Natural Athletic Training & Fitness

These articles offer natural athletic training and fitness information and injury-free training techniques and tips. Aerobic and anaerobic athletic training philosophies are discussed as well as unconventional topics such as minimalist (barefoot) running and the dangers of stretching. Achieving a level of desired athletic fitness involves more than just working out. Training needs to be much more specific for optimum athletic fitness whether you're trying to swim faster, run further, or lift heavier. Athletic training isn't only dependent on the amount or type of exercise but a lifestyle adaptation where your overall health plays an important role, especially the need to rest and recover properly.

Running the Spartathlon Ultramarathon in a Pair of Sandals

Claus Rasmussen Spartathlon Full Squat

There are a lot of interesting stories from many great athletes out there, yet some of the best ones come from normal everyday people doing extraordinary things. There’s this crazy foot race in Greece called the Spartathlon held every September. Its 246 kilometers which works out to 153 miles for those of you not metric-savvy. […]


Barefoot Sock Doc

See the attached PDF for my recent article in Paleo Magazine, August/September 2014 edition – “Barefoot“. Check out Paleo Magazine for more great articles.   Humans, with rare exception, should be able to function well while barefoot from birth until death. Although sadly many people are unable to walk, run, or stand barefoot even for […]

Motivation Part III: Why Your Motivation Stinks, Literally

Ironman finish depleted

Often long distance athletes deplete themselves more than any other athletes. I’ve been in this situation more than once during my twenty IronMan races. After some events I just didn’t feel like doing much – didn’t want to train or even get household chores done. Once I got moving I’d do them – but it […]

Motivation Part II: Healing and Optimizing Your Two Brains

brain fats motivation

You may not be fat but hopefully your brain is around 60% fat. Most of this is arachidonic (AA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) fatty acids. AA fats are my favorite fats and I discuss more on why you want to eat pasture meats, wild fatty fish, butter, and egg yolks here. Not only will you dampen […]

Athlete Motivation Part I: It’s In Both of Your Brains


There are a couple standout ways to become a better athlete yet even more ways in which you can hinder fitness progress and overall performance. Simply put – it’s easier to screw things up. With respect to improving, (making improvements or seeing improvements), proper training and recovery are at the top of that list which […]

Fifteen Reasons to Wear a Maximalist Shoe

maximalist shoe

You would rather say “maximal” than “minimal” when pointing to anything below your waist. You’re a trend-follower. Now that maximalist shoes are more popular than ever, you’ll follow suit. You’re secretly hoping that your favorite brand comes out with a glitter model since that’s in style now too. The minimalist thing just didn’t work out […]

Go Hard and Then Go Home

Run hills

Training needs to be hard. Sometimes. Although you shouldn’t subscribe to the “No Pain, No Gain” motto, there is a time to push yourself if you want to be a stronger, faster, and more fit athlete. If you’re stuck in a training rut and not improving, then maybe it’s time to change things up and […]

The Ultra Dilemma

Ultra Racing Sock Doc

In today’s endurance world, covering longer distances has become the new and expected normal. Gone are the days when racing a fast 5K or 10K meant something and we’re even starting to lose the concept that running one marathon is a big deal. Yet much like triathletes feel it’s imperative to race an Ironman as […]

Aerobic Endurance Superiority

cardiac drift running

Aerobic endurance is something I’ve discussed on the sock-doc site many times. Its importance in both fitness and health is often underestimated either because there are news reports citing studies saying too much will harm your health, or athletes neglect the time and effort to put in the training to build the aerobic system and […]

Get More Fit With Two-A-Days

Running Movement Training

It’s about that time of the year when high school and college sports teams begin to start training twice a day, also known as “two-a-days”. For you, training in such a way can make dramatic improvements in your fitness if done correctly. Unfortunately for many, two-a-day workouts add just another factor in the injury equation […]