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King Arthur was right: training intensity matters!

Once upon a time, resistance training for endurance athletes was considered a complete no-no. After all, why waste time down the gym developing ‘bulky’ muscles when you could be out and about endurance training? But over the last 25 years, there’s been a revolution in this outdated mode of thinking. That’s because numerous scientific studies... MORE

Endurance athletes: Are your races a threat or challenge?

Dr Josephine Perry explains how athletes can harness pre-race tension to enhance their racing performance It’s race morning and an early start. You’re finding breakfast difficult to swallow because thousands of butterflies appear to have taken up residence in your stomach. This is a common feeling for many of us. But rather than dread these... MORE

Optimum stride length for runners? Let your brain decide!

Although it might not be something you’ve given a lot of thought to, it turns out that optimising stride length is quite a hot topic among many runners, and quite a few running coaches too. The theory is that by consciously adjusting stride length, runners can become more efficient at running, needing less oxygen to... MORE

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10k training

What does science have to say about the right training programme for the 10K? The arrival of spring no doubt means you’ll be running 10k races more frequently. You’d like to do as well as possible, but trimming your 10k times requires a smart, systematic approach to training, not just a hodgepodge of interval sessions... MORE

A guide to sports drinks, health products and muscle...

How many of these fancily packaged and extravagantly advertised products actually work? In recent years, there’s been an explosion in the quantity and types of sport supplements available and the sports supplement industry is now estimated to be worth a staggering 15 billion US dollars a year. But how many of these fancily packaged and... MORE

Cross training: a triathlon training schedule

It can stop you getting injured and, who knows, might even help you to win Cross training, the use of a different method of training to your normal activity, has been around for years. For example, rowers have not only used weight training as an alternative mode of exercise to improve performances at the regatta... MORE

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