In the final part of this 5 part series on strength and conditioning for leg amputees, we will be considering cardio. This is going to vary according to your impairment and how you can use the equipment in the gym. The best way to lose weight and improve your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs) is to incorporate some form of sprinting into your training. Continue reading “Strength and Conditioning for Leg Amputees Part 5: Best 3 Cardio Tips”
Hydration: Before, during and after training and throughout the day.
There is no scientific proof that we need to consume 2 litres or 8 glasses a day of water to keep hydrated during the day. Those 2 litres are without
even considering exercise – you can lose up to a litre of water during exercise. A great way of measuring this is to weigh yourself before and after exercise as this would be the true indication of fluid lost. For re-hydration, it is roughly a litre of water for every kilo of body weight lost during exercise. Another way to see if you are dehydrated is the colour of your urine (using a urine stick is another way of measuring how much water you need to take on board).
Continue reading “Best 3 Sport Nutrition Tips”
This blog is about how disability sport has impacted on my life.
My story starts off a little differently to most other disabled athletes, I was born with a congenital disability called femoral dysplasia of the left leg. I first started out at an Able-bodied swimming club whilst I was living in S.H.A.P.E, Belgium.
I started quite late as a swimmer only taking up the sport at 11. It was one of my coaches that who asked me, “why don’t you try disabled swimming”, I was probably taken aback by that comment, as
I thought “why would I compete with disabled people when I am able within reason to compete with my able-bodied peers.” Maybe it was me being a typical teenager and not wanting to conform or maybe as I see it now looking back at it, perhaps I was looking down on disability sport.
This is part 1 of a series of blogs I will be doing on strength and conditioning for leg amputees.
In this first blog I will give a little background into myself, I have a congenital disability called femoral dysplasia of the left leg. Having been born with a disability, I have had to adapt to things along the way. Learning and implementating ways I could do things, the other able bodied children took for granted.
This is quite a good topic for discussion at this present time with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics coming up in the next few weeks and the Russians making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
As a former elite athlete myself, I think it’s good that they are starting to give out harsher penalties to drug cheats. I read a BBC Sports post this afternoon stating that the IOC (International Olympic Commitee) have not banned the whole Russian team from the Olympics.