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Why yoga is great for athletes

Yoga has been practiced in some cultures for hundreds of years, but more recently it’s become increasingly popular all over the world, with all kinds of people. Yes, whilst many like to dismiss yoga lovers as ‘those bloody hippies’, it’s no longer just the preachers of peace and love who swear by it, now so...

Why marathon runners need electrolytes for peak performance

Marathon running is no mean feat. On average, it’s around 3-5 hours-worth of pure grit (if you’re running faster than that then you’re a bit of a big shot…). During these 3-5 hours, your body goes through some serious challenges whilst hauling itself around the 42km course, and if you don’t pay particular attention to...

Why is mixed training so good?

Humans are interesting creatures; we’ve become the dominant species on our planet, explored all seven continents, and now, turned our endless curiosity to technological developments. Despite all of this impressive exploration, we tend to stick to what we know in everyday life. Most of us will run the same route most days, or do the...

When you shouldn’t train through pain

Training through pain. Is it a good idea? Training is not something professionals see as an everyday activity. It is a habit and a way of living and breathing. That is why whenever an injury kicks in, most people ignore it and keep training toward their goals. This often results in worse issues than only...

The pros and cons of resistance band training

Resistance bands have somewhat of a bad reputation amongst gym keen beans; their garish colours are most often associated with ‘boxercise’ classes, or something along the same lines, and it’s questioned how much they can really help you to add muscle mass… Well, whilst Chris Hemsworth probably didn’t build arms the size of tree-trunks for

What should should I drink when I exercise at the gym?

Have you ever wondered, “what should I drink when I exercise at the gym?”. The more we learn about nutrition, the more we are able to feed our bodies the right fuel to remain fit and healthy. There are so many products out there these days, and so many multi-coloured concoctions we see people inhaling...

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What happens to your body during an Ironman?

An ironman triathlon is widely regarded to be one of the toughest single-day sporting events in the world, and for good reason. Perhaps you know already what it feels like to swim 3.86km, cycle 180km and then run 42.16km. Do you know what’s really going on inside your body? The average ironman competitor burns around...

The toughest cycle climbs on earth

Some of us like to go to the beach, lie down and relax, others like to shop, or go to the movies, and then there’s are the select few amongst us that like to inflict pain upon themselves for ‘fun’, by attempting tortuous bike rides that might even have satisfied Genghis Kahn’s lust for brutality....

The proof is in the pee!

You know those days when you just don’t get around to drinking three glasses of water, let alone eight! On the average sitting-around kind of day, that wouldn’t be such a problem, but add more activity – especially intense and prolonged activity – and dehydration can become an issue. Dehydration strikes when your body doesn’t ha

The importance of rest and recovery for endurance athletes

For many of us out there, fitness is a huge part of our lives. Training isn’t a chore, it’s a habit, something that we can’t live without, and it can often be harder to have a rest day (and we mean proper rest) than continuing to train as normal. We might feel guilty. Either that...

The big race

You’ve been training hard all year for the big event – it could be a marathon, a cycling race, or any long and hard fitness challenge – and the glycogen-loading plan is in place. But let’s not forget about hydration because it’s an equally important part of race day preparation and you’ll need to create...

How to build up your endurance

Perhaps you’re looking to build up your endurance as you train for a marathon or an Ironman, or maybe you just want to be able to chase your dog around the park for longer without needing to sit down with a stiff drink in hand. Either way, we’re not here to judge – you do...

Why is sweating so good for you?

Sweating; ‘eww’, ‘gross’, ‘smelly’, ‘embarrassing’, ‘unfit’. Here are just a few of the phrases you may hear if you’re dripping with sweat after a workout or on a hot day. Sweating has mostly negative connotations, however, very few people realise just quite how important sweating is for our body’s daily functioning and for

The best ways to overcome an exercise rut

Of course, having an exercise routine is great; you can get into the same habits each day, each week, and ensure you remain fit and healthy. However, sometimes routines can become mundane and more significantly, can cause your fitness to plateau because your body is too accustomed to the training and is no longer challenged...

The benefits of yoga for overall fitness

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise, originating in India thousands of years ago. It has only recently become increasingly popular within Western societies. You might just think it’s another one of these fads, like avocado on toast, or Pokemon Go. But let’s hope it’s not, because practicing yoga is incredibly beneficial for us. There...

Stay home exercise tips

Many of us out there are probably having to adjust our training sessions at the moment to much more home-based workouts. Perhaps you’re loving it, or maybe it’s driving you crazy? There’s no arguing it comes with its pros and cons. For starters, we’re probably more flexible in our training than ever before (not in...

