For most endurance athletes the pre-season or early base phase usually consists of lower intensity and duration of endurance training which provides a great opportunity to improve maximal strength through regular strength training sessions. Strength training is safe and effective for most athletes and should be included as part of any comprehensive training program.   The benefits are huge, not only in enhancing athletic development but reducing the risk of injury and numerous health benefits, especially for older athletes. The initial phases of strength training aim to develop basic levels of strength and lay the foundations for greater workloads and higher intensity sports specific...

Training the neck is a very underutilized aspect of training and is lacking in most programming. For anyone involved in contact and collision sports, such as boxing and football, training the neck should be an integral part of their training programs. For many sports neck strength should be strong in all directions such as martial arts, football and hockey. For example in boxing when someone is copping a left hook to the nose we need eccentric neck flexion strength to absorb the neck extension forces. Training the neck for strength and stability can help prevent injuries.   A thick strong neck is vital for...

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions placed around strength training. This may be a result of your stereotypical gym junkie throwing weights around in the gym or the many unfounded reasons why a lot of women and elderly people shy away from lifting weights. This article will share with you some of the benefits of strength training and why it should be a part of everyone’s regular routine.   Firstly strength training does not have to be Olympic lifting, powerlifting or Crossfit type sessions; all great forms of training if done correctly and relevant to your individual goals, but strength training...

So, what actually is Pilates and how much do you really know about it? Is it all that its hyped up to be? Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Jadi Lacco, investigates.   If you thought Pilates was just another celebrity trend, you are probably not alone. The popularity of the Pilates method has grown immensely over the past 20 years and it has been pretty hard to avoid the hype thanks to its high profile in magazines and on television and social media. So, what actually is Pilates and how much do you really know about it? Is it all that its hyped up...