Training Science

Welcome to Training Science, the new home of powerrunning.com.

What is Training Science?  In the past 20 or so years a tremendous amount of new research on both strength and endurance training has been conducted but, unfortunately, much of this data is not well know outside of the physiological community.  Athletes and exercise enthusiasts often don’t have direct access to research journals or the most current published research data.  My purpose with Training Science is to bring you the most up-to-date strength and endurance research and training information in a clear and understandable way so you can optimize your training and performance.

This site is divided into two major parts – strength and endurance.  Each of these two main areas are further divided into physiology and training sections.

In the strength section I focus on reviewing and analyzing the most current physiological and training information as it relates to how muscles functions and how to maximize your strength and/or size.  If you want to know the best way to get bigger and/or stronger then the strength section is the place to start.

The endurance section reviews, discusses, and analyzes the basics of endurance physiology and training, with an emphasis on running.  I discuss and explain traditional physiological terms such as running economy, lactate threshold, and VO2max.  I also examine the latest physiological research on non-traditional topics such as muscle factors, central governor model, and dose-response.  If your goal is to maximize your endurance performance or if you want to learn more about the intricacies of the human body as it relates to endurance performance then the endurance section is your spot.

In both training sections I take facts, conclusions, and theories from the physiological sections and use them to discuss and propose training methods.  All of the training methods and ideas presented here are science-based, not opinion-based, which means they are often very different from what most athletes are familiar with. 

If you want to stay abreast of the latest research and thought on exercise physiology and training there is a wealth of information here to read and digest.  My objective with Training Science is to provide you the latest information and research data in a clear, understandable, and useful way so that you are provided with the necessary knowledge to produce the absolute best performance you are capable of.  I work very hard to accomplish this mission and hope you find this site both useful and informative.

PowerRunning

If you typed www.powerrunning.com into your web browser you may be wondering how you ended up here.  Training Science is the new home of Power Running.  Previously I had one web site – Power Running – devoted to endurance training and another web site – Muscle Factor – devoted to strength training.  Maintaining two web sites was a bit too time consuming so I decided to create a new web site that would encompass both strength and endurance physiology and training research, hence Training Science was born.  I am working to migrate all of the content from the powerrunning web site and ask your patience as work on this project continues.