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Athletes Sleep: 7 studies that will shock you into sleeping

Athletes – stop bragging about your 4am workouts. Coaches – stop telling athletes “recovery is important” then force them to get up at 5am to train. Sleep is the…

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Do you really need to deload?

Planned deloads should not be necessary in a programme. Why are planned deloads not needed? A well constructed programme operates within an athlete’s recovery ability. Follow the minimal effective…

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3 Ways Athletes Can Develop Explosive Speed

Do these and you’ll get faster. Simple. 99% of athletes aren’t doing these basics: 1. Sprint Weekly Pick your low hanging fruit. Most aren’t. How to train acceleration: –…

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Strength Training is as Effective as Stretching at Improving Flexibility.

“If you want to be flexible, you need to stretch” “Lifting weights makes you stiff” Wrong. Afonso et al. (2021) conducted a meta-analysis review assessing the effects of strength…

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Foam Rolling Myths: What Does Rolling Really Do?

What does the research say? I rip on foam rolling a lot. The benefits are often over hyped As people forget foundations like sleep, nutrition and a good programme….

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Physical Standards for Contact Athletes

You can’t explain world class performances through strength testing numbers. The best are the best because they’re the best at their SPORT. However, don’t let that fool you.

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5 Methods to Build Unstoppable Physicality

1. Wrestling Drills Wrestling drills are a massively underrated way to improve your contact skills. The physical demands of Rugby and American Football is effectively wrestling and running. You…

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3 Ways to Reduce Concussion Risk for Contact Athletes

The most devastating injury in sport is concussion. It will not only devastate your career – it can devastate your life. Anyone whos watched the Will Smith film will…

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Farmers Carry Strength Standards for Athletes

Farmers carries are amazing for athletes, particularly contact athletes. They’re often neglected. I want to make them as popular as a heavy deadlift. In your local gym, I want…

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Ice Baths Slow Down Muscle and Strength Gains?

Ice-baths for athletes – is it a good idea? Ice-baths are standard post-match practice for many athletes. But is it always a good idea? Cold water immersion can blunt…

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