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Olympic Lifting

     Pros improves strength, power, acceleration, speed = sports specific very functional (centre of gravity, base of support, inner and outer core integration, motor patterns) = human specific great assessment tool good training in pre and early season great for fat loss Cons trains one plane of motion the saggital (forward and backward) and not [...]

2017-11-05T12:19:03+00:00 October Oct, 2017|

Technique, Technique, Technique

Technique is everything when it comes to weight training. Yes, you want to work to failure, you want high intensity, but not at the cost of technique. Working to failure, is working to your maximum, it is failure when you cannot lift anymore, cannot perform or complete anymore repetitions of that exercise at that weight. [...]

2017-11-05T12:19:03+00:00 August Aug, 2017|

Workshop dates announced

Ski Fitness, the snowsport specific, physical conditioning assessment and programming company, have announced the weekend of 16th/17th September 2017 for its first series of ski fitness workshops taking place in Surrey. Performance Director, Ollie Martin says “We wanted an accessible opportunity for instructors and athletes to learn some of the detailed requirements for a professional [...]

2017-11-05T12:19:03+00:00 June Jun, 2017|

Pain Teacher

The pain teacher is one of the best teachers I’ve met. Do not mess around, daydream, or skip her classes or you’ll never reach your full potential, resulting in, ’Could do better’ reports all round! Even worse is to do what most people do, and ignore the pain teacher by taking ‘treatments’ to muffle her. [...]

2017-03-30T07:03:39+00:00 March Mar, 2017|

10 Days in Chamonix

Day 1 - drove overnight from London, arrive in 1 metre of fresh snow, most of Chamonix areas closed apart from from Les Houches, so skied there. Freshtracks all day but getting heavy with the lower height and warmer conditions. Day 2 - Grand Montets (3300m), Argentiere open for the first time since the snow [...]

2017-11-05T12:19:03+00:00 March Mar, 2017|

Go with the flow

Skiing used to be about perfecting technique so that it could be imposed on the mountain regardless of differing terrain. This domination the mountain, consisted of beautiful, dinky little linked-turns, Parisian bottom wiggles and endless admiring of perfect radius tracks in the snow. And, yes it still is, in many peoples’ minds. However, snow boarding [...]

2017-11-05T12:19:03+00:00 February Feb, 2017|

Intensity vs Density

Lifting weights in the gym at 10 reps progressing to 1 Repetition Maximum (the maximum weight you can lift once) is ‘intense’ exercise. Going to a circuit class, Zumba class, or step class is a ‘high density’ exercise because a large volume of exercise is completed in a relatively short period of time. In general, [...]

2017-11-05T12:19:03+00:00 January Jan, 2017|

Set points & future proofing NOT calories

People really struggle when a I say that calories are pretty irrelevant when it comes to weight loss and health. They mistake our incredibly complex bodies for a simple machine where calories in and calories out determine our weight and fat stores. This is understandable because: we need to simplify the information on health otherwise [...]

2017-01-04T10:07:01+00:00 January Jan, 2017|

Skiing is one of the healthiest sports

Skiing is one of the best sports for total mind and body wellbeing because it’s: 1. Fun If an activity is not fun it’s unlikely to be good for you and you are unlikely to stick to it for long - look at all those lapsed gym memberships! 2. Social Fundamentally we thrive in ‘tribe’ [...]

2016-12-13T16:02:43+00:00 December Dec, 2016|

Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show Review

Four days at the ski show last weekend went by in a whirlwind of thousands of people most of whom had a go on our CoolBoards!  Friday was a 12 hour marathon, not finishing until 10pm.  There was a great 'apres-ski' party atmosphere which was great fun but not always the best environment to talk [...]

2017-11-05T12:19:03+00:00 November Nov, 2016|