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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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Running Strength & Conditioning

Shin Splints, what you need to know.

Shin Splints, or more correctly Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), is a very common running related ailment and particularly common in newer runners but not exclusively. Before applying the information in this blog post, be aware that the information is general and therefore may or may not be appropriate for you. Also, there are other […]

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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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Strength & Conditioning Swimming

Swimmers Strength & Conditioning exercises

Similar to other performance sports, swimmers benefit hugely from targeted and focused Strength & Conditioning in support of the technical and event specific training they undertake in the pool. But unlike running and cycling, some swimmers worry that that Strength & Conditioning may be counterproductive to their overall performance A common belief being that they […]

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Coaching Strength & Conditioning

Understanding Tempo in Strength Training

In the beginning we are delighted that we can lift that dumbbell safely (your workout doesn’t conclude in casualty, which is a good thing). You refine your form. You become consistent. You even throw in a few more exotic variations of the classics (get you!). Life is good! So you explore “intensity” by either increasing […]

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Coaching Strength & Conditioning

Perimenopause & Training

In this blog, I would like to discuss the role of exercise in women approaching their menopause. Whilst strength training is often not adopted naturally by this population, arguably women entering the perimenopause phase of their life are the very people that need it most, therefore my focus is on strength training rather than cardio. […]

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Nutrition Strength & Conditioning

Osteoporosis

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Coaching Cycling Strength & Conditioning

Why Masters Cyclists Should Focus on Strength Training

As we age our bodies tend to lose muscle mass and bone density diminishes. But as athletes, and particularly cyclists, it is important to minimise this effect of ageing and maintain strong muscles and good bone density. In this post I want to look at how strength training can help Masters cyclists maintain a lifelong […]

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Coaching Strength & Conditioning

How to fit your strength training in

If you struggle to be consistent with your Strength workouts each week, and if they are the first casualty of needing to drop something, then a technique called “habit stacking” could be the solution you need.  So what is habit stacking all about?