Burpees!

From an exercise perspective, it is Burpees Day for me. The Burpee is a great full body exercise used in strength training and as an aerobic exercise. It was created by Dr Royal Huddleston Burpee as part of his PhD thesis when he adapted the Front Leaning Reach (FLR) – think start position of a… Read More

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Cardiovascular Conditioning: Is Faster Better?

The first step in any conditioning programme is to build an aerobic base. This requires two to four sessions per week of continuous aerobic activity (e.g. jogging or brisk walking) for 15 to 30 minutes at a moderate intensity. The target heart rate for many people during this form of exercise is approximately 130 to… Read More

National Fitness Day on Wednesday 29 September 2018

Wednesday 29 September 2018 is National Fitness Day. National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping to raise awareness of its importance in helping people lead healthier and active lifestyles. National Fitness Day sees a huge range of activity options enjoyed by participants of all ages,… Read More

Total Fitness for the 21st Century: What is it?

Research Paper Title Total Fitness for the 21st Century. Conference Report. Institute for Alternative Futures. Abstract Responding to the creation of a wide variety of programs to address the fitness of U.S. military personnel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ADM Mike Mullen tasked the Uniformed Services University (USU) Consortium for Health and Military… Read More

Are You A Non-Responder?

In 2012, Doctor Michael Mosley undertook a form of interval training, that came to be known as the Timmons Regime, as part of a BBC documentary ‘Horizon: The Truth About Exercise’ (Mosley, 2012). Jamie Timmons, professor of ageing biology at the University of Birmingham, is a proponent of a few short bursts of flat-out intensity.… Read More

The Effects of Basic Training on British Army Regular & Reserve Recruits

Research Paper Title Effects of basic training in the British Army on regular and reserve army personnel. Background The aim of this study was to compare changes in aerobic fitness and body composition in response to British Army (regular) and Territorial Army (reserve) basic training. Methods Eleven regular recruits, 14 reserve recruits, and 20 controls… Read More

Mice: Linking Aerobic Exercise & Heart Failure

Research Paper Title Aerobic exercise protects against pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction and hypertrophy via β3-AR-nNOS-NO activation. Background Aerobic exercise confers sustainable protection against cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure (HF). Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and nitric oxide (NO) are known to play an important role in exercise-mediated cardioprotection, but the mechanism of NOS/NO stimulation during exercise… Read More