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Switching up your training and diet to maximise training adaptations

Everyone who exercises and eats healthily wants to look and perform at their best. Mixing up your training and nutrition to maximise training adaptations are vital for all athletes to achieve peak performance, so you’re not training the same way or eating the same things every day. If you’re training for a marathon you just …

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How to Build Muscle and Strength like a Rugby Player

Rugby is a physically demanding sport that requires players to have high levels of muscle mass and low body fat levels. Rugby players come in a variety of different shapes and sizes specific to their position, therefore training and nutritional requirements must be tailored to each player. Playing position, total body weight and body composition …

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Caffeine – ergogenic or diuretic?

Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical found in certain plants including cocoa beans, kola nuts, yerba maté, guarana, and the world’s most beloved tea leaves & coffee beans. Coffee & tea have become the major sources of caffeine intake, and many consider it as an essential dietary component to get them through the day. It …

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How to maintain physique over the Christmas period

Christmas is a time to relax, spend time with loved ones and most importantly eat lots of food! This ultimately results in many people letting loose until the New Year when they can begin a “detox” diet with the intention of losing their Christmas weight (plus more), and looking better than they did before. Don’t …

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A New Year’s Resolution That You Can Stick To – Part 2

You’re eating healthier, exercising more, drinking less, and generally feeling a lot better in yourself. The New Year is a great time to change your lifestyle for the better, and you may even find that you’re better off financially! But what else can you change about what you were doing previously that will make you …

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The truth about detox & juice diets: fad diets that don’t last

Detoxes & juice diets are popular dieting strategies that are advocated to cleanse, detoxify, recharge, or “fat-flush” your body by eliminating dangerous toxins and impurities from the body. This is an attractive solution for individuals looking for a quick fix to improve body composition and health by rapidly burning unwanted body fat. However, the reason …

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Carbohydrates – Fuelling Your Training & Avoiding Sugar-Cravings

One of the biggest dietary challenges is to know how to select your carbohydrate intake based on your lifestyle and training requirements.  This article gives tips on how to fuel your training based on the demands of that session, and offers smart swaps when you’re craving something naughty!   Maximise training performance Carbohydrates are the main …

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Functional Foods to Maximise Recovery

After a long, intense training session your body has been stressed so much that muscles are damaged, energy stores (muscle glycogen) are depleted, and you are dehydrated. Your body is craving nutrients from food and water to help it recover, and there are 4 R’s to remember for optimal recovery;   Repair – protein to heal …

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