Category Archives: training

The Principles of Training

To ensure training sessions and the programmes devised are as effective as possible you need to follow sound training principles. The fundamental training effect is based on the principle of adaptation. The body or mind will react to the stress imposed by training (physical, mental and technical stress) by increasing their capacity to cope with… Read More »

The Components of Fitness and Training

Coordination – enables the athlete to carry out movements safely, efficiently and accurately – the body needs to be organised to perform the coordination required for running efficiency and balance is fundamental – running is a one leg event – centre mass and postural control – to be stable and correctly aligned allows for effective… Read More »

The Purpose of an Effective Warm-up

The purpose of an effective warm-up is to increase an athlete’s heart rate and body temperature and facilitate blood flow to the muscles to be used in the main session. This will improve elasticity of the muscles and the joints – the muscles will be stimulated in preparation for performance and the joints to be… Read More »

Hip Strength

Hip strength training increases running efficiency and is particularly important in injury prevention such as prevention of IT Band pain, patella tendonitis (runners knees) and piriformis issues. The hip muscle groups include the hip flexors, glutes, abductors (outer thighs) and adductor (inner thighs) and help stabilise the hips in a neutral position and control the… Read More »

Drills for technique, efficiency, balance and co-ordination

The A Skip (for running technique and efficiency) and Plyometrics Drill (for balance and co-ordination)  is all important to propel ourselves forward at speed whilst not losing energy in keeping ourselves upright and navigating the terrain. S tart with 5 mins and build up in 5 min increments to a maximum of 20 mins x… Read More »