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Success in professional sport

Success in professional sport

Pictured above is Roy Keane: one of the greatest midfielders of the past 20 years and the inspiration behind Manchester United success since 1993. He was the Man U. captain for each of his seven Premier League titles with them, and also for The Champions League title in 1998-99. What does it take to be(…)

Exercise-induced asthma

Exercise-induced asthma

Have you ever felt shortness of breath, heavy coughing, chest tightening, or wheezing while exercising? If so, you may be someone that is experiencing exercise-induced asthma. It may be that exercise exclusively triggers these symptoms, however other asthmatics may experience symptoms due to environmental factors such as cold air, allergens, respiratory infections, some basic medications (e.g.(…)

Strength and conditioning

Strength and conditioning

Multiple strength and conditioning (S & C) qualities underpin sport-specific performance, and while no S & C programme is perfect, the fundamental concept of training movement efficiency & metabolic/muscular power is sound. Strength and conditioning is rarely 100% specific to the sport, nor can it be. There’s nothing in the gym that can replicate what(…)

How long can a muscle work before fatiguing

How long can a muscle work before fatiguing

Can a muscle fatigue after 2-3min work, at sub-maximal loads? Indeed it can.  Muscle fatigue can be predicted by the tension time index (TTdi), a tool developed by Clanton & Grassino in the 1980’s. A tension-time index of 0.15 can predict fatigue when a muscle works indefinitely. The TTdi is the product of normalised force(…)

Successful coaching

Successful coaching

What kinds of beliefs make for a successful coach?  This question has been our mind of late. We work with professional and junior athletes’ everyday, and  there is never a perfect match between what we prepare for in training and how a competitive match turns out. However, having tapped back into some old sports psychology(…)

Principles and variables of training

Principles and variables of training

Before you step into the gym and pick up a barbell, or lace your running shoes and head for the treadmill, you need to evaluate your current physical condition. Luckily for you, Unchained Fitness will help you make sense of your training by first allowing you to realistically assess your current fitness level and then(…)