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Should I follow the Caveman Diet?

A diet of berries, roots, nuts and the occasional hapless creature. Would you try it and would it make your life better? asks Durban-based dietitian Keri Strachan. Should we revert to the hunter-gatherer ‘Caveman’ diets of our ancient ancestors? Will it curtail the modern epidemics of obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease? Considering how our modern day diet has changed in the last 10,000 years this may seem a good idea. But how practical will […]

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The roller-coaster ride of a multisport athlete

The highs and lows in a multisport athlete’s life and training are comparable to a roller-coaster: up-down, fast-slow. We all have that moment: we question our training our goals and possibly at times the point of going for the run, cycle or swim session. We find an excuse, justify not doing it for some reason or flat out feel we don’t have the energy. This is a normal problem. Unless you are taking something that […]

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Do you need a coach?

Is getting a coach for you? How will a coach help? The Myth Only the pros need coaching The Reality You do not need to be a pro athlete to have a coach. In fact, there is probably more need for the non-pro to have a coach, than the pro! The Dilemma Over-training, under-training, peaking and injuries – bumps that become hurdles that become walls in any athlete’s running career Let’s look at a runner’s […]

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The protein enigma

Most nutritionists agree that carbohydrate-rich foods are the important fuel to maintain blood glucose levels, during exercise and afterwards. But what about protein? High versus low protein is a never-ending hot topic in most sports settings. The most common misconception is the need for greater protein intake for gains in strength, power, speed, and endurance. The truth of the matter is that South Africans are usually already eating too much protein! There is seldom the […]

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Why warm up and cool down?

If you don’t do either, you are definitely not alone.
A large majority of people don’t consider the warm up or cool as necessary in their exercise regimes. But you should, and this article will give you four very good reasons. This scenario may be familiar: You arrive at the venue, have a cup of coffee, quickly do a few stretches, run to the bathroom, and wait nervously for the start gun. Now the race has started, your breathing has become rapid, and you feel a little off, struggling to run efficiently. You may feel your groove is gone.

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Dom Wills finds yet another climb, this time out of Bloukrans River in the 2013 Otter. Photo: Jacques Marais/Sony

Pacing tips for Otter African Trail Run

The flat sections near the end of Otter African Trail Run, that 42km epic along the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park, are the nemesis of most runners, says Otter Trail Run coach Ryan Hodierne. Podium hopeful Kane Reilly says: “The 42km distance of the Otter’s pristine Garden Route trail is not what delivers the infamous Otter Bite. It’s the many short, steep, and often stepped climbs that do.”

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Get in shape the fun way

What? When? How? What to do, when to do it, how to do it? These seem to be the most frequently asked questions that I hear from friends and people who want to start running, training or getting fit. Get in shape through your brain Personally I found and still find the most important thing is mindset. Firstly, remembering that you are doing it for your own well-being and to challenge yourself to achieve personal […]

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Booze, cigarettes, multisport warrior

Michael Gombart’s journey to becoming an athlete started when he was 25 years old. He weighed a porky 94kg, was a smoker and drinker, and had an acute fear of anything related to exercise. “At the beginning of 2013 I had a major health scare and ended up in hospital. The symptoms: an acute panic attack and extremely high cholesterol. There and then, I decided to change my life. In April 2013, after making necessary […]

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I’m here to compete: Donovan van Gelder

Hi, my name is Donovan and I like to compete. This unsubtle statement is completely intentional. I believe that Alcoholics Anonymous meetings start with this introduction and acknowledgement of an addiction. I may have it wrong, all I know about this I have learned from that window on the world, the television. The reason I chose to begin with that was because I find, more and more, that competition is something that people are embarrassed […]

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The IronCowboy: 50 IRONMAN, 50 states, 50 days

For most people, the thought of completing just one IRONMAN triathlon is a daunting one. Now imagine doing 50 of them, in all 50 states of the USA, in 50 days! On 6 June, James Lawrence dubbed the “IronCowboy” after he completed a marathon in a patterned cowboy hat, began a quest to complete this seemingly impossible feat. The stunt, which began in Hawaii, had many sceptical at first, not least because of the physical […]

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