About Ryan Hodierne

Ryan is a sports scientist who firmly believes sport makes the world go round. His specialty is in Performance Analysis. He has assisted many of SA's national teams at the highest level, including the Olympics. He's a training author and keen adventure athlete who competes in off-road events of all kinds. He is the official Otter African Trail Run and Tour de Tuli training coach. Ryan currently resides in Singapore where he functions as a biomechanist, serving the nation's top profile athletes at the Singapore Sports Institute. Email him at Ryan.live2ride@gmail.com

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Four optimal shoe lacing techniques

Improve the fit of a shoe by adjusting the lacing techniques you use. Get started with four simple techniques.

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Tips to tackle multi-stage races

The art and dynamics of stage racing seeks to bring out each participant’s true colours. It takes athletes back to the days of survival, the days of the hunter-gatherers. Each morning hunters gather in pairs to take on the morning’s hunt. It’s the challenge to beat your opponents, to wrestle and overpower your own psyche and prove to yourself it can be done! What follows a successful hunt is a gathering of battered bodies and […]

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12 Fun Ways To Get Fit(ter) This Summer

We all want that summer body but it’s difficult to achieve if you can’t have fun getting there. Here are 12 achievable and engaging ways to get fit this summer. 1. Do 3 x (5 x 30sec) Choice cardio workouts Set aside 15 minutes and choose five varied and full body cardio workouts (push-ups/sit-ups/treadmill running). Begin your session of 30 seconds for each and alternate between each workout (i.e. 30sec x 5 = 2min30sec). Rest […]

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The Obstacle Course Craze

Having the compulsory military call-up after school removed for good, young South Africans and the youth of today seem to be craving what our parents dreaded in the army, the gruelling test of physical ability racing through obstacle courses. The only difference with the modern version is that it is done voluntarily and for the primary reason of having fun. So what has brought on this sudden craze for these tough and dirty events? With […]

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Eight ways to add structure to your training

Being a training consultant across a variety of sporting disciplines, I cannot believe how similar requests are each year around this time. I get athletes pleading for training outlines to provide some direction to their seasons. Some are trying to escape the monotony of the festive season’s base training, while others are struggling to find the motivation in getting kick-started. At the beginning of a new year, starting a fresh season; we all want to […]

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Train for real life demands

Improve your rotational stability The nature of movement in sport seems very one-dimensional, everything happens in a straight line. If we aren’t moving forwards we very seldom move backwards and we even more seldom move sideways. The human body was designed to move in three dimensions, which means our movements don’t only occur in a single, straight line.

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Applying Science to the art of swimming

Catching up with starts & turns in SA Swimming Practice makes perfect… Does it really? The answer is NO! Practice will probably make fit, however perfect practice in training will better assist the journey to perfection.

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Delhi Commonwealth Games – How I see Team SA’s performance

My feeling of pride at the 19th Commonwealth Games Accompanying Team SA as a sports scientist was a very rewarding and humbling experience. For the duration of the first week of the Commonwealth Games, swimming became my priority as it occupied most of the day (heats, semi’s then finals). I did however manage to get to a few other sports including the final rounds of our women’s netball, the men’s and women’s hockey matches, I also watched […]

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My view of the Delhi Commonwealth Games

The 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi – India, is one that will be remembered for years to come. It was amazing to witness first hand how the City of Delhi and its community joined forces to overcome the pre-Games challenges and deliver a spectacle, hosting over 7000 athletes from 71 nations competing for 826 medals.

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Discover the Science of Movement in Sport

Discover the Science of Movement in Sport It is important to have a good understanding of the application of physics to the sport you participate in. Physical principles such as motion, resistance, momentum, friction, mechanical compensation and injury all play a part in sporting events in some way or other.

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