Articles tagged 'coach mitch'

Make training fan 11 May 2015 HARARE - If you cannot find the fun in training then you need to step out the program and reassess. We all love to have fun and enjoy life and there is no reason why you cannot have the same approach to your training. I am not saying that as an Olympian you need to joke around every training s...
Winter training tips 30 April 2015 It's getting colder and we are losing the light, which doesn't help the motivation levels for training over winter, right? But if you're tempted to hit the snooze button again and again in the morning or dig deeper under your toasty warm duvet, remember this – staying motivated this winter req...
Overtraining: Too much of a good thing 26 April 2015 HARARE - There are two types of people who overtrain — the one who thinks more is better and the elite level athlete who just cannot stop training. In the case of the more is better person this is primarily at the cost of their everyday health whereas to the athlete this is primarily at the co...
Periodisation Part 2 25 March 2015 HARARE - Last week's column covered the general overview of what periodisation essentially is, and this week the objective is to deconstruct the phases that make up the "big picture" or macrocycle. Just to recap the terminology these phases are referred to as mesocycles and generally make up a...
Periodisation part 1 24 March 2015 HARARE - Traditional periodisation can be traced back to the mid to late 60s in Eastern Europe and is a widely accepted method of structuring training programmes to produce the best possible performance at the right time otherwise referred to as peak points. It has to be simple, suggestive, an...
Adjust what's necessary 13 March 2015 HARARE - The dreaded plateau is the bane of every avid gym goer and more often than not, the single most common reason why so many people quite simply quit and never return to training. You experience a sense of euphoria and bravado and machismo and excitement and confidence at the first signs...
What's your team culture? 4 March 2015 HARARE - Culture is one of the most essential yet overlooked aspects of building a championship program. You can be an absolute genius with coaching the skills and drills but if you don't have a positive and productive culture, you're in trouble. Unfortunately, many coaches don't realise th...
Functional fitness: A way of life 25 February 2015 HARARE - You can run for days and bench press and deadlift and biceps curl all you want, over and over and over again, but it doesn't guarantee you functional fitness. Common daily living activities like carrying a box upstairs, changing a tyre, pushing your car out the mud, climbing a tree wi...
Don't be that guy either! 18 February 2015 HARARE - After last week's overwhelming response to the column, I thought about the many other great characters that lurk between the bench press and the dumbbell rack in every gym. The diversity of membership creates the character of every gym, and this character gives life, energy, laughter,...
Gym stereotypes: Don't be that guy 11 February 2015 HARARE - So this week I have decided to share stories and experiences surrounding my travels and journeys through the many gyms I have trained in and worked in over the past 20 years. They range from the classic stereotypes to the downright unimaginable. Oh yes, there are some great ones! N...
'Choose your supplements wisely' 14 January 2015 HARARE - The best advice for anyone when discussing drugs and supplements in sports is BE INFORMED - BE EDUCATED - BE AWARE. As an athlete you are responsible and you are accountable for whatever is in YOUR system. You are at fault. Nobody else. Period. Established careers and potential car...