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4 Tips to Restart Training Better

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Chances are, some of you are kicking off your training after long break last year. With that in mind, here are 4 tips that you can take advantage of to make sure you set off on the right foot!

4 Tips to Kick-start Training

1. Start with Strength

After a long break, our muscles weaken and our movements become inefficient. Basically, it means your body is unprepared. This is a huge cause of concern especially since a lot of people get overzealous with restarting their fitness journey. This results in injuries which demotivates them further. We don’t want to take one step forward and two steps back.
The answer lies in proper strengthening. I know that some endurance athletes don’t usually like lifting weights thinking that it will make them heavier/bulkier and that it doesn’t translate to real-world gains. However, having a strength and conditioning routine is important in any training program.
First of all, it helps address and muscular imbalances and weaknesses that might cause problems later on. Injuries such as ITBS, Achilles tendonitis, and runner’s knee can easily prevented with proper strengthening (together with other things such as form/technique adjustments). Read more

How Can Lactate and VO2 Max Testing Make You Faster?

Lactate and VO2 Max

How can Lactate and VO2 Max testing make you faster?

Whether you’re a beginner or veteran, we all want to improve through proper training. When we talk about training, the focus is usually on duration or mileage while intensity only comes secondary. This can be detrimental to our performance since athletes tend to focus on merely doing the workouts rather than doing them well. The common problem is that people fall into the “more is better” mindset. We log more and more miles even if we’re doing the workouts slower and slower and making ourselves exponentially more tired.

This is where performance testing (e.g. lactate and VO2 Max Testing) comes in. By having a clearer picture of what our body is capable of, we can understand how hard or easy we need to push and the type of training we need to improve. Read more