• Critical thinking

    Passion: What ever makes you happy?

    1104 words: estimated reading time 5 mins 30s. . As exercise professionals we are usually pretty enthusiastic about convincing others to share our love of physical activity, exercise and sports – but how much love are we really expecting? I hadn’t…

  • Exercise prescription

    Exercise form – informed?

    Locking it up  963 words – estimated reading time: 4mins, 50s. One of the things (and there’s a lot) that really perplexes me with exercise is the range of rules and guidelines that surround exercise and exercise technique. What I’m…

  • Opinion

    Mental toughness?

     760 words estimated reading time 3 minutes, 48 sec. Following on from my last blog – something else that caught my attention researching and writing our book was the concept of training effort and intensity. I was reading back through…

  • Gimmicks

    Stimulating the brain. Literally!

    937 words; estimated reading time 4 mins, 41 secs. Stimulate your mind I find the whole gimmick culture that plagues sport, exercise, and health absolutely fascinating. The thought processes and craftiness of the people who think up, and market these…

  • Fitness

    The power of us

    1234 words; estimated reading time: 6 minutes, 10 seconds.   The social merits of physical activity are widely recognised. In fact, exercising in the company of others seems to be a really powerful motivator for exercise engagement across our lifespans.…

  • Critical thinking

    Who do we trust?

    1385 words; estimated reading time: 6 minutes, 55 seconds. Reflecting on my recent blog on fitness trend and fads, I realised that it was, in reality, a superficial treatment of an important topic. The paper that I reviewed was effectively…

  • Critical thinking

    Calorie catastrophe!!

    1108 words: estimated reading time 5 mins 30s Who’s Bad? One of my closest colleagues would periodically confess to having been bad. She wasn’t reporting on her poor behaviour; she was simply owning up to having eaten a Snickers bar…

  • Fatigue

    Workload monitoring; the flawed touch of geniuses.

    1900 words; reading time ~ 9 mins, 30 secs. ..or should that be the touch of flawed geniuses? An emerging obsession in strength and conditioning has been the challenge of regulating an athletes’ exercise stress and recovery balance. The apparent…