We hear a lot about the risk of this disease and that disease but rarely do we get the message that we should prioritise physical activity. Over the past twenty years real inroads have been made into smoking cessation programmes that have made a real difference. However what’s been implemented with regards to increasing physical…Read more Low Levels of Physical Activity are Second Highest Risk Factor.
This might sound like an odd question, not particularly related to fitness but in its purist essence it is essential. What’s the difference? Wolves have a pack mentality; they work together to achieve a common goal, whereas Tigers are solitary animals, with self-motivation to pursue their own interests independently. One is not better than the…Read more Are you a Wolf or a Tiger?
I believe we’re only just starting to learn about how the body moves. My approach to training has changed in the past month alone, due mainly to getting some amazing results with new methods! One of the biggest ‘discoveries’ over recent times has been the role of ‘fascia’ a web like material which gives the…Read more Understanding Fascia
The Biggest Loser has become a huge hit show in the US with its amazing weight loss & intense exercise programming. The participants appear to get great results and all is great as the series ends. Now, I’ve previously used intense, short term programmes (more sensible than Biggest Loser) and had great results with clients…Read more Biggest Loser. The real results are in.
Last year my very good friends Chris, Rach & son Charlie Tobey went through a remarkably tough time when Charlie needed a liver transplant. Father Chris was found to be a suitable donor and without hesitation, changed his lifestyle & with minimal guidance from us, lost over 4 stone to be fit & ready to…Read more The Tobey’s amazing Liver transplant story.
Trying to shift from an “all or nothing” approach to a “habit forming” mindset has been my underpinning strategy in my recent gains. I’ve felt far less pressure on myself and haven’t stopped doing a thing. This great blog summarises the approach really well. http://www.precisionnutrition.com/18-ways-to-lose-the-first-10-poundsRead more Changing your Environment to Change your Body.
Every time you hear of a success story being linked to a radical idea, diet or regime, send the person this link. The successes are rarely down to the above. Structure & consistency may however have something to do with it. http://propelperform.com/silent-evidence/Read more The Silent Evidence
As the Strength & Conditioning coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Buddy Morris put it; “a coaches primary role is as a stress manager”. We’re in control of loading stress on the body and the tools & methods we use all have an aspect of ‘risk v reward’. Morris states; “Olympic lifting? Jumping? Medicine ball work?…Read more Coach or Stress Manager?
There’s not much research out there regarding the difference in stresses on the knee & ankle joints between running outside or on a treadmill. Although small, this study highlights that treadmill running loads the Achillies Tendon by an additional 21%. The stress on the knee joint are equal. Lesson? If you’re struggling with or recovering…Read more Comparing Treadmill V’s Overground Running for Joint Stress.
I love learning. I love attending courses and also scanning Twitter for training, sport & business research. One major thing I’ve learnt is that principles that apply in business, sport & life are universal. An example is that periodisation (how we plan fitness training) originates from manufacturing. The process was designed to make things more efficient…Read more 4 Step Process to Becoming World Class.
Many folk have scans for all kinds of back pain. It’s what we’ve been told will ‘get to the bottom of the problem.’ Sometimes they are required. However, findings will often point out some form of degeneration or fault that is often ‘blamed’ for the pain. In my view this forms an unhealthy link between…Read more Don’t let your scan results restrict you!
At a recent conference I listened to presentations by Academy Strength & Conditioning coaches from both Manchester City & newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester City. The detail from both was impressive. Despite the gulf in wealth at the respective clubs, the Leicester program left no stone unturned. Here’s a BBC article touching on various…Read more How a great sport science department helped Leicester City’s success!
Always nice to receive good feedback! “Since the day I started training at Ady’s my whole concept of training and understanding of how to train was turned upside down. With Ady and the teams coaching I became a stronger, fitter, happier and robust athlete that not only developed as a competitor but as a person.…Read more Sam Bignall Testimonial
The question into the benefits of foam rolling & when to perform rumble on. From my perspective, I just act upon what I see, and on the whole that means great benefits to clients performing foam rolling. Here’s a well put together piece from Dr John Rusin. http://drjohnrusin.com/mindless-foam-rolling-jackass/Read more Latest on Foam Rolling
Great determination! http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/27/girl-12-runs-half-marathon-by-mistakeRead more Girl, 12 runs Half Marathon by mistake!