Mehdi Kordi, PhD, is a track cycling coach (sprinting in particular) working with the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation. In Tokyo, the Dutch track sprinters brought home multiple golds and medals, and Mehdi joins us to discuss how these athletes train to be the fastest on the planet. Also we discuss the physiology of W' and how it relates to neuromuscular function, and other bits and pieces from Mehdi's research.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT:
-Mehdi's take on the Olympics in Tokyo and how his team performed
-How do track sprint cyclists train?
-The relationship between neuromuscular function and W' (anaerobic work capacity)
-The importance of muscle size (rather than neural functions, fiber type etc.) and maximum force capacity on W'
-What sort of strength training might be used to improve W'?
-Reliability and sensitivity of the Notio Konect aero sensor
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LINKS AND RESOURCES:
Mehdi's Twitter and Research Gate profiles The Relationship Between Neuromuscular Function and the W′ in Elite Cyclists - Kordi et al. 2021 Reliability and Sensitivity of the Notio Konect to quantify Coefficient of Drag Area in Elite Track Cyclists - Kordi et al. 2021 Training talk and Tokyo 2020 with Nate Wilson | EP#303 Olympic gold medal training and preparation with Arild Tveiten | EP#304 Aerodynamic testing in the field with Michael Liberzon | EP#294
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