Fit­ness ses­sion packs a punch

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

ATH­LETES, stu­dents and sport­ing vol­un­teers gained an in­sight into strength­en­ing and con­di­tion­ing tech­niques at a free North Bur­nett work­shop last week.

Chris Weier, of Fit­nance Aus­tralia, said begin­ner coaches, teach­ers and vol­un­teers in a range of sports could lift the per­for­mance of their ath­letes through the de­sign of ap­pro­pri­ate strength­en­ing and con­di­tion­ing pro­grams.

Tech­niques cov­ered in­cluded ba­sic weightlift­ing

Marathon runner Erica de No­brega It was all the stuff you know, but you need to hear again.

and body weight ex­er­cises, core strength train­ing, and how to in­te­grate strength and con­di­tion­ing with skill train­ing.

Marathon runner Erica de No­brega said the work­shop re­in­forced the need “not to ex­er­cise aim­lessly”.

“It was all the stuff you know, but you need to hear again,” Ms de No­brega said.

“He taught us what to do in the off-sea­son (and) re­minded us to pre­vent in­juries and to strengthen your­self – so im­por­tant for run­ners.”

And ‘news’ to Ms de No­brega was a test “which could in­form ath­letes which side of the body to work on”.

The DEXA scan for body com­po­si­tion, which gives fig­ures for to­tal body mus­cle mass and body fat, and a body fat per­cent­age, could be a valu­able tool, she said.

The free work­shops held at YMCA Gayn­dah were funded through the Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation, and at­tracted about 30 school stu­dents and 16 adults.

WORK SMARTER: Ian Sains­bury demon­strates a strength­en­ing tech­nique learned from Chris Weier's work­shop at Gayn­dah YMCA.

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