Environmental training

Hot weather exercise

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What’s the key to hot-weather exercise? Produce ” weaker” sweat. Athletes who can exercise at moderately high intensities for 90 minutes under mild weather conditions can usually only last 60-80 minutes as the air temperature and/or humidity increase. Part of the problem is that skin temperature stays at about 35 degrees Centigrade during exercise. As... MORE

High Altitude Training

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The best place in the world to train is in Finland. As we’ve reported many times in PEAK PERFORMANCE, living at altitude is great for the endurance athlete. Moderate to high-altitude living increases red-blood-cell concentrations, allowing more oxygen to reach the muscles during exercise, and also hikes the levels of an important chemical called 2.3-DPG,... MORE

Alititude performance

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If you are very fit, big and male, you will suffer more at altitude. Previous studies have shown that at an altitude greater than 1000m, VO2 max decreases. However, there is a large individual variation in the actual decrement in aerobic power. This latest study investigated a large sample of subjects with a wide range... MORE

Humidity and Performance

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I am an aged veteran sprinter, a poor stayer at any distance beyond 200m. I am often to be found trying to run a slow mile. However, my experiences might show up factors that apply to the top runners too, although they may not be aware of them. Take the recent London Marathon, in which... MORE

Genetics and sports performance

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What research tells us about African runners: are they really genetically more gifted? African runners are genetically superior to white runners. Compared to whites, blacks are better suited for sports which involve short, explosive bursts of energy. Individuals from West Africa ‘make’ good sprinters, while people from East Africa are endurance types.. Those are strong... MORE

Keeping cool

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These nine warm-weather training tips might save your life The return of warm weather may motivate you to expand your training programme and participate more frequently in week-end races, but it also increases your risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke while exercising. Many athletes believe that heat problems can’t occur unless... MORE

Conditioning and physiology: how to train and compete in...

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Why hot-weather training is a delicate balance between staying cool and hydrated while performing at a competitive level Alicia Filley explains why hot-weather training is a delicate balance between staying cool and hydrated while performing at a competitive level.When training in hot weather, it’s likely that you’ll feel more sluggish. This is because your body... MORE


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