Arkady Hagopian transformed his 240 pound (40% body fat) 'health wreck' body into a 162 pound, 10% body fat, high-performance endurance athlete. He used to hyperventilate when walking up a flight of stairs but now he runs marathons and competes in one of the world's toughest endurance events - the Ironman triathlon. He does this all while maintaining a muscular physique.
Arkady has competed in over 40 endurance events since 2007, including century rides, nearly 20 marathons, 4 ultra marathons with distances ranging 31-56 miles, 4 Ironman-distance triathlons, a 4.8 mile swim event, and numerous other shorter running and multisport/discipline events. At almost any given weekend, when not racing, it's a safe bet that Arkady can be found either putting hours on his bike on the Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California, swimming in the beautiful shores of the Pacific Ocean, or running up and down steep mountains in the Santa Monica Mountain range.
While endurance training and racing is a lifestyle for Arkady, his true passion lies in helping others reach for their dreams. In addition to privately working with individuals, Arkady has coached for many groups and charities including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, World Vision, and is responsible for hundreds of athletes crossing the finish line of a variety of endurance events ranging from half marathons, to Ironman-distance triathlons, to ultramarathons. He is currently the organizer of the Santa Monica Running Group (SMRG) and the founder/head coach of the SMRG Training Program, a completely FREE, fully coached & supported training group for the 13.1 Los Angeles and the LA Marathon. Read more about Arkady at his blog: http://ironcut.blogspot.com
We are very pleased to announce that Arkady is now our resident endurance training expert. He is here to answer all your questions about endurance sports - running, cycling swimming and triathalon in particular - and how you can combine the Burn The Fat, Feed the Muscle lifestyle with endurance training.
How To Add Strength Training On Top Of A Running Program
Smart runners know that it's important to incorporate strength work into their endurance training programs, especially for preventing injuries and building a strong core. Sometimes, however this seems easier said than done. How do you add weight lifting to an already strenuous schedule of running and still manage to recover from it all? Coach Arkady Hagopian answers...
Half-Marathon Nutrition: What To Eat Before Your Race
What should you eat the night before and the morning of a half-marathon or marathon? Should you do some kind of carbohydrate-loading schedule? How much should you eat? Are there any foods you absolutely must avoid? Find out in today's installment of "The Endurance Athlete" column, with coach Arkady Hagopian...
Fluid And Electrolyte Replacement For Long Runs And Races
You may have heard that for endurance training and events lasting longer than an hour, it's not only important to re-hydrate, but also to replace electrolytes. But is there some kind of specific no brainer-formula for how much fluid and electrolytes? Find out in today's "Endurance Athlete" columm with Arkady Hagopian...
Cramps ("Side Stitches") When Running - How To Get Rid Of Them?
Also known as "side stitches" - that terrible cramping in the side of your waist when you're running or doing other endurance or cardio work - what the is it, what causes it, and what can you do to stop it? Inner Circle endurance expert Arkady Hagopian answers in todays "The Endurance Athlete" column.
How To Begin A Running Program (Part 2): From Couch To 5K In 3 Weeks!
In Part 2 of our 3 part series, endurance training expert Arkady Hagopian reveals exactly what to do, day by day, to prepare for your first 5K (3.1 mile) race... from couch to competitively finishing your first 5K in 3 weeks! You'll also discover some of the best running form and breathing tips to increase your performance and decrease injuries that often plague beginners. If you're new to running or if you want to run your first race and do it right, this article is for you!
How To Begin A Running Program (Part 1)
If you're thinking about starting a running program, as part of your cardio workout, or with the intention of running a race eventually, and you're wondering, "should I just walk out the door and start running, or are there some things I should know first before I start, then this is the article series for you. In part one Arkady talks about gear - the obvious stuff like shoes and clothes, some not so obvious, but important items and some optional items - all designed to help you run more comfortably, more efficiently and more safely. Don't start until you read this... and get started the right way!
Should You Eat Protein Before Endurance Trainining Or Only Carbs?
Should you be eating (or drinking) protein before running or other types of endurance training? Weight lifters and bodybuilders do, but what about endurance athletes? Some people say all you need is carbs for fuel, and that protein will just bog you down and upset your stomach. But other experts say pre training protein is important for running workouts too. Who is right, how much protein do you need and how close to the workout should you have it? Arkady Hagopian, Burn the Fat Inner Circle endurance training expert, answers...
Time Preparation For Endurance Competitions
Whether you're a recreational endurance athlete who wants to compete or you haven't started training yet, but you've always dreamed of doing endurance events, this latest installment of "The Endurance Athlete" will give you a realistic understanding of the time frame necessary to safely and effectively get ready. Knowing what kind of time commitment is required for a marathon, triathlon or century bike ride will help you plan your training and get mentally focused and motivated.
Introducing The Endurance Athlete, Featuring Arkady Hagopian
Arkady Hagopian transformed his 240 pound (40% body fat) 'health wreck' body into a 162 pound, 10% body fat, high-performance endurance athlete. He used to hyperventilate when walking up a flight of stairs but now he runs marathons and competes in one of the world's toughest endurance events - the Ironman triathlon. He does this all while maintaining a muscular physique. We are very pleased to announce that Arkady is now our resident endurance training expert. He is here to answer all your questions about endurance sports - running, cycling swimming and triathalon in particular - and how you can combine the Burn The Fat, Feed the Muscle lifestyle with endurance training.