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Alyssa Olenick on Using “Hybrid Training” to Maximize Your Fitness

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What is hybrid training?

Well, that’s exactly what you will learn about in this podcast interview with Dr. Alyssa Olenick.

At its core, hybrid training (also known as concurrent training in the scientific literature) is a fusion of strength and cardiovascular training.

Many people feel these types of training are at odds, but in this episode, you’re going to learn how hybrid training is not only possible, but can be complimenting, helping you excel in both strength and endurance.

In case you’re not familiar with Alyssa, she’s an Exercise Physiologist, sports nutritionist, weight lifter, and ultra runner. And with her strong academic background, she’s dedicated herself to both the practical and theoretical sides of fitness, helping thousands of clients crush both their lifting goals and their race finish lines.

Her unique perspective combines the rigors of scientific research with practical, hands-on coaching experience.

In chat, Alyssa and I discuss . . .

The concept of hybrid training, blending strength and endurance training, and why heavy lifting isn’t enough and doesn’t “count” as cardio
Misconceptions surrounding the interference effect, debunking the “cardio kills gains” myth and exploring how evidence-based research supports the integration of cardio into strength training routines for enhanced results
Differentiating the benefits of strength training and cardiovascular exercise, explaining why both are essential for a balanced, effective training regimen
The correlation between cardiovascular health and quality of life, and how a developed aerobic system can amplify strength training and overall physical performance
How to turn cardio “exercise” into a training system with progression
Practical advice on combining cardiovascular and resistance training for optimal results, including tips on protein intake, carb periodization, and effective fatigue management
Personal experiences and insights into maintaining muscle and losing fat through cardio, while balancing the intensity of strength training
And more . . .

If you’re intrigued by the idea of becoming both stronger and fitter simultaneously, or if you’re simply looking for an innovative approach to mix up your current fitness program, then this podcast is for you.

Listen in to explore the world of hybrid training with Alyssa Olenick!


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3:16 – What are your thoughts on hybrid training? Is endurance training not
effective for muscle growth compared to strength training?

16:55 – Do you get enough cardio from just strength training alone?

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37:53 – Can cardio help improve my strength training?

32:30 – How much cardio does it take to see a dip in performance with strength training?

44:01 – Is it okay to do cardio before or after your strength training workout?

52:38 – Is an hour maybe two hours enough per week to get all the benefits from

1:21:37 – Where can people find you and your work?

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