Simon Ward, The High Performance Human Triathlon Podcast

Finding what works for you * Mark Osborne

February 23, 2022

Today is episode 239 and this show has been alive and growing for 4 1/2 years! During that time we've had lots of amazing guests and shared some really interesting (and what I consider to be very useful) information.

Occasionally I get emails from listeners informing me that they followed the advice from a certain guest. George Dallam’s Nose Breathing podcast recently was one that generated several positive responses.

Today's guest is Mark Osborne. Mark has been a listener to most of our podcasts and a few weeks ago he emailed me to say that his journey of the last few years has largely been based around experimenting with many of the topics raised. If you are sceptical about whether some of this stuff works and how “out there" it is, you need to listen to this story of self-experimentation, many failures, lots of successes, but overall a huge leap forward in fitness and health. Some of the topics covered include:

  • The importance of having an open mind and being mindful
  • Being willing to adapt
  • The value of self-reflection
  • A holistic approach to life (being fit for life which enables sport, as opposed to being fit for the pure sake of sport)
  • A better mental approach to failure 
  • Natural fitness is the key to performance - introducing standing and not sitting all day, natural mobility is better than stretching
  • Just enjoy what you're doing 
  • Keep it simple
  • Find what works for you and your body
  • Know yourself and yearn to know more
  • Good mobility is the key to a natural run technique 
  • You don't always need tech

Links to some of the previous podcasts that had a real influence on Mark's thinking

MAF training & reducing sugar intake - Phil Maffetone Part 1 & Part 2 - 

Mobility - Louisa HolmesKelly Starrett

Primal Endurance Part 1 & Part 2 - Brad Kearns

Fast Over 50 - Joe Friel

Low Carb/High fat - Prof Paul Laursen

Recovery - Christie Aschwanden

Swim Technique - Karlyn Pipes

Running Technique - Shane Benzie


Influential Books

Lost Art of Running - Shane Benzie

Feet in the Clouds - Richard Askwith

Born to Run & Natural Born Heroes - Chris Macdougall

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