“Should you be doing that…?”

“Should you be doing that?” I’ve heard that question asked a lot.  It used to piss me off a lot.  Someone close to me was involved in a car crash.  And while she was recovering and regaining her health in the gym, she was constantly told to not do anything, to lay down and don’t … Read more

When an injury means you have to stop training.

I’ve mentioned this before, but what the hell, I’ll mention it again…I’ve been very lucky to have trained with a wide range of people with a wide range of injuries and medical conditions.  I’ve worked with men, women, the young, the old, people in the prime of their life, people with broken bones, with dodgy … Read more

The Nocebo effect.

Nocebo: A detrimental effect on health produced by psychological or psychosomatic factors such as negative expectations of treatment or prognosis. Yet again, last week I had a lovely woman in the gym for her first time.  While showing her around the toys, it was obvious that she was nervous about the whole experience.  Nervous about what … Read more

Cross training – training when injured.

Training when injured

Training when injured

My friend was out running in the rain the other day, slipped and twisted her knee.  It is now lovely and swollen and she has been advised to avoid too much force going through her knee. So what does she do now?  Does she have to lay up for a couple of weeks recovering and possibly losing some of the fitness she has trained hard to gain?  Of course not!  This is where cross training (and a little imagination) comes in! First of all, here is the usual obvious disclaimer:

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