Why Pilates? Regular practise of pilates offers a wide range of health and fitness benefits: improved posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility. relief of stress and tension. development of whole body strength and flexibility, thus reducing injury risk among sportspeople, elite and amateur alike. there is some evidence that it can help with the… Continue reading Reasons to practise pilates
Last week I had a visit from a client who is looking to get fit for the upcoming rugby season, starting in September. Steve is in his late forties and readily admits that he is 4 or 5 stones overweight. He’s not looking to play the full version of the game but just to form… Continue reading Preparing for the new rugby season – cardiovascular training – a case study.
Probably one of the biggest topics for discussion after a hard or long workout is how stiff and sore clients are over the following few days. So I thought I’d just summarise the best methods of recovery. Many experienced athletes will have their own views on this and it depends to some extent on personal… Continue reading Recovery methods (after boot camps etc.)
Just six weeks to go now before the biggest physical challenge of my life – the Outlaw long distance triathlon in Nottingham. This ‘ironman’ distance race consists of 2.4 mile lake swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, then a marathon, all without stopping. The good news is I feel like I’ve got the… Continue reading Ironman preparation, the story continues..
Probably the most important factor in getting fit is consistency. People often throw themselves into new training regimes or crash diets with great enthusiasm, especially in January, only to quickly fall back into old habits within days or weeks. This kind of perfectionism is a recipe for disaster. We would do far better to make… Continue reading Consistency is the key.
Here is a simple recipe for a highly nutritious energy ball snack that I was given recently by a sports nutritionist. The picture doesn’t do them justice – they are actually very tasty and much cheaper than the ones you can buy in the shops and a lot more effective. Simply throw a large handful… Continue reading Recipe for Energy Balls
Most people, once they start jogging or running, reach a point where they want to learn to run faster, especially if they are relatively young, so let me tell you my own story. In my mid twenties I was practically a vegetable. Weighing just 7 stones, I had spent the previous 7 or 8 years… Continue reading How to run faster – from couch potato to podium.