Category Archives: Library

Don’t take the LSD! (Long slow versus Long steady distance)

Arthur Lydiard first popularised the term “LSD” meaning “Long STEADY distance” as one of the mainstays of a successful athletic development programme. Unfortunately, over the years the concept came to mean “Long SLOW distance” which combined with the often misused phrase “miles make champions” started the descent into “logging miles for the sake of it”…

INTERVIEW: Mud, Sweat and Runners speak to René Borg

INTERVIEW: Mud, Sweat and Runners speak to René Borg

Wicklow-based mountain running group “Mud, Sweat and Runners” spoke to CE co-founder and coach René Borg in a nice “off-the-cuff” interview. To see what he thinks about running, gels and red wine read on!   Mud, sweat and runners interview with René Borg   Q: When did you 1st start to run & why? A:…

Myths: Chronic cardio

Chronic Cardio. Where did that term come from? Browse websites supporting the fitness system CrossFit, fitness writer Mark Sisson’s “Primal BluePrint” site and other Paleo-inspired exercise sites (Paleo Sprint, Paleo Hack, Primal North, the list is long) and you’ll find warnings about  “Chronic Cardio” The concept of “Chronic Cardio”seems to be used  to help distinguish new training…

Training principles first, then your training plan

Training principles first, then your training plan

When Arthur Lydiard published his first running book, he was reluctant to post any training plans in them. Word has it that he worried about runners reading the plans without understanding the underlying principles and would go out and either 1) get hurt or 2) under perform. I have heard many coaches say “Arthur Lydiard…

“Run injury free” workshop review by Brian O’Murchu

“Run injury free” workshop review by Brian O’Murchu

We were happy to see a nice positive review of our latest (December) “Run injury free” workshop posted by Brian O’Murchu on the IMRA forum last week. We had to share it here:   It’s December and as there’s no IMRA races to run and report on, I’ll report on the Run Injury Free 2…

Natural running shoes – the rules – right tool for the right job

Natural running shoes – the rules – right tool for the right job

When rehabilitating yourself from shod-running back to your natural running style, bare foot running is an essential part of your training (as this, of course, was the human body’s default running condition). However, years of atrophy and feet encapsulated in narrow and cushy running shoes means that you will perceive it as quite extreme to…

Speed training

Speed training

Speed training is a term we use for a workout consisting of a mixture of longer easier running with a session of very fast and short sprint work early in the run. Where long runs focus on the cardiovascular system and intervals runs on the metabolic system, strides improve neuromuscular coordination (the brain’s ability to…

Arthur Newton – old school running hero

Arthur Hamilton Newton is not a name that would be recognised as easily today as “Rudisha” or “Bolt” but he’s nevertheless one of the great heroes of the sport and his exploits puts a welcome perspective on much of what has happened to athletics since his heyday. Arthur Newton was a prolific runner and coach…

Old school running principles

There is no one set definition of “old school running” but in our coaching model we wrote up this list of ten principles that we teach as the essence of what the old masters (such as Newton, Cerutty, Pilates, Georges Hébert and Lydiard) taught. Each principle loosely precedes the principle before it and they should…

Secrets of Arthur Lydiard’s Waiatarua long run

Secrets of Arthur Lydiard’s Waiatarua long run

We all want to know the secret to becoming champions so in this article we’ll have a closer look at the long run employed by the runners of famous New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard. Every Sunday, Arthur and “his boys” would start from the front of his house to complete the hilly 22 mile course…

INTERVIEW: Keith Livingstone, Lydiard expert

INTERVIEW: Keith Livingstone, Lydiard expert

ChampionsEverywhere took the chance to speak to Keith Livingstone, author of “Healthy Intelligent Training – the proven principles of Arthur Lydiard“, during his tour of Ireland and England. During the conversations Keith talks about his own background with Lydiard, why he wrote his book and what he believes need to happen to resurrect Western athletics at…

René’s Blog: Ten injury prevention cures I no longer need

René’s Blog: Ten injury prevention cures I no longer need

I went looking in my cupboard the other day and noticed several unused tubs of “tiger balm”. I then looked around a bit further and saw an almost full jar of Advil, some unused sports massage gel and a few rolls of zinc-oxide tape. That’s when it occurred to me: the stupendous amount of things…

Cross-country sessions and fartleks – OMNIUM

Fartlek training is a perfect way to mimic the unpredictable nature of cross-country running and to bring an element of real fun into your running workouts. Fartleks can take any shape or form and are always best done over natural terrain making them perfect simulations for the cross-country running season. I’ve designed and/or stolen many…

Are sports drinks really bad for you? – our say

The sports and energy drinks industry has been cast into a limelight they would probably rather have avoided in the last few months, an avalanche that seemed to begin rolling with BBC’s “Panorama – the truth about sports drinks” which they followed up by a report on the BBC website called “Lack of evidence that…

REVIEW – Healthy Intelligent Training

Our review of the text-book of choice of the “Lydiard Foundation” – Keith Livingstone’s “Healthy Intelligent Training” is coming up here shortly. But  let’s ruin the suspense in the meantime: this is one of the most authoritative resources on how to train for running you will read and if you trust our word, don’t wait…

