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Time to talk about your running injuries

Time to talk about your running injuries

We collected a number of injuries from our followers on Facebook and through our customers against the promise that we would write about how their particular injury could be fixed permanently by using Tony Riddle’s principles. Going to one of our workshops are clearly an investment. Why do so many of us go onto the…

Putting fun into cross-training with free running and natural movement

Putting fun into cross-training with free running and natural movement

I had intended to call this article “Put the fun back into cross-training” but then I realised it was never that fun in the first place. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, cross-training just means training in a sport or a discipline other than the one you compete in. For a swimmer, running…

What Lydiard would say to the barefoot/natural running “fad”

What Lydiard would say to the barefoot/natural running “fad”

What would Arthur Lydiard, the maker of champions, have thought of all these fads coming out? Naturalmovement, barefoot, natural movement drills? Surely, a master coach who turned New Zealand into the “Kenya of its day”, a serious practitioner of his craft, would have no time for such ideas when there was “serious” athletics training to…

Why gait analysis doesn’t work (future of the shoe industry)

Why gait analysis doesn’t work (future of the shoe industry)

Today, I am going to get up on my soap-box and talk about gait analysis. Most of you know it because you would have tried it in a running store, administered by a well-meaning shop representative who would then match the results to a pair of shoes presumably perfect for you that will help keep…

Arthur Newton

Arthur Newton was the finest ultra-runner of his generation, despite a late start to his running career, and turned to coaching later to share the wisdom he had found through self-experimentation. Like Arthur Lydiard, Newton had very little existing knowledge to go by in trying to find the necessary endurance to compete at the highest…

We test Maffetone’s “2 week test”

We test Maffetone’s “2 week test”

Well-reputed endurance expert Phil Maffetone provides many of the guiding principles we use in our  coaching here at ChampionsEverywhere. His focus on “training slower to go faster” and keeping things simple and natural have direct roots back into Lydiard’s system and when in doubt about how to approach broader issues relevant to performance, such as…

VivoBarefoot review

VivoBarefoot review

After our natural movement workshop it was clear that to keep improving our running technique, Aoife and I would need to buy shoes that were not conflicting with what we were trying to achieve. Luckily, like the participants in our workshop, Tony Riddle and VivoBarefoot kindly provided us with a discount code for purchases in…

Timothy Noakes

Timothy Noakes, the South African professor of exercise and sports science, holds a very special position among the ChampionsEverywhere “master coaches”, those great coaches who have inspired our training approach and to whom we look to for guidance when in doubt. Noakes is not a traditional coach and does not entirely fit with our “old…

Jack Foster

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“Care-free running” – The fundamentals of modern running

“Care-free running” – The fundamentals of modern running

After 18 months of workshops in Ireland, we’ve come to the conclusion that nature just doesn’t cut it, it’s time to intervene and to intervene strong. There IS no middle-ground.” –Tony Riddle, Technical Director, ChampionsEverywhere   Move like nature never intended and learn the art of careless running on our state of the art science-driven…

Max aerobic function (MAF) test

Max aerobic function (MAF) test

The “max aerobic function” (MAF) test is part of our ChampionsEverywhere program for prevention of underperformance in our athletes. This test does not focus on under-recovery and overtraining as much as it tries to detect whether your recent training has damaged your level of aerobic fitness and through this provide an early indication of problems…

“You can’t Beet It” – product review

“You can’t Beet It” – product review

As those following our recent podcasts with performance nutritionist Barry Murray now, we are not too keen on supplements but we have been making an exception for beet root juice for a few reasons. 1) It’s not really a supplement but a food – as the only ingredients are beet root and lemon juice and…

Lydiard and Canova – coaches’ round-table

In part two of our series dedicated to comparing the teachings of Arthur Lydiard with those of enigmatic Italian coach Renato Canova, I asked a panel of experienced Lydiard-coaches of their opinions on the matter among them Colin Livingstone, coach of Welsh international Tim Davies, Keith Livingstone, author of “Healthy Intelligent Training” and manager of…

Myths: Lydiard did not account for the latest science

I decided to write this article because I often encounter this question of whether Lydiard training is not outmoded given all the scientific discoveries in the last five decades especially within the field of exercise physiology, the discipline that primarily informs us about how different types of exercise affect the body. This article is not…

Comparison of Lydiard and Canova – part 1

Comparison of Lydiard and Canova – part 1

There is much discussion on forums around the world about whether the recent success of “Italian wizard” Renato Canova means the enigmatic coach has come upon a superior conditioning method for athletes, marathoners in particular, than Arthur Lydiard whose training principles have formed the basis or inspiration of the training of the vast majority of running…

