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Practical training

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Two workouts that will help you pack more punch with your race pace – even at age 56 Recently, Lyle Swanson of Manchester wrote to PP, setting us the following poser: ‘When you give training tips for improving speed and endurance, you should also consider the older runner. I’m 56 years old and my running... MORE

Running research

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Don’t tell Chancellor Brown, but the economy is improving If you’re a runner, are you concerned about how to improve your economy? If so, you can literally breathe easily: new research from Odense University in Denmark shows you a straight-forward way to do it – and reveals a surprising mechanism by which economy improves. In... MORE

Training to Win

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To win, you must prepare yourself to be the winner – not simply to “do my best” Winning an event depends as much on the opposition as it does on you, but you cannot do anything about them – the only one you can do anything about is yourself. As a coach I continually see... MORE

Winning: part 1

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If you want to reach your peak level of performance and be a winner, especially in an endurance sport, you must accomplish five critical tasks: Maximise your aerobic capacity (V02max) so that more energy is available to sustain your exercise Raise your lactate threshold as high as possible, so that intense efforts can be maintained... MORE

Aerobic training

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Do the young respond more effectively to aerobic training? Don’t you believe it. We hear it all the time: old people can’t respond to training as young people do. After all, muscles somehow lose their ability to adapt. In fact, after the age of 60, they’re struggling just to stay alive and keep their connections... MORE

Female training

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The “rap sheet” on female athletes says that they don’t recover from hard training as well as males do. This ‘slur’ on females does make a certain amount of physiological sense. After all, the primary male sex hormone, testosterone, is a potent bone and muscle builder and connective-tissue-reconstructor. Oestrogen, the main female hormone, has more... MORE

Female and male performance times

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Female and male athletes seem to respond to training in a comparable manner. As the quantity or intensity of training increases, aerobic capacity (VO2max) shoots upward, body fat tends to decrease, and performance improves, regardless of gender. In spite of these parallel responses, males frequently achieve better performance times than similarly trained females. Part of... MORE

Mitochondria Functions and Research

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More mitochondria mean more PBs, but what do you have to do to get them? Deep inside your muscles lurk a multitude of microscopic structures called mitochondria. Although infinitesimally small (they can’t be seen with an ordinary microscope), the mitochondria are of major importance to your athletic efforts; as you increase their density, your performance... MORE

Female Endurance Running

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Why don’t women don’t slow down as much as men when they go for the long one? Owen Anderson explains… If a man and woman cross the finish line of a 10K race at the same time, you can usually be sure of one thing: the woman will beat the man if they run a... MORE

Treadmill training

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Treadmill training: In mid-May, newspaper headlines trumpeted the news: treadmills are the best exercise device for individuals interested in burning calories and losing weight, beating stationary bicycles, stair machines, rowing devices, and cross-country ski machines by a whopping margin. As a result, people who trained in gyms and clubs began to cast a cold eye... MORE


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