S2E2 Dr. Stuart McGill

Expert on back pain and how to retrain your body to react and to recover from it.

Author of: Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance

Thom Rating: 3 of 5, 5 of 5 if you suffer from back pain.

Thom’s Takeaway:

Good listen if you ever struggled with back pain as he gives you some tips on how to best handle in your training. I have not read the book yet, but it is on my todo list.

S2E3: Dr. Andrew Huberman

He talks about the adaptive plasticity of the brain to be able to rewire itself and how this can be a good thing or a bad thing.

Rating: 3 of 5. I pulled a good nugget of wisdom out of the podcast, but have summarized it in my takeaway so it isn’t really worth listen to, unless it is a topic you are very interested in.

Thom’s takeaway:

  • You can learn something faster and more permanently by using hyper-focused attention on the subject. It is better to take shorter more focused time periods (quality) on a subject, than larger amounts of half-hearted attention on the same subject.
  • The more you reinforce good technique in your physical movements by thinking through all the steps prior to executing the movement or having a coach, coach you through the movements, the better the actual movement will become.
  • This podcast also reinforced the idea that one of the best ways to learn something is to try to teach it because it forces your brain to hyper focus on the details as you explain it.