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Strength training and hormones

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
To put on muscle, do you need a post-workout hormone surge?

I spent some time over the weekend at this year’s RCCSSC Train Smarter conference in Toronto, which once again had a great line up of speakers. The highlights from the sessions I was able to attend were Joe Baker on talent development and identification, Mike Young on cutting-edge techniques for high-performance ...  Continue reading

Can the cold slow you down?

By William O Roberts, MD on in Training
If it's hard to run fast, blame it on slick conditions - not chilly muscles.

During the winter months, it can feel like it's harder to get going in the cold. While it is true that a cold muscle cannot perform as well as a warm muscle, when you are running in cold conditions, your muscles are generally warm and warmed to performance level. Cold exposure ... 

10 reasons to run when it's dark and cold

By Susan Paul on in Training
If you struggle to train in the winter months, here’s some motivation to get you going.

One of the hardest parts of winter running is simply getting out of bed and out the door. As soon as the alarm clock goes off in the morning, the mental discussion begins: get up or sleep in? Run or day off? Likewise, it is also difficult for those who ... 

Why runners get dizzy after racing

By Susan Paul on in Training
Returning your body to normal after a finish isn’t always simple.

Hannah asks: I ran my first half marathon last week and everything went fine until I crossed the finish line. After I stopped running, I got really lightheaded and felt like I might pass out. I sat down, and then about 15 to 20 minutes later this feeling passed. What ... 

8 tips for running during and after pregnancy

By Edwina Sutton on in Training
What to expect when you’re expecting and what to be aware of post-birth - and how to deal with it all.

Baby on the way? Read these top tips from Edwina Sutton, a personal trainer, ultra runner and mum-of-three. During pregnancy 1. Manage your expectations Ditch the Garmin, grab the comfy shoes and gently tick over rather than aiming for PBs. 2. Connect with your baby on your runs Slow down, walk when you need to ... 

How to rock your first ultra

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Train smart to target a strong (and fast) finish.

So you’ve been there, done 26.2, and you’re looking for a new challenge? The obvious choices are to either go faster or go farther. Option B is increasingly popular, but for the truly hard-core, there’s a third option: Move up in distance, but don’t just aim to finish. Go far ... 

Where should your feet land while running?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Is it really possible to land right under your centre of gravity?

Most of the debate about running form focuses on how your feet hit the ground (i.e. heel, forefoot). But there’s another question worth thinking about, which is where your foot touches down. The conventional advice you often hear is that you should avoid having your foot land too far in front of your body, because this ... 

Ballet barre classes for cross-training

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
Plié your way to better running form with the help of barre classes.

Sick of swimming and bored of bike rides? You’re in luck: there’s a new cross-training trend in town. Ballet might be typically seen as the preserve of small children and impossibly flexible professionals, but it’s one hell of a workout. Fear not if you don’t know your arabesque from your ... 

What's the difference between fartlek, tempo and interval runs?

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Here's a quick breakdown of these three major types of speed workouts.

Fartleks Fartlek workouts are not only fun to say out loud, but they're fun to run. Fartlek is Swedish for "speed play," and that is exactly what it’s all about. Unlike tempo and interval work, fartlek is unstructured and alternates moderate-to-hard efforts with easy throughout. After a warm up, you play with speed by running at faster ... 

"Non-local” fatigue explained

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Why does arm exercise make your legs feel tired?

“Non-local fatigue” is one of those phenomena that seem either completely obvious or totally mystifying, depending on how you look at it. Consider, for example, a recent experiment by Michael Johnson and his colleagues at Nottingham Trent University, whose results appear in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The basic task in the ...  ... 

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