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Cramps: The Athlete's Nightmare


Despite modern science, the true cause of exercise-induced cramps is not known. It is the racer’s worst nightmare: you are running along and suddenly your calf seizes up or you are crippled with a muscle cramp. It is the most Read more

The Fat Burning Power of Cold Weather Workouts


It’s winter, so let’s carry on! When winter rolls around and temperatures begin to fall, do you shut down or layer up? Hibernating until the start of summer and better morning light might sound like a good plan; that is, Read more

Cramps: The Athlete’s Nightmare

Sport, Sports Injuries, Training

Cramps cartoonDespite modern science, the true cause of exercise-induced cramps is not known.

It is the racer’s worst nightmare: you are running along and suddenly your calf seizes up or you are crippled with a muscle cramp. It is the most mystifying of running problems. The truth is that we still don’t know much about these debilitating muscle issues. “Nobody knows what causes cramps,” say researchers.

There are, however, a number of theories. Read more


The Fat Burning Power of Cold Weather Workouts

Training

WinterWorkout 1It’s winter, so let’s carry on!

When winter rolls around and temperatures begin to fall, do you shut down or layer up? Hibernating until the start of summer and better morning light might sound like a good plan; that is, until cabin fever sets in, and extra kilos start to creep on. There is no reason to let all of the gains you’ve made during the summer slip away.
In fact, not only should you not allow colder weather to scare you from working out outside; it may be the very reason to haul yourself out there to get more fit and lose more weight than you ever have before! Research suggests that cold weather workouts could boost your endurance and increase the benefits of your fitness workout.

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Training by Feel

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Every athlete knows that a great race cannot happen unless a fair amount of hard work and suffering precedes it. But how much suffering is the right amount?

Obviously, there is such a thing as too much suffering, just as there is such a thing as too little. Opinions on the proper definition of what we might call the “misery fine line” vary. Some coaches and athletes believe one should train more or less according to Nietzsche’s motto, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” In other words, the more you suffer in training without breaking, the better you will race. Others believe that athletes should suffer in carefully measured doses and should feel good at most times in the training process.

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