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Strength training and Ageing

Strength and strength training If I was to ask you to define what strength is, what would you say? Being able to deadlift 2x your body weight? Being able to squat 100kg? Being able to perform a pull-up? Being able to jump in the air? Being able to walk up the stairs un-aided? I like to think of ‘strength’ as an umbrella term that includes a few different ‘types’ such as: Absolute strength – think the maximum load that you can lift during a specific exercise Strength endurance – repeatedly exerting force against a resistance Power/Explosive strength – the product of force...

Strength and Performance Improvement

You’ve heard about how important strength is to performance, right? It’s true, strength can play a key role in sports performance- or at least, in sports that work against a reasonable resistance (including sprinting/ jumping/ etc), but what do we mean by strength, and at why point is it less important to work on? First off, let’s get clear.   Absolute and Maximum Strength Often, when people talk about being strong, they talk in absolute terms. This “absolute strength” is simply the total amount of force that can be applied deliberately towards an outcome- for example, the total weight lifted - irrespective of any other...

Calories and energy balance: It’s simple, right?

Calories in, Calories out. How many times have you seen this on your social media recently as the holy grail of nutrition? The only thing you need to consider. Generally, this is talking fat loss, and although the message is wholly accurate, it can also be pretty misleading- even harmful if not fully understood. So, here’s something for athlete’s, coaches and gym goers to try to cover some of the key considerations when we’re talking energy balance.   First off, what is energy balance? Energy balance is a simple concept. If energy in (Calories we consume) exactly meets energy out (Calories we burn),...

Should we all train like athletes?

Athletes are often the pinnacle of physique and performance. When you want to get really good at something, people will tell you to “look at what the best people at that are doing”. More often than not, people who have achieved success tend to do a lot of things right. So, in context of the post, athletes tend to be the people who we look at for our physical goals. Want to be leaner? Faster? Stronger? Surely this is a good starting point: do what they do? You’d be right, and also very wrong, all at once. For me as a strength and...

Why we avoid having a “training type”

What's your training type? Bodybuilding? Crossfit? Powerlifting? Elite Performance? Health and Wellness? Here's why we don't sit in any specifc camp when it comes to fitness, and you probably shouldn't either (don't worry- this won't upset you, but might enlighten you)! Yesterday I had a short, but pretty interesting conversation. Here's how it went: "ah yeah, I've heard of you guys- so what type of gym is it?" Enter my spiel of "well, we work with a lot of different types of clients, but we approach things differently. We're focused on the individual getting results, whether that's with our group training, 1-1 or online coaching...

Why stress is limiting your gains!

This article is a big one, but may be one of the key things you read this year- why STRESS is limiting your gains! Not just from a muscle building perspective, but from every level of fitness and performance. “How have your stress levels been this week? What did you do to manage stress this week?” These questions are answered every week by all of our clients on the check in form. And the responses always interest me. Here’s some we see ALL the time: “Stress isn’t an issue for me so no plan needed to manage it, I just need to focus...

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