Fitness & Training

  • A Test for Pulled Hamstring Risk

     Test for Pulled Hamstring

    Here is a simple test we have adapted for use at home, which may be helpful for predicting your risk of a pulled hamstring.

  • The Power of Visualisation

    Power of Visualisation

    Beyond the realms of physical ability, talent, and discipline - what separates a potentially world-class athlete from a champion? The answer is psychology. The practice of visualisation - that is, to vividly imagine the occurrence of the perfect outcome, such as scoring the winning goal or winning the race - is a facet of personal psychology that spans many disciplines, not just sports.

  • 5 Benefits of a Sauna After Exercise

    Sauna Benefits

    The remedial effects of saunas have made them a common feature in many gyms and sporting facilities. A mainstay of Scandinavian well-being culture, saunas offer a plethora of easily accessible health advantages. In this article we take a detailed look at the specific benefits offered by using a sauna after exercise.

  • Why Famous Athletes Use Yoga to Optimise Performance

    Yoga to Optimise Performance

    The benefits of yoga have been widely publicised, and yoga lifestyles dominate the feeds of healthy lifestyle sites and social media. But beyond the 'om', how can practising this ancient art apply to the science of peak athletic performance? Increasingly major sports teams are integrating yoga into their training plans.

  • Six Benefits of Thai Massage

    Thai Massage Benefits

    Practiced for centuries by Thai monks, and forming a central component of Thai medicine, Thai massage is believed to have originated over 2,500 years ago in India. Originally developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, the physician to Siddhartha Gautama - the Buddha - more than 2,500 years ago in India. The technique made its way to Thailand, where the original Ayurvedic techniques became combined with principles from traditional Chinese medicine.

  • Are Rugby Players Getting Bigger?

    Rugby Players Bigger

    A recent report by the BBC indicated that the size of the average Rugby World Cup player had progressively increased to a significant extent over the course of the last 30 years. In light of news that the professionals are ever increasing in size, what does this mean for the aspiring player and the shape of future players?

  • Yoga for Athletes: Tight Calfs & Hamstrings

    Yoga for Athletes

    The extensive benefits of yoga are well publicised in modern media, and it has become a firm mainstay of Western culture. For athletes who have never practiced yoga before, certain simple yet highly effective poses can make an effective additional to a post-training muscle recovery protocol.

  • Are You Endomorph, Ectomorph or Mesomorph?

    Body Types

    Broadly speaking, we have a genetic physical predisposition to a certain physic, fat to muscle ratio and stature, all of which require different training and nutritional demands. The three body types are endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph. But what exactly do these terms mean? And how does it effect athletic performance and training goals?

  • The Importance of Weight Training After The Menopause

    Weight Training After Menopause

    The reduction of hormone levels with age has many effects on women's health and wellbeing. Exercise has been found to be an effective tool in combating many of the challenges these changes pose, including mood fluctuations, a slower metabolism, and guarding against the risk of certain injuries and conditions that increase with age.

  • 5 Tips to Avoid Training Injury in Bad Weather

    Avoid Training Injury

    When training for an event, personal goals or just plain habit, having your plans disrupted by weather can be highly frustrating. However it doesn't necessarily mean an unexpected rest day (or a reason to derail your plans.) Here are 5 simple tips to keep your training plans on track, whilst also avoiding the risk of injury posed by adverse weather conditions.

  • 5 Great Benefits of Kettle Bell Training

    Kettle Bell Training

    For a simple and efficient way to incorporate full body resistance training into your routine, kettle bells are the answer. Kettle bells are an excellent piece of portable, inexpensive and compact kit. A highly adaptable piece of equipment, this simple piece of kit provides a full body workout, working the upper body, legs, back and core muscles.

  • Does your sports bra fit?

    sports bra

    A good sports bra is a vital piece of a ladies sports kit. Not wearing a sports bra can lead to irreversible damage to the breast. Research from Shock Absorber and the University of Portsmouth has demonstrated that wearing a sports bra reduces breast movement (bouncing) by a massive 74%!

  • Carbohydrate drinks explained

    Sports drinks explained

    Carbohydrate (CHO) is important as an exercise fuel. Having enough fuel to supply the body is essential to be able to perform optimally and combat fatigue or tiredness, which could lead to injuries. Carbohydrate can come in the form of solids and liquids. In some cases we need to have more than just plain water to help us exercise, concentrate or perform optimally. Sports drinks, sports gels or juices can help us achieve this.

  • How important is sleep?

    Sleep and sports training

    Sleep is important for humans to be able to perform but more importantly for overall health and wellbeing. Sleep in children or adolescence helps in their development and growth. It helps in the ability of our brain to function and affects many different systems within our body from our emotional state is to what our physical state is. The amount of sleep we require depends on what stage of life we are at with a newborn requiring approximately 16 hours a day and a adult requiring 7 hours a day.

  • Vibration Training

    Vibration Training

    Whole body vibration (WBV) training has become a popular method of training over the last few years, thanks in part at least to the endorsement of numerous high profile celebrities (Madonna and Elle MacPherson to name just two!) and extensive media coverage. But what exactly is WBV training, how does it work and does it really work?

  • Could you spot Concussion?

    Could you spot Concussion

    Have I or someone else got Concussion? – How to tell pitch side if you or someone else needs to stop playing. Concussion is a traumatic brain injury and should not be ignored. It happens in many sports and can be from a contact or non-contact injury and is typically from rotational or linear forces transmitted to the brain.

  • How much is too much for Kids Rugby

    Rugby is a contact sport and children have skeletal differences per age group due to growth and development. In football grouping young players according to physical maturity rather than age is being used, this is know as bio banding. It can be used to make informed decisions regarding children in respect to the people they play and are grouped with but is not used sufficiently within rugby.