Strength, conditioning and flexibility

Strength, conditioning and flexibility

Weight training: the dumbbell pullover

This exercise strengthens soft tissue, reducing the risk of injury Muscles involved: sides of upper back (latissimus dorsi), backs of shoulders (posterior deltoids), backs of upper arms (triceps).Joint motion: shoulder extension. Sports applicability: sports involving an overhead hitting/throwing motion, eg tennis, the javelin and football throw-in. Conditioning benefits General. The supine straight arm dumbbell pullover […]

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Weight training: how to select the correct training regime for optimum hormonal response

The intensity of a resistance training programme can affect your hormone balance, leading to changes in body weight Sportsmen and women weight train to improve performance because, everything else being equal, a weight-trained muscle is more resilient and better able to generate force. There are numerous weight training systems on offer to coach and athlete, […]

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Weight training for women

Why women avoid weight training – and how coaches can change their minds Weight training women: Female athletes are less likely to perceive weight training as beneficial to their sport than their male counterparts, according to a recent study. This may not seem like much of a problem, but weight training for women can be […]

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Weight training: make your weights programme specific to your chosen activity

These days, hardly any sports performers can afford to neglect weight training These days, hardly any sports performers can afford to neglect weight training. At the Manchester Commonwealth Games last summer, even England’s crown green lawn bowlers had weight-trained to improve their performance. Get this training right and you could find your place on the […]

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Weight training flexibility

Can weight training really enhance your flexibility? Some readers may believe that strength training and flexibility training are incompatible – that they will reduce their flexibility by lifting heavy weights. This is a myth: research carried out in the 1960s and ‘70s proved that correctly performed resistance exercise does not have a negative impact on […]

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