Guess Who Trains At Innovate too...

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Micheen 'Mouse' Thornycroft

Claim To Fame:
Mouse is currently ranked No. 10 in the world and No. 1 in Africa as a heavyweight single scull rower. She represented team Zimbabwe at the 2012 London olympic games where she made it through to the B final. With Rio 2016 around the corner her new goal is to challenge the best in the world... and beat them!

What is good posture and why is it so important?

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Posture refers to the body’s alignment and positioning with respect to the ever-present force of gravity. Whether you are standing, sitting or lying down, gravity exerts a force on our joints, ligaments and muscles. Good posture entails distributing the force of gravity through our body so no one structure is over-stressed. Like a building with a poor foundation, a body with poor posture is less resistant to the stresses and strains we experience over the months, years and decades of life. 

Rest & Recovery

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We are all aware of the benefits of exercise and you probably work hard to design a challenging workout program. However, we often neglect the really important 60% of an effective training program: rest and recovery. This article is about getting full recovery of both mind and body so you're refreshed and "fighting fit" for your next session; not just resting one body part for two or three days while you chisel away at the others. With these techniques, you'll speed up your body's adaptive processes (recovery) which will leave you stronger, fitter and leaner in less time!

10 Ways to Stick To Your New Years Fitness Resolutions This Year

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 1. Find your own motivation

Going to the gym for any reasons other than those that click with you simply doesn't work. Motivation has to be intrinsic, which means that we need to be honest with ourselves about what is important, what we really want, and then go ahead and do whatever it takes to get there. We all need our own anchor, and if we set out with a misplaced sense of what we should be doing and why, we won't last beyond a few weeks.

What's Happening At Innovate HPC

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Welcome to Innovate High Performance Centre's first monthly newsletter! In these monthly editions you can expect to receive that latest information and research on nutrition, health, and advances in the field of sport science, as well as healthy-eating tips and fun new exercises to try.


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Traditionally we have been taught that excessive fat in our diet is behind weight problems and diseases of lifestyle, notably obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Nutritional research, however, has promoted a key shift in our understanding and the evidence indicates that the underlying cause of weight (body fat) gain in most people is their development of increasing carbohydrate resistance (also called carbohydrate intolerance).

Over-pronation and the Kinetic Chain

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The kinetic chain is a term that trainers often use to describe the connection of the various components of the body that are vital for movement. Each of these components, or ‘links’ (i.e. foot, ankle, knee, hip, lumbar spine, thoracic spine, and the cervical spine) are generally termed either ‘mobile’ or ‘stable’.

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