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STRENGTH TRAINING: WHY ALL ENDURANCE ATHLETES SHOULD GO TO THE GYM
28 Feb 2021,
Improving your economy — the ability to sustain a given power at a certain VO2 value — should be one of your top training priorities. Here’s how strength training at the gym will make you a more powerful and economical endurance athlete.
Despite much evidence supporting the profound benefits of strength training for endurance athletes, year-round strength training is not commonplace in many athlete’s programs. As a coach, I always want to explain the ‘why’ to my athletes before prescribing anything. Outlined below are just a few of the reasons why you definitely should go to the gym year-round.
WE’VE ALL HEARD ABOUT STRENGTH:LAB SUPERHEROES… LETS MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND IT ALL.
7 June 2020,
Simon has been a sports scientist for 24 years. Much of his time is spent working within the elite sport environment, specialising in football, cricket and basketball at a regional, national and international level.
His resume is impressive. He’s worked with Manchester City, Coventry, Leeds and Bordeaux football clubs, GB basketball and UK Gymnastics to name a few. But Simon doesn’t spend all his time with elite athletes. In fact, he was awarded the UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the year for youth sport in 2018. Using his wealth of experience in strength and conditioning, Simon founded a Fundamental Movement’ skills programme for primary-aged children called Superheroes….
WILL I LOSE FITNESS DURING QUARANTINE?
27 May 2020,
Many athletes have been facing limitations on their training, but the news for your fitness might not be as dire as you think.
The science behind detraining, or ‘reversibility’ of fitness, as it’s sometimes known, isn’t as complete as you might expect it to be. This is especially true when it come to detraining in elite athletes, mainly because it’s tough to find a reliable and long list of really fit athletes who are willing to deliberately lose hard-earned fitness, just for the sake of a research paper !
That said, there’s a reasonable amount of literature on the subject from detraining studies amongst groups of ‘moderately fit’ volunteers. Combined with various case studies using elite athletes who’ve had to take time off due to illness or injury, we can make some strong connections.
NOWHERE TO HIDE, COVID-19
23 May 2020,
The significant impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) measure on elite and semi-elite South African athletes,
The perceptions of South African elite and semi-elite athletes on return to sport (RTS); maintenance of physical conditioning and other activities; sleep; nutrition; mental health healthcare access; and knowledge of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
MANAGING YOUR RUNNING & FITNESS MOTIVATION DURING LEVEL 4 LOCKDOWN
9 May 2020,
As we are settling into this new normal, I’ve noticed a shift in some runners wanting to get back to their previous routine as much as possible and start working towards their goals again. However, I know that isn’t the case for every runner. There are still many who are struggling with higher than normal levels of stress, or adjusting to a completely new way of doing things...