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Practical training

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

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

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

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

Female training

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 Endurance Running

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

The effects of cardiovascular endurance and heart rate variablity...

Heart rate variability and stress analysis to enhance endurance Article at a glance The concept of heart rate variability is reviewed; The physiological and physical effects of fatigue and evidence for rest and recovery are presented and explained; The use of daily stress and recovery analysis to enhance endurance performance is outlined and examples given.... MORE

Sports nutrition: the latest research into low glycogen training

Could training when muscle carbohydrate stores are low be advantageous to athletes? Andrew Hamilton looks at the very latest research in this area and how it translates into training recommendations for athletes… When it was first proposed as a useful nutritional approach to training, the ‘train low, race high’ theory ruffled plenty of feathers because... MORE

Olympic rowing training programme

Eight-month training plan to improve all aspects of rowing This training programme was created by three times Olympic rowing coach Terry O’Neill. It covers an eight-month period and is subdivided into three eight-week training blocks. Each block has a specific training aim. The high-intensity programme is ideal for veterans (masters) as their race distance is... MORE

Building a strong base is the key to achieving...

Specialist running journalist Andy Barber talks to top endurance coach Nick Anderson Our understanding of the physiology of running is increasing all the time. Participation in running and large road races in the UK has risen, but winning times are not significantly improving. This implies that improved training knowledge and understanding is not reaching the... MORE

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