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No gym? No problem…

With the Christmas and New Year holidays coming up it's a time when people often go away on vacation and forget their gym routines and fitness goals. While some may be fine with this, there are others who want to get in some workouts wherever they are no matter the location. As such, here are my top 4 exercises which can be done anywhere with no equipment. Push-upsThis is a classic bodyweight exercise that is often one of the first introductions many people get to strength training. It can be done in any space big enough to lie down in which is a huge benefit when you are staying in small hotel rooms or tents. It also has the benefit of working a heap of muscle groups. Properly executed push-ups work the chest, triceps, and core. They can be made more difficult by raising the feet onto a box or chair or made easier by doing them from the knees. They are definitely worth including in your holiday workouts SquatsSquats, in my opinion, are one of the best exercises you can do. Ever. No…

The season is over, time to relax…right?

The offseason for many sports people is just that – time off. It is time to hang the boots (or shoes, or skates) up for the summer and take time to relax and unwind. Unless you are a professional athlete who trains year round, you will at some point have time off from training. This article is aimed at the non-professional yet serious athlete who wants to make some offseason improvements. I am also aiming this at team sport athletes, however, there will be take away points for most athletes no matter what the code so if you want to get a little better…read on. Take a fortnight off The first thing I tell my athletes once the season is over is to take 2 weeks or so and just do nothing. If they must do something, it should be absolutely nothing to do with the sport which they play. In my case, in terms of my sports coaching, this is football (or soccer for those that way inclined). The reason for this is that it gives them a mental break from the sport. This is important. If you take your …