Strength & conditioning

Tired….

Dealing with training fatigue Regardless of work setting, an exercise professional primarily focuses on stimulating physical or physiological adaptations through the cunning manipulation of exercise stressors. Achieving positive adaptations involves the somewhat vague challenge of trying to balance the complex interaction between work and recovery. Central to that task is fatigue – we are seeking …

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Exercising into the (un)known

I’ve recently been reading research papers on fatigue and workload and I’ve been intrigued by how much (or how little) we really understand about this crucial aspect of exercise, training and human performance. When I contemplate this work, I realise that I harbour ongoing concerns about how we approach some aspects of training and preparation. …

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What’s wrong with Crossfit™?

Possibly very little, yet it seems that this training mode, philosophy, cult – call it what you will, provokes some extreme responses in exercise and health professionals. Full disclosure, while I haven’t had any direct involvement with or particular knowledge of Crossfit™ (CF),  my morning runs often took me past groups engaging in some CF style …

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Evidence based what?

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an offshoot from a movement within medicine and health services (Evidence-based Medicine, EBM), that called for clinical decisions to be based on the best available research knowledge and critical scientific evidence. The origins of EBM are vague but are usually attributed to health researcher Archie Cochrane (1972), who complained that medical …

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