CORE skills ain't SOFT

In 1958, as NASA began it’s search for aerospace pilots, the job description listed the need for the following characteristics; · Male (how 1950s?) · Approx 5’11” /180cm · Aged between twenty-five and forty · A science degree · High intelligence · High mathematical ability · Experience as a jet test pilot. There were just…

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Maximising experiences

I am a lucky boy. Lucky, lucky lucky (apologies if after only 8 words you are now singing Kylie Minogue’s hit or reciting sections of Monty Python’s Holy Grail). When I first started to work in high-performance I was fortunate to begin to work alongside a lady called Ailsa Niven (nee Anderson). My role was…

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Top 10. applications: No. 7 Seeking inspiration

When this topic broke in the mid to late 1990s I am ashamed to say I desperately misjudged the physiological mechanisms that underpinned the positive effect of inspiratory muscle training. In the 5 stages of innovation adoption, 1) Awareness. 2) Interest. 3) Evaluation. 4) Trial and finally 5) Adoption, I could not move beyond my…

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Sleep To Win

In this guest blog series we hear from experts Kevin Morgan and Luke Gupta – on the vital component of performance – Sleep! If you missed the introductory blog then just click here or for insight into training and sleep, here, for more on travel and sleep, click here This blog continues the ‘Top 10…

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Sleep To Win

In this guest blog series we hear from experts Kevin Morgan and Luke Gupta – on the vital component of performance – Sleep! If you missed the introductory blog then just click here or for insight into training and sleep, here This blog continues the ‘Top 10 sleep principles’ focusing on travel and sleep Travelling…

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Sleep To Win

In this guest blog series we hear from experts Kevin Morgan and Luke Gupta – on the vital component of performance – Sleep! If you missed the introductory blog then just click here This blog kicks off the ‘Top 10 sleep principles’ focuses on training and sleep Sleep to Win 2. Evidence-based sleep management to…

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Sleep to Win

In this guest blog series we hear from experts Kevin Morgan and Luke Gupta – on the vital component of performance – Sleep! This introductory blog will look at the background to sleep and why it is so important. In later blogs they’ll share their ‘Top 10 sleep principles’ covering; training; travelling; competition. Evidence-based sleep…

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1:59:59 marathon: This year's big athletic talking point

“The Sub-2 hour marathon… I think it’s a monumentally difficult challenge” Since its announcement last month, much has been made of Nike’s ‘Breaking2’ project: Three East African distance runners taking a collective shot at the sub-two-hour marathon in the spring of 2017. The reaction, however, has not been universally favourable, with some dismissing it as…

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I am a runner. Well I used to run. Actually I still run, but only a couple of times per week. But I used to try to sprint. I wasn’t very good, but I had a nice time trying! Nevertheless running has been my predominant sport. This is my way of declaring my lack of…

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