Fascia, Pain and Corrective Exercise

A recent study has found that individuals with recurrent lower back pain have 25% thicker fascia in the lower back area than those with no pain. This was also reproduced in the neck area where increased fascial thickness of the scalenes (front of neck) was found in those with neck pain. Also it has beenContinue reading “Fascia, Pain and Corrective Exercise”

Land Training for Swimmers

We work with a lot of good junior swimmers at Results FAST. As we tend to specialize in shoulder and back care with these individuals it’s not surprising that of each of the junior athletes we have seen have some form of back or shoulder complaint or injury. Simply said if your out of pool programme isContinue reading “Land Training for Swimmers”

5 Ways to Break a Training Plateau

The following post is specific to those who have got to a point in their training and are looking to progress that little bit more. Progress in training is rarely a straight line of success, especially as you become fitter and stronger. As I say to a lot of our clients at Results FAST “You will never beContinue reading “5 Ways to Break a Training Plateau”

Does Exercise Order Matter?

This is a common theme that I wanted to briefly discuss as a new study has emerged that hormonal markers of post exercise recovery which need to be elevated to get stronger and build muscle (IGF-1, growth hormone and testosterone) are elevated regardless of exercise order. This is interesting because it means that for muscle growthContinue reading “Does Exercise Order Matter?”

Deconstructing the Deadlift

I like deadlifting…. Mainly because I am good at it. This is a common thing for a lot of people who lift weights or perform any form of structured exercise. We tend to master the things we are better at, be it squatting, bench pressing, sprinting or marathon running. We develop excellence by specialization. FirstContinue reading “Deconstructing the Deadlift”

Hot of the Press: Double Men’s Health Feature…

Just a quick blog post to let the regular readers of this blog that Results FAST has been featured in Men’s Health in TWO articles this month. One of the articles is on progressions for those looking to build up their physique to progress towards Olympic lifting. I’ve often been misinterpreted in the past thatContinue reading “Hot of the Press: Double Men’s Health Feature…”

Single Leg Squats: 4 Fatal Errors…

The Single Leg Squat (SLS) is an advanced exercise for the lower body. Although it is advanced there are a number of errors in it’s performance as people rush to master this advanced exercise while still not having enough lower body strength to complete the movement succesfully. If you are a regular reader you willContinue reading “Single Leg Squats: 4 Fatal Errors…”

Exercise of the Week:Dumbbell Floor Press

The dumbbell floor press is a progression I use with individuals before we look to advance them to flat bench chest press and bench press. The lying position means that the range of movement is controlled with minimal stress to the shoulder joint. This makes it a perfect exercise as a progression on from inclineContinue reading “Exercise of the Week:Dumbbell Floor Press”