Sports Performance

Hamstring Strains: Are They Avoidable?

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from July 2017

Hamstring Strains: Are They Avoidable?

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We’ve all heard the devastating news that our favourite team’s best player will miss the next few games due to a hamstring strain, but did you know they are also quite common in the general population, particularly us “semi”-professional athletes. Hamstring strains are one of the most common injuries in sport of all levels. For example, in the last 20 years the AFL has experienced nearly 3000 hamstring injuries resulting in over 7000 games lost. And possibly even more concerning is the chance of re-injury is 20% in that same year.

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Meet Marc Seymour, Founder and Director of Optimum Health Solutions

Marc SeymourAn aspiring cricketer, Marc travelled the world working as a strength and conditioning coach for some of the world’s leading basketball and tennis players. Marc founded and developed Australia’s leading Exercise Physiology and preventative health company.

 

Get to know Marc, and you will find out why our clients come and see us.

 

 

 

 

The Optimum Beginnings

Growing up, all I wanted to do was play sport, whether it be cricket, Australian Rules or soccer. Therefore it was a natural progression for me to pursue a degree in Exercise Science. I was a talented cricketer, playing first grade cricket in Sydney for many years.… Read the rest

Fat Loss Physiology 101

Written by Kris Tejada, Exercise Physiologist at Werrington. Article from March 2016.
 

Woman Lifting WeightLast week a client of mine asked me if it was better to do walking or jogging outside of our supervised sessions, to accelerate fat loss. She told me that she had watched a Youtube clip that discussed walking being better for fat loss, rather than higher levels of exercise. The first theory is that you burn more fat when you exercise at a low intensity. The idea is that your body uses carbs more and more as exercise intensity rises – this is the basis for target heart zones and the fat burning zone you see in books and on gym equipment.… Read the rest

High Intensity Interval Resistance Training (HIIT)

Written by Kris Tejada, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from December 2015.
 
HIIT TrainingHIIT pairs quick bouts of high-energy exercise, at over 75% of your heart rate maximum, with low-effort rest intervals at less than 60% of your heart rate. Steady stat. SSCE training incorporates a low intensity exercise ranging from 60 to 75% of heart rate maximum, for a maintainable extended period.

For years, continuous aerobic exercise (SSCE) has been the chosen and proven method for achieving cardiovascular and respiratory health concomitant to substantial fat loss. However, research shows that HIIT leads to similar and, in some cases, better improvements in less time for some physiological markers.… Read the rest

Buying Your Next Pair of Running Shoes

Written by Paul Barlow, Exercise Physiologist at Mornington, Tasmania. Article from October 2015.

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This year I decided I would set the big goal of completing the point to pinnacle in Tasmania. It is considered one of the hardest half marathons in the world. It goes from Hobart city all the way up Mt Wellington (just over 1,270 metres in elevation!) and thankfully I will be doing it with a few of my close friends. While on a training jog through the bush last week, I was asked a very common question, “I need a new pair of runners. What should I get?”

To be honest the answer is not so easy, due to the huge selection of running shoes available.… Read the rest

How to Get the Most out of Your Session

Written by Christian Ramaci, Exercise Physiologist at Homebush. Article from July 2015.
 

Getting the mostNutrition

Pre-Exercise

Pre exercise nutrition greatly influences your energy levels throughout your workout.  Proper nutritional timing can allow the body to balance blood glucose (energy) throughout exercise. Depending on the source of energy or fuel a meal can linger in the stomach for up the 6 hours. Subsequently, as the most readily digested source of food, carbohydrates provide steady levels of energy. We suggest, a meal 2 hours prior to exercise consisting of low GI or slow digesting carbohydrates (oatmeal, whole-grain cereal, whole-wheat) followed by a high GI or quicker digesting carbohydrate (apple, mango, banana) within an hour of your workout.… Read the rest

How to Make Your Training More Intense with Limited Equipment

Written by Matt Said, Studio Manager at Homebush. Article from June 2015.
 
How To Make Your Training More Intense With Limited Equipment

I recently travelled to Fiji for a holiday, where it was 30 degrees and sunny every day (sorry to rub it in).

Whenever I am on holidays, I like to check out the hotel gym for a workout, and compare it to various hotels that I have stayed at, over the years.

Many hotel gyms are quite limited in their equipment, and the Hilton in Fiji was no different. I quickly realised that I needed to modify my program to get the most out of my workout. This is also the case for those who want to work out at home, and have very little equipment.… Read the rest

Goal Setting: ‘What?’ Versus ‘Why?’

Written by Adam Shepherd, Exercise Physiologist at Homebush. Article from May 2015.

GoalsRecently I went on a skiing holiday in Japan. It was an amazing experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. I found myself stopping on multiple occasions, simply to pause and appreciate my situation. In those brief moments, I was thankful to be able to do the things I love. To travel, to ski, to enjoy my holiday, without my health being a barrier to enjoying life.

After I returned and got back into the swing of my usual routine, I got to thinking about how different people classify their health differently.… Read the rest

Do you know the difference between fitness and health?

Written by Meagan Simpson, Studio Manager at Ashfield. Article from May 2015

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Most people believe being healthy and being fit are one and the same. In reality they can be separate states of physical being. You can be really fit, and not very healthy; and you can be very healthy and not very fit. The best benefits are found with trying to get a balance out of the both sides, this requires us to identify the difference between fitness and health.

So let’s define the difference. Health has been defined by the World Health Organisation as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.Read the rest

How To Avoid Running Injuries

Written by Meagan Simpson, Exercise Physiologist at Ashfield. Article from December 2013.

How To Avoid Running InjuriesAlmost twice as many people run for exercise today compared with six years ago, according to ABS figures. It’s easy to see why almost 8 percent of Australians love a good jog. It can be done practically anywhere, little equipment is required and it provides whole body cardio workout – not to mention those wonderful endorphins and some really great views around Sydney.

Push yourself too hard and your runner’s high could end in a painful low. It’s estimated that 80 percent of runners get some form of injury each year.… Read the rest