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Strength & Conditioning advice for anyone looking to get the most out f their training.

The simple thing about Crossfit

For most S&C coaches, Crossfit is a taboo subject. It’s about time we got over that. When it exploded in popularity 6 or 7 years ago, most of us were horrified by the number of “Crossfit fail” compilations that appeared all over the internet. Now it’s had time to establish itself as a dominant force within the fitness industry, it would be nice to think that a few things have changed. As I’m currently touring Crossfit gyms round the world (#crossfitworldtour if you didn’t know already), I hope I can provide a little unbiased perspective.

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Agility training for Alpine Skiers (and all sports!) involves “Reactive Work”

If you’re not familiar with the sport of Alpine Skiing, it is essentially a race down a snowy mountain with continuous changes of direction around poles and on skis of course.  From technical to speed disciplines (SL, GS, SG & DH), gates get further apart, skis get longer and speeds get much faster.  In my opinion, this makes it an agility-based sport.  As recent definitions of agility seem to include the “response to an external stimulus” aspect alongside the “whole body change of direction” I’d understand if you were to argue against me.  (Again if you’re not familiar with the sport, athletes do inspect the course before the race so they have the opportunity to memorise and visualize each turn, thus you’d think most movements are preplanned.)  However as athletes speed toward each gate, I’d argue they are still adjusting to what’s in front of them, it’s unlikely that every turn will be perfect, snow moves, you can lose balance for a split second or make a mistake and thus reaction speed is also a huge key to their change of direction ability when competing or even training for that matter.

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Circuband: Simple, Versatile & Effective

I need to share something that I honestly believe is a fantastic and highly useful product!  I believe that everyone from elite athletes to anyone just looking to include some healthy exercise in their life could benefit from this.

Basically it is a high quality resistance band with attachable handles.  The possibilities for exercises are endless.  You can take it anywhere with you due to it’s compact size and light weight.  Thus it’s perfect for elite athletes and everyday warriors alike to use either in the gym or on the road.

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Diving S&C 0.1

As part of this blog I’ll be writing about my role with British Diving.  For the first post, I’m starting with a quick introduction and overview of the week’s schedule.

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Peak Performance involves Mental Toughness: Considerations for Strength & Conditioning Coaches

Just to warn you, I wrote this article as an MSc critical review of the literature….hence it is in the style of an academic journal and includes a LOT of references! I do hope to edit it down to a nicer read at some point but have posted it as it is due to popular demand! To understand my reasoning for investigating this topic, I’ll say that I’m finding sports psychology an increasingly interesting area and its place in elite sport, especially professional rugby, is absolutely essential. A top psychologist recently told me that “environment is the biggest determinant of human behaviour” and I fully buy into this.

Anyway, enjoy….

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