Keeping your standards high – How to stand out as a personal trainer or S&C coach by being better.

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Personal training and strength and conditioning can be hugely rewarding and fulfilling jobs and as such, they attract a lot of people who want to get into the business.  If you’re looking for just anyone to hire as a coach...

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The Best Basic Strength Programme for Runners.

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Well this one’s a bit off the beaten track isn’t it ladies and gentlemen!  I am currently walking through Holyrood Park in Edinburgh to get to Edinburgh Barbell’s training venue and it is a beautiful park which is incredibly popular...

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My Five Biggest Strength and Conditioning Influences.

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  To know where you are going then you need to know where you have been.  Next year will mark the end of my first decade of professional strength and conditioning with elite athletes.  2017 marks probably my last year...

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How to be a better strength athlete. Powerlifting Advice that will never get old.

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  Apologies for not writing to this blog for a while I have been somewhat snowed under with other time commitments since pre-season hit in July of 2016.  Now the dust is starting to settle from 2016 I see where...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – June 2016

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Does getting stronger make soccer players faster? William Styles et al looked at the effect of 6 weeks of strength training utilising the squat exercise (2x per week utilising 80-95% RM) had on 5,10 and 15 meter sprint performance.  They...

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When is it time to stop general preperation?

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As strength and conditioning coaches and especially as strength coaches pretending to be strength and conditioning coaches I feel it is easy to get trapped in the process of worrying too much about how much weight a player is shifting....

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – November 2015

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TL;DR Chains and bands can provide a good strength stimulus over longer periods of training for athletes of different sporting backgrounds and untrained subjects.  We can’t say if this is due to a novel stimulus or due to the whole...

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The Powerlifter’s Off Season

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I’ve worked with sports men and women for nearly a decade now I have worked with Olympians, International team sports stars and youth athletes who have never stepped in a gym before.  One thing that every one of these sports...

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8 Things in the last 8 Years that I thought I knew, that where bullshit. (Part 2)

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5 – Placebo matters Once you come to accept what can be a harsh reality that a lot of the physical training that involves “optimisation” is pretty much a big crock of shit then you will come to appreciate the...

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