Common Injuries: Hamstring Strain

Hamstring strains are one of the most common sporting injures, and they are often associated with sports which involve repetitive bouts of maximal sprinting (Schache et al, 2011), and sports with kicking and sudden acceleration (Arnason et al, 2008). These injuries are also prone to high recurrence rates (Schache et al, 2011). They are often injured as a result of sudden hip flexion (driving knee up) combined with knee extension or straightening of the lower leg (Ali & Leland, 2012). Hamstring injuries are thought to occur due to the large amount of eccentric (muscle lengthening under tension) force generated when running. Arnason et al (2008) noted that EMG analyses of sprinting has that mu

Emergency Procedures

In the wake of recent events, here is a reminder of what to do in fire and/or earthquake emergency. These procedures - particularly fire - are signposted in the gym for your reference also. Earthquake During an earthquake, you should immediately Drop, Cover and Hold - do this in the safest area you can find. . In the gym, this means you should stay well away from the windows and all the equipment, such as cable machines, dumbbell/weight stacks and squat racks. The small exercise benches could be used to provide cover. . Do not make your way outside straight away, unless the building is showing obvious of distress. Falling glass and masonry poses a more immanent threat outside. . Afte

Ko Enters the World Champs

Our Auckland Manager Ko recently attended the ITU Cross Triathlon World Champs - here's his diary! Warning: this is a long read, so make sure you've got some water and a comfy place to sit! I am not much of a writer but I thought I would attempt a bit of a race report and fill everyone in on how my race went, particularly my clients from Wellington who were part of my journey that I won’t get to have my usual debrief with. I set my goals early this year to represent New Zealand in triathlon with the main goal being the ITU Cross-Triathlon Champs in Lake Crackenback Australia. To achieve this I would have to qualify in April this year at the Xterra Nationals in Rotorua. Long story short I c

12 Days of Christmas: Workout

Here it is, our 12 days of Christmas workout. It goes like this... On the first day of Christmas Results Room gave to me... A Sled Push to burn off the turkey. On the second day of Christmas Results Room gave to me... Two Room Runs and a Sled Push to burn off the turkey. On the third day of Christmas Results Room gave to me... Three Push Ups, two Room Runs and a Sled Push to burn off the turkey, and so on. Work your way down the list and perform all the previous exercises afterwards until you reach the end. Record your time to complete the whole workout on the challenge wall. Have fun!! First day - 1 Sled Push 30-50kg Second day - 2 Room Runs Third day - 3 Push Ups Fourth d

Are you moving enough?

Sitting down is something that is slowly creeping further into everyone’s lives. The average person is spending over six hours seated per day. Most of us sit down to eat breakfast, to drive to work, while working at a desk, to drive home, eat dinner and then relax on the couch for some down time. Does this sound like you? Below are some of the effects of prolonged sitting. Weak Legs and Glutes If you don’t use them, you lose them! By sitting all day, you’re not depending on your powerful, lower body muscles to hold you up. This leads to muscle atrophy, which is the weakening of these muscles. Without strong leg and glute muscles to stabilise you, your body is at risk of injury. Weight Gain M

Organic Food - What does that mean?

We hear a lot about organic food and the health benefits of eating it, but what does eating organic actually mean? Chemicals: The most well known benefit of eating organic food is avoiding eating fruit and vegetables laced with harmful chemicals. Organic food is often higher in nutrition and is free from artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides meaning a lower toxic load on the body. It also means more micro nutrition available for the body to utilise. The scary thing is that there are few long term studies out there to tell us the health risks of consuming these chemicals on a daily basis. Some of the most heavily sprayed fruits and vegetables are as follows: ⦁ Apples ⦁ Sweet