Jamie’s Blog

The Heart

Our heart is part of our cardiovascular system, the main responsibility of this system is the transportation of nutrients around the body, the removal of waste products from metabolism and the delivery of oxygen to bodily tissues.  Transportation of these substances occur in our blood, which is predominantly made up of red blood cells (responsible […]

Understanding Plyometrics

It’s 2017 and everything but the kitchen sink has been turned into a fitness fad at some point. One casualty of this I’m particularly interested in highlighting is plyometrics. I’ve seen trainers and class instructors place them in programmes incorrectly and by observing the repetitions, sets and technique instructed, it appears these movements aren’t fully […]

The Three Energy Systems Part 3

The final instalment in this blog trilogy covers the final aspect of the energy making cycle and the most frequently used system, the aerobic energy system. We use the aerobic system aka the oxidative system primarily during endurance based actives, low intensity exertion and also when we’re at rest. It primarily utilises carbohydrates and fat […]

The Three Energy Systems Part 2

Following on from last weeks part 1, in which I provided a brief summary on energy production and subsequently explained in further detail our three energy systems. This week I’ll continue and summarise the next steps in energy production. Last week I covered the phosphagen system and explained that it’s used primarily for short duration […]

The Three Energy Systems Part 1

After my blogs on ATP, a natural progression would be to discuss our energy systems and the roles they play in energy regeneration. Before I move onto this new topic, here’s a brief summary on ATP (adenosine triphosphate) from my write ups in my two previous blogs on the topic. What happens is, once we […]

How We Get ATP (Energy) From Food

In order to move and process internally, humans must generate and use energy. How we do that, relies on a number of metabolic reactions, that rely upon the use of a molecule known as ATP. ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate and is arguably the most import molecule in the human body and is referred to […]

Snatch Part 2 of 2

Following my current blog theme of olympic lift tutorials, this week I will provide a step by step guide on one of the best gym based exercises to improve your speed, power, strength, mobility, co-ordination and many other health and performance improving attributes. Whilst olympic lifts have their own category of lifting in elite competitions […]

Snatch Part 1 of 2

Arguably the most visually intimidating olympic lift, is the snatch. The snatch movement, requires a starting position of a maximal width grip on the bar (snatch grip) and a finishing position of the bar directly over the head. A daunting thought for some, not just because of the co-ordination required and musculature that’s challenged throughout […]

Jerks Part 2 of 2

After the introduction to jerks in last weeks blog, this week I will cover a step by step guide of the most commonly used jerk motion, the split jerk. There are other forms of the jerk motion that can be used to develop power in a person, variations such as the squat and power jerk […]