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Overload: You Can’t Get Better Without It

The overload principle is a fundamental one to strength and conditioning. Basically this says that in order to keep the body adapting, we have to find a way to make the workouts more difficult. If we don’t find a way to continually make the workouts more difficult over time, then we will stop getting stronger, larger, faster, and more powerful.   There’s a lot of ways that we can do this in strength and conditioning. We can increase the weight....

Fatigue: Is It All In Our Heads?

Why do we get tired during exercise? No matter what type of exercise that you engage in, fatigue happens. You can’t lift as much weight, you can’t do as many repetitions, your speed suffers, you can’t jump as high, your legs feel like Jello, no matter what type of exercise you do you can relate to this concept. So what happens when we get tired?   There’s a lot of theories that sound really good about why we get tired....

Exercise Limitations and Down Syndrome

Individuals with Down Syndrome, especially as they age, tend to be characterized with obesity, health-related problems from that obesity, poor fitness, a reduced physical work capacity, as well as hyperflexibility and low muscle tone. In the latest issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, Fernhall et al discuss the cardio-vascular impacts of Down Syndrome and the impact of exercise training on this. The authors begin by discussing the low work capacity (i.e. maximal oxygen consumption) of individuals with Down Syndrome...

Exercise and Down Syndrome

There is a paucity of research dealing with exercise and Down syndrome. Individuals with Down syndrome have challenges when it comes to exercise; endocrine dysfunction, hyperflexibility, hypotonia, and challenges with motor skill development can make an exercise program challenging with this population. Nevertheless, it is important as individuals with Down syndrome tend to have a lower resting metabolic rate and (as a result) a greater body mass index. The research that has been done on exercise and Down syndrome seems...