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21/10/2020

What I see wrong with 99% of group training

So before I begin my hatchet job on group training, let me just list what I think is great about it first. I don’t want you to think I am a doomsayer or a negative Nellie. My name is Anthony though, which means it would be something like Antagonistic Anthony. Group training fosters community. It encourages participation because you don’t want to let the group down, when you may have no qualms about letting yourself down. Weird I know. It’s social. We are social animals so it fits. There’s safety in numbers. Some of our clients prefer it because you can hide a little. Now that may be a reason that it isn’t great, but let’s face it, not everyone wants every single movement scrutinised. That’s a lot of pressure! Friendly competition. Now this one is a double edged sword because a little can be so good as progress can be faster when we push our boundaries but the downside….. well this is a great segue way in to what I see wrong with most group training these days. Now imagine this. You are an ex athlete and pretty darn fit in a previous life. You have a competitive nature but it has waned a little. You have matured and feel that now it’s more about feeling good from exercise and making slow but steady progress. You turn up to a group that is full of highly competitive types. In fact the training methodology has a formal world wide competition that the local group has been carved from. The movements […]
11/08/2020

Energy and Injury Management in the age of Covid 19

At the tender age of 54 this subject becomes more and more important to me with each passing year. You don’t get to this age with out some lingering memories of exercise gone wrong. I am talking here about old injuries, which can be a big limiting factor when it comes to either getting back in to a good exercise routine or maintaining one. As with all things, it usually comes back to how you look at it. The mind can either help you get around this or allow you to use it as an excuse to not do anything. I find the trick with this challenge is to go back to a process focus and forget about the end point. When you stay transfixed on what you ‘used to be able to do’ or have unrealistic expectations about your results, you are setting yourself up for failure. It really comes down to the age old principle of starting small and then building slowly but surely. If you keep to the task and deliver on the action, pretty soon you will arrive at a better place. It’s hard to do rehabilitation exercises for example (this is me!) when all you really want to do is start lifting heavy weights again. But you just gotta do it first and know where you are at, not where you might want to be in some far off future or past (glory days!) So what about energy? How do we manage that when there is just so much that can eat away it? The […]