How to Build Strength in Rock Climbers – Part 1

Most people have known me as Strength and Conditioning Coach primarily for Team Sports (Rugby Union and American Football), however, my passion has always been Rock Climbing since as long as I remember. So at present I have switched my focus to build strength in Climbers. Even with Rock climbing in the Olympics it is […]

Exercises That Will Make You a Better Rock Climber – Week 4 Bar Hangs

This week we are on to the Bar Hangs, easiest exercises of them all in my opinion. Purpose: Grip and core strength Targets: Hanging on to holds It goes without saying that having good grip strength is vital for climbing. Being able to hang onto even the tiniest of climbing holds makes all routes easier […]

What is Fartlek Training??

Fartlek, developed in the 1930’s, a Swedish term that means “speed play,” is a form of interval or speed training that can be effective in improving your running speed and endurance. Fartlek running involves varying your pace throughout your run, alternating between fast segments and slow jogs. Unlike traditional interval training that involves specific timed […]

Rehab Trainer- Quad Dominant?

By Ulrik Larsen: The fitness industry has seemed fixated with the idea of clients being “Quad Dominant” for as long as I have been involved in it – no doubt you have heard this term too? Google it! – so many very vocal and articulate writers decrying Quad Dominance, it is incredible. Have you noticed […]

Rehab Trainer – Dominant Hammies with Grumpy Knees

I’m sure you agree that we have spent a good amount of energy trying to improve our Quadricep Quality? Quad tightness, increased VL tone (neural tension), tightness, VMO inhibition and atrophy, etc are all critical. But what if there s one more major ingredient that keeps Quads under-active? Hamstring overactivity, is what I am speaking […]

Rehab Trainer – Early Fx Integration for Grumpy Confused Quads 11

In all my Physiotherapy days treating knee pain, I was never more grateful for any piece of equipment than for the Leg Press they had in the massive gym next door to our Sports Medicine Clinic at Lutwyche in Brisbane. It was perfect! – the kind that moves your body away from the platform, not […]

Rehab Trainer – Firing UP Grumpy Quads 10

Thank you if you sent in your personal experiences for Switching ON your own quadriceps! Really, really appreciated some of the insights and superb ideas from you. To begin, here is a small selection that the whole group offered (some very smart Personal Trainers and Injury Specialists out there in our family!): Please click on the link to […]

Rehab Trainer – Switching ON Grumpy Quads 9

  Let’s just pause for a deep breath in this series on Grumpy Knees…we have spent a good few newsletters now on Quad releasing, trigger points, R1/R2, and stretching, and how have you found this? Anything new for you? What do you find hardest to do if you have Grumpy Knees? No video today, instead […]

Wednesday Rehab – Passive Stretching R2 Mobility for Grumpy Quads 8

Hahaha I love bringing some fun into the rather serious world of Rehab  – I’m hoping R2D2 might be feeling a lot looser since last session of Myofascial release ;))…. how about you?   But now to KEEP some of that looseness, we need long periods of holding on stretch near the R2 limit. Straight after […]

Wednesday Rehab – Myofascial R2 Mobility for Grumpy Quads 7

  R2 mobility? WTF? Sounds like a technique on a certain Star Wars character 😉 All it means is the very limit of a tissue’s extensibility; its true passive end range. Probably some discomfort associated with holding it at this point but not painful (unless you are stretching nerve tissue without realising it). Muscle and fascia […]