I hope you’ve all been enjoying the lovely sunny weather recently.
Annoyingly I’ve discovered I’d lost my sunglasses.
So I thought I might treat myself to a pair of Ray-Bans and Ray-Ban Aviators in particular.
The iconic Aviators have been around since 1937 and, as the name suggests, were designed specifically for pilots.
The lenses are deliberately large and curved to cover the whole field of vision to keep the sun out of the pilots’ eyes.
But aside from the inferred coolness of being designed for pilots and them being Ray-Bans.
Ray-Ban Aviators are cool for another reason…
They use science.
By applying a chemical filter to the glass the original Aviators filtered out the blue light.
The process massively cuts down the amount of light reaching the eye and helps maintain a sharp image.
Then later they introduced a polarised lens that prevents all the horizontal light from reaching the eye.
And this polarising effect isn’t restricted to just your sunnies.
You can apply it to your training.
The idea being that you have a big contrast between your training sessions.
Where polarised sunglasses will cut the light that reaches your eyes in half we want to go further with your training.
And have more of an 80/20 split.
Something that all elite athletes do but is perhaps easiest to see with elite runners.
They stay away from the middle ground. Making sure that each and every session is either hard or easy.
With the biggest chunk being easy.
To determine what actually is easy or hard is simple.
Easy = a Zone 2 heart rate throughout the run.
Hard = either a Zone 4 or 5 Heart rate depending on the type of session.
If they tried to run the way most everyday runners do there’s no way they could clock up 100+ miles a week.
Fail to apply this simple concept and you’ll be plagued with aches and pains…
And constantly fail to achieve their goals.
So as an Everyday Athlete this is one of the few times you want to copy what the elites do in their training.
Where normally this would be madness…
A fast track to injury and the treatment room.
By applying this idea of polarising your training you ensure the complete opposite.
It’s got a proven track record for getting the most out of our training especially if you want to…
See consistent results…
And enjoy your training more…
Because it makes it easier to recover.
And it doesn’t make any difference what type of training you’re doing.
Lifting in the gym?
You need to limit those sessions where you’re hitting weights in the 85%+ range.
So NO maxing out every week.
You can even apply it to something like BJJ.
When you’re rolling aim for 1 hard, evenly matched battle, out of every 5.
The others can be easier, more technique-based.
You’ll recover more easily between sessions and improve faster too.
So take inspiration from your sunnies and apply it to your training and watch your performance take off.