Evolutionary medicine (Darwinian medicine)

The new discipline of evolutionary medicine informs the ChampionsEverywhere injury free running model developed by Tony Riddle. Although this field has fundamental differences compared to many “traditional fields”, evolutionary medicine is not in competition with traditional medicine but rather supplements and improves it. It should not be confused with Functional Medicine or Alternative Medicine to…

Dr Phil Maffetone – endurance coach and expert

We owe a great debt to Phil Maffetone at ChampionsEverywhere: not only do his books provide a very complete view of all the factors that play into endurance (nutrition, stress and other non-exercise factors) but he also designed the Max Aerobic Function test which we use to track the endurance improvements of all our clients.…

Carbohydrate intolerance

The term carbohydrate intolerance loosely describes the condition that eventually leads to the serious lifestyle diseases we see in the so-called developed world: Diabetes 2, heart failure, digestive problems and other conditions. It stems from an inability to fully digest certain types of carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as lactose (milk sugar – the most…

Devil’s Glen race preview!

Devil’s Glen race preview!

The Trail League is two races in and this Wednesday coming awaits the series final race: the memorably named “Devil’s Glen“. I cannot in good faith review this race as I laid out the current course and so am in many ways its architect. You do not review your own work! However, I feel I…

Training phases (periodisation)

Our training method uses a set of phases modeled closely after the guidelines provided by Arthur Lydiard, the master coach, whose system forms the core of our coaching at ChampionsEverywhere . Our model includes approaches that we agree with from a wide range of coaches including Arthur Newton, Percy Cerutty, Bruce Tulloh and many more. Pre-training We…

Book review: “Running for their lives”

Walking around Dun Laoghaire before travelling to the Snowdon International race, I browsed a local bookshop and picked up hardcover book with an interesting looking sepia cover. Two runners were on the picture: Arthur Newton and Peter Gavuzzi, perhaps the fathers of modern ultra running, and this was their story, written by debutante author Mark…

Myths: cross-training is beneficial for running and chronic injury

Myths: cross-training is beneficial for running and chronic injury

When I was reading the last edition of “Running Times“, one of the most serious running publications out there with a host of contributors with an appreciable understanding of running as a sport, rather than a side-show, a few things stuck out to me in the otherwise excellent article “Decoding the signals” by Linda Flanagan.…

Amidou’s Snowdon training plan

Amidou’s Snowdon training plan

At the beginning of the season I sat down with Amidou Dembele, one of our CE Squad members, to talk about his goals for the season. He decided he wanted to give the traditional Snowdon International race in Wales a go and on quick reflection I encouraged it strongly: not only did the long climb…

Iron deficiency – be careful to supplement

Iron deficiency – be careful to supplement

Iron supplementation has become very common for athletes of all abilities, particularly women, stemming from a belief that red blood cells get broken down by the “excessive pounding” of regular running on hard surfaces and that more iron is required to rebuild it. Therefore the term “exercise-induced anemia” has come in use. While evidence exists…

Why pain is a good thing (and why you should stop fighting it)

One of our mottoes is “train don’t strain” and we have rubbished the “no pain, no gain” attitude which has done such horrendous damage to the fitness industry and modern athletics, just as Arthur Lydiard did 60 years ago. But pain can actually be a good thing, if you understand why you feel pain in the first…

Video archive

We try to produce a steady stream of interesting video content for our readers, so we’ve created this page to help you sort through them more easily:   Lydiard related videos Interview with Cameron Graves: A talk with Cameron Graves, NZ youth international and Lydiard athlete Interview with Jorge Torres: We talk to Jorge Torres,…

Relevant articles on injury free running

We literally have a book’s worth of information about our injury free coaching model for runners and other athletes, so below we’ve compiled them all for you in an easy to browse format. Enjoy the reading and hope to see you at our workshops.   Athletics Illustrated High mileage and low injury rate: It is…

Future running – Olympics 2064

Berlin, Olympic Stadium, May 2064 The two men sat reclined against the plush comfy seats in the 160000 seater “Merkel Arena”, named after the great German stateswoman who united the squabbling dysfunctional states of the then European Union into the Federal States of Europe. Despite this, the federal states still kept much of their old…

The perfect athletic day (a paleo day?)

The perfect athletic day (a paleo day?)

When I began thinking about this article, which was only a few hours ago, I wondered if I should call it “Day in the life of a Paleo-Athlete” or “A natural running day” but then I thought better of it because our hunter-gathering ancestors were not athletes in the way we understand it today and…

Fun transition programme for natural running, barefoot running and minimalist running

Fun transition programme for natural running, barefoot running and minimalist running

There are many runners out there now who are in the process of transitioning to a more natural and more minimalist running style such as that seen in earlier generations of runners (from the 50s-70s), who practically ran in plim-soles, or the running style of barefoot populations.  Download the “Fun transition training programme into natural…

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