Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pre event nerves

Nerves, sweaty palms, hearts racing, knot in your stomach. How many of us have experienced these sensations before an important event we were about to participate in? I'll be willing to bet all of us. Sometimes it's accompanied by negative self-talk; I'm really nervous..... I'll probably blow it..... this will never work. In reality your perfectly capable of interpreting these physical signals in a totally positive manner, and say, hey this feeling is just the result of my body secreting adrenaline getting me ready for this event, all it's saying is lets go. Just think if you were to go into this event half asleep how do you think you would do? It's simply your body preparing you for this... it's all good. You just need to enforce this mentally. All performers have experienced this rush before an important event, it's simply showing you care and want to do well.  You can easily make it work by recognizing its positive elements and channeling your focus.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Off season conditioning

Runners and Cyclists are notorious for isolated deconditioning and hyperconditioning. The repetitive nature of the running or cycling motion emphasizes the overuse of certain muscle groups and underuse of others. These imbalances can force the body into improper mechanics by over-using certain muscle structures to compensate for weaker ones. This condition ultimately leads to pain and injury. Off season conditioning should involve working the muscles that follow the transverse plane and frontal plane of body motion not just the sagittal plane to correct some of these conditions. The Frontal plane or sometimes referred to the Coronal plane is one of the most neglected movement planes for any athlete or that matter the general population. I hear Runners and Cyclists say they have little desire to hit the gym or do any resistance exercise but the benefits and longevity it provides for doing your chosen sport is undeniable. Muscular imbalances that worsen over the years will lead to a deterioration of your running pace or cycling efficiency. Ultimately, it's not a matter of if you'll get injured but when.