How does a foundational myth become sacred scientific dogma? The case of A.V. Hill and the anaerobiosis controversy

The leading challenger to the anaerobic/cardiovascular model of endurance performance is Professor Tim Noakes.  Prof Noakes is well known and respected university professor, prolific researcher, medical doctor, and outspoken critic of traditional exercise physiological wisdom that VO2max limits endurance performance.  … Continue reading

Muscle Factors

I have termed my training program and the physiological beliefs supporting them “power running” because I believe that muscle factors are primarily responsible for endurance performance.  This belief in the primacy of muscle factors stands in stark contrast to the … Continue reading

Muscle Contractility part 3 – strength

In part 1 of the Muscle Contractility series I identified the three primary muscle characteristics that ultimately determine your running performance (or for that matter, your performance in any form of endurance exercise).  Those characteristics are contraction speed, strength, and … Continue reading

Running Physiology – part 5

Does increasing my VO2max or lactate threshold allow me to run faster or does improving my running speed increase my VO2max and lactate threshold?  It seems like a simple enough question but the answer is very important because it has … Continue reading

Do increases in VO2max cause performance to improve?

If you have read any popular literature then you’ve heard that increasing your VO2max is an important goal of training because a higher VO2max causes performance to improve.  Running books devote chapters to discussing VO2max and how to train so … Continue reading