Why we must teach our athletes to be more powerful?

The ability to express high power outputs is essential in many sports.  Let’s face the facts, many actions in sport are time limited.  If you miss the cut you are tackled, if you can’t give your opponent a “don’t argue” Dustin Martin style you are tackled, if you can’t accelerate away explosively in the first 5m you are tackled or caught, if you can’t jump high enough you miss the blocked shot in Volleyball or miss the rebound in basketball.

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Does protein supplementation increase your resistance training gains in strength or muscle mass?

Resistance training in combination with protein supplementation is a common practice used by athletes around the world to enhance the “gains” experienced from doing their training.  This makes sense as you need to protein the fuel in the form of amino acids (building blocks of muscle) to muscles after a workout to lay down more muscle or help it recover. 

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The importance of foundational strength in the youth

The physical and psychological benefits of the youth playing and participating in sports is generally well known.  However, what we fail to realise is that these benefits will only be realised if aspiring young athletes have a level of movement competency and muscular fitness that prepares them for the demands of their sport in practice and in competition. 

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Why is strength training beneficial to endurance athletes? Part 2

In this blog I want to discuss the concept of rate of force development (RFD).  With runners and cyclists we have a limited amount of time to interact with the ground or pedal with each propulsion phase.  That is when our foot hits the ground we want to push through our feet and leave the ground behind as quickly as possible for a given step. 

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Why is strength training beneficial to endurance athletes? Part 1

I want to open this post by reminding you of the competing cell signalling pathways between enhancing endurance performance versus enhancing strength and power development.  This was covered briefly in my previous post.  Endurance athletes need to enhance what we call their running economy, whilst attempting to improve their VO2 max steadily over time.

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What is Sarcopenia?

Most people are aware of the concept, “if you don’t use it, you lose it”.Today I want to dive into sarcopenia, which is age induced muscle wasting. Sarcopenia isn’t a term that many people know or associate with, but they should. 

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