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Unveiling Core Advantage: Melbourne’s PLP Top Rated Performance Gym

Unlocking Athletic Excellence: The Core Advantage Experience

Are you an aspiring athlete, a seasoned pro, or just someone passionate about fitness and performance? If you’re in Melbourne, you’re in luck because you’re in the proximity of a hidden gem in the world of sports and performance training – Core Advantage. In this 1000-word blog post, we’ll delve into what makes Core Advantage one of the top-rated performance gyms in Victoria, exploring their training programs, success stories, facilities, training techniques, and unique aspects that set them apart.

The Core Advantage Difference

Core Advantage isn’t your run-of-the-mill gym; it’s a high-performance training center designed to help athletes of all levels reach their peak potential. What sets Core Advantage apart from the rest? Let’s break it down.

Tailored Training Programs

At Core Advantage, the mantra is simple: one size does not fit all. Every athlete is unique, and their training programs should reflect that. Core Advantage offers tailored training programs designed to address individual strengths and weaknesses, helping athletes achieve their specific goals.

Whether you’re a young athlete looking to build a solid foundation, a professional striving for excellence, or someone recovering from an injury, Core Advantage has a program for you. Their expert coaches work closely with you to create a personalized plan that aligns with your aspirations and ensures that you progress safely and efficiently.

Success Stories that Speak Volumes

A gym’s reputation is often best judged by the success stories it produces. Core Advantage has an impressive track record of nurturing athletes who have gone on to achieve greatness in their respective fields. From local heroes to international stars, their athletes consistently excel.

These success stories aren’t just about medals and records; they’re about the dedication and hard work that go into reaching those heights. Core Advantage’s training philosophy revolves around holistic development, focusing not only on physical attributes but also on mental resilience and discipline.

 

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Core Advantage’s commitment to excellence extends to their training facilities. Their training center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and resources that provide athletes with everything they need to succeed. From cutting-edge strength and conditioning equipment to dedicated recovery zones, Core Advantage’s facilities are second to none.

Having access to the right tools and technology is crucial for athletes looking to gain an edge. Core Advantage ensures that their athletes have all the resources necessary to maximize their performance and minimize the risk of injury.

Innovative Training Techniques

Training at Core Advantage isn’t just about lifting weights and running laps; it’s about staying at the forefront of sports science and innovation. Their coaches are constantly researching and implementing the latest training techniques to ensure that their athletes are always one step ahead of the competition.

One such technique that Core Advantage is known for is their emphasis on movement quality. They understand that a strong foundation is essential for peak performance. By focusing on movement quality and addressing imbalances, athletes can perform at their best while reducing the risk of injury.

Comprehensive Approach to Training

Core Advantage takes a comprehensive approach to training, recognizing that success in sports requires more than just physical prowess. Their programs incorporate mental training, nutrition guidance, and recovery strategies to ensure that athletes are well-rounded and resilient.

Mental toughness is a crucial component of athletic success, and Core Advantage’s coaches work with athletes to develop the mental fