It’s all about swim, bike, run and for most recreational triathletes, they only just manage to fit the required training sessions into an already busy weekly routine, let alone set aside time to recover. However, a proper recovery strategy can make the difference to the quality of your next training session and race, and makes sure your efforts are maximised. You need to nail your recovery tactics to ensure a peak performance in training as well as racing.
If golf is your thing, it’s time to start focusing not only on training and performance but how to recover after training and games. Recovery is a factor that can sometime get overlooked but can have a massive effect on performance both short term and long term. There are four main components of recovery: hydration, refuelling, physical and psychological recovery.
2011 was a challenging year for me, I was 35 years old and had just been diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition. I lost my driver’s licence and a load of confidence in everything. I was a rock climber that enjoyed pushing my mind and body to the limits. However on the 14th June 2011 after that diagnosis it all changed, I thought my adventures were over when I was told I could go blind in 5 short years but a friend told me to get my act together!
Have you any idea how much life is left in your latest training footwear? Regardless of whether you are walking, running or gym-ing in your trainers, you will only get a certain amount of miles from a shoe before the cushioning and support in your shoes wears out.
Golf fitness, in particular strength and conditioning is growing at a rapid rate and this is enabling golfers both amateurs and professionals to be hitting further, scoring lower and performing better than ever before. One of the underpinning factors of golf fitness training is power and in particular power generated from the ground up.
Sport and exercise are becoming increasingly demanding, especially for those with an obsession to get fit, those with a competitive edge or those striving to lose weight. Anyone who is involved in regular exercise or physical activity will be exposed to a risk of injury, no matter how amateur they feel they are.
Next time you complete a work-out, whether it be a weights session in the gym, a vigorous spin class or finishing a Marathon, you need to consider this. Massage is proven to be a very effective way of speeding up the recovery process, healing sore muscles and preventing injury.
Golf is a combination of low to moderate aerobic exercise, decision making, strength, power, co-ordination and the golf swing itself. Being good at all of these aspects will lead to you being a competent golfer. To be an excellent golfer these skills need to be trained and improved to enable you to reach the best of your abilities.
Since playing golf from the age of nine I have gradually come to the realisation that there is a greater risk of injury in golf than I initially was aware of. Lower back injuries are the most prevalent of all the golf injuries, followed by elbow and shoulder injuries.
I have an amazing job and I consider myself very lucky to have such a job. With a comfortable mix of working with private clients and elite athletes, my week at work is extremely varied. I work a proportion of my week at the National Cycling Centre with the elite cyclists of British Cycling at Manchester’s Velodome and the rest in private practice.