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Redefining Performance

Performance (noun). The completion of a task with application of knowledge, skills and abilities. Performance, by definition, is a simplistic word. One that is purely a successful completion of a task. But all words are descriptive not prescriptive and so, especially...

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How To Not Run On Your Easy Run Days

Aqua jogging. The exercise we love to hate. It’s that exercise we only seem to partake in when we are injured and can’t do “actual exercise”. That exercise we do when we feel like our bodies are getting a bit too much wear and tear as the years go by, so we supplement...

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Change, Change, More Change

All New Zealanders are coping with some form of change right now. Of course, there is the overarching change that we are all facing simultaneously of a global pandemic (and for all you Aucklanders out there; a second round of Level 3 restrictions), but within this...

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Hey Guys…. How’s Your Libido?

To all you men out there, I have a simple question for you……. How sexually fatigued are you? Or to phrase it another way; Think back over the past month, how’s your libido been? In a previous blog post I talked about Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)...

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Laughter is the Best Medicine: Not if you’re Incontinent

It is believed that up to 75% of women will experience some level of stress incontinence in their lifetime and while less common, you men aren’t immune; it can affect you too. While I’m presuming that most of you reading this blog know exactly what...

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This is Jaw Dropping

Let’s do a little test... While sitting with good posture, see if you can fit 3 of your knuckles into your mouth.Now, slump over with bad posture and do the same.Do you notice a difference? What this tells us, is that your posture plays an impact on what is happening...

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So, You Have a Headache

Headaches. They’re a pain. There are numerous causes of headaches, which makes this topic challenging to summarise. Today we will start by talking about the common types and what can be done to help manage the pesky things. It is important to start off by stating that...

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Getting On Top Of Muscle Tightness

Regular exercise can lead to muscles getting tight. Whilst tightness isn’t necessarily a bad thing, too much can impair muscle function resulting in poor movement patterns and injury risk. Getting on top of excessive muscle tightness can be a great way to prevent...

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Take Control of Back Pain

Lower back pain affects people young and old. It can disrupt quality of life but seeking quality care will improve the road to recovery. The most common type of low back pain is non-specific back pain. This is a term when no pathology can be linked to the pain. As...

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What Makes a Sports Lab Massage Different?

Here at Sports Lab, our massage therapists Ray Gesta and Luke McCallum like to treat things a little differently. I’m sure most clinics would say something similar, but let’s dive in to what massage is and what a massage at Sports Lab can offer you.  Treating The...

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What Gems Have The Time Trial Gurus Given The World?

It definitely feels like it’s been a while since I have felt the wind whistling across my TT helmet whizzing down the road at 40 plus Km/hr, but I know mine and many others time will come again, and racing will resume in the future. It would be fair to say cycling...

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What Does It Mean To Be Recovered?

In today’s blog, we are going to discuss what it means to be recovered. Our massage clients often seek to maintain an injury-free state during their training – or recover quickly to reach their goals. However, ‘recovery’ is not as black and white as it first appears,...

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Redefining Health: What Can I Do Now?

Photo Credit: Michael Dawson (RTB2020) Hippocrates: ‘A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings and learn how, by his own thought, to derive benefit from his illnesses’.  Our greatest blessing is our health and our ability to learn and...

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Redefining Health: Applying the Science

Here at the Lab, we believe in using science to inform our practice, which means we all love to embrace our inner nerd. A belief within our work community is to share information and upskill our clients, so that they have the guidance and the skills they need to...

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Redefining Health: Take a Step Back and See The Bigger Picture

Last blog, we decided to set you and ourselves a challenge! If you have had a look at your Instagram feed lately, you will see that we are pretty much doing what everyone else is – we are setting you a health challenge, but we promise we won’t make you do 20 burpees...

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Let’s Talk About Stress

We have all just had a sudden dump of fear, uncertainty and stress on our lives. Our day-to-day lives look remarkably different to just a short time ago, and we have all had to adjust to what this now means for us, as an individual and as a community. As we come into...

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Healthy Ageing

In part 1 we talked about what happens to our bodies as we get older and hopefully you weren't left feeling totally depressed at the prospect, but empowered by how the actions you take can influence your experience of aging. We know that building regular physical...

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Getting Old?!

Getting old. It’s a topic no one really likes to think or talk about, right? But, with a growing elderly population, more of us are starting to consider what “healthy ageing” looks like and what we can be doing now to enhance our life in years to come. If this is you...

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Supplements – Everything You Need to Know

Photo credit: https://www.witsup.com/ The supplement industry is booming. In 2016, the Council for Responsible Nutrition put the supplement industry at around $122 billion USD in America alone. The industry is always offering a wider range of products we perceive to...

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We Are ‘Iron’ Man…

Here is a question for you: as athletes, do we like to simplify things without looking at the bigger picture? Maybe some of us do, maybe some of us don’t – but how many times do we base our feelings on how well or poorly a training session went purely based on our...

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How Tolerant Are You – and Your Immune System?

A couple of weeks ago I read a journal article, and it challenged me and my way of thinking, so I thought: what a great discussion this would be! Since the early 1980s, scientists have been investigating the immune system of athletes. The central theory of this...

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Feed Your Performance

When we look at our performance there is a range of areas that we need to analyse, pull apart, test and improve so that our performance improves. So we can jump higher, run further, sprint faster, race better, recover quicker, and feel better. One thing that can...

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Directing Your 2020!

2020 has begun and we are now deep into enjoying February! The start of the year, as we know, is a great chance to start fresh, write a new script and become a better version of ourselves. But it’s important that these changes we are making are sustainable. Today we...

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Running Form – A Merging of Science and Art

When it comes to running form, there are currently overwhelming amounts of information available. One common school of thought we have noticed is one that teaches you that you need to run in a very prescriptive way. Proposing that “your cadence should sit around 180,...

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Should You Stretch Before a Run?

Everyone seems to have the perfect pre-run routine – even though everyone you talk to will have a different approach, and will be happy to tell you why theirs is the best. Injured people tend to beat themselves up for not stretching enough and blame the lack of...

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Bike Fit Diary of a Wimpy Kid

It’s all well and dandy helping everyone else out with bike fits at Sports Lab, but as I am only a month away from the start of my NZ 70.3 season, it’s probably about time I check my own position over. A bike fit is not something that is performed once when you get...

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How Often Should You Get a Massage?

There are many opinions about how often one should get a massage. A quick search on Google or YouTube may tell you that the ideal frequency is weekly, fortnightly or monthly; however, there...

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A New Twist on Ankle Pain

“Why do I keep getting pain even though I am no longer injured?” I hear this question often, and it can be a tricky concept to get your head around as there are so many elements to consider – with most seeming almost invisible. Let’s say that tissue healing has been...

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