Optimal Activation Sequence – Glutes

We often see injuries originating from an unstable and uncoordinated pelvis and spine. One of the key muscle groups that help to keep this region of our body happy are the glutes (gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus). One of the most powerful groups of muscles in the...

Get Stronger and Improve your Cycling Economy

"Strength training improves cycling economy." We will support this statement with science and research then we’ll talk about how to implement it into your training. What do we mean by strength training and cycling economy?   Cycling Economy = the steady state oxygen...

Post-Natal Exercise

Starting exercise after you have given birth can be a daunting process. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned athlete, trying to get back into shape after having a baby or whether you are starting from scratch, it is daunting wondering how your body is going to...

Optimal Activation Sequence – Glutes

We often see injuries originating from an unstable and uncoordinated pelvis and spine. One of the key muscle groups that help to keep this region of our body happy are the glutes (gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus). One of the most powerful groups of muscles in the...

Get Stronger and Improve your Cycling Economy

"Strength training improves cycling economy." We will support this statement with science and research then we’ll talk about how to implement it into your training. What do we mean by strength training and cycling economy?   Cycling Economy = the steady state oxygen...

Post-Natal Exercise

Starting exercise after you have given birth can be a daunting process. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned athlete, trying to get back into shape after having a baby or whether you are starting from scratch, it is daunting wondering how your body is going to...

Hydration for Performance

The weather outside is frightful, it’s cold and wet, your motivation to get out the door is at an all-time low and all you can think about is that drastic temperature change as soon as you step through your front door. Once you do venture outside, and even upon your...

Optimise Your Movement

From the day you are born you start developing movement patterns to allow yourself to do the things you want to do. One of your biggest movement achievements of your life is to go from crawling to walking. You probably can't remember but this doesn't happen straight...

Are you an Active Couch Potato?

Our joints like movement. Movement can stimulate bone, tendon and other tissue growth. Movement increases metabolism and burns calories. Everyone benefits from everyday general movement, even the fittest of athletes. So why are we cutting it out of our lives?The World...

One Leg is Better than Two

When you think of a gym or home workout, what's the first thing you think of? Many traditional strength and core training plans focus on exercises such as squats, sit-ups, and planks. At Optimal Movement we are strong advocates of single leg exercises for many...

Lifting the Lid on Supplements

Does this claim make sense? Is it supported by scientific evidence? Is it safe? Is it legal? Supplements can introduce an overwhelming amount of confusion to newcomers and elite athletes alike. In a world of in-your-face marketing and cheap ingredients it’s unlikely...

Plyometrics & Power

Plyometrics is a key training method when it comes to improving your performance in the majority of sports. The main fitness component trained in plyometrics is Power. Power is a combination of Strength and Speed (look through your secondary school Physics books!) It...

Strength Training for Endurance Athletes (part 2)

Now you understand the benefits of doing strength training as an endurance athlete from our previous OMGuide article, we are going to take a look at some practical implications. This is the stuff that reaps rewards so pay close attention! Before you start with any...

How to Become a Professional Napper

Within the realm of sleep, napping is a hot topic, so we felt this tip deserved its own couple of paragraphs and tips. It follows on from our first post on "sleep" that can be found here. If it’s possible (and most of the time it is) we really recommend it. Why? Well,...

Kinesiology Taping for the Achilles Tendon

Like any injury, Achilles tendon pain is frustrating and can really affect your enjoyment of running and walking. Are you hobbling down the stairs first thing in the morning, and every time you stand up you start walking like you’ve aged 20 years! Don’t let it become...

“JB Sports Therapy” is now “Optimal Movement”

JB Sports Therapy is evolving! From today Joe will be operating under the name “Optimal Movement”. What’s changing? Not only is Joe still offering the same great service to all new and current clients, but is also offering additional health and fitness services (with...

Zzzzz’s – Your Body’s Legal Doping Programme

Anabolic hormones aren’t solely restricted to soviet sprinters and Mr Olympia contestants. You too can get your fair share, but in a legal and more ethical way! Sleep is the most effective natural means of recovery.   Sleep benefits: Repairing damaged muscles...

The Hip – A Balancing Act

In this blog we're going to look at why hip stability and mobility are so important and their relationship to injury prevention. Let's start with a quick overview of the hip joint...... The hip joint consists of the acetabulum of the pelvis which forms the socket, and...

Five Great Exercises for Runners

Here are five fantastic exercises that will specifically benefit runners by strengthening the core, hips, and legs. They are actually on the advanced side of exercises so don't attempt them unless you are well conditioned or have the guidance of an exercise...

Free 15 Minute Treatment and Advice

Joe is going to be at the Shrewsbury Sports Village offering mini sports massage treatments and advice on injury management and rehabilitation. The dates and times are below: Tuesday 12 April from 5:00pm to 8pm Wednesday 13 April from 5:30 to 8pm Please come along for...

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