Year: 2021

How to mentally train for an ultra run

Running ultra distances requires immense physical training, and mental training too. Being mental prepared for the challenges you’ll face during a race is just as important as the physical ones, and could make or break your race. In this post we explore the mental challenge of dealing with discomfort when running in ultra, and how to deal with it. This post is adapted from ultra runner Addie Bracy’s book, Mental Training for Ultrarunning. Getting comfortable with discomfort Nobody enters a 50-mile (80 km) race with the expectation of an absence of pain. We do so with a curiosity of how much we can handle and to see whether we are tougher than the terrain or the distance. Even though we leave the start line knowing that we are guaranteed to experience some discomfort, it can still be difficult to tolerate, especially the longer the race goes on. At times, even the most experienced athletes question whether they can do it. Just because being uncomfortable is an expected aspect of ultrarunning doesn’t mean you should show …

Is personal training the right career for you?

When considering whether to become a Personal Trainer it’s important to do your research to find out if personal training is the right career path for you. In this blog post, special guest author FitPro interviews its Head of Training Aaron Barnett and asks him key questions about becoming a Personal Trainer. This Q&A will highlight what to expect for a career in personal training and help to you to decide whether or not personal training is the right profession for you. FitPro: Do you have to be an active person to become a Personal Trainer (PT)?  Aaron: A Personal Trainer should strive to be a role model and live the lifestyle that is expected of their clients. By living the lifestyle, a PT will understand the good times and the bad and be able to communicate their training principles with authenticity and conviction. Role modelling drives leadership which in turn builds trust, rapport and long-lasting successful relationships with clients. Also, personal training is a physically demanding profession. Personal Trainers must be robust and conditioned …

Exercise and ageing: Can HIIT slow the ageing process?

In this post we explore the ageing process and the benefits of exercise as we age, with a particular focus on high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Unfortunately none of us can avoid getting older, but exercise could be a way to keep our bodies healthier for longer. We explore more below, adapted from Pete McCall’s Ageless Intensity. How we age “Although…every physiological system shows some decline with age, the amount of decline, the systems affected and the age at which the decline begins are highly variable and specific to each individual” McDonald, 2019 Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two adults will age exactly the same way. Likewise, exercise will affect each person differently. Research can provide a general idea of the results from a particular mode of exercise, but exercise is only one variable that influences how the body changes; other factors include nutrition, sleep, and overall level of stress. Although there is no way to guarantee specific results from any exercise program, the evidence does suggest that a lack of regular physical …


Athletes’ hydration needs before, during and after exercise

Maintaining your hydration status is of utmost importance to both your overall health and athletic performance. In fact, studies have consistently confirmed the link between hydration status and athletic performance in activities ranging from submaximal exercise to maximal-intensity aerobic performance in both warm and hot environments. But how much should you drinking and when should you be drinking it? We explore these questions in this post, adapted from High-Performance Nutrition for Masters Athletes.