endurance training

The Placebo Effect in Carb Loading

The Placebo Effect in Carb Loading

Many people who participate in long distance running, cycling or swimming supplement with carbohydrate beverages. The idea is that over long-periods time, the glucose necessary for fatty acid mobilization becomes used up and the athlete ‘hits the wall’ or ‘bonks out’. With replenishment, they can continue properly mobilizing fatty acids to fuel the activity and(…)

More evidence for intervals

More evidence for intervals

We’ve discussed interval training previously (here, here, here and here). So it is established that intervals help one lose weight, increase mitochondrial density, lactic capacity and other factors. As a coach, you need to ask yourself- can my athletes integrate intervals without a) taking away from their skill work and b) burning them out so(…)

Muscle damage and running economy

Muscle damage and running economy

Running economy, defined by de Oliveira Assumpcao, et al 2013, as the energy demand for a given velocity of submaximal training, will determine how two athletes of equivalent VO2max will race. Now, few people only train running but incorporate sports activity, weight training, plyometrics and other forms of training. This creates muscle damage which can(…)

Running distance after 35

Running distance after 35

Masters athletes (those more than 35 years old) will slow down. The question is simply the rate. Numerous studies have demonstrated that compared to their inactive counterparts who peak at 35 and begin a rapid decline, athletes have a slower gentler curve, with decline somewhere between 50 and 70 years old (depending on the sport(…)

Soccer-specific fitness training part I

Soccer-specific fitness training part I

The specificity principle of training, suggests that specific training methodologies should be employed to maximise the training effect. In other words, sprinters should employ sprint training to improve their performance etc. When it comes to applying the specificity principle to soccer, this means that on-field football training provides the best method of training. Della et al. (2006) that(…)