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Ironman 70.3 World Championships 2019- NICE, FRANCE 

A big weekend to come with a split weekend- Women on Saturday, Men Sunday. The obligatory registration, check-in, , security checks, wrist bands, ID/ triathlon license check, race pack collection, a ‘free’ dinner, race briefing etc. Organised chaos, the French way or a result of the reported 5500 competitors? 

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A+ Athlete Profile- Will Brown

I started triathlon about 4 years ago. My mum and dad always would do the Mooloolaba triathlon in a team so I started to do the cool kids races but then when my family moved to the Gold Coast I was able to join a club and really get into it.

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Sleep and Athletic Performance- How much is enough?

We all know the importance of sleep, it is critical to daily function both physiologically and cognitively. Sleep is the time when we recover, our body rejuvenates and we refresh our body and mind. Although the exact purpose and function of sleep is not fully understood, adequate sleep is often though of as 'critical to optimal performance’.

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Race Blog- Up the Buff- 25km trail race

Having a specific training plan to follow definitely helped leading up to the race as this would be my first official event for some time, with improvements in strength, endurance and running efficiency definitely noticeable prior to the event. The benefits of the strength training had my legs in great condition for the mammoth elevation of the race even though I let myself down in other ways

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Creating Effective Habits

It doesn’t have to be a new year to set new challenges as there is no time like the present to make a healthy change or start working towards something new. Now that we are already through the festive season and back to normal daily routines it is a great time to start to look at the next few months or year ahead.

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Summer training tips

With summer just beginning we tend to become more active and with longer days, the temperature rising and, if you live in the northern states, so too the humidity which can have a great impact on your day to day health and performance.

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Early season strength training tips

For most endurance athletes the pre-season or early base phases consists of lower intensity and/or duration of endurance training which provides a great opportunity to improve maximal strength through regular strength training sessions. Strength training is safe and effective for most athletes and should be included as part of any comprehensive training program.

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Exercise Right Week 2017

Exercise Right Week 22-28 May 2017 is an initiative to raise awareness of the role of regular exercise in the health and well-being of all Australians and spread the message that appropriately prescribed exercise is as effective as many medicines for a range of chronic health conditions.

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How to include strength training for endurance sports

As a non-strength athlete, ie. not the primary goal of the sport (eg. triathlon, cycling, running, swimming, paddling, soccer, AFL etc), strength training should be used in addition to endurance training and has many health benefits along with performance benefits including creating a stronger, more powerful and resilient athlete

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Athlete Profile- Max Dennerstein

With no strength training experience Max has now become a regular in the gym and is making some great improvements in strength, power and mobility. He has achieved 2 recent PB’s this season taking 18 seconds off his 3km time and another 10 seconds off his 1500m time, both since commencing regular strength training

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Athlete Profile- Lindsey Lawry

Following his debut pro race at Geelong 70.3, I had a few questions for Lindsey to get his perspective on why strength training is an important part of his triathlon training. With a 6minute run split PB at Geelong, his training and racing is heading in the right direction… stay tuned for some great results in the near future.

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Why EVERYONE should strength train.

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions placed around strength training. This may be a result of your stereotypical gym junkie throwing weights around in the gym and drinking protein shakes like they are going out of fashion or the many unfounded reasons why a lot of women and elderly people shy away from lifting weights.

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What is Exercise Physiology???

The role of the EP is ever increasing in today’s current society with physical inactivity one of the major causes of death and disease across the world. Exercise is one of the cheapest ‘medicines’ available to help combat the rise of chronic disease and obesity

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