Sleep for performance & recovery

How to sleep better than ever As one of the most important functions that feeds us with energy, sleep is vital to the health of every athlete. But more importantly, sleep affects the mood, well-being and most importantly – performance of an athlete during a competition or training. This being said, many athletes and Olympians...

Signs of dehydration after exercise

The Importance of Hydration Our bodies are extremely dependent on water for survival. A person can live up to 3 weeks without food, but only 4-5 days without water. Being our second need for survival after oxygen, water is simply the drive that keeps our general functions going properly. And that is the exact reason...

Road running vs Trail running

If you’re into running, you may well agree that it’s one of the best sports out there, particularly in terms of its accessibility. If you’re not a runner, and high school cross country ruined the sport for you indefinitely, then that sentence might be the most ridiculous statement you’ve ever heard. Fair enough, but there’s...

Rest vs Recovery

The Importance Rest & Recovery For Every Athlete Many people tend to think that rest and recovery are same things when viewed from the prism of sports – and when practiced by athletes. People have been using both phrases ‘Are you recovering?’ and ‘Are you resting?’ to athletes – and although they are similar to...

Overtraining syndrome

Overtraining Syndrome   Of course, you have to work hard and push yourself to improve your performance in most aspects of life, particularly in sport. The goal of pushing hard is to stress the body just beyond your current fitness level, to gradually increase the stress loads on your body and then to ensure recovery....

Optimising your nutrition in hot weather

How Do Your Bodily Functions Alter During Hot Weather?   In general, the human body is pretty amazing at multi-tasking. Some of us can even rub our stomach while tapping the top of our head – hats off to you people, hats off. However, when exercising, especially during hot weather, our body has to prioritise...

Mindset for marathon runners

The mental game of marathon running is a big one. Training for months on end is a long time to commit to, and 42 gruelling kilometres is a long way. And then of course there’s the infamous wall during the race itself. No, we’re not talking about Pink Floyd’s 1982 album, or the Chinese wonder...

Mental strategies to improve sporting performance

Many assume that mental strategies for sports are only for the pros, the elite athletes, the best of the best. And yes, while Roger Federer, Lebron James or Rory Mcllroy most likely do use mental techniques to ensure they produce world class performances, you don’t have to be sponsored by Nike or Adidas to try...

Keeping your cool

Love exercising outdoors but don’t like the way heat waves and out-of-control humidity can turn a refreshing long run into a sweat-drenched experience? Me too. Here’s what you need to know about overheating and how to prevent it.But first it’s good to know why and how we overheat…Physical exercise causes the body to generate heat,...

It’s time to replace your workout gear when

A couple of weeks ago I took part in my seventh half marathon. Pre-race I was amped – I’d bought and worn in a new set of rigid, lighter shoes with form-fitting socks and had fantasies of being fleet footed. Who doesn’t love new workout gear? But how do you know when you need to...

Is your fitness regime killing your relationship?

Maybe you’ve met someone new, you like them, but the time they’re wanting to spend with you is seriously impinging on your training routine. There are gym schedules to stick to, meals that have to be eaten at certain points in the day, and the new running program… Or perhaps you spend most of Sunday,...

How long will my running shoes last?

What to look for in running shoes If you ask this question every day after you’ve bought the new running shoes or are considering to buy a pair and want to know if it’s worth it in the long run, it’s time for answers. While the doctors and shoe companies recommend that we replace our...

How does carb loading work?

Carb loading: What is it and how can it help with performance?   What is it? Carbohydrate loading, or ‘carb loading’, is a method widely used to increase energy available for endurance events. During exercise, our muscles use glycogen, or stored glucose, for energy. Carbohydrates is the easiest food group for our body to convert...

Does lack of sleep affect sporting performance?

Does lack of sleep affect sporting performance? Let’s take a look.   Sleep: we love it and often we just can’t get enough of it. Especially as we get older, sleep is usually the first thing to be sacrificed as we try to fit everything into a jam-packed 24 hours. But if you’re training most...

Fasted training

Fasted training is it right for you?   You may well have heard all sorts of different and contradictory views regarding fasted training; is it good or bad for you, does it help you to build up endurance or burn fat like never before to get those cheese-grater abs you’ve always dreamed of…? Well, we’re...

Different types of cyclists

What type of cyclist are you?   Cycling is a hugely popular sport worldwide, amongst people of all sorts of different shapes and sizes, from different backgrounds and with different careers and interests. But, most importantly, with different outlooks on what it means to be a cyclist! So, we’ve come up with a short list...

