Social Cues and Workout Blues – An Interview with Christopher Bergland
Life's a pitch
Michelle Obama once famously said, ‘When they go low, we go high’. Obviously, that was in reference to morals in political campaigns – but how relevant is the actual pitch of our voice when it comes to social hierarchy? Recent studies have found that both men and women tend to raise the pitch of their voice when speaking to someone they regard as of a higher social status, and, interestingly enough, more often than not the case whereby tennis players who grunted in a lower pitch tended to come out on top against opponents who grunted in a higher pitch.
I spoke to Christopher Bergland, a world-class, record-breaking endurance athlete, coach, author, and political activist, to find out what he made of the new studies which have come out about these studies involving sports and social hierarchy. He holds the Guinness World Record for running 153.76 miles in 24 hours on a treadmill (I’m tired just thinking about the prospect of that…) and is a three-time champion of the Triple Ironman. The Triple Ironman is a 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike, and a 78.6-mile run done consecutively. He completed the Triple Ironman in a record-breaking time of 38 hours and 46 minutes. He runs a blog called ‘The Athlete’s Way’, which combines new research of health and sport-related physiology and psychology and informs on what this research may tell us about our athletic performance and general psychological wellbeing.