Our rehabilitation service is designed for any client or patient who is suffering from chronic or acute injuries to muscles, ligaments, tendons or nerves. We use a range of techniques for our chiropractic and exercise physiology treatments including Active Release Techniques (ART), Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Kinesio Taping.

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Our Athletic Performance service is designed for any professional or recreational athlete who wants to improve their performance. Our strength & conditioning coaches and exercise physiologists are all university qualified, are athletes themselves and hold accreditation with a number of organisations including the ASCA, ESSA and CrossFit.

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Our fat loss service is based on the cutting edge science in three different areas: sports nutrition, training and naturopathy.  If you are serious about losing weight and body fat or you want to compete in a body composition sport (e.g. fitness model, figure competitor, bikini model, bodybuilder), we can help you achieve your goals.

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Our consultancy service is perfect for any sporting club (professional or amateur) or individual athlete that wants to improve their performance. It is also extremely beneficial for strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and exercise physiologists who want advice on how to excel in their chosen field.

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The Best Muscles To Strengthen For Running – Hamstrings As Hip Extensors

The portion of the hamstrings that extend the hips are a important part of propelling the body forward during locomotion. This extension of the hips is vital to almost every running based sport and it is why most good strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers use exercises that involve triple extension (extension of hip, knee and ankle). This muscle group is predominately made of slow twitch muscle fibers that again influences the amount of repetitions you should use to train them with. The main aspect of running that improving strength in the hip extensors will benefit is your stride length. It does this in two ways. The first is by increasing the force the hip and the leg applies to the ground each stride. This increase in force gives a larger ground reaction force to the body and results in greater speed and greater distance travelled per stride. As you can reason, improvements in hip extensor strength are vital for acceleration and speed. This aspect of running is not only important for sprinters and other team sports athletes but also long distance runners or marathoners too as they change pace to distance themselves from a competitor or have to outsprint another runner at the finish line.   The second way it increases stride length is that it decreases inhibitory measures the body uses to protect the hamstring during running. If the hip extensor portion of the hamstrings is weak, the brain will send inhibitory signals to the legs preventing them from entering a range that might cause a hamstring pull for their current level of strength. When you become... read more

The Best Muscles To Strengthen For Running – Hamstrings As Knee Flexors

The hamstrings as a knee flexor are made up of predominately fast twitch fibers that flex the knee (e.g. bring the heel closer to the bottom). This influences the amount of repetitions you should use to train them with. This part of the hamstring also assists in lateral-medial and anterior-posterior stabilization of the knee. This means they are very important anatomically to strengthen to prevent injuries especially Medial Collateral Ligament, Anterior Cruciate Ligament and meniscus injuries. In terms of what strengthening the knee flexors will do for your running, it assists in two of the three aspects: stride rate and stance phase. Stride rate: As your knee flexors become stronger, they can flex the knee more rapidly after the stance phase or foot strike. This decreases the lever arm of trailing leg and allows the trailing leg to be brought forward faster ready for the next foot strike. By doing this, it will increase stride frequency as now it takes less time for the leg to be brought forward ready for the next foot strike because a) the lever arm is shorter and b) the hamstring is stronger so it can more forcibly flex the knee. Stance phase: Because the knee flexors aid so much in the stabilization of the knee, research shows this aids biomechanics in the stance phase. The biggest reason increased strength (and especially eccentric) strength in the knee flexors helps is that it takes less time for the leg to stabilize itself when it hits the ground so that foot can push off faster and the next leg cycle can begin. This means you spend... read more

Ivan Abadjiev & Bulgarian Weightlifting

At the 2011 Eleiko Strength Summit in Rhode Island, I had the pleasure of listening to the former Bulgarian & Turkish weightlifting coach, Ivan Adadjiev. Abadjiev is quite famous in weightlifting circles and somewhat revolutionized the sport of weightlifting (and training athletes in general) with a radically different approach to training. As a lifter himself, he won a silver medal in weightlifting at the 1957 World Championships. After finishing his athletic career, Abadjiev started training young weightlifters. At the time, Bulgaria was still basically a satellite country for the Soviet Union and as such followed their training regimes. To cut a long story short, Abadjiev did not really share the same training philosophy as the Russians who used a wide variety of exercises and spent most of their training time lifting weights at 85% of their maximum. He decided that his lifters would only focus on the competition lifts (clean & jerk and snatch) along with front squat and back squat. He also decreed that his lifters should spend most of their time lifting at or above 95% of their maximum. Not only this but he demanded a much higher workload from his athletes. For instance in Russian training manuals that were current at the time Abadjiev was coaching, it states that an experienced lifter at a certain weight should not lift over 1000 tonne per calendar year. At the seminar, he revealed a Bulgarian weightlifter’s training log who was in the same weight class where the weight lifted in that particular day was 66 tonne – meaning the lifter would have lifted over 1000 tonne in 15 training... read more