Fitness session packs a punch
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.