When it comes to most things about running, I don’t know the answer. There are thousands of aspects of running, from the biochemistry of lactate buffering, to the potential benefit of glycogen-depleted long runs in marathon training, to the best way to transition into spikes for a track athlete. But there is so much to know, and that knowledge is much greater than what I do know, which means that much of the time when I’m asked a question, I don’t know the answer. You know what I’m saying?
Today I received the following question via twitter:
@coachjayjohnson Maybe masters can better stimulate hormones w/heavier wts? Is lunge matrix anabolic enuf 4 old guys? (Linked to this tweet was the article “Resistance Training Ups Testosterone in Muscles of Older Men.”)
Great question. I don’t know. My guess is that for the vast majority of masters athletes – maybe 95% or more – the Lunge Matrix is not going to give them the same hormonal stimulus that weight room work will.
But here is what I do know: if you progress from body weight exercises to some light external loads, such as rotational work with a medicine ball, then to a heavier external load, such as a kettlebell, and then go to the weight room, the chance that you’ll be healthy and injury-free is high. But I don’t know exactly how fast you can move through this progression; I’m cautious with the athletes I work with, and move them to the weight room slowly. But again, I don’t know – maybe we could go there earlier.
I also don’t know how to answer the following question, but I do look forward to hearing what others think about it:
Honestly, as a former college athlete and college coach, I thought this question was a joke given how many runners have some level of disordered eating. But my guess is that it’s an honest question, and to me there is only one answer: you have to get enough calories to support your training while also getting enough sleep to support your training. But again, I don’t know exactly how many calories that is and how little sleep that is for @ReadEatWriteRun. (Note: some confusion might have come from this part of this infographic that I shared in the Sunday Morning Reads last weekend).
This is a great opportunity for people to chime in with their thoughts. I look forward to reading the comments.