Jan 29, 2019
Today's episode is an interview with the Author of Longer and Deeper, a cross training guide for freediving and spearfishing. Dr. Jaap Verbaas is a crash test dummy of the highest calibre. I geek out way too much and we talk about hypoxic squats, essential tools and mindset for improving your freediving performance and even diets that can help.
Standout highlights (for me) are Jaap's experimental mindset and his demonstration of how to plan, measure, experiment and learn from each experiment. If you are engaged in any from of freediving training then you will find plenty of value in this interview and the Longer and Deeper book.
6:00 Where are you based, what do you do and how did you get started freediving?
7:00 Freedivewire.com - what is it and what compelled you to become a freediving writer?
9:25 What reediving/spearfishing hurdles did you personally face and how did you overcome them? Jaap talks about equalizing issues at depth.
15:40 Canadian Spearfishing. Where do you spearfish? Chasing flounder in cold water with a Polespear
18:40 What's your go-to fish dish
I read the book and really enjoyed it - all of it. I think a huge part of why its such a good book is your Experimental Mindset: Where did you acquire this habit? Are you a Tim Ferris fan? (I noticed the slow carb diet and lots of your methodology is similar)
40:10 Perfect Dive/Shit Dive comparison - great
concept (this is awesome for looking at the separate
metabolic phases of a dive that you can specifically target when
Can you walk me through a good spearfishing dive right now? I’m hunting reef fish in 18m/60ft and to get the fish curious enough I need to hold some bottom time. (I’d love to get into the dive phase concept - are there 4 phases in a spearfishing dive?)
Ok now the converse...what does a shit dive look like?
The physiological demands on the diver at each stage and how symptoms can point to what you may need to target in your own training regimen
“The goal of training is to adapt the body to specific conditions. In freediving, the goal is to adapt the body to underwater conditions. These conditions include;
Specific training is possible for all 3 of these
conditions” Dr. Jaap Verbaas
47:00 Can we talk about training for each of these conditions specifically for spearfishing?
*further detailed breakdowns and training plans are specifically laid out in Part 3 of the Longer and Deeper book
62:20 DIET: Myth Busting (are you rehearsing for the show)?
85:00 Freedive Wire
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