If you're sore, don't train again until you're not sore.

DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and how to beat it

Recent research in the last few years  suggest that a large component of DOMS is not from damage to the muscle fibres (as is commonly thought), but  more from an over-activation of your central nervous system (CNS) when it is not used to so much activity. It basically gets upset at you for making it … Continue reading DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and how to beat it

Why I almost never put you face-down first for your massage treatment

There's a conventional wisdom in massage therapy: "rub where it hurts. " This is wrong. Think about it — if you're spending your life sitting at a desk or computer, on your couch, or in a car, as most of us do for most of our waking hours, your arms are usually out in front of … Continue reading Why I almost never put you face-down first for your massage treatment

My fitness goals, and the improvement mindset

Having an improvement mindset means enjoying that idea that there is always more to improve. To illustrate this, I'll talk mainly about my health goals. It has been said that "if you've got your health, you've got everything." Plus what we know from research is that when people become more fit and healthy it tends … Continue reading My fitness goals, and the improvement mindset

Why you should never stretch your rhomboids (unless you’re in the army)

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKWraWYkr9o Reciprocal inhibition is a muscle reflex that sends an inhibitory motor nerve signal to the muscles opposite those contracting. So, if your chest muscles are short (as they are when your shoulders are rolled around to the front, which is guaranteed if you drive a desk every day), then your upper back muscles (rhomboids, … Continue reading Why you should never stretch your rhomboids (unless you’re in the army)

Sports massage can benefit all kinds of sportspeople.

Why Coordination Is More Important Than Strength

I love working with bodies. They're amazing. We are evolved to be as efficient as possible at all times, and strength, power and endurance are no different. That's me, three days ago, on my fourth set of three 50 kg close-grip bench press. It was only on the fifth and final set that I struggled. Up until … Continue reading Why Coordination Is More Important Than Strength