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Rowing: Clearing the ‘Air’ on the damper setting

Rowing: Clearing the ‘Air’ on the damper setting

– By Coach Ray One of my all-time biggest peeves when going to a commercial gym is going up to the Concept 2 rowers and seeing all the dampers set to 10. Not because I’m some sort of rowing expert or fitness snob, but because using this as a default won’t...
Tracking your Results & Beyond the Whiteboard

Tracking your Results & Beyond the Whiteboard

As a coach, there is no greater feeling than seeing you all ticking off those health and fitness goals that you all work so hard for. High fives are being dished out exponentially as you all continue to rack up those personal bests. So what’s the best way to keep...
The importance of unilateral strength training

The importance of unilateral strength training

– By Coach Ray The human body is not symmetrical, our muscles, respiratory, and circulatory systems are not the same from side to side. It’s still reasonably well balanced though, for example our torsos are balanced with the liver on the right, and the heart on...
Comparisonitis & The Unwritten Rules of CrossFit

Comparisonitis & The Unwritten Rules of CrossFit

“The Unwritten Rules of CrossFit”- a subject that hundreds of people have written about, of which I’m sure you’ve all read dozens… at least. Whilst there are many different versions, generally they all aim to deliver a very similar message. This usually encompasses...

THE AFTER LIFE OF AN ELITE GYMNAST

This is my final blog in a series of four to celebrate the countdown to the Rio Olympic Games… ONE MONTH TO GO!!! As well as being quite a cathartic process to reflect on the past to understand some of the present, I also hope my blogs have provided some insight into...

INJURIES, NUTRITION AND ALL THAT STUFF

INJURIES Firstly, I am extremely fortunate to be fit and healthy today and in general, have the freedom to choose the activities that I want to. There wouldn’t be many elite sports-persons who would get through their career injury free and / or without some lasting...