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Strengthening the core

Elite-level athletes take great pride in their fitness and physical strength. You can’t help but notice the muscular legs or well-defined arms. However, whether they are known for a powerful golf swing or a stunning tennis forehand, the best athletes all have one thing in common — a strong and well-conditioned core. The world’s leading organisation in the field of sport conditioning, the US National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), has produced the authoritative resource on strengthening the core to maximise sporting performance. Developing the Core features over 50 of the most effective exercises, science-based assessment tools, sport-specific programmes and expert advice for developing a personalised core programme.

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take the next step to a perfect physique

The Strength Training Anatomy Workout, Volume II, provides serious strength trainers and bodybuilders with the keys to creating lean muscle mass.

Following on from the more basic Volume I, Delavier and co-author Michael Gundill focus on the more elaborate techniques that experienced strength training enthusiasts can use to accelerate their progress.

In addition to 60 exercises, 19 stretches and 9 programmes, it’s packed with over 1,200 full-colour photographs and 160 of Delavier’s trademark illustrations.

The book describes in detail some of the advanced methods for jump-starting a workout programme, featuring segmented workouts that target specific muscle groups like the chest, biceps and forearms.

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Fitness News

FitNews from June 2008

Welcome to the June issue of FitNews.

This month we’re proud to announce the new edition of the hugely popular book Back Stability, as well as news on diabetes and push-ups.

In FitNews this month…

  • Achieve peak performance in triathlon
  • Alleviate the pain of modern life with the definitive guide to back care
  • New careers guide from BASES and Human Kinetics
  • Improved diet and exercise ‘can prevent or delay diabetes’
  • Fitness: push-ups for power


    Achieve peak performance in triathlon
    Multi-sport athletic events, such as triathlon and duathlon, have become one of the fastest-growing categories of sport in the world. Competitors are drawn to the opportunity to challenge themselves both physically and mentally, and to do something different with their lives. Championship Triathlon Training is about achieving peak performance in triathlon and duathlon, whatever your age, goal or event.Several training elements are necessary for success in multi-sport racing at any level: mental preparation, training for technique and training for strength, speed and endurance. All of these elements are covered in the fantastic Championship Triathlon Training.Throughout the book you will also discover a set of principles to guide your training process and by understanding the science behind the principles, you will incorporate physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and injury prevention into your regime to address your specific needs and the demands of competition. Specifically, you will learn to:

    • Use weight training, plyometrics and core development to accelerate skill development in all phases of swimming, running and cycling.
    • Apply metabolic training to improve endurance and race speed.
    • Combine sport-specific skills, such as mounting and dismounting, with metabolic training to improve transition times between phases.
    • Develop more efficient movement patterns for increased performance potential and reduced injury.
    • Assess health and physical status to avoid overtraining.


    Complete with sample programmes for each triathlon distance, technique analysis, training and race- specific nutrition strategies, along with tips for motivation, focus and goal setting, Championship Triathlon Training will optimise training and maximise results for any athlete.

    PRICE: £ 11.99 (17.99 Euros) Read more about the book…




    Alleviate the pain of modern life with the definitive guide to back care

    As a result of modern living, prolonged sitting and poor posture mean that back pain is now a common problem that most people will experience at some time in their life. Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy, Second Edition, addresses this modern day malady by combining research from around the world in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, exercise physiology and motor skill training, to bring you the definitive guide to back care.

    Author Christopher Norris is a physiotherapist, exercise professional and has been a teacher for more than 30 years. In this fantastic book he shares his practical knowledge to help you recognise and assess inappropriate movement patterns – whether caused by injury or simple day-to-day activity – and use a process of clinical decision making, to determine which exercises to use in developing effective back care programmes for clients and patients.

    This updated second edition, which features a further 33 new exercises as well as larger text and photography to make it even more accessible, is more than just another sequence of back exercises. It provides a theoretical foundation that will guide you in selecting the most effective exercises for each client to integrate them into a complete programme and offer the best possible care in back health.

    PRICE: £27.50 (41.25 Euros)









    New careers guide from BASES and Human Kinetics

    BASES 2008 Career Guide web

    The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) have published a new and fully updated edition of A Guide to Careers in Sport and Exercise Sciences. The free, downloadable guide for prospective and current sport and exercise science students has been written in association with Human Kinetics, the leading information provider in the physical activity field.

    BASES are the recognised UK professional body for promoting sport and exercise sciences in the UK. Founded in 1984, BASES represent sport and exercise sciences nationally and internationally. With sport and exercise science fast becoming one of the most popular subjects to study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, this careers guide has been created to help students shape their future career paths, with information on the following:

    • Important points to consider when choosing a sport and exercise science course at both school, college, undergraduate and postgraduate level,
    • Funding for postgraduate courses,
    • Common career paths that sport and exercise science graduates may follow,
    • Information on how to find a job,
    • A realistic overview of each of the careers, and
    • Profiles written by graduates to give an insight into what students need to know in order to get their dream job.


    Complete with useful websites and practical information, this easy-to-read guide will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about careers in sport and exercise science, helping students on the journey to achieving their ideal job.

    The BASES A Guide to Careers in Sport and Exercise Sciences is free to download from the BASES website









    Improved diet and exercise ‘can prevent or delay diabetes’
    Drinking less alcohol, eating more vegetables and exercising can delay or even prevent the onset of diabetes, according to scientists.Diet and exercise reduced the incidence of diabetes by about 43 per cent over 20 years among 577 high- risk Chinese adults, the researchers reported in the journal Lancet.At the end of the 20 years, 80 per cent of those who changed what they ate and exercised more had diabetes, compared with 93 per cent who made no changes, said Guangwei Li of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing and Ping Zhang at the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.The findings came as part of a series of studies addressing new research about diabetes, which affects 246 million adults worldwide, and accounts for six per cent of all global deaths.Daily Mail 23rd May 2008









    Fitness: push-ups for power

    Power training can involve regular sessions on the weight bench, but there’s a more efficient way to build body strength.

    What is the perfect exercise? If it exists, nothing comes closer than the push-up, considered the ultimate measure of fitness by many experts – and one that the American College of Sports Medicine suggests should replace more namby-pamby exercises.

    There are many variations – the one-handed push-up for the supremely athletic, for instance – but the basic principle remains the same: 1. Balance on your toes and hands, pressing your palms into the floor and keeping your hands just wider than shoulder-width apart.
    2. Straighten your back and legs so that your body remains in a “plank” position. 3. Breathe in and lower your torso to the floor by bending your elbows to 90 degrees.
    4. Engage (tense) your abdominal muscles to help to keep legs straight.
    5. Breathe out and push back up to the starting position.

    Why the popularity of the push-up has endured becomes clear when you learn how many muscles it tests – those in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs – with each repetition.

    Researchers in one US trial showed that, on average, 66.4 per cent of total bodyweight is lifted with each push-up. So if you weigh 70kg you are heaving a mighty 43kg – far more than you would on a bench- press machine.

    For those who can’t manage a single press-up, the key is to start gently. You don’t even have to lie down, says Bridgitte Swales, lecturer in sport and exercise sciences at Roehampton University. Doing a push-up against a wall reduces pressure on the arms and upper back. “The closer to the wall you stand, the easier it gets,” Swales says.

    The Times June 2, 2008