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!
A great piece on positive mindsets! http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/4-mindset-lessons-from-the-legendsRead more 4 Mindset Lessons from Legends
A good article from Runners World magazine on how well different drinks hydrate you. A few surprises! http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/how-well-do-different-drinks-hydrate-youRead more How Well do various drinks hydrate you?
Here’s Part 1 of a great 2 part blog from the guys at Precision Nutrition on the problems associated with using calorie counting as a means of weight loss http://www.precisionnutrition.com/problem-with-calorie-counting-calories-inRead more The Problem with Calorie Counting
Hello! Thought I’d give a little update on how my surgery went today. After an early start, 7:30am, I went through all the usual pre-op checks: allergies, medication which shoulder I was having the operation on… Wait, what? There had been a rather amusing little mix up but nothing to worry about. A couple of…Read more James’ Injury Blog – Post-Surgery
So, my cards completed and on our board. Here’s what it means and what it all boils down to. Motivation for my below goals stems from my concerns for my lifestyle. ‘Burning the candle at both ends’ springs to mind and in general a feeling of weakness as the regularity of my training ebbed away…Read more Ady’s Resolutions 2014. Part 1
While enjoying a Guinness at the end of the first day of a recent course in Dublin, I was introduced to Coach Dan John. Over the last couple of years Dan has become a big name in the field of strength & conditioning; known for his easy to follow programmes and simplifying the most complex…Read more What do you need to work on?
On Monday 15th I had an appointment with a consultant at the Droitwich Knee Clinic. I had asked my GP to refer me to the knee clinic on the advice of Ady and Luke. Prior to the appointment I had a lot of time to think about what I would like to do for my…Read more James’ Injury Blog – Decision Making Time