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Strength, conditioning and flexibility

Weight training for runners

in Strength, conditioning and flexibility

If you want to improve performance, the cardinal rule is: be more specific Your best gains in performance will be achieved when key parts of your training closely mimic what you do when you compete. To put it another way, the more specific your training, the greater the impact of your training on your performances.... MORE

Strength training routines

in Strength, conditioning and flexibility

Most runners think that strength training routines are something carried out in a weight room or gym utilising various pieces of equipment (barbells, dumbbells, weight machines) Most runners think that strength training routines are something carried out in a weight room or gym utilising various pieces of equipment (barbells, dumbbells, weight machines, etc.). However, the... MORE

Weight training: the Romanian deadlift

in Strength, conditioning and flexibility

A safer alternative for back strengthening Often strength athletes overemphasise ‘quad dominant’ exercises such as squats, leg presses and step ups, neglecting posterior chain exercises that work the lower back and hamstrings. Chris Mallac looks at a safe and effective way of redressing this balance – the Romanian deadlift.The Romanian deadlift (RDL) is not a... MORE

Warming up: the latest research into stretching

in Strength, conditioning and flexibility

There’s increasing evidence that stretching before exercise doesn’t improve performance or reduce injury risk There’s increasing evidence that stretching before exercise doesn’t improve performance or reduce injury risk. And the most comprehensive review of its kind concluded that flexibility training has no known health benefits(1). Gary O’Donovan presents the evidence to help you decide if... MORE

Triathlon: why endurance-only training is not enough

in Strength, conditioning and flexibility

Triathlon may be the ultimate test of cardiovascular endurance, but triathletes who neglect musculoskeletal strength and flexibility will never fulfill their true potential Triathlon is an endurance sport consisting of swimming, cycling and running over various distances. In most modern triathlons, these events are placed back-to-back in immediate sequence, and a competitor’s official time includes... MORE

Strength training programme for all sports

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Warming up for strength training The need for strength in sports is now generally accepted. I have witnessed mediocre teams and individuals in field sports and other events improve quite dramatically by adopting a structured strength programme. Whether at elite or recreational level, a strength training programme should be planned and implemented according to sound... MORE


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