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The Science Of Battling Rope Training Pt 4 – Wednesday Wisdom

In the last instalment of research reviews on the battling ropes, we are going to look at a study which looked at the effects of battling rope training has on muscle activity, when combined with whole body vibration. Vibration plates and more recently vibration foam rollers are now common place in many fitness training environments,.. read more

The Science Of Battling Ropes Pt 3 – Wednesday Wisdom

In this third instalment of research reviews on the battling ropes, we are going to look at a study which looked at the effects of battling rope training on aerobic fitness and baseball pitching performance. Given, that the traditional approach to in baseball has been to use running based programs to improve fitness, the authors.. read more

The Science Of Battling Rope Training Pt 2 – Wednesday Wisdom

Last week we looked at the immediate (acute) effects of battling rope (BR) training. This week we are going to look at some research which has investigated the long-term effects of battling rope training on general fitness. Longer term battling rope studies are uncommon, therefore if battling rope training is going to become a more.. read more

The Science Of Battling Rope Training Pt 1 – Wednesday Wisdom

The versatility of the battling ropes is well known among fitness trainers and coaches alike.  Previous research has shown regular training with battling ropes can improve grip strength, stimulate the aerobic energy system, recruit several important core muscles and improve metabolic conditioning in general populations. However the benefits of battling rope training is not restricted.. read more

HIFT Improves Strength, Fitness & Flexibility – Wednesday Wisdom

HIFT improves strength, fitness and flexibility In this final instalment of articles on high intensity functional training, we are going to look at an interesting military study which compared the effects of HIFT versus conventional fitness training on strength, fitness and flexibility in well trained younger male and female army personal. This may particularly relevant.. read more

The Kettlebell Snatch – Wednesday Wisdom

The Kettlebell swing is widely regarded as the ‘King’ of all Kettlebell exercises. It trains the commonly weak posterior chain muscles like no other exercise. It strengthens the core and has been found to combat back pain in many individuals. It’s hard to argue with its standing… As good as the swing is as a.. read more

Unleashing The Kettlebell Pistol Squat

The kettlebell pistol squat is an impressive looking exercise. Not only does it look good but the benefits reaped are second to none. The squat requires great strength, balance, coordination, symmetry and mobility. The movement is beneficial for everyone including professional athletes and regular Joes. There are numerous benefits for incorporating the pistol squat into.. read more

HIFT Improves Health & Fitness

As discussed in our last article, high intensity functional training (HIFT) is a training regime characterised by the use of functional exercise at high intensity. Unlike similar variants, such as HIIT and sprint interval training, little is known about the potential heath and fitness benefits of this type of training.  To gain further insight into.. read more

High Intensity Functional Training – a new label for an old form of training?

Recently, a group of researchers (Feito et al. 2018) have made a call to label and define high intensity functional training or “HIFT” a type of exercise training that consists of functional, multi-joint movements incorporated into either aerobic or resistance based training to improve general fitness (Feito et al. 2018; Heinrich 2015). I find it.. read more

Functional Assessment Of The Back Squat

For many trainers and coaches, functional movement assessments such as the overhead squat, and others due to their complexity, are a barrier to performing the important task of observing movement competency, before progressing to load.  Given, the squat pattern is fundamental to many of the functional training movement patterns, utilised with kettlebells, functional bags, battling.. read more