Specialist Sports Physiotherapist reveals how to make your time in the gym effective and efficient including fitness, strength, power and sports performance training.
Get your technique right to prevent pain and ensure optimal performance with our eighty-seven free exercise videos including static and dynamic stretching, foam rolling, squats, single knee bends, split squats, core muscle training, planking and press ups. Simply insert the numbers into the search tool above or go to the videos section for the complete selection.
Swap time consuming cardio exercise with shorter interval sessions. Dropping your heart rate right down and then raising it again puts most strain on your heart and lungs and is therefore the most efficient way of training.
See a Specialist Physiotherapist to target your training goals. For example, strengthening leg muscles is more important six months before a marathon than building up millage and squats off a half ball are far more effective than wall squats for skiing.
Leave two days rest between strengthening a muscle group to fatigue to enable time for regeneration. If you train more frequently than this you will lose strength and increase injury risk. You can do cardio or other training on the other days.
The harder you train the more you need to rest and sleep. Eating healthily, avoiding alcohol and not smoking will enable optimal recovery. If you don’t do these things you will hit a plateau in your training and your immune system will suffer.
The pelvic floor muscles, deep abdominals and diaphragm provide are key to the stability of the lower back and pelvis and are therefore important to train for injury prevention and performance. Videos 07-11 and 01-04.
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Make sure the knees are pointing in the same direction as the feet. If you drop an imaginary plumb line from the centre of the knee cap it should land between the second or third toe. Plus, if you have knee pain, narrow your stance width and don’t squat so low. Videos 20 and 22.
Maintain a concave curve in the lower back throughout all lifting techniques to protect the spinal discs. Keep the mid and upper back mobile to reduce strain through the lower back and learn how to bend from the hips properly. Videos 6 and 19.
Keep your shoulders back, your chin tucked in and your neck elongated. Often people try to pull their shoulders down too much when a slight upward movement is often needed to comfortably hold them back. Videos 12, 13 and 66.
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