Alex Backhouse is a phenomenal strength & conditioning coach from my neck of the woods Brighton on the South Coast of England. I’ve been aware of Alex’s work from his early days training UFC & Invicta fighters through to him obtaining a masters in Strength & Conditioning and today running a hugely successful personal training gym. It therefore gave me great pleasure when Alex asked me to be a guest on his weekly Facebook Live Broadcast ‘Whiskey & Barbells’. No whisky was involved but two double shot espressos from his coffee machine certainly got me a little wired.
After a brief trip down memory lane reminiscing how I got into working with runners, we discussed:
• frustration at the prevalence of myths & misconceptions within running and strength & conditioning.
• why runners are obsessed with stretching, and why they don’t need to be.
• the role of the brain in setting physical thresholds.
• how human variance means any ‘one-size-fits-all’ system is most likely flawed.
• why misconceptions spread so easily.
• the importance of embracing critical thinking.
• the danger of following gurus.
• how Matt ended up running marathons in blue latex.
• integral components of marathon training
My Turn This Sunday
It only felt right to reverse the tables and stick Alex on the receiving end of the questions, so this Sunday (Nov 18th) Alex will be guest on my RunChatLive broadcast, 9.30am on the RunChatLive facebook page. If you’re into achieving optimum results from your strength & conditioning workouts, this episode will be a must watch. Join us!