A One-Day Field Test Battery for the Assessment of Rugby Players

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Introduction   One of the most important aspects of sport science and coaching is the ability to make accurate measurements (Hopkins, 2000). Testing deals with detailed examination of the characteristics and properties of an athlete (Stone et al., 2007). Physiological monitoring can provide the coach and sports scientist with an objective and reproducible means of assessing an athlete/player’s training status, …

Modified Strongman Training – The ultimate training protocol to get you ripped and jacked

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The many benefits of Modified Strongman Training (MST) Competing in Strongman requires strength, power, speed, agility, endurance and all in ‘functional’ activities. Functional, that is, if you need to drag a Boeing 747 anywhere. Given the impressive feats of strength and the physiques on display (think Mariusz Pudzianowski) it is no surprise that this mode of training has gained popularity …

Women and Weight-lifting: 10 Benefits without Bulk

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Weight lifting is for people of all shapes and sizes and with varying goals, no longer just for men wanting to get bigger. The following are just a few ways in which lifting weights outshines the competition in delivering powerful health and life-enhancing benefits. 1 – The best exercise for fat loss What exercise do most women do when they …

How a Trillionaire Cookie Can Improve Your Training

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Is your training “programme” the equivalent of a Trillionaire’s cookie? Do you know what a trillionarie’s cookie is? Don’t worry if not, I didn’t until a few weeks back. Here is a bit of background… One Friday evening on the way back from the gym I stopped off at the supermarket to grab some dinner. I stocked up on some …

Body Part Specialisation – A strategy for rapid growth

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Stubborn body parts…we all have them. Certain muscle groups just don’t seem to grow at the same rate as others. It can be frustrating. Rather than feeling sorry for yourself (and those lame lagging muscles) do something about. One great strategy is a specialisation phase. This is a period of time (usually 2-6 weeks) where you place an emphasis on …

How I Survived The Hardest Training Program Ever

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The Super Accumulation training review: The Super Accumulation training program (also referred to as the .50 Calibre training) is the brainchild of Charles Poliquin. As you can tell from the name it’s designed to be a killer workout. This programme has been discussed at various courses I’ve been on over the last few years. The response from those who have …

What it takes to get the body you want? 3

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Part 3 – Simple strategies for a beach body Follow these simple success strategies for an outstanding physique transformation. Drink more water. Often hunger is actually just dehydration. An 11 stone (154 pound) person should be drinking a minimum of 2.2 litres a day. So next time you’re craving some food drink a glass of water, wait 20 minutes and …

What it takes to get the body you want? 2

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Part 2 – Have a plan: Once you have got a goal you need a plan. This where many people fall down. They either don’t have a plan or they waste time trying to create the ultimate plan. “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” This is key! Too many trainees worry …

What it takes to get the body you want? 1

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Many times people don’t know what they can realistically expect when they set out to achieve a leaner, fitter, healthier body. This series of blogs is designed to break the process down into bitesize chunks. Add them all together and you are on your way to the body of your dreams. Step 1…Set a goal: If you haven’t got a …

TOP 10 TRAINING TIPS

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Flat Whites Free Weights TOP 10 TRAINING TIPS: (1) Bodyweight before external resistance Trainers/trainees make the mistake of beginning a strength routine and going straight for the heavy weights. This usually ends up causing an injury. An individual has no business using load if he/she cannot stabilize, control and move efficiently with only their bodyweight, If you can’t stabilize your …