Take a quick look at the training routine that you’re currently following at the moment and then reflect on the training routines of the past that you have had a go at. Did you ever have one that just ‘clicked’. Did one of them tick the boxes of frequency, volume, optimal recovery and enjoyment? Either way, if you have ‘paid your dues’ with different training routines, or even if you’re a beginner, chances are that you would have heard of the Push, Pull, Leg training split.
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Creating a personalised programme of stretching that meets your needs is a vital method to help correct any core dysfunctions or any other postural deviations.
Along with selecting the correct muscles to be stretched, it is also important to choose the right type of stretch for the right purpose. There are 3 major types of stretch: static, dynamic & PNF.
There are many different training approaches to both resistance training & CV based training. Here we are going to look at 5 of the most popular training methods that are currently being used within the fitness industry.
We talked about HIIT training in a recent blog so you can check out the benefits of HIIT there. The technique doesn’t require fitness influencer-level skills, either: you can do HIIT with any workout, as long as you’re mixing up short, intense bursts of activity with less hardcore moves or complete rest in between. Its both time effective & you really feel like you’ve gotten a good workout. You don’t need any equipment & can be done anywhere which is why over the past few years it is probably one of the most popular training methods out there!
Both training principles have pros & cons, lets look a little further into each of them & break them down so see which have the most benefits.
HIIT training (high intensity interval training)
HIIT exercise sessions generally consist of a warm up period, then several repetitions of high-intensity exercise separated by medium intensity exercise for recovery, then a cool down period. The high-intensity exercise should be done at near maximum intensity. The medium exercise should be about 50% intensity. The number of repetitions and length of each depends on the exercise, but may be as little as three repetitions with just 20 seconds of intense exercise. The specific exercises performed during the high-intensity portions vary. Most of the research on HIIT has been done using a cycling ergometer, but other exercises like running, stair climbing and uphill walking can also be effective.
Compound Exercises vs. Isolation Exercises
Isolation is a waste of time. Just do all the big compound lifts, and the little muscles will take care of themselves… Right?
Multi-joint movements like squats and pull-ups should undoubtedly make up the bulk of training. However, multi-joint exercises are suboptimal for training certain muscles. Take the hamstrings and biceps, for instance. Since they don’t change length appreciably during compound lifts, isolation is actually the best way to strengthen them. Especially if these muscles are weak links in the chain, isolation is a must. Plus, it’s nice to give the people what they want.
When dealing with special populations, you must take extra precautions to ensure you are safe within the workplace and so that they feel comfortable.
There are three levels of classifications for visual impairment as defined by Parasports (www.uka.org.uk):
-B1 (Blind) – Unable to recognise the form of a hand in any direction or at any distance
Working within an elite sport team and being part of their success is a wholly rewarding experience. However, you must remember there’s no ‘Olympic games for Massage Therapists!’
Your main role it to fully support the athletes in all they do while competing. In this environment, you shall work with highly skilled performance medical team, which is completely different than being in a clinic environment. Having the skill and knowledge, is only half of the battle you must have complete accountability and responsibility for your role in the team. It is important everyone’s roles are stated clearly, and all members understand how their roles will overlap and complement one another. This ensures athletes have exactly what they need, and that work is evenly spread as a competitive environment can be extremely stressful.
How do you carry an assessment out? What equipment do you need? How long should it take? What are you even looking for? All questions which are often asked when completing a Postural Assessment.
So, let’s begin with the equipment needed in order to perform and full and efficient Postural Assessment.
-A warm, private room
-A full length mirror
-Body crayons & cleansing wipes
-Postural assessment charts
Post-Event massage is the most common form of event massage, and volunteer situations are often plentiful. Volunteering is a great way to be introduced to the art of event work and learn about the requirements of each sport. Frequently, you will get someone new to massage after an event such as a marathon, which can be an opportunity to educate the person about the benefits of regular massage.
Is Post-Event Massage Appropriate?
The main purpose of post-event massage is to bring the tissue back to a pre-event state by flushing them out, and to be observant and identify and injuries or current conditions that require first aid or medical attention. If a medical team is not doing post-event assessments, you will need to do a consultation prior to starting the massage. You must be aware of the signs and symptoms of the most common problems and be equipped to deal with them.