Category Archives: Science

Plyometrics – Why?

Plyometric training is very misunderstood old beast. Whilst many seek to reap the proposed benefits of plyo’s, few truly understand the mechanics that underpin them. Appreciating the kinetic and kinematic demands of different movements is integral if you’re to maximise … Continue reading

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How to Lose 2 kg in Two Weeks

Apologies for the shameless click-bait title… still, at least it’s true! As it’s been a long-old while since my last blog, I’d thought I’d get back into the swing of things with a little case study. Approaching a couple of … Continue reading

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Foley Coaching

If you were expecting a post about Mick ‘Mankind’ Foley, then I’m sorry to disappoint. Likewise, any Bernard Foley fans will feel a little let down too… The Foley artist Foley artists are the unsung heroes of cinematography. These individuals … Continue reading

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The PHC Guidelines – A Critique

The Public Health Collaboration (PHC) is a fantastic idea. Rates of obesity are increasing and it’s clear that something needs to change in order to stem the tide. The problem? This has descended into a political style battle between two … Continue reading

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A Primer on Popular Powerlifting Programmes

We’ve now looked at the major models and concepts associated with periodisation and started to break down how some of the most popular powerlifting programmes may be classified. Now we’ll sharpen our focus on some of these programmes and explain … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Popular Powerlifting Programmes

Last time out we looked at the major models and concepts associated with periodisation. This time we’ll focus on how these relate to popular powerlifting programmes. To deconstruct our powerlifting programmes, we’ll begin by asking some key questions about each … Continue reading

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Periodisation for Powerlifting – An Overview

What is periodisation? Periodisation may be most simply defined as the planning and organisation of training. The purpose of periodisation is to manage the training stimulus in order to maximise the desired neuromuscular adaptions and avoid excessive accumulation of fatigue … Continue reading

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Tapering for Powerlifting

Tapering is a practice which involves the temporary reduction of training load in an effort to increase the state of preparedness of an athlete. The idea is go into competition with as little fatigue as possible in order give the … Continue reading

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What Can Breakfast Do?

Last time out I highlighted the research challenging some of the commonly held myths regarding the ‘need’ to eat breakfast. To summarise, the evidence does not suggest: Eating breakfast helps weight loss Eating breakfast speeds up metabolism Skipping breakfast causes … Continue reading

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Breakfast is not Paul Daniels…

I love breakfast. Granted, not quite as much as dinner, but it’s in my top two meals of the day. So with that in mind, let’s celebrate National Breakfast Week! Breakfast is not magic… As much as I do love … Continue reading

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