Benefits of training with others

We all know that there are many benefits, physically and mentally, of being active, but how can we break down the barriers that prevent us from exercising more? Busy schedules and hectic lives often scupper our training plans. Most people would much rather hang out with their friends than head off to the gym after...

Is high or low intensity training better?

Is high or low intensity training better? Let’s look at that. Bob and Jo are good mates. Bob gets up each morning and runs for 60 minutes at a steady pace (between 40-60% of his maximum heart rate). Jo gets up each morning and sprints as hard as he can for 20 seconds (90-100% maximum...

Fit for anything

It’s pretty obvious that to get better in any activity, you must practise the skill you wish to develop, and practice it precisely. This training principle, known as specificity, is relevant to most things we do in life. In other words, the best way to train for running is to run, for swimming is to...

Does music affect the way you train?

For most of us, our first thought in response to this question is an immediate ‘yes’; think of Rocky running through the woods to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ – of course it affects the way you train – music can pump you up so much you can lift bags of rocks, sprint up mountains and do hundreds...

Dare to compare: how does your training stack up against the elite?

You might be clocking up serious Ks pounding the pavement or riding the bitumen, but that training program could be doing you more harm than good. Like most guys, your time bank is probably constantly overdrawn: whether it’s the boss pushing you to work back late or mates dragging you to that last-drinks club at...

Cyclists’ tips for avoiding bruised tackle

A couple of years ago I spent two weeks cycling around China, doing about 75-100km a day, a lot of it on very rough roads – which made me appreciate the padded bike pants and gel seat cover a friend in the know made me buy before I left Australia. But as sore and swollen...

Cycling lingo explained

Now there’s cyclists, and then there’s cyclists. We’re talking about MAMILs of course! Middle aged men in lycra that love everything about bikes. They have the latest frames, the most expensive wheels, the most streamlined helmets, and yet they spend the majority of their cycling time in coffee shops talking about cycling, rather than do

Conquering a full Ironman triathlon

In 2017, we spoke to Ineke Moyle about her triathlons, training and how she wanted to do a full IRONMAN triathlon. Well, Ineke held true to her goals and completed her first full IRONMAN recently. We had a chat to her about 2018 and how she keeps her mindset strong to reach these goals and...

Best ways to get a full body workout outside of the gym

Of course, we all know that liftings weights, if done properly, is a great way to stay in shape and remain healthy. But often lifting weights day in day out can get extremely dull, and you can quickly find your motivation decreasing as it becomes more of a chore than an exciting challenge. That’s why...

Are you at risk of overtraining?

What is Overtraining? Highly motivated athletes are extremely susceptible to overtraining which can lead to physical, mental and emotional burnout. Overtraining can be defined as placing the body under a level of work or stress that it is unable to adapt to. The athlete experiences stress and physical trauma from training at a higher rate...

15 Weird and wonderful ways to keep cool this summer

It’s that time of year again, the heat is here. Big time. There’s nothing worse than being too hot, especially in bed. While most of us have air-conditioning, for the few who don’t or are trying to save on their energy bills, here are some weird and wonderful ways to help keep you cool this...

Why does the body plateau in training

The Training Plateau The infamous training plateau…an athlete’s greatest anxiety, a body builder’s biggest fear, a fitness freak’s foremost phobia. Okay, it’s not that bad, but you probably have heard the term thrown around between PT’s, or high-end athletes, or even just your average gym-goer. This insidious snare can catch out bot

10 Winter training tips

Winter training can be gruelling Training in winter can feel tougher than normal. Even getting out of bed requires a lot more effort compared to warmer seasons. It’s important we maintain our workouts, even in winter. This is so we don’t undo the progress we’ve made in previous seasons. We’ve rounded up a few ways...

Why do you need to stretch?

You may think that stretching is time-consuming, dull, bordering on pointless, that it’s something performed by only gymnasts, and that we should put our efforts into fitness training rather than just stretching. But hold it right there, stretching is crucial to us all, and even more so if you’re an active person! Why is stretching...

10 Ways to exercise at home

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, it’s all too easy to suddenly fall into sedentary routines, and maybe nowadays the only exercise you’re doing is walking from your home office to the fridge and back again. Well, there’s no shame in that – it’s important to keep your spirits up with some tasty treats! But alongside...

10 Trail running tips

It wouldn’t be too much of a sweeping statement to suggest that most roads are pretty much the same. Trails on the other hand can offer a huge variety. This is one of the beauties of trail running in fact. Each trail has its own unique terrain, but also its own unique challenges. If you’re...

