Monitoring Coahcing Overtraining

4 simple ways to monitor athlete wellbeing and avoid overtraining

Monitoring for Overtraining One of the major limiters of athletic performance is accumulated athlete fatigue.  Overtraining Syndrome is something that can present slowly and insidiously, such that athletes and coaches may not realize that it has struck until it’s late in the process.  Of course, this is not ideal, as the further one goes down this road, the longer it takes to return to optimal form. Understanding this physiologicRead more

How to sequence your pre and in season training

Sequencing training for field sport athletes As a strength athlete I have it pretty easy only need to worry about training one physical attribute – maximal force production.  As a games player or endurance athlete there are so many more physical attributes that need to be trained let’s look at a sport as an illustrative example. Sport – Female Rugby   Physical Attributes required. Speed Power Agility Strength CardiovascularRead more

Coaching Core Training to Improve Sport

Abdominal Training: Overblown or Misunderstood? (includes free programme)

Abdominal Training – Overblown or misunderstood? I was listening to an interesting podcast this morning called the physio edge on the show they had LJ Lee talking about a few things but of interest to this article is the topic of abdominal training. The crux of the discussion was the validity of plank and side plank as an abdominal exercise, the consensus being that training the spine like a concrete column (i.e. a structureRead more

Speed Training, power and strength

Conditioning for strength and power sports: Will cardio make me weaker?

In this post I will look at how to build an aerobic base for your sport without affecting your strength and power training. Weightlifting and powerlifting are typically very static sports and don’t require a huge amount of aerobic capacity yet it is common practice for a lot of eastern European/Asian weightlifting programmes to have some sort of low level cardiovascular activity (slow jogging as an example). Powerlifting beingRead more

Garage Gyms – Dan Ward Smith

Dan Ward-Smith (DWS) is the Academy Manager at the Inside Running Academy, he is also a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach and has started a weekly blog that will look to give advice to aspiring players and coaches. DWS has an extensive list of achievements in rugby both as a player and now as a coach. He played professional rugby for 12 years playing for Bristol and London WaspsRead more

Fitness Testing – Dan Ward Smith

Dan Ward-Smith (DWS) is the Academy Manager at the Inside Running Academy, he is also a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach and has started a weekly blog that will look to give advice to aspiring players and coaches. DWS has an extensive list of achievements in rugby both as a player and now as a coach. He played professional rugby for 12 years playing for Bristol and London WaspsRead more

Setting the Mood – Dan Ward Smith

Dan Ward-Smith (DWS) is the Academy Manager at the Inside Running Academy, he is also a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach and has started a weekly blog that will look to give advice to aspiring players and coaches. DWS has an extensive list of achievements in rugby both as a player and now as a coach. He played professional rugby for 12 years playing for Bristol and London WaspsRead more

Rowing and Suffering – Dan Ward-Smith

Dan Ward-Smith (DWS) is the Academy Manager at the Inside Running Academy, he is also a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach and has started a weekly blog that will look to give advice to aspiring players and coaches. DWS has an extensive list of achievements in rugby both as a player and now as a coach. He played professional rugby for 12 years playing for Bristol and London WaspsRead more

Olympic Weight Lifting – Dan Ward-Smith

Dan Ward-Smith (DWS) is the Academy Manager at the Inside Running Academy, he is also a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach and has started a weekly blog that will look to give advice to aspiring players and coaches. DWS has an extensive list of achievements in rugby both as a player and now as a coach. He played professional rugby for 12 years playing for Bristol and London WaspsRead more

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