With more and more of us striving to challenge ourselves in the world of competitive sport – from rugby to adventure racing – it is becoming of even greater importance to realise our potential in a biomechanical manner.
Placing a focus on the mechanics of movement – specifically our weaknesses – can make all the difference in almost every area of exercise and sport. This combined with the correct exercise interventions can be the difference in stumbling or bounding towards that finish line.
Efficiency, form, posture and technique are all words associated with performance. Improvements in these key areas can help you reach your exercise potential, as well as give you a greater sense of achievement and a fuller understanding of why we – training addicts like myself – do what we do and love it.
Training designed around specific movement patterns that mimic the sport you compete within is essential if you wish to make an action a subconscious. This will add something essential to your sport – second nature – removing the need to devote any conscious effort to these crucial movements when required.
It is also particularly important to create structural balance when training for performance, ensuring all the body’s strength is aligned and in proportion to help avoid the risk of injury.
Unfortunately, body fat – or adipose tissue – is something that many of us have too much of. As well as looking unsightly, it is a ticking time bomb that can lead to many degenerative diseases – such as diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Constructive, progressive exercise and adherence to fundamental nutrition principles are key to getting rid of this dangerous addition for good. I will introduce you to a blend of conditioning, resistance training and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) that will transform your body shape to where you have always wanted it to be.
The exact approach taken will vary greatly depending on your training experience, the amount of body fat carried and your hormonal balance. For those new to training, the approach can be as simple as introducing the individual to a constructive exercise programme with sufficient variability to induce a positive effect. For those who have exercised previously, the approach will most likely place a greater focus on targeting specific weaknesses to affect change.
Nutrition for fat loss was once thought (and still is by some) to be about depriving the body of calories. My thoughts (as well as those of many industry leaders) differ from this ‘old school’ approach. I focus on empowering my clients to develop a nutritional strategy that suits them for life and allows them to reduce their body fat in a safe and controlled manner – which, crucially, helps them to keep it off.
Lean muscle mass development – often referred to as ‘toning’ for women – is something that many of us aspire to. However, few of us actually achieve the gains and definition we would truly like. In order for us to achieve this through training, nutrition and hormonal status must be optimal.
It’s important that training is periodised – or progressively planned – in such a way to elicit the perfect response for an our body to develop. As such, plans are designed specifically for an individual based on their goal set. This is continually adapted to meet the individuals needs and requires regular assessment to ensure it is the appropriate for a specific person at a specific time – which can depend not only on fitness and strength levels, but also on less obvious factors such as stress levels and recovery time available.
Nutrition must be both ‘clean’ and appropriately timed in conjunction with exercise to obtain maximum results.