
Here's what to look for:
Carbohydrates: Triathletes rely on carbohydrates for sustained energy. Opt for complex carbs like whole grains, fresh fruits, starchy vegetables, and legumes. Your carb needs vary, so adjust based on training...
The landscape of research concerning female athletes has undergone a profound transformation, particularly since 2020. The global pandemic spotlighted the distinctive needs and challenges faced by female athletes, prompting experts and researchers to venture into this uncharted territory.
As we journey through this series, a spotlight shines on the specific requirements of female athletes in areas such as training, nutrition, and coaching.
Historically, sports science research leaned heavily toward male athletes.
While studying women presents challenges due to their unique...
Intermittent fasting, a practice that’s been around throughout history, has suddenly trended with celebrity endorsements and athlete support. But what's the real story behind this fasting trend?
Intermittent fasting comes in many forms - from 16:8 cycles to 5:2 regimens.
Yet, can such a singular approach cater to diverse individuals? The answer is in fasting with sustainability and the integration into your lifestyle and energy demands.
When you fast, your body uses up its stored energy and breaks down fat for fuel. Short-term, your body handles protein well during fasting, but we're not sure about the long-term effects.
If you're a triathlete aiming for your best performance, fasting might not be your best...
Meet Dr. Hayley Dickinson, the founder of Eat for You, an Australian snack company committed to providing nutrient-tested, batch-tested food products. Read on as she explores the challenges of obtaining essential nutrients from our food, the importance of independent batch testing, and the potential of regenerative agriculture in solving this global issue.
Taren, affectionately known as Taz, has been a dedicated triathlete for the past 13 years. With a passion for triathlon and a wealth of experience, Taren founded Mottiv, a venture aimed at making quality training plans accessible and motivating for athletes like you!
Taren's journey with Mottiv began as a hobby. After realising that his career as an investment advisor wasn't fulfilling his true calling, he turned to his love for triathlons and started a YouTube channel to share the lessons he had learned over the years. Little did he know that this hobby would evolve into the second largest triathlon-focused YouTube channel worldwide and lead to the creation of Mottiv.
At Mottiv, the goal is helping triathletes train smarter, not harder. Their approach, aptly named the Mottiv Method, is centered around four key pillars:
1. Training with...