Hip extension during squats and deadlifts: How much is too much?

We know that when it comes to producing the strength and power necessary for successful athletic performance, the glutes are absolutely essential. They produce the rapid extension at the hip that is essential for a HUGE array of athletic movements (and tasks of daily living, while we are discussing their importance), while also providing a […]

Improving Movement Quality: Training to Move Better

The importance of movement quality cannot be denied – we know that how we move as individuals can greatly impact both our risk of injury, and our capacity for physical performance – within this it becomes obvious that those who demonstrate higher measures of movement quality are less likely to get injured, while also having […]

Movement Quality and Endurance Performance

The importance of how we move has become increasingly apparent over the last decade, with movement quality known to have pretty significant implications in regards to both injury prevention and pain management (which I have written about extensively HERE). In short, we have the capacity to develop unwanted movement compensations in response to inactivity, extended […]

How injury impacts the way we move

Over the last ten years or so, we have seen a massive shift in the way we assess individuals (from athletic backgrounds or otherwise) in regards to both their risk of injury and their capacity for physical performance. Traditionally we have opted for isolated muscle and joint testing, looking at the strength of individual muscles […]

Why ‘sports specific’ training shouldn’t have a place in the gym

Working within an area where improving physical and athletic performance is key, we frequently get asked ‘how does this relate to my sport?’ (Among a number of other similar variations). This is a question that also comes frequently from parents, who are ultimately asking ‘when will you start doing *insert sport here* specific training?’ – […]

Don’t forget to mobilise: the importance of improving mobility and range of motion

When it comes to training and we are even slightly time restricted, it’s almost always the warm up that suffers. We would much rather skip our mobility work and jump straight into the actual training session as it is often deemed more important. And really, I can understand it. Mobility work is arguably the least […]

Real life stability training

Real life stability training When most people think of stability based training, their minds automatically jump to bosu balls, half foam rollers, and rubber mats. While these tools may have merit in rehabilitation and very low grade exercise settings, they aren’t really the most effective way to improve stability from a sports performance (or real […]

Training to improve agility

When most of us think of agility, we think back to our primary school fitness tests, during which we had the absolute pleasure of undertaking the beep test, the sit and reach flexibility test, and of course, the Illinois Agility Run. Now while I would be the first to admit that the Illinois agility test […]

Why females shouldn’t fear heavy weights: The myth of female specific training

Misinformation runs rampant within the health and fitness industry. While it is not ideal, it is unfortunately an unyielding truth that we have to come with terms with. Here at iNform we take the time to educate our clients, ensuring that they completely understand what they are doing, and for what reason. Often part of […]

Strength training to improve endurance performance

Endurance athletes love long distances. This typically holds true for the training methods prioritised by endurance athletes (where most place a premium on long distance, steady state exercise). When training with long distances, the most typical form of progression used is an increase in distance. Now increasing distance is a somewhat illogical form of progression […]