Throughout my blogs I have often tried to help you declutter your training habits and programme. Essentially strip it back to what works and spend less time faffing. I’m not really bothered about the cost of the foam rollers, trackers, supplements, compression garments and magnetic wristbands. Or the potions, lotions, isotonics and sachets of magic rocket fuel. Nobody is forced into these purchases. But I worry about the faffing. To be more accurate I worry that the athletes I work with, and know, are worrying about all this “stuff”, when
Sometimes in this job you get asked what appear to be really simple questions that should require equally simple solutions. One of the most common is when an athlete asks: “what is cramp and how can I stop it?”. It’s a killer question. If it is posed in a phone conversation I will make some random crackling sounds, tap my phone on the table, mumble “I’m losing you”, and go for the red button. Terrible reception round here. If it’s face to face I have thought about feinting, or asking
When it comes to your running training it’s easy to become part of the machine. Habitual behaviour becomes common place. It would do though… you are training, using repeated exposure, building a base, pushing your threshold, recording, repeating and re-evaluating. Some of the habits are good habits, and some of them are plain necessary to best assist the process. But the focus can get obsessively narrow. The things that count. Or rather the things that can be counted. The metrics. Distance, time, pace per mile, laps, frequency, weekly mileage, heart
You may have come across Professor David Nutt in the news. He is one of those people who are often described as having a “colourful career”. He certainly has a colourful job title as he is pretty much the most well known Neuropsychopharmacologist out there. Next time I am on a tea time game-show and inevitably get asked about my job, I am going to blag it with Neuropsychopharmacologist. I have no idea what the proffs nickname is, but considering his field of work it has to be “Nutty” doesn’t
I see a lot of mature runners in various states of disrepair in the clinic. Not surprising because the 40 – 55 year old age group is the fastest growing when it comes to taking up running, cycling and triathlon. They are not past it… they are just starting it. And many do very well. Back in 2014 according to Strava released figures the average 40 to 49 year old age grouper finished the London marathon some 1 minute 33 secs quicker than the average 20 – 29 year old
Are you uncomfortable on the bike? Hand pins and needles, neck sore, feet numb, saddle sore? Here are some simple cycle injury and bike fit tips to help out.
For exercises to help you achieve a more dynamic riding posture take a look at a previous video here: raise your rear
What positions and exercises offer the best bang for bucks when it comes to abdominal, or trunk training? It’s a question that never goes away, so this month I present a video on evidence based abdominal training. However… please don’t go thinking this is all you have to do to train your trunk. This is just an accessible workout that you have no excuse not to do. But it is really just a foundation… these are the building blocks that are useful to revisit regularly… then you push on.
As a poor purchase planner, I am anxious at the best of times in supermarkets… unless it’s one of those giant French ones where they sell kayaks as well as cheese. I love those places. My wife drops me off at the back of the shop at the “Sea World” section where I will watch the live octopuses and lobsters for a good half hour. Then I find a quiet aisle and try out a skateboard. Then I lurk around the deli bit trying out the free meaty samples, and
Is rugby now too dangerous for children? That was the title and question posed by Tim Lewis back in 2014 in his article in The Observer found here. If you have been following the rugby injuries story lines over the past 5 years you will have read many similar articles and probably joined in on many discussions. The problem is that this excellent article is over 3 years old now and have things changed? 3 weeks ago ex England fly half Rob Andrew, and ex Director of Elite/Professional Rugby at