RECOVERY

Can Foam Rolling Improve My Recovery?

Recovery is a crucial part of the sport and fitness world and if recovery is not at an adequate level, performance and adaptive responses such as muscle growth can be negatively affected. Therefore, can a myofascial release (relieving tension within...

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Focus on Sleep to Optimise Your Results

  The Impact on Training Firstly, quality of sleep is getting enough of it at the right times and without it performance related factors such as concentration, mood and response time are affected (1). The issues don't remain just cognitive, but also translates directly into physiological issues such as the possibility of muscle strength decrements. In addition, good sleep quality...

How Much Volume Do We Need to Build Muscle?

  The straightforward answer is that no one knows a specific amount of volume an individual should perform for muscle growth, but there is take away information that can be applied to being more productive when you workout! Volume in regards to exercise can be defined as the amount of sets, reps and volume load defined as sets, reps and...

Should You Worry About Overtraining?

  Overtraining can be broken down into different sections (functional overreaching, nonfunctional overreaching and overtraining syndrome) and can be defined as an imbalance between training and recovery, leading to a decrease in training performance that lasts for several weeks to months (1). For the average gym user, overtraining should not be a worry and possibly applying more intensity to your...

The Benefits Of Full Body Splits

  For decades, single muscle group body splits have become the go-to training method and thought to be the most optimal. The body part split can be a great tool for many but should we be performing full-body sessions instead? Ignoring full body splits at some point in your training career could mean you're missing out on many potential benefits....

The Benefits Of A Progressive Training Program
The Benefits Of A Progressive Training Program

Most training programs are designed in a linear style model were generally speaking as the weeks go on, the training program gets relatively harder. This can be done by manipulating variables such as volume (sets & reps performed) and intensity (weight/ load lifted) (1). Unlike the linear progression of changing variables less often such as monthly increases in intensity and...

Is Muscle Soreness Required For Muscle Growth?

  It’s generally thought that muscle soreness, otherwise known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is a direct by-product of muscle growth. With that in mind, chasing muscle soreness with the idea that more is better and using it as an indicator of a good workout might not be the best approach. You may be selling yourself short if that’s...

Improve Your Results by Taking Time Off Training

  Establishing a training routine and well balanced nutritional intake will be the foundation for achieving the desired results for any individual, however, taking time off training is often seen as a step backwards. On the contrary taking time off any sort of demanding training routine should be seen as a step sideways with the thought of long term progression....