Fitness & Training Articles

  • 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. It can show if there are any problems in the area, so if there is you can look at how to prevent hamstring injuries.

  • Returning to Fitness After a Break

    Return to Fitness

    In spite of our best intentions, a vacation often sees us stray from the fitness and training regime we follow at home. Relaxing on the beach, savouring indulgent dinners and drinks and enjoying the local nightlife are the pleasures that make a break so joyful. However, after taking a break from working out, how do we return to our training schedule and regain fitness after an indulgent fortnight?

  • 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.

  • Green Tea for Athletes - What are the Benefits?

    Green Tea Benefits

    In the present day, a new 'wonder' product, ingredient or supplement seems to crop up every week, promising exceptional health and performance benefits. This can be bewildering for many, exciting for some, or - for the cynical amongst us - will fall on closed ears. In this article, we will highlight some of the benefits of drinking green tea, particularly for athletes.

  • 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, the health benefits of sauna are extensive and accessible. In this article we take a detailed look at the specific benefits of 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 it into their training plans so we look at the benefits of yoga for athletes.

  • Why A Foam Roller Should be Part of Your Kit

    Foam Roller

    In an ideal world, an expert sports or deep tissue massage would always follow an intensive workout. However for the average amateur sportsman or woman, unfortunately a personal masseuse isn't a viable reality. This article can show you how to use a foam roller and which is the best foam roller for your needs.

  • Why is Cheerleading A High-Risk Sport?

    Cheerleading

    In spite of being a highly skilled sport, cheerleading may be dismissed by some as a trivial activity. This misconception is simply dispelled by statistics that cheerleading injuries account for 66% of all catastrophic injuries in female US athletes.

  • 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. Read more about how having a Thai massage benefits you and your health.

  • What is Hypermobility?

    Hypermobility

    Generalised Joint Hypermobility (GJH) is a blanket term used to describe an individual with several joints that are more flexible than is usual amongst the general population. Hypermobile individuals, who make up 3% of the population, have a heightened flexibility than that of the general population. 

  • Are Rugby Players Getting Bigger?

    Rugby Players Bigger

    A 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? Is the biggest rugby player going to be the best, or are there other factors that will influence sporting ability?

  • 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 different body types are ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph. 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. When going through the menopause, exercise has been found to be an effective tool in combatting many of the challenges these changes pose. Menopausal changes include 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 Kettlebell Training

    Kettle Bell Training

    For a simple and efficient way to incorporate full body resistance training into your routine, kettlebells are the answer. They are an excellent piece of portable, inexpensive and compact kit. A highly adaptable piece of equipment, they allow you to perform a full body kettlebell workout, by working the upper body, legs, back and core muscles.

  • Cost-effective Alternatives to Protein Shakes

    Protein Shakes

    Whether used to fuel training or as a recovery aid, protein shakes are becoming an increasingly prevalent source of nutrition for athletes. Due to the highly individual nature of each person's training requirements, learning how to make a homemade protein shake can be an excellent and cost-effective way to attain bespoke nutritional benefits.

  • Running Shoes: How to Invest in the Perfect Pair

    Running Shoes

    As every runner knows, the correct shoe is fundamental to any training regime and subsequent competitive performance. For runners - both seasoned and new - selecting a new set of high-performing running shoes is a significant investment and should be fully informed in order to make the correct choice for your personal needs.

  • Warm Up & Cool Down - Why?

    Warm Up & Cool Down

    It is important to warm up prior to exercise and cool down after. The main two reasons for this are to improve performance and to decrease the risk of injury. Good warm-up exercises will increase the temperature of muscles which work better at a temperature of 40 degrees. Cooling down after exercise is important to help muscles recover and avoid injury.

  • Does your sports bra fit?

    sports bra

    A good, comfortable sports bra is a vital piece of a ladies sports kit. Not wearing one can lead to irreversible damage to the breasts. Research from Shock Absorber and the University of Portsmouth has demonstrated that wearing a sports bra reduces breast movement (bouncing) by a massive 74%! So how should a sports bra fit and how do you find the perfect one?