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Strength, conditioning and flexibility

Warming up: the latest research into stretching

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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

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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

Strength training for muscle gains

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by Reggie Johal, owner of Predator Nutrition I have been training for over 15 years now and for the first ten of those years I would read everything and anything I could about training. Like most people I initially gained well following the advice of my friends, and others in the gym. It helped me... MORE

Strength training for female athletes

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The benefits of strength training for young female athletes Strength training is an alien and uncomfortable concept for many junior female athletes who are often unaware of the benefits or, if not, are unsure how to begin. The solution, according to James Marshall, is a six-month general preparation programme, which can serve as the perfect... MORE

Strength and endurance: why nutrition matters

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Endurance athletes face an interesting paradox when it comes to muscle mass. Bigger, stronger muscles generate more forceful contractions, resulting in higher power and greater speed. However, the weight of bulky muscles imposes greater demands on our limited energy stores, especially in weight-bearing sports. But as Professor Mike Saunders explains, maintaining adequate sport-specific muscle mass is... MORE


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