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Ageing and Performance

Muscle power and strength

Sleep deprivation

Sleep your way to better performance

Sports Drinks

When sports drinks don’t work

Carbohydrate drinks, gels and bars

Why two carbs are better than one

Recovery: Cold water immersion (CWI) and the importance of sleep

The role of sleep in recovery

Athletes: Posture comes before training

The components of posture and its importance for athletes

Resistance training and muscle protein synthesis

Latest research to increase strength and muscle mass

The psychology of speed training

Mental preparation to enhance speed training and improve performance

Interval training: good for health as well as performance!

Intervals benefit performance at all levels of sport

Focusing attention on concentration

Attentional control in sport

Caffeine: old friend, new findings!

Andrew Hamilton explains new research about training and competing with caffeine supplements

Maximising the Anabolic Response to Training

Nick Tiller presents six evidence-driven but seldom practised methods by which athletes can promote the anabolic process to maximise training adaptation, promote recovery and improve athletic performance.

Fatmax: fat fact or fat fiction?

The loss of excess fat isn’t just aesthetic – it almost always produces enhanced performance

Warming up: the latest research into stretching

There’s increasing evidence that stretching before exercise doesn’t improve performance or reduce injury risk

Speed training tips to ensure maximum speed performance

How to improve your speed in three simple steps

Speed training workout: how to improve your sprinting

Maximum speed sprint workouts

Speed training: how sprinters can increase their speed endurance

An 8-week speed endurance programme for sprinters

Speed training for sprinters: sprinting exercises should be performed throughout the entire training year

The short to long approach involves speed training through the year with athletes performing sprint training right from the start of the season

Circuit Training: how to increase speed

Circuit Training: how to increase speed

Speed is the capacity to perform successive movements at a fast rate. As well as thinking about speed as ‘running speed’ it is really the development of the ability to move the limbs quickly, which is needed in a variety of sports and events, e.g. javelin, discus, tennis, squash etc. Therefore, there is more to think about than just performing flat out sprints.

Sandbag Sled Pull

Sandbag Sled Pull

Sandbags are an effective low cost alternative to sleds and offer more weight variability than tyres. This drill is excellent for developing acceleration power, make sure you maintain correct form throughout. You can adjust the weight of the sandbag to suit your strength goals.

Ladder Drill: Two Feet in Each Rung

Ladder Drill: Two Feet in Each Rung

A progression from the One Foot in Each Rung drill, challenges the speed of co-ordination of the athlete. Have the athlete perform the drill correctly by asking them to start off slowly to get a feel of the movement.

How to increase acceleration and become a faster athlete

Techniques that increase speed to make a quick getaway

whole body vibration

Whole body vibration: no use for trained sprinters

Speed training: strengthening muscle fibres will improve an athlete's sprinting

Why tapering after intense training boosts sprinting speed


Caffeine proves less of a help to team sports sprinters

Sprinters | sleep

Sprinters and Sleep: If you're a sprinter, you needn't worry about losing a night's sleep.

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