This episode I explain the science of heating and cooling the body, a process called thermoregulation– and how to apply that knowledge to significantly improve physical performance. I describe the three areas of our body that can remove heat (or bring heat into the body) faster than anywhere else, why that is so, and how proper cooling of these areas with specific protocols can allow people to perform 200-600% more volume and repetitions of resistance exercises at the same weight loads, or to run, cycle or swim significantly further. I also describe how to use directed cooling of so-called glabrous skin: the bottoms of feet, palms and face, to significantly enhance recovery times from exercise. Also, why the common practices of trying to heat up or cool the body via the torso or whole-body submersion in cold can be inefficient and/or dangerous– and the better alternatives. Finally, I discuss the temperature-effects of caffeine, alcohol and anti-inflammatory compounds. The information in this episode is focused on mechanisms and tools for increasing athletic or exercise performance.
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00:05:08 Physical Performance & Skill Learning
00:06:40 Optimal Learning Protocol (Recap): 4 Steps
00:08:31 Variables Impacting Physical Performance
00:10:00 Temperature Is the Dominant Variable
00:12:08 Understanding Mechanism Is Key
00:13:42 Heat: The Enemy of All Performance (& Why)
00:16:30 Blood Flow & Sweating & Piloerection
00:22:35 Heat Is What Limits Effort: Even If You Feel Fine/Motivated
00:25:29 Proper Cooling Can Double, Triple, Quadruple (Or More) Your Ability
00:26:42 Heat Induced Confusion & Death
00:30:02 The Three Body Parts Best For Heating & Cooling Your Whole Body
00:31:38 Face, Palms, Bottoms of Feet; Glabrous Skin
00:33:00 Arterio-Venous Anastamoses (AVAs) Are Super Cool(ing)!
00:37:15 Palmar Cooling Can Supercharge Your Athletic Performance
00:38:35 ATP, Pyruvate Kinase & Heat
00:40:55 Palmer Cooling Outperforms Anabolic Steroids Several-Fold
00:43:45 Increasing Endurance, Willpower & Persistence
00:46:33 Cardiac Drift, & Moving the ”I Quit” Point
00:50:44 Deliberate Heating: Myths and Better Protocols
00:53:20 Protocols For Self-Directed Cooling To Vastly Improve Performance
00:59:23 How To Use Cold To Recover Faster & More Thoroughly
01:02:05 Ice Baths & Cold Showers Can Prevent Training Progress: mTOR, etc.
01:06:29 Alcohol, Caffeine, NSAIDs: Their Temperature Effects Matter
01:09:44 Are Stimulants Counter Productive For Performance? It Depends.
01:12:00 The Caffeine Rule & “Caffeine Adaptation”
01:14:20 NSAIDs for Training: Performance Enhancements & Risks
01:17:00 The Best Way to Explore Your Own “Parameter Space”
01:18:35 Tools: How To Try
01:21:35 Cost-Free Support, & Additional Support & Resources
Please note that The Huberman Lab Podcast is distinct from Dr. Huberman’s teaching and research roles at Stanford University School of Medicine. The information provided in this show is not medical advice, nor should it be taken or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The Huberman Lab Podcast, its employees, guests and affiliates assume no liability for the application of the information discussed.
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