Effective Training

Continually beating yourself up in your training is a surefire way to go backwards, not forwards, in training. Instead, try a “No Threat” training approach.IntroductionI was teaching on a coaching course the other day and as usually happens, one of the learners wanted to talk about more than simply cycling technique. Over lunch we got

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Athlete Health

The single best mindset shift that you can make with both your training and your life as a whole is to embrace the power of systems.IntroductionA few months ago I discovered something that simply changed both my life and those of many of my athletes. What you need to know about me for this post to

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Effective Training

Is the Aggregation of Marginal Gains concept useful or just a distraction? For most athletes, it’s a way to look for shortcuts instead of doing the work.IntroductionIn simple language: “Small things add up to to make a big difference.” Way back in the early “Noughties”, Dave Brailsford at British Cycling coined what has now become a

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Effective Training

Following an evidence-based training plan would seem, on the surface, to be an excellent strategy for getting the most from you training. But is it really?IntroductionIf you were to have a quick scan around the endurance coaching world, you’d run into a lot of coaching programmes that claim to be “evidence-based training”, “based on the

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Athlete Health

If you want to be an athlete for the long-term, it’s important that you improve your sleep. Most of the world sleeps too little or experiences poor sleep quality.IntroductionWe were watching a tv programme the other night in which one of the characters, having been sleep deprived forever it seemed, simply fell asleep instantly. My

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Optimum Nutrition

Do diets work? The diet industry is the most successful unsuccessful industry in the world. The sheer fact that diets routinely fail is what makes them profitable.IntroductionDiets work. Yes, I did just say that.  Then again, to quote legendary strength coach Dan John: “Everything works for about 6 weeks.”  This post is the result of a conversation I

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