speed training

Indexing fatigue during speed-endurance training

Indexing fatigue during speed-endurance training

Speed-endurance training (S-E) is a vital component of training in sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball and others, but it can be tricky to evaluate a S-E session on the quantitative level. Heart rate (HR) which is a precise physiological measurement is one way of measuring training intensity, however during recovery from one repetition to(…)

Conditioning effect of the 11+ soccer warm up

Conditioning effect of the 11+ soccer warm up

We introduced the 11+ warm up a few months ago here, and advocate its principles as a good general warm-up in any sport. While the aim of the warm up is in trying to prepare physically and mentally for the coming training session or match play, a new study published in The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine has demonstrated that(…)

Sled towing and muscle activation

Sled towing and muscle activation

Sled towing is an accessory exercise used frequently in sprinting, American football, rugby, powerlifting and strongman training. Various attachments can be used for sled dragging. Around the hips, ankles, shoulders, with straps to include arm or shoulder work and some even wrap them around elbows and knees. Lawerence, et al 2012 decided to see what(…)

Integrated soccer fitness training part I

Integrated soccer fitness training part I

In the past 6-8 years, the physical fitness demands placed on professional soccer players have increased. Recent data from The French Football Federation (FFF) has indicated that although near identical distances are being covered in competitive matches by first division professional teams in 2004 and 2010, the distance covered at high intensity (> 22km.hr-1) and(…)

The effect of starting v non-starting on in-season performance measures

The effect of starting v non-starting on in-season performance measures

When pre-season is over, most players in a team will have pretty high fitness levels but some variations will be seen from the fittest to the rest. Players get fit with the aim of playing, and those playing matches regularly will maintain their speed, endurance & power by virtue of competitive matches. But for players(…)

Does chronic sodium bicarbonate ingestion increase rowing time-trial performance?

While success at national and international level competition is primarily dependant on 1) genetic endowment 2) trainability at the physiological, psychological and biomechanical level and 3) training, many nutritional ergogenic aids are widely used by athletes looking to get “the edge” and take their performance to the next level. Once such aid is sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3).(…)