Posts by astottprofitness

Bodyweight Certification

What to look for when choosing a new coach

My personal view on this is that qualifications aren’t the key to finding a good coach, at the end of the day a piece of paper to say that someone has attended a course or passed a written exam don’t make someone a good coach. Ultimately experience counts for everything, not necessarily years of experience...
Coco Pro One

Coco Pro – Combining Hydration and Protein

I have discussed previously the importance of hydration during exercise not just for competition but training too. And most people are aware of the importance of a good protein intake for aiding muscle recovery and adaptation to training, yet getting a good protein intake and rehydrating is often a challenging especially …
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Training young athletes

Having worked with a large group of young individuals lately I was a wake up call to see just how little basic motor control some of them have, for example struggling to even pass a football in a straight line, well more that I hadn’t considered this for a while. However it did make me...
Archer push ups on gymnastic rings during a recent bodyweight seminar

The Push Up – A magnifying glass for a range of movements

While sitting in airport departure lounges and on trains in the past few weeks I was thinking about which exercises provide a clear picture of an individuals fitness, but also provide a broader picture of their strength and weaknesses. The first of these that came to mind was the push up. As a coach I will use...
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Should we listen to the media when choosing our diet?

Every couple of weeks or months there is a new diet that is picked up by the media, this is followed by a procession of claims that these are the greatest thing in health or dieting that the world has ever seen. But do these diets work and if they do are they sustainable or...

Making your new year fitness goals last

So it’s the time of year again when new years resolutions and fitness goals for the new year have just been set. While all of these are set with the best intentions, how often do they fail to last the year or turn into lasting actions? It is not uncommon for new years resolutions to...

Olympic Lifting and the benefit to all athletes

Olympic lifts can often be seen by amateur athletes as something only used by professional weight lifters or professional athletes in power sports such as rugby, and so called ‘trainers’ that don’t see the true benefit preferring to use exercises that isolate individual muscles. This isn’t helped …

The Squat – Common Problems and corrections

The squat is is one of the most effective and functional lower body exercises there is. However it is also an exercise that many people struggle with, a lot of the time without event realising. Stand in a gym or and observe people carrying out the exercise, or even people sitting down and standing back...

Is there an optimal time of day to train or compete?

People claim that they are a morning or an afternoon person and perceive that they perform better in their daily tasks at the corresponding time of day. The question here is does this also apply to athletic or sporting performance as well? If it does then is there any scientific evidence to support the finding?...

Should we be thinking smarter about our hydration?

A lot has been made in recent years on the debate about hydration and how much we should and shouldn’t be drinking, whether we should use isotonic drinks or just water and whether or not the 2% drop in body fluid will lead to a drop in performance. Now I am not really going to...

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