GUEST SERIES | Dr. Andy Galpin: Maximize Recovery to Achieve Fitness & Performance Goals

In this episode 5 of a 6-part special series on fitness, exercise and performance with Andy Galpin, PhD, professor of kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton, he explains how to optimize post-training recovery and how to avoid overtraining in order to better achieve your fitness and exercise goals. He explains the cellular mechanisms of muscle soreness and pain, why adequate recovery is essential for all physical adaptations, and how to enhance recovery using breathwork, thermal, movement, and pressure-based techniques. He describes how overtraining impedes exercise progress and how to assess if you are overreaching or overtraining, by using specific biomarkers and indicators. Like other performance metrics, recovery is a skill that can and should be trained, and that can be learned. This episode provides an actionable toolkit for how to monitor and improve your exercise recovery abilities, which will improve your overall mental and physical health. For the full show notes, visit Thank you to our sponsors AG1 (Athletic Greens): LMNT: Eight Sleep: InsideTracker: Supplements from Momentous Timestamps (00:00:00) Recovery (00:04:17) Exercise & Delayed Muscle Soreness, Pain (00:11:35) Muscle Spindles, Reduce Soreness (00:18:56) Exercise, Homeostasis & Hormesis; Blood Test & Fitness Level (00:30:20) Recovery Timescales, Adaptation & Optimization (00:35:10) Adaptation & Biomarkers Levels (00:40:36) 4 Recovery Levels, Enhance Recovery (00:47:28) Sponsor: AG1 (00:48:19) Overreaching vs. Overtraining (00:52:53) Tool: Acute Overload & Recovery, Breathwork (01:03:39) Tool: Alleviate Acute Soreness, Compression Clothing (01:08:27) Tool: Acute Soreness, Massage, Temperature (01:14:21) Cold & Heat Contrast, Cold Shower vs. Immersion, Sauna & Fertility (01:20:44) Sponsor: InsideTracker (01:21:46) Combine Recovery Techniques (01:24:34) Monitoring for Overreaching & Overtraining (01:31:33) Overreaching/Overtraining, Performance & Physiology, Sleep (01:45:41) Overreaching/Overtraining, Biomarkers, Cortisol (01:50:45) Cortisol, Daily Levels & Performance; Rhodiola Supplementation (02:01:25) Carbohydrates, Cortisol & Sleep (02:05:05) Tool: Stress Biomarkers, Heart Rate Variability (HRV) (02:15:07) Tool: “Acute State Shifters”, Stimulants, Dopamine Stacking, Phones (02:25:04) Mirrors & Resistance Training (02:29:01) Tool: “Chronic State Shifters” (02:32:43) Training Recovery & Resilience; Bowling Alley Analogy (02:39:45) Trigger Adaptations & Stress Recovery  (02:42:41) Tool: Measure Recovery; Blood Biomarkers (02:50:06) Libido & Sex Hormones, Supplementation Caution (03:00:08) Tools: No-/Low-Cost Recovery Measurements (03:03:45) Zero-Cost Support, YouTube Feedback, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, Neural Network Newsletter Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac Disclaimer

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Huberman Lab discusses neuroscience — how our brain and its connections with the organs of our body control our perceptions, our behaviors, and our health. We also discuss existing and emerging tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works. Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and tenured professor in the department of neurobiology, and by courtesy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. He has made numerous significant contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity, which is the ability of our nervous system to rewire and learn new behaviors, skills and cognitive functioning.  Huberman is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award, given to the scientist making the most significant discoveries in the study of vision, in 2017. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. He also works on neural regeneration and directs a clinical trial to promote visual restoration in diseases that cause blindness. Huberman is also actively involved in developing tools now in use by the elite military in the U.S. and Canada, athletes, and technology industries to optimize performance in high stress environments, enhance neural plasticity, mitigate stress and optimize sleep.   Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford School of Medicine has been published in top journals including Nature, Science and Cell and has been featured in TIME, BBC, Scientific American, Discover and other top media outlets.  In 2021, Dr. Huberman launched the Huberman Lab podcast. The podcast is frequently ranked in the top 5 of all podcasts globally and is often ranked #1 in the categories of Science, Education, and Health & Fitness.