Fitness & Exercise, strength training

The TM Fitness Press-Up Challenge

If you have followed me for a while now you'll be well aware that I believe everyone should be doing some kind of resistance training on a regular basis. If you are unsure why, read this blog I wrote a while back (HERE). Not only do I believe it (and let me be clear that is is not a personal opinion based on emotion, it's an evidence-informed opinion) but just recently the the UK Health Authority declared that everyone should do at least two muscle strengthening workouts per week.

Fitness & Exercise, Health, Sport Nutrition

Energy Availability for Athletes

If you play sport or take part in some kind of sporting activity you probably do so because you enjoy being active, maybe your sport is your passion, your life purpose. But, in my experience, many recreational athletes don’t take their diet as seriously as they could. I have talked about this a lot on social media, but exercise needs fuel, for us humans that fuel is the Calories we get from food and beverages. If you take your sport or exercise performance even semi-seriously and you aren’t taking 24-hour energy balance (Calories in Calories out) into account you might be reducing your performance potential, not to mention harming your health. There isn't an evidence-based practitioner in the world who would say otherwise.

Fitness & Exercise, Uncategorized

Strength training for Endurance Sports

Endurance athletes tend not to do much in the way of strength training, preferring instead to do more of what they enjoy doing the most. That’s fair enough but there are some very specific and relevant adaptations to concurrent strength training for endurance athletes that really ought not to be ignored.

kettlebells

Anatomy of an Exercise – The Hardstyle Snatch

The hardstyle snatch is a full body exercise that develops explosive power, especially in the hips and shoulders. It can be used as a strength/power exercise or a cardio exercise. It also acts as a transition to other more complex kettlebell movements. Its origins are come from the world of Olympic lifting, where the barbell snatch is a staple lift alongside the clean and snatch (also adapted to kettlebell training).

Sport Nutrition

Metabolic flexibility for endurance athletes

If you are serious about your sport you have to get serious about your diet, not just counting Calories to keep the fat off but understanding the role of each macronutrient and how they benefit your performance, recovery and health.  When it comes to sports nutrition the evidence is clear that carbohydrates are god (1). The ISSN recommend 3-5g/kg of body weight for moderately active exercises and 5-8 g/kg for elite level athletes (2) and, in some cases even higher (1,2). Although there is some sparse evidence to imply that a high fat low carb (HFLC) diet may benefit ultra-endurance athletes (9,10). The evidence in favour of HFLC isn’t great to be honest and trials done on cyclists showed that, at best, performance is unaffected and at worst it is negatively impacted. (3,4).