RUNNING MIGHT KEEP KNEES HEALTHY


Some people believe that lots of recreational running might contribute to knee osteoarthritis, a painful common condition among middle aged and older adults. But a study presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in Boston suggests the opposite might be true. Researchers looked at the running habits of 2,683 men and women with…

COMPRESS YOUR RECOVERY TIME


Compression clothing has been appearing on the basketball court, in endurance races and now in the weight room. Can this specialized athletic wear enhance your recovery bounce back? A study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise put it to the test after a session of whole body weight training. Nine…

ENDURANCE MUSCLE MYTH DEBUNKED


There are plenty of distance runners and cyclists who view muscle mass as being counterproductive to their goals. They think bigger muscles can weigh down their performance over the long haul. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research shows there’s still a considerable amount of controversy surrounding this topic. To measure…

MUSCLE SIZE VS. STRENGTH TRAINING


The generally accepted formula for developing muscle size is to perform 4 sets of 10 reps using 70% of your one rep max (1RM) with a rest period of 90 seconds between sets. If it’s strength you’re trying to build, experts might suggest decreasing the volume to 4 sets of 6 reps while increasing the…

SPORT-SPECIFIC WARM UP ADVICE


The objective of pre-game warm up is to optimize your performance during competition. Unfortunately, different warm up practices produce different results – some of which can have a negative impact on athletic performance. An analysis of studies published in theEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology offers some tips you can apply to your sport. Static stretching,…