Avoiding New Year ‘overuse’ injuries

Technique Regional Lead Lucas Taylor talks through some of the injuries we see at the start of the year, and how you can adjust your training to minimise risk.   Injuries that we see in the New Year can be generally grouped into the umbrella term of ‘Overuse’. Every January, we often see a large increase in motivation to be active. …

Announcing the Technique and Ski Mojo partnership

We are delighted to announce that we are the London partners for Ski Mojo, the power-assisted skiing technology brand. This means that our clinics can now offer support to those who love the thrill of the slopes but have injuries that might be holding them back.  Martin Hannaford, General Manager and Engineer of Ski Mojo, says: “The Ski Mojo is …

Most common running injuries: prevention tips and treatment

When we consider the most common injuries in the running population who visit us, there is a common trend in the reason behind their occurrence – overuse. With overuse injuries, we often see there is too little recovery time between finishing one bout of exercise and the next. As a result, structures struggle to keep up with the demand, and …

Overuse injuries and how to avoid them

Our bodies are highly adaptable and, if you increase your training load, they will change in order to meet these new demands. Big spikes in training, however, can negatively impact recovery and increase risk of injury. For example, while training for a marathon, your heart and lungs become more efficient, your tendons become more ‘springy’, and your muscles become better …

The relationship between VO2 Max and FTP

VO2 Max and Functional Threshold Power (FTP) are distinct but closely related parameters of aerobic fitness that need to be fully understood when programming training. First, it is important to understand them both and where they link together. This doesn’t mean that strength training should be used alone to improve performance; it must be done alongside endurance training in a …

Is my FTP score good?

Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is a key metric benchmark in cycling; it is the highest average power that you can sustain for one hour, measured in watts. It is the most common training metric used by athletes and coaches to determine training sessions and plan programmes effectively when using a power meter or smartphone app. Your FTP score is highly …

Why is strength training needed for endurance athletes? Why is Technique Health and Fitness the best pick to deliver what I need?

Research shows that both low and high-intensity endurance exercise improve as a result of maximal strength and explosive strength training. Without looking too deeply into the science, the key benefits include greater leg strength, greater velocity at VO2 max, improved endurance performance (both short and long-term), enhanced exercise efficiency and improve lactate threshold. All of these key beneficial improvements are …

How to calculate threshold power and different zones

An individual’s Functional Threshold Power (FTP), also known as Threshold Power, is a representation of one’s ability to sustain the highest power output possible over 45 to 60 minutes; and can be determined for an athlete from any level of experience or training. Having regular assessments of FTP can give you a clear indication whether improvements are being made from …

How many rest days should I take during a typical training week?

Why do I need rest days?  How am I going to improve if I am just resting? These are common questions for any athlete to ask, and often a section of training that isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. Resting and recuperating is an essential part of any training programme, whether that is a strength-based, endurance-based or game-based …

How to: taper before a race

A “taper” is an extended period of ‘reduced’ training during a programme, usually lasting between 1 and 3 weeks in the build up to an important competition or meet. Tapers are used to achieve peak performance levels, and to elicit the benefits from the previous training block. Although used by many coaches in many sports, the casual endurance runner may …