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The Best Way to Row

Welcome to another complete guide, this time on the classic back training staple; the row.
Now the reason the row has been a staple in weight training for almost as long as weight training has been around, is it’s a fantastic exercise for upper/middle back muscular development, with the lats, rhomboids and middle and lower traps being heavily involved.

Reducing Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring injuries are multifaceted and complex in nature. More often than not, it is a combination of variables that lead to a sprain or strain. Hamstring injuries are the most common soft tissue injury in sports that involve high speeds. From the research, we know that previous hamstring injuries are the biggest predictor of a future sprain, and as such, prevention is better than a cure!
To best prevent hamstring injuries in sport, we need to:

Have a good foundation of knowledge surrounding anatomy and physiology
Have a good understanding of exercise programming, exercise selection and periodisation
Understand the concept of load and how we can balance our training load with recovery and avoid overtraining
Understand the effect of proper sprint training and running mechanics in athletic populations

This blog and the attached video series; aims to be your starting block for this information.

Back Squat Tutorial

Welcome to the blog we're going to do on squats, with tips and tricks and things that we look for when we're coaching people, ourselves and things that can help you improve your squatting to make sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck.
One of the things that we've definitely been told a lot when new clients come to us is that they can't deep squat as they've been told by other people, trainers, physios or whoever that’s due to their anatomy.

How We Progress Clients To Deadlifts at CTS

With our beginner clients instead of introducing them to deadlift variations straight away we’ve seen a lot of success and improved results by starting with other hip hinge variations first. Then over the first few phases of training progress them up to deadlifts.

How Stress Is Stopping Your Results And What To Do About It

Have you hit a plateau with your training or your body composition?
Are you not improving each week with your lifts?
Have your energy levels dropped?
Are you moody or getting frustrated easily?
Feeling a bit down lately or have low self-esteem?
 

These are all signs leading towards that you are stressed, stop thinking that ‘stress’ is to do with work, or will you have enough money to pay your mortgage this week, or even writing a blog about stress.

Contrast Training for Combat Athletes

Contrast training bridges the gap between explosive/speed (plyometric) based training and heavy resistance (strength) based training by incorporating them together to improve neurological efficiency.
Plyometric training and strength training are often programmed for separately in different training phases or sessions as they are seen as two different training modalities.