Marathon training

The classical event over 26.2 miles or 42.2km is one of our favourite events as the “old school” training system that we employ makes runners tireless first and foremost and this is the most important attribute for the successful marathon runner. Our marathon training programmes do not differ markedly from other training programmes in the…

Ultra running and ultra marathons

Ultra-running events are simply running events longer than the established distance for the marathon event (that is longer than 26.2 miles or 42.2km). The set distances of 50km, 50 miles (80.5km), 100km and 100 miles (161km) are fast becoming the standard event distances for this discipline of running as are 24 hour and 48 hour…

Medium Long Runs

Thursday evening I completed my first “medium-long” mid-week run in almost six months: a 19.7 km run run at the best aerobic pace I could muster on the day without really pushing the effort. I knew afterwards that after my long period of ankle troubles, the body is beginning to function properly again. If there…

PowerBreathe Kinetic

PowerBreathe Kinetic

A few month’s back I decided to renew my love affair with a gadget I owned a few years ago: the POWERBreathe, first of a new generation of “inspiratory muscle training” (IMT) devices, or in layman’s terms a gadget that allows you to train the muscles responsible for getting oxygen from the air and into…

Arthur Lydiard – who was he?

Arthur Lydiard – who was he?

The 6th July 1917 is one of the most important dates in athletics, although it would not become apparent until many years after. On this day, a small tough boy called Arthur Leslie Lydiard was born into a house builder’s home in Mt Eden, Auckland, in New Zealand. When Arthur Lydiard died on 11th December…

Middle-distance intervals

I feared for participation in tonight’s workout with so a dire weather forecast and the slight wane of enthusiasm that late Autumn seems to bring. The marathon is completed for many, the IMRA season had its last big hooray at Powerscourt and it is mainly cross-country fanatics that are keeping the running show on the…

Lydiard training for team sports

Lydiard training for team sports

Is your sport soccer, GAA, rugby, hockey, volleyball or another team sport? If so you may be wondering what our site can offer you apart from Orbana and advice on nutrition. Surely, the physical requirements of team sports fundamentally differ from pure endurance sports and the Lydiard training philosophy cannot be applied? Why teams need…

Myths: Western athletes are not as tough as they used to be

Let me begin this article by warning you that unlike most of our “myths” series, what I am about to tell you is not based in scientific facts but personal observation. This means you should take this as my personal opinion, no more and no less, but I often hear the voice raised about how…

Noon workout (female runner)

Noon workout (female runner)

This article shows a sample day’s food choices for an athlete doing an aerobic workout. This is our athlete: A 56.6-kg female runner with an average body fat percentage of 24.4% (meaning she has 75.6% lean body mass). The runner has a Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) of 1282cal. She did a 90-minute aerobic workout at…

Nutritional guidelines for training

Nutritional guidelines for training

As the demands on your body change as you progress through the training phases of our programmes so will your body’s nutritional requirements. To ensure that you always get the best out of your training, we suggest you closely follow these guidelines which will tell you on what nutrients and food groups to put your…

Morning workout (male runner)

Morning workout (male runner)

This article shows a sample day’s food choices for an athlete doing an aerobic workout. This is our athlete: A 70-kg male runner with an average body fat percentage of 10% (meaning he has 90% lean body mass). The runner has a Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) of 1730cal. He did a 90-minute aerobic workout at…

Two questions to set the right goals

“How do I improve my performance?” is not a very good question to ponder, in fact, it’s a really poor question. Like so many pseudo-philosophers, when the brain is not busy it tends to ponder meaningless questions such as “What’s the meaning of life?”. This old question and all the other “big questions” like it…

The Mountain Marathon Book

by Keven Shevels and Stuart Ferguson I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of the latest offering in the ”Run Off-Road” series by TrailGuides: “The Mountain Marathon Book”, so let me share my impressions with my fellow mountain runners.  This 224 page tome clearly aims to be the definitive treatise on the topic…

Creatine – useful for endurance athletes?

Creatine – useful for endurance athletes?

Creatine is one of the most popular ergogenics (e.g. “substances that can increase muscular work capacity” or in other words “performance-enhancing substances”) especially in the strength training and body-building. It is not without use for runners and other endurance athletes, however, as recent studies suggest. Here we’ll have a look at creatine in general (normally…

Why you need a coach

But, to be successful at the highest potential level as soon as possible, every athlete in any sport needs a coach. Trial and error will work but it could take years of effort when the answers could be found quickly by working with a coach. You cannot stand back from yourself and see exactly what…

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