Category: General Training Advice

Strength and Conditioning based in York, Leeds & Harrogate.

Top 3 mobility exercises for athletes

Having a good level of flexibility is often a desirable quality for many athletes and sports coaches. The term flexibility actually refers to the range of motion within a joint but we also need to be able to control that range of motion in order for it to be useful in sport. You may see a hypermobile…
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Flexibility for athletes

Flexibility training is often an afterthought for many young athletes but in this article, I will be giving a basic overview of what flexibility is, what the research says and what may be an optimal method to improve flexibility for certain athletes. Flexibility is the total range of motion of a given joint including the…
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Build your work capacity!

In the current situation where most are unable to utilise traditional barbell training methods, we have to adapt and be a bit more creative with our training. So, I have put together a list of the dumbbell complexes or work capacity circuits we tend to use with some of our athletes in the off-season and…
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Smash your running PB with S&C!

Summary: Stronger and more resilient muscle and connective tissue through resistance training methods Enforces good posture and good positions for upright running technique Improve the stretch-shortening qualities of the tendons (lower body)  Improve running economy, faster ground reaction times Plyometric and resistance training are the most studied and beneficial A properly structured programme improves muscle…
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The 24 hour athlete

So I first heard this phrase several years ago from a World renowned coach called Vern Gambetta. The basic idea was that an athlete might train for 1, 2, 5 + hours per day but what about the rest of the time? Are they effectively preparing for the next day or session? What methods can…
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SUPER-charge your warm-up!

Why warm up? The warm-up is often an overlooked and can sometimes even be an undesirable part of the training session for many athletes, especially younger groups! The number of times I have seen (and participated in) a generic “…run around the pitch a few times..” approach… We only have a very limited amount of…
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Cycling performance – Part 3: Top exercises for cyclists (video)

Hello, welcome back! So in our last two blogs, we looked at why strength and power work in the gym is critical for cycling performance (Part 1) and what the best exercises are for cyclists (Part 2). Today we look at HOW to perform these exercises in the gym and we have none other than GB Junior…
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Cycling performance – Part 2: What are the best exercises to improve performance?

[sgmb id=”1″]Welcome back! Last time we looked at the benefits of S&C training for cycling performance, this week we are going to look at what we can do to improve those key performance indicators. Movement in most sport involves multiple joints and muscles working together to produce and absorb force. Cycling is no different so it…
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Cycling performance – Part 1: Why use Strength and Conditioning for cycling?

[sgmb id=”1″]Hello and welcome to part 1 of a 3 part blog looking at the use of S&C (Strength and Conditioning) training to improve cycling performance! Today we are looking at why we would consider using strength and power training in the gym to improve cycling performance, in particular endurance cycling. You only need to see the size…
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Functional Hypertrophy – Mass building for athletes

For many athletes, the off season and pre-season is an ideal time to build some mass but I’m not talking about the kind of inflated guns that Arnie would be proud of. Fair enough if you are looking to build some biceps for the beach but that shouldn’t be your primary focus. But why bother…
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