Optimizing Your Training With OmegaWave – Guest speaker: Coach Mark McLaughlin

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coach mark mclaughlinI’m excited to announce we’ll be bringing in Coach Mark McLaughlin, owner of Performance Training Center, and an expert on the high end Omegawave system for a talk on the benefits of the assessment for both athletes and the corporate client.

The talk will be here at Crossfit Portland, Saturday Nov. 9th, from 11:15 to 12:00. RSVP required for the talk (it is free)!

20 minute individual OmegaWave assessments and interpretation of results will follow the talk. $95, register here!

I have written in the past about the importance of monitoring your body’s response to the stress of both training and life. If you don’t track some metrics, especially if you are a serious trainee, then you are definitely leaving some of your results to chance.

Here is an article on his experiences in using the Omegawave system with his clients, and another informative read here on it’s benefits for those who push themselves hard outside of the gym. If you are interested in optimizing your performance and recovery, I’d highly suggest attending.

Over the past 13 years, Mark McLaughlin has trained over 700 athletes from every competitive level, ranging from Olympic, professional (NFL, MLB, CFL), college, and high school athletes. He now works as a private Physical Preparation Coach, in addition to consulting with numerous professional organizations and lecturing across the United States. He has been using the Omegawave since 2003 and considers it to be an essential tool for optimizing the training of his athletes.

If you can’t make the talk, here are three articles I wrote last year on the subject including some simple ways to monitor yourself. To get the very best results from your training, it’s imperative to do the correct amount of training. Both too little or too much exercise can have negative effects, including slowing your progress.

Monitoring Training Part I

Monitoring Training Part II

Monitoring Training Part III

Here’s a short excerpt:

“This optimal quantity of work will vary from person to person. It will also vary in the same person from day to day!

We all have a certain amount of adaptation reserves. This is basically how much energy the body has available to adapt and recover from stress. It’s kind of like a bank account.

Each and every stress you encounter withdraws from this account. Your training pulls some currency out, but so do a lot of other things: lack of sleep, tightly packed schedules, deadlines, family/job/financial worries, eating foods that you are sensitive to, eating too little, poor breathing patterns, and much more.

The more reserves any of these things withdraw, the less is available to help you recover from your training. This is why you will overtrain much more easily when you are not rested or are under outside stress. The good news is that you can monitor the stress your body is under….”

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