Category: Wednesday Wisdom

The Orthostatic Heart Rate Test – Wednesday Wisdom

In our last two articles we discussed the different stages of fatigue and the importance of implementing a fatigue management plan. In this article we will now look at some simple field based assessments that functional training instructors can use to determine if their clients are currently experiencing excessive fatigue, or even overtraining.  This test.. read more

Internal & External Training Loads – Wednesday Wisdom

The desire to help our clients achieve their health and fitness goals is important to most trainers, coaches and instructors. To assist our clients achieve these goals, it is important that each client has a clear training plan that considers how much training stress they can tolerate. It is for this reason, that monitoring some.. read more

Monitoring Training Loads Pt. 1 – Wednesday Wisdom

In this month’s series of Wednesday wisdom posts, we are going to look at monitoring training loads and how this might relate to your practice as a functional training coach or even as a functional training athlete if you are training for competition.  How many times have you heard the phrase “Go hard, or Go.. read more

Using Foam Rollers Pre-Run – Wednesday Wisdom

In this month’s series of articles, we have looked carefully at the effect well-designed movement preparation or warm-up programs can have on exercise performance. In particular, we have focused on the beneficial effects movement preparation training such as performing self-myofascial release (SMFR) on the foam roller has on strength and power performance. However, the effect.. read more

Vibrating Foam Rollers – Wednesday Wisdom

As we continue to look at the most effective movement preparation routines, a new and interesting study has shown that using vibrating foam rollers can optimise proprioception, force output and range of motion. In this study, researchers from the Coaching Medical University in Taiwan had a group of younger adults perform a standard warm-up routine,.. read more

Activating the Glutes – Wednesday Wisdom

Continuing in this series of articles, this week we are going to look at how activation exercises can be when performed before explosive lifts such as kettlebell swings, barbell and functional bag explosive lifts such as high pulls and other Olympic lifting variations. As you are aware, one the fundamental principles that the FTI cover.. read more

Foam Rolling Improves Superficial Back Line Range of Motion

Hello to everyone! In my last post, I mentioned that “nothing is certain in science” and I said this because very often, just when we think we agree on a specific set of research findings, another opposing finding will pop up.  The following results from this very recently published study highlight this point.  A group.. read more

Wednesday Wisdom: Resistance Training Methods

Functional training tools such as the kettlebell, functional bags, cables and to a lesser extent battling ropes can be used to elicit improvements in some morphological and neural adaptations that lead to improvements in strength, power, and muscle size.  In this exciting infographic by sports scientist Yan Le Meur, it has been identified which resistance.. read more

Wednesday Wisdom: Monitoring Training Loads For Functional Training Pt. 2

Hello again to everyone, Luke here again from the FTI.  Previously, I have posted an article discussing how functional training instructors can embrace recent scientific methods of monitoring and calculating the session RPE and training load your clients and of course, yourself may experience in each of your daily functional training sessions.  To reorientate yourself.. read more

Wednesday Wisdom: Monitoring Training Load for Functional Training Pt. 1

Hi Guys, Luke here again from the FTI. In this weeks article, we are going to look at some simple methods you can use to monitor your client’s training intensity and workload. Sports scientists have for some time now solved many of the problems of managing large groups of athlete’s workout intensities and workloads with.. read more

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