Apr 27, 2021
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Dr. Freeborn Mondello. Freeborn, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, explodes our brains with some non-conventional advice for hikers, backpackers, and really any endurance athlete. This includes why stretching might be a waste of time, the importance of heavy weight resistance training, and why the traditional 3 sets of 10 reps is going to be counterproductive to your goals- and yes those last two points are not contradictory. Whether you're training for a hike or simply want to maintain good health, you'll find this conversation fascinating- we sure did.
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Interview with Dr.Freeborn Mondello
00:04:30 - QOTD: What’s an injury you have that always comes back?
00:06:47 - Welcome Dr.Freeborn Mondello!
00:07:43 - You’ve done multiple iron man races? What does that entail?
00:10:09 - What is the chafe situation like after a 2.4 mile swim and immediately hopping onto a bike?
00:11:12 - Where have you done your iron man races?
00:12:48 - Did you consider throwing in the towel on the 106 degree day?
00:15:02 - You’re a champion mountain biker?
00:16:10 - How do you go from excelling at a sport where you use high twitch muscles to a sport that uses slow twitch muscles?
00:17:46 - Have you had your muscle twitch fibers measured?
00:18:49 - Is there any science to support being able to switch your muscle fiber types?
00:19:57 - So you grew up in Silver City near Gila National Forest?
00:20:30 - So you’ve been familiar with the CDT for a long time?
00:22:01 - How did you get into physical therapy?
00:25:19 - Is there anything cool you learned why getting your doctorate that most people wouldn’t know or expect?
00:27:00 - How much of a role does neurology play in PT?
00:30:26 - Can you explain dry needling?
00:34:10 - So it’s really your nervous system sometimes telling you that you can’t do something rather than your muscular system?
00:36:30 - Would an orthopedic surgeon have a different take?
00:37:14 - How do the mechanics of dry needling work? How far in does the needle go?
00:40:12 - Can you tell us about the performance enhancing aspect of dry needling?
00:42:41 - Is there something about dry needling that would make it against the rules?
00:44:06 - Does dry needling have a place in the context of a thru-hike? If this is their first time, are those dice worth rolling?
00:46:51 - Is dry needling more effective for acute injuries or chronic ones?
00:48:27 - How long does dry needling last? How often do people have to come back?
00:52:20 - How does the central nervous system play a role in weight training overall?
00:56:26 - Can you define hypertrophy vs. strength training?
00:59:27 - Do the nutritional requirements differ in hypertrophy vs. strength training?
01:03:08 - What would your protocol be for someone getting ready to hike in a couple months?
01:09:40 - Can strength training work with things you have at home?
01:14:20 - Are kettlebells that different from dumbells?
01:15:44 - If you’re on an island and you can only bring one kettle bell with you, what weight is it?
01:17:06 - How long are you supposed to swing kettlebells for?
01:18:57 - Don’t just buy a kettle bell and start swinging!
01:20:20 - Why is 80% the ideal number for optimal strength training?
01:23:40 - Why is strength training important for endurance sports? Why is doing deadlifts helpful for someone going on a thru-hike?
01:26:17 - Is stretching helpful? What role does it play in endurance sports?
01:30:12 - Is foam rolling helpful? Balls that roll out your muscles?
01:32:08 - Is it possible that foam rollers or lacrosse balls do help people or is it a placebo effect?
01:34:37 - So stretching can help flexibility, but that doesn’t necessarily help injury prevention?
01:36:04 - Can you talk about the difference between mobility and flexibility?
01:37:33 - So tension can just be solved with various workouts?
01:38:48 - What should someone look for to find a good physical therapist or a good personal trainer?
01:42:54 - Is being stretched to your full capacity after ACL surgery advisable?
01:43:53 - How can you tell the difference between an injury you need to rest and a sore muscle you can just push through?
01:46:34 - How do you open hip flexors to reduce lower back pain?
01:48:32 - What is your youtube channel? RunfreePT (five way hip drive)
01:49:52 - What is the best way to prevent shin splints?
01:52:08 - What can people do to help prevent foot issues?
01:56:02 - Is it a good idea to ease into minimalist shoes before a thru-hike?
01:59:00 - So it sounds like strength is the solution?
02:02:10 - Where can people find you?
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