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Weight vests and ankle weights: can they enhance performance?

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Many athletes participate in plyometric exercises (jumps, hops, bounds, etc.) as part of their regular training routine but aren’t sure whether the plyometric work should be carried out using only body weight for resistance or with added weight (eg, with ankle weights or a weight training vests) That question was addressed recently in research carried... MORE

Triathlon Clothing: the benefits of wearing a wetsuit

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Triathletes – why a wetsuit will improve your swimming leg If you’re a triathlete, you’ve got to like wetsuits. They keep frigid water from paralysing your arm and leg muscles and sinking your ship before you make it to shore, and they can improve swimming speed by 3 to 7 per cent, enough to give... MORE

Compression clothing – can it help you squeeze out...

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The use of compression clothing such as elastic shorts, tights and vests has become increasingly widespread amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. Injury prevention, style, fit and anecdotal reports of performance and recovery enhancement are all reasons cited for its use. But what scientific evidence is there for its efficacy in speed training? Andy Harrison... MORE

Heart rate variability – what is it and how...

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Heart rate monitors provide important feedback about the intensity of exercise, but can’t measure the cumulative fatigue of workouts or the subsequent training effects. However, the use of heart rate variability data means that’s all changed. Eddie Fletcher explains In practice, it’s difficult to assess accurately the effect of training on the body. How do... MORE

Cycling Injury: Choose The Right Bike To Avoid Injury

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Australian physio Sean Fyfe explains how to steer clear of road racing pitfalls by fine-tuning your body and your machine Cycling is more often a benign force than a cause of trouble. Because it is low impact, it provides many people who otherwise would struggle to perform regular exercise, with the chance to stay healthy... MORE

Exercise equipment

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Is treadmill training a help or hindrance for the serious athlete? When an athlete runs on the track, on roads or on firm ground, their legs create propulsive forces which accelerate their centre of mass and drive it forward. The athlete’s centre of mass is decelerated during each recovery (early-stance) phase of the gait cycle,... MORE

Running shoes research

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Do men and women run with completely different gait styles? If so, are those differences so great that female runners need their own distinctive running shoes? Some experts point out that a key difference between the sexes is in the hips–which tend to be wider in women to promote childbirth. For example, female runners at... MORE

Nose strips: Breathe Right External Nasal Dilator

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Here’s the scientific verdict on those nose strips – the damned things don’t work Successful swimmers sported them at the Olympics. Professional rugby players use them. Famous football players have them on their conks. And now more and more runners are showing up at races with the devices stuck on to their snouts. Of course,... MORE


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