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Virgin London Marathon Deferred

Virgin London Marathon Deferred

Disappointment The most sensible decision is often the hardest to make. Realising extensive training over the last few months will not be fruitful is difficult to accept. But the reality is the inflammation hadn’t subsided enough and more damage may be done which risks a long term debilitating condition. Even though I felt that I would be able to […]

Virgin London Marathon Meet The Experts

Virgin London Marathon Meet The Experts

Last Saturday was the official VLM meet the experts event at the fabulous Westminster City Hall, just a stone’s throw from the finish line in Pall Mall. The event covered a wide spectrum of running aspects for any one attempting to finish in one piece. 15 minute sessions on nutrition, injuries, training and pacing among [...]
London Marathon 2018 – Self-Prescription

London Marathon 2018 – Self-Prescription

Finally I am my own case study once again, feels great. Self-prescription is a novelty for me as a performance coach committed to my clients programme success. But even practitioners need to train like anyone else, counteracting the negative consequences of hours in front of a laptop, to at least maintain some respectable ability even [...]
LVRC Toachim Vets Series

LVRC Toachim Vets Series

Simon Collins has been supported by CPS In-Motion for 3 full seasons now, each year having quite a different competitive focus and event schedule, rather than the same races, ranging from TT, to road-racing and occasional sportive. Even though each year, alone, has presented it’s own set of challenges for preparation, carefully navigating around injury, illness, work […]

SAD ? Nutrition can motivate you!

SAD ? Nutrition can motivate you!

Now that the festivities have finished for another year, hopefully the sight of a mince pie will make you wince in disgust! As all those new years resolutions are being considered with ‘good’ intentions, I thought this would be a prime opportunity to fuel your motivation for taking control of your nutrition once again. You […]

Smash the Ball Buster!

Smash the Ball Buster!

Intro and workshop Being located in SW London/ Surrey, I have often been asked about the Ball-Buster, a seriously challenging duathlon which can test the mettle of even the most robust athletes. This is an event I frequently recommend to clients to demonstrate their end of summer fitness, on terrain many people commonly train, using ‘The Box’ or […]

Terrain’ing

Terrain’ing

The 2016 road-racing and event season is well under way, and some great spectacles have already passed with extremely exciting and closely contested monument pro-races Strade Bianchi, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Nice, Milan-San Remo, Tirrenho-Adriatico and Tour of the Basque, while Amstel Gold and Leige-Bastogne-Liege imminently under way. Winter preparation of strength and endurance should now be starting […]

The Secrets of Peak Performance V: Recovery & Adaptation

The Secrets of Peak Performance V: Recovery & Adaptation

Recovery and Adaptation In the previous post I discussed the interaction effect which occurs between strength and endurance training, and how strength gains are restricted at the molecular level in the muscle due to intense aerobic exercise. Optimal strategies exist to maximise strength gains, practically with appropriately scheduled training and nutritionally with ‘windows of opportunity’ […]

The Secrets of Peak Performance IV: Strength and Endurance

The Secrets of Peak Performance IV: Strength and Endurance

Concurrent Strength and Endurance Training (S&E)   As a continuation from my last post about improving strength to increase sustainable power through resistance exercise with weights… this post delves into more of the actual training practicalities involved. Performing strength and endurance training promotes a greater volume of Type IIA, more fatigue resistant, high force muscle […]

The Secrets of Peak Performance I : Carbohydrate Fueling

The Secrets of Peak Performance I : Carbohydrate Fueling

The last few weeks have been pretty hectic what with the excellent Elite performance show at Excel and exposure to an established electrolyte product which I am currently testing during the unusual, albeit welcome mini-heatwave we are experiencing here in the south-east. As my client base is predominantly pure-play cyclists I will also be using it during my […]

Understanding Intervals

Understanding Intervals

All my posts are an original perspective on current sports science and exercise physiology topics. I tend to cringe at the term ‘hack’ or ‘pseudo’ as this brings about connotations of ‘fake’ which no scientist wants to be associated with. Although some individuals do succumb to the delusional yet real pressure to perform and publish results […]

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