Why athletes should focus on breathing

The average person breaths approximately just under 700 million times throughout their life, and if you’re old enough to read this, you’re probably pretty good at breathing already after doing it at least a few million times by now, if not tens or hundreds of millions of times… So, why write a blog about breathing?...

10 Signs you may be dehydrated

Staying hydrated We all know the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day – but are you sure you’re drinking enough to stay hydrated? Here are the signs that will tell you when your body might be dehydrated: 1. Headache A pounding head during the day is a sure sign that your hydration levels have...

4 Benefits of cross training

Cross training is a part of the regime of every sports professional. From golf players and football players, professional athletes and swimmers, the cross training takes an approach of on working the muscles which are related to the sport in particular. That is why cross training has been considered to be one of the best...

8 Tips for running in hot weather

Why is running in the heat difficult? When running in the heat your core body temperature is increased, and just like when you have a fever, the higher your core body temperature, the worse you are going to feel. Blood is diverted to the skin to aid cooling. Less blood is therefore available to transport...

7 Warm ups for cold weather training

First of all, good on ya’ for sticking with your training as it’s getting colder and colder in the lead up to winter. It’s not always easy to get up each morning and head out into the cold to push and punish yourself some more. To keep you on your way, we have 7 warm...

6 Tips to stay active in everyday life

If you have an office job, like many Australians do, it’s all too easy to spend too much time in your car, at your desk, and then on the couch at night. This sedentary lifestyle can be tricky to break and before you know it, you’ve gained weight, become stressed out and feel like you’ve...

5 Reasons sleep optimises performance

Sleep; what a wonderful thing. It’s our decompressor, our rejuvenator, our life-support. It’s a crucial part of every person’s lifestyle, even more so for the physically active amongst us. Roger Federer claims to sleep for almost 12 hours a night! Now, we’re not saying this is what you should aim for, no, we all have...

5 Tips to prevent overtraining

How do I avoid overtraining? There are many effective methods that athletes can put in place in order to prevent overtraining and in turn improve their sporting performance. In this blog post, we discuss how to prevent overtraining. 1. Good nutrition and hydration Your body requires protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates in order to perform...

5 Tips to help stick to your training

We’re well into the year now, and the whole ‘new year new me’ motivation may well be long gone. Training is tough, especially when you’re looking to push yourself each and every day to maximise your progress. It’s not easy getting out of bed each morning. Knowing that you’re about to sweat your heart out,...

5 Tips on how to drink more water

Dehydration in winter Just because it’s no longer scorching hot outside and you’re not sweating like a parent during schoolies, doesn’t mean you can’t experience dehydration. Even the initial stages of dehydration can bring headaches, make you lethargic, give you dry skin, chapped lips and even constipation. It’s not good news no, so it

5 Tips for cyclists to stay hydrated

Say No to Dehydration! Cycling in the hotter months can be tough; you have to get up at the crack of dawn to try and beat the worst (or best?!) of the sun, but often after just a short while on the road, there’s no escaping it. It beats down on you and it doesn’t...

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Why sports drinks are important for athletes than water?

It’s not uncommon to see athletes sipping on neon-coloured drinks these days. And maybe you’re wondering ‘what if we all tried these bright-looking beverages, would we too would be able to give a Bolt-esque performance, or challenge Phelps’ 100m freestyle time, or maybe break the 2-hour mark for a marathon?’ Maybe, but unlikely… Whilst

Should runners stretch before a run

Stretching. We know we should do it and we do often intend to do it. But in reality, very few of us are strict enough about including it in our running routine. We may well have enough motivation to run, but we might not be equally motivated to stretch. It’s our Achilles heel. We get...

Why do i need to replenish electrolytes?

Why do I need Electrolytes? Feeling more tired than usual? Experiencing muscle weakness, headaches, cramps? If you answered yes, you may be suffering from low levels of electrolytes in your body. You heard that right! Much of what you know about electrolytes may have been from sports-related ads, but in truth, people from all walks...

How do you replenish electrolytes when sick

No one likes having a cold, let alone the flu, but generally, the healthier you are the quicker you recover. Inspiration right there hey? But seriously, if you’re unlucky enough to get ill, all you want to do is to get better as quickly as possible. It’s a no brainer, and that’s why you should...

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How do I prepare for 5km run?

Running. Some of you love it, some of you can’t stand it, and perhaps others amongst you might want to get into it. Maybe you were forced to do cross country at school and are only just getting over the trauma. Or you’ve been doing other training up until now and fancy a change? Either...