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How to train in cold weather and maximise your...

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Training in the cold As the nights continue to draw in and the cold to deepen, those late evening or early morning training sessions you once completed in nothing but a pair of shorts and vest seem but a distant memory. Now dragging yourself from a warm bed or cosy armchair is a battle in... MORE

High-altitude eating

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Follow this eating plan to stop high altitude getting you down. Altitude training has been a popular (if controversial) option ever since the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico (at 2,300 metres). While it seems clear that training at altitude will be beneficial for competing at that same altitude, some studies have found that athletes have... MORE

Heat Training: heat exposure may not hinder sports performance

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How temperature affects performance – Why Heat’s Not Such a Bad Thing According to popular wisdom, heat exposure damages exercise performance, while lowering body temperature improves it. But this theory has been cast into doubt by a new study which showed no difference in maximal exercise performance in healthy subjects exposed alternately to hot (35ºC)... MORE

Heat stroke in the cold?

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Cool weather heat stroke risk Most athletes, particularly those doing running exercise, only worry about heat stroke in hot conditions. But a case report of a near-fatal incident during a cool-weather marathon in the US suggests they may need to think again. A well-trained male runner in his late 30s collapsed 10m before the finish of... MORE

Exercise in the heat and pre-cooling techniques

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Pre-cooling techniques increase performance in the heat Research has tended to focus on how body cooling can aid the performance of endurance athletes competing in hot, humid environments. But there is growing evidence that pre-cooling can offer performance advantages in a range of temperatures, during training as well as competition, and in non-continuous sports. Exercise... MORE

Face-cooling improves sports performance

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The effects of face-cooling during hyperthermic exercise There’s no doubt that effective face-cooling strategies can help improve sport performance in very hot conditions. However (as Matt Lancaster has indicated elsewhere in this issue), effective cooling protocols are not always convenient or possible during match or race conditions. Face-cooling (applying cold packs to the forehead) as... MORE

Attitude training

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“Who is going to win? I am going to win!” Whatever your sport, there are three levels of training. First, you train to be fit enough to take part, then you train hard enough to be competitive, and after that, if you are good enough, you train to be the best – international level. Put... MORE

Altitude versus sea level

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Why has the progression of world records slumped since endurance athletes began training at altitude? During the years between 1956 and 1968, no endurance runner gave a thought to training in Boulder, Albuquerque, the French Alps, the mountains near Mexico City, or in any of the currently popular moderate- to high-altitude training sites. In spite... MORE

Altitude training effects

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Is altitude training a waste of time and money? The effects of training and, more recently, sleeping at high altitude on athletic performance have been studied in the West for more than 30 years. During that time, these practices have become an almost essential aspect of the preparation of world-class competitors. Yet the evidence base... MORE

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