Dr. Greg Wells Podcast #46: @sweatscience Alex Hutchinson on brain training, inflammation and optimizing training

Published on September, 20th 2016
By Dr. Greg Wells

This week I talk to Alex Hutchinson. Alex has interviewed me a few times for his award winning sport science articles in Runners World and The Globe and Mail and I decided it was time to turn the tables and interview him.

Alex is an author and Journalist. His first book is is Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise. He also has a popular blog Sweat Science and writes regularly for Runners World. He was written for Canadian Running, Popular Mechanics, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Outside Magazine and The Walrus, among other publications.

Before becoming a journalist, he did his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Cambridge, then spent a few years as a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. National Security Agency, working on quantum computing and nano-mechanics.

He is also an accomplished athlete, and represented Canada internationally between 1997 and 2008 as a track and field athlete in running events ranging in distances from 1500-10 km.

In this interview Alex and I discuss the latest information about the brain and exercise, techniques to improve brain performance and to improve brain endurance, inflammation and whether or not to try to speed recovery, and other approaches to performing at your best.

You can connect with Alex on his blog, on twitter or on Runner’s World.

I think you’ll find lots of great info in this interview.

That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the episode. Have a great week.

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