60- Scientific Approach to Fitness with Mike Lee

60- Scientific Approach to Fitness with Mike Lee

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

October 2, 2018

Have you ever spent some time with a coach or trainer who put you through grueling workouts? For many of us, the answer is yes. While getting a good sweat in can feel great, if you have specific goals you want to reach, then you might need a more structured approach.

The fitness world is an interesting world because everyone has their own philosophies and their own needs. When you take a group exercise class, your goals are probably different than the person next to you.

One thing is for sure, you end up coming out of any training session sweaty and exhausted.

If your overall goal is to get into better shape, then this approach can work very well for you. But if you want to try and compete in some fitness events, such as Crossfit, then you will need a more structured approach.

Scientific Approach to Fitness vs Opinion Approach

What we tend to see in a group fitness setting is what I would consider to be an “opinion approach” to exercise protocols. This is because the person who is leading the class decided that workout would be best for everyone in the room. While there can be some adjustments made for specific needs, the majority of the workout is designed for the group as a whole.

The scientific approach to fitness is based upon using principles and strategies that we know to be true in athletics, and apply it to one person's specific needs. This is what we see in competitive fitness events when one athlete has one coach. That coach is focused on providing the athlete what they need in order to be successful.

Mike Lee focuses his training programs on the scientific approach to fitness. As he trains athletes to compete at these high levels, he needs to develop their plans based off of their needs. This is how he has had a few athletes place so well at competitions.

In this episode we talk about:

»How to assess an athlete to see what competitions they would be best at

»Why recovery is so important to the health of the athlete

»How to become adaptive in your workout routines for any curveballs thrown at you

»What a training program might look like

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  • [4:00] Mike started as an engineer and then transferred into becoming a fitness coach
  • [9:00] Most trainers have their own philosophy for their training protocols, so it is rare to see a fully scientific approach that is replicateable
  • [10:45] In water polo, is there an emphasis on dryland training and training in the pool, similar to swimming
  • [13:15] How do you assess people to see if they have the characteristics to be able to compete at high levels
  • [15:00] During your assessment are you able to see if people would be better at other fitness events
  • [17:30] What are the differences between Crossfit and Competitive Fitness
  • [20:00] How important is recovery in your programs so that these athletes aren't getting injured and can keep competing
  • [21:45] Do the high level athletes adapt to recover faster than most other people
  • [23:00] Sleep is the area of health that gets sacrificed first, why is sleep so important for recovery
  • [25:00] Do you use sleep trackers like the Oura Ring to measure sleep efficiency
  • [26:30] What are your thoughts on measuring HRV to measure stress on the body

  • [29:00] These athletes that you work with, is their fitness competition the only thing they are training for, or do they work normal jobs as well
  • [30:00] What would a training program look like for someone
  • [36:00] Since there are curveballs that are thrown in some of the competitions, do you train your athletes to be able to adapt to any curveball that is thrown at them
  • [38:15] What Mike's training routine looks like to keep him injury free

Learn More About Mike Lee

Website: TheBigDawgs.com

Social Media: Facebook , Instagram


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Mike Lee uses his engineering background to create scientific-based fitness programs for high level athletes

Mike Lee uses his engineering background to create scientific-based fitness programs for high level athletes

Mike Lee uses his engineering background to create scientific-based fitness programs for high level athletes

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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