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Coaching Cycling

Want to bike faster? Three easy tips

For most cyclists, and in that I include Duathletes and Triathletes, the most basic but fundamental question is, “How can I get faster on the bike?” There is a wealth of information and “training plans” available online – but honestly most are far too over engineered and just too complex for the average busy athlete […]

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Coaching Running

Beginner’s Guide to Running Faster

If you are new to running, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the various advice and complicated training “programmes”… When all you want to do is run a little faster, maybe a little further, and enjoy your running! Here is a simple guide to help you run a little faster. Enjoy!

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Coaching Cycling

Improving FTP with more Zone 2

It’s almost an ingrained behaviour, and certainly one that seems to be the talking point amongst cyclists. If you haven’t turned yourself inside out and virtually collapsed then you didn’t do a worthwhile training session. While pushing hard might feel beneficial, and event satisfying, low-intensity training can have greater benefits to your top-end performance. It […]

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Coaching Running

Runners Plateau, break through Zone 3

Struggling to improve your run performance despite consistent and varied training sessions? The only thing that is increasing is your constant fatigue… Whilst your performance and your motivation are heading south. The chances are you are ending up in the grey area; otherwise known as zone 3 wilderness. How do you get out of this […]

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Coaching Strength & Conditioning

How to fit Strength & Conditioning into your plan

The benefits of strength and conditioning for endurance athletes are well-documented and ultimately translate to better performance at races. And yet, in spite of this, many still fail to prioritise strength and conditioning within their overall programme because of time constraints. In this blog I suggest a practical way to ensure you’re fitting in just […]

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Coaching Running

New to running? How to get started

You’re considering putting on your running shoes for the first time in ages (if ever!) and perhaps following one of the million or so “Couch 2 5k” apps. Good idea! Running offers many physical and emotional benefits. But of course, you want to make sure you get off to the best start, so that you […]

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Coaching

5 Signs you might be overtraining

Under-training is a very common fear, particularly in those that are unsure about how to train and / or are not following a programme. The consequence can often be over training. How do you know if you are training too hard? It is a fine line and quite hard to get right. But nailing it […]

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Coaching

Connective Tissue & Menopause

The menopause brings with it a range of physiological changes associated with the decline of female sex hormones, notably oestrogen and progesterone. While these two hormones are certainly not the only factors that affect change during this time, the sharp decline of oestrogen, in particular, has significant effects on tissues throughout the body for many […]

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Coaching Strength & Conditioning

3 Tips For Starting Strength Training During Perimenopause. Safely.

Strength training (lifting weights) should be at the top of the hierarchy of exercise for women heading into middle age as a key component of managing weight, maintaining muscle mass, ensuring good bone health and keeping the nervous system primed and in top condition. But lifting weights is not naturally adopted by this population unless […]

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Coaching

3 Tips to help you achieve your Fitness Goals

It really doesn’t matter what your fitness goal is, it could be weight loss or a podium finish in a race, it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you consistently take the right steps to keep moving you closer to it. And the key word in that last sentence is CONSISTENT, which is […]