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Caffeine and exercise

Caffeine and exercise

Caffeine is an ergogenic aid which is used by athletes to enhance exercise performance. So how beneficial is caffeine ingestion during exercise? Caffeine has been shown to exert a positive effect on both endurance capacity and in reversing muscle fatigue (i.e. loss of force). Data from Bridge et al. (2000) show that caffeine increases endurance(…)

The importance of warming-up

The importance of warming-up

Pictured above-centre is Lawrence Dallaglio leading his Wasps R.F.C. teammates in their warm-up. Dallaglio was a key player when England won the rugby world cup in 2003, being the only player to play in all games. A good warm-up is the essential starting point before any training session or competitive contest. This is true for u12(…)

Is there an optimum state of hydration for exercise?

Is there an optimum state of hydration for exercise?

In 1996, there was a concerted effort by health and fitness professionals to address the question of hydration for sport. The American College of Sports Medicine (1996) subsequently published a position stand on the issue, advocating athletes’ to drink as much water as possible at regular intervals. In 2007 the ACSM revised their position statement(…)

Cardio-respiratory training: LSD v interval training

Cardio-respiratory training: LSD v interval training

Methods of cardio-respiratory training is a controversial subject at the best of times. In recent years, long steady distance training has received much criticism in favour of a more popular method of interval training. BOTH methods of training have valuable aspects and the exclusion of one for the other will surely limit the athletic potential(…)