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Category: Coaching

5 Reasons why you might gain weight when you take up running.

It’s a well trodden path, even before the additional challenges presented by lockdowns and the virus, you decide you need need to lose some weight so you are going to become more active. And to do that you are going to take up running. But wait… What is going on ?!?!?! You are weeks into […]

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How to Run Faster – for absolute beginners

“In the beginning it is usually about the distance… ” Of course I’m talking about runners! For many people starting out in running, achieving a 5k run is often the goal. Having achieved that (not inconsiderable milestone), the next goal is often to aim for a 10k distance. But very soon things become somewhat “blurry” […]

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Rowing for Runners & Cyclists?

Variety is apparently the spice of life, and as far as developing fitness and performance goes I am inclined to agree. Of course if you want to be a more efficient runner then you absolutely need to run. Same goes for cycling. HOWEVER, by adding complimentary forms of exercise there can be both a motivational […]

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Understanding VO2 Max and how to improve it.

It happened again this morning, the scientists behind the scenes at Garmin confirmed (once again I might add!) that I am indeed “superior”! But friends and regular followers will of course already know that 😉  In seriousness though, what can we learn from VO2 Max on our fitness watch? In fact what is it anyway […]

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Returning to sports post COViD-19

Thankfully the majority of people that contract COViD-19 will survive and for a significant number it will only cause mild symptoms if indeed any at all. However, as you will be aware this is a disease of the respiratory system and there is a lack of clarity at present as to the possible long term […]

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Small Simple Habits Equal Big Changes

I write this in February, albeit a “different” February to normal as the UK is still in the throws of resolving the global pandemic, but similar to any other February in that it tends to be the graveyard of New Years Resolutions. I think we can agree that the vast majority of good intentions won’t […]

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5 Tips To Get The Best From a Free Generic Training Plan

In a world where every runner / cyclist and duathlete is identical in EVERY way, then a single generic training plan, downloaded for “free”, would be a great solution. Where every athlete is made using the same cookie cutter, and remains perfectly identical, then indeed a generic cookie cutter training plan will be perfect.

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Motivated To Run?

This evening I went for a run. ‘So what’ you rightly think. On my own. Again, you are less than stunned by this revelation. But today I spent most of the day completely uninterested in the idea of running… Until about five minutes before stepping outside ‘to get on with it’. All of which made […]

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Understanding Energy Systems

This post serves as a brief introduction to an aspect of how the body produces muscular power, but specifically looking at the traits of the three energy systems that convert different “fuels” into “energy”. Key Points: Our body has three different energy systems They are all active simultaneously Only one energy system is dominant at […]

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Organising your training week

When you are first starting out on a fitness, or running programme, establishing a “training habit” and building base fitness is key. Typically someone just starting (or returning from long term injury) would train three times a week and avoid doing so on consecutive days. With seven days in the week this presents no really […]

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