About Ian Craig

Ian Craig MSc, CSCS, INLPTA is an exercise physiologist, nutritional therapist, NLP practitioner and an endurance coach. He was a competitive middle-distance runner for 20 years and is now a more leisurely runner and cyclist. Ian specialises in Functional Sports Nutrition, a fast evolving discipline that considers both health and performance of an athlete from an integrative health perspective. Ian is the editor of the UK magazines, Functional Sports Nutrition and Total Sports Nutrition, leads the Middlesex University Personalised Sports Nutrition postgraduate course and the new Functional Sports Nutrition Academy. In South Africa, he is a consultant for genetics company DNAlysis Biotechnology and runs a private exercise and nutrition practice in Johannesburg.

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Become a triathlete this winter

Winter is typically a time when most sporting activities shift into reverse gear and play second fiddle to the TV and X-box.  But you don’t have to roll over so easily! For serious athletes, winter is when the hard work is done: thousands of kilometres on the bike and lap upon lap of a heated pool, not to mention several pairs of running shoes worn out. If you are new to the multisport tribe and have decided to take […]

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Is your training intensity high enough?

We can determine the answer by asking three telling questions: How many kilometres of running, cycling or swimming did you log this week? What was your time on your feet for your running sessions? (Coaches like to call that TOF). What was your average and maximum intensity for each session? Chances are that you will be able to answer the first two easily enough, but you might come unstuck on the third question. The three […]

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Top 10 taper tweaks Ian Craig

Top 10 training tips for endurance events

These top 10 training tips will be of great use to you for any endurance event you’re training for in the the next few weeks. It will be especially useful if you’re tackling long endurance challenges like ultra trail runs, multi-day mountain bike, road cycling, and paddling events. If you’re at this level, you should already have our taper programme, but it never hurts to have a few tried and tested tips in the last […]

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Faster bike performance in the gym?

Coming from a running background, where weight training has been shown to improve running economy, boost lactate threshold and decrease injury incidence, I automatically think that every other sport can also benefit from time in the weight room. However, entering the cycling arena, I have found that some cycling coaches and scientists are far from convinced that weights produce faster bike performance. Checking out the literature for myself, it is full of opposing view points. […]

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The Mind’s Healing Power

Many years ago, after having experienced several fairly benign injuries that just seemed to drag on until my race had been and gone before I made a miraculous recovery, I decided to investigate the question of whether our mind can influence the rate of recovery from injury. What I found was that this relatively simple query had not been adequately researched for a complete answer, but I was able to draw some conclusions that should […]

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Is Your Exercise An Unhealthy Addiction?

South Africa is a country that seems to thrive on sporting extremes. Think of the Cape Epic, Two Oceans, Comrades, Dusi Canoe Marathon, Midmar Mile, Puffer, joBerg2c, Skyrun, Totalsports Challenge and many more. When I moved to this wonderful country from the UK five years ago, I was totally amazed at how fixated people were with exercise volume. I met people who were spending three hours in the gym daily, runners who did 30-40km pack […]

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Train Less, Improve Faster

Coming from the sporting field, I have always been thoroughly aware of the term overtraining. It’s something I thought might be a problem for elite athletes who were routinely training 2-3 times a day and not resting enough; whereas mere mortals like myself, who were only training 1-2 times per day, were pretty much exempt. When I moved to London in 2001 and my boss, also an exercise physiologist, told me I was overtraining, I […]

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The Fats You Should Be Eating

People generally form their opinions from what they read or what they are told. Indeed, we were told twenty years ago that healthy food should always be low in fat. This theme ran concurrently with the revolution of aerobics and the exercise craze. Jane Fonda was Queen, sun tans were in and low-fat was gospel. Despite a huge reduction of fat intake, though, have you ever wondered why Western society is becoming more obese? Obesity […]

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Become a triathlete this winter

Become a triathlete this winter by Ian Craig Winter is typically a time when most sporting activities SHIFT into reverse GEAR and PLAY SECOND FIDDLE TO the TV and X-box. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO ROLL OVER SO EASILY!

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