Cool and Interesting Things This Week (28/11)

POWER – Gareth Sandford (@Gareth_Sandford) is well worth following on twitter for the information he curates. He tweeted this earlier on, regarding training principles for power. It’s certainly an interesting read.

BLACK FRIDAY – For some reason, Black Friday is now a thing over here in the UK. It’s already caused the police to be called to numerous shops overwhelmed by the demand. This article by Troy Campbell discusses how irrational it all is.

ENDURANCE – In my day job at the moment, I am currently learning about genes related to endurance exercise. This article discusses how nutrition can affect adaptation to endurance exercise.

MYTHS – Outside magazine published a list of Top-10 fitness myths. Worth checking out to make sure you’re not falling foul!

YOUTH SPORT – The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article recently on how to prevent injury in youth athletes, mostly through delayed specialisation.

OVEREATING – With Christmas round the corner (And Thanksgiving just happened for my US friends) this interesting article by Nancy Clarke discusses what happens when we overeat.

BOOK – I’m still plugging away with the The Lazarus Effect: The Science That is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death. It’s an interesting book split into parts. The first deals with resuscitation science, what happens when our heart stops, and how doctors can restart it. This can be problematic for a variety of reasons, not least that cell death starts to happen quite soon after our hearts stop, and so doctors have to be careful about how they resuscitate individuals. The second part is part philosophy, part science. It talks about what happens to our consciousness when our brains are no longer working/active, and also Near Death Experiences.  It’s certainly very interesting, although I am not totally convinced by the authors arguments regarding NDEs.

Cool And Interesting Stuff This Week (21/11)

Well, I’m back from holiday and straight back into the grind. Here are some interesting/cool stuff that I have seen over the last few weeks:

DATA – If you saw the film “Moneyball” (or read the book), then you will understand the value of data in sports. This article / video (4 minutes long) from Wired looks at the use of data mapping in basketball. It’s interesting stuff.

PROTEIN – This review on high protein diets for athletes makes interesting reading.

GENES! – Struggling to lose weight? This article (sadly fro the Daily Mail) suggests that there might be a genetic influence involved.

LOW BACK PAIN – Obviously, anything to do with lower back pain tends to get me interested. Chris Beardsley from Strength and Conditioning Research had this interview with a physical therapist regarding LBP.

TAPER! – What happens when we reduce our exercise intensity and/or volume in preparation for a competition? Well, these cyclists saw an improvement in testosterone:cortisol ratio, as well as improvements in mood.

NUTRITION + FACTS – 20 Nutrition Facts That Should Be Common Sense from authoritynutrition. Amen.

MORE GENETICSIs there a gene which allows you to live for more than 110 years? (No.)

And a quick look at what I have been up to:

READING – having being on holiday, I read 3 books. The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth About Success is quite simply excellent. If you’re interested in the genetics of sporting performance, you should definitely check it out. The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance was good and enjoyable, if not a little bit deep sometimes. Did you know that identical twins get less and less identical the more they age? Finally, Ready to Run gave a good insight into why we get injured running, and how to prevent it.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY – I also had an article accepted for AW, so check out next Thursday’s magazine!

Cool and Interesting Stuff This Week (7/11)

So, another week is almost over. Here we are again, reviewing stuff that falls within my definition of cool and interesting for this week:

PROFESSIONALISM – It is better than being an amateur? I really enjoyed this article by Phoebe Wright.

CHOKING – Sometimes you go to a major competition and absolutely bottle it. I can think of a few sprinters that I had to race against in my time who were quicker than me, but I knew that in a major championship race I could always beat them. This article on choking is an interesting read.

FREE – By now I’m sure you’re all aware of how much I like free stuff! And the Sports Medicine Journal has released a FREE supplement on sports nutrition. Now you can make a more informed decision regarding your supplementation.

FAILURE! – Hot on the heels of my article on mistake making, I came across this article on failure, and how it can be an important tool. Remember, if you fail you need to learn from it!

A TON OF LINKS – Please, go here and view the masses of information on coaching released in September, and read until you can’t read anymore.

VEGETARIANISMMight it lower fertility in men?


And now I get to talk about myself and what I’ve been up to:

CROSSFIT – last weekend saw the first of my speed seminars for Crossfit, at Crossfit Exe. It was really enjoyable, and plenty of really good questions were asked (and hopefully answered well enough). I have three more coming up at Crossfit North Devon, Crossfit Evolving, and Crossfit Plymouth to look forward too.

SPORTING CHAMPIONS – Last week I paid a visit as part of my role as a Sporting Champion to a Sportivate project in Devon. You can read about it here.

BOOK – I am reading Psy-Q: You know your IQ – now test your psychological intelligence by Ben Ambridge. It takes a look at popular myths and expertiments within psychology, and gives you loads of little quizzes to do to see how your mind works. Also really concisely explains statistical tests such at the T-test, correlation co-efficients, and the like, which is helpful!


That’s it for this week. I’m off to River Cottage tonight to celebrate my two-year anniversary with @big_suze, then next week we are off to Egypt, balancing civil unrest with sun and all-you-can-eat food. No blogs next week, I’ll be having far too much of a good time!