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Podcast 71: Strength, power and smart training with Brian Keane

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Brian Keane is this week’s guest on the 33Fuel podcast. Brian is a man of many talents: a strength and conditioning coach and nutritionist with experience in a huge range of sports and training methods. He’s now applying what he’s learnt about strength, power and smart training to endurance

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Brian played Gaelic football to an elite level, competed in CrossFit and bodybuilding and placed in the Top 10 at the world fitness modelling championships. He's recently made a foray into the world of endurance and is certainly making waves - his first ultra, the Marathon Des Sables, was swiftly followed by a non-stop 230km ultra through the Arctic.

Brian’s experience in such a wide range of sports - alongside his strength and conditioning coaching and nutritionist qualifications – puts him in a unique position to develop endurance athletes. If you’re looking for actionable strength and conditioning training for aerobic gains, you’re in the right place.

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Brian Keane and 33Fuel – on training with weight for the Marathon des Sables

When I signed up for Marathon Des Sables in August 2017 [6 months pre-race], I did my first 2km run in about two years. I was nearly sick! I remember thinking ‘oh my god what have I signed up for’. But that built really quickly - I went from 2km to 3km to 5km to 10km up until I was doing 20km runs at the end of my [strength and conditioning] workouts.

All I had with me [during the MDS] was oats, nuts, protein powder, chia seed gels and elite workout shakes. I had so much food - my backpack weighed twice as much as everyone else’s, but I was training with 20kg plates in my backpack.

I didn’t struggle once with the weight in my back either during training or during the event.”

33fuel brian keane podcast - chia energy gel

Brian has been using our chia energy gels since he began ultrarunning. “I remember having this conversation with 33Fuel at the Marathon des Sables seminar. I was going out to MDS and I wasn’t taking any supplements with me. I can’t find any that don’t wreck my gut. I can’t find any that don’t make me sick. And then I came across yours [chia energy gel] and I’m like ok – this is all I use now in endurance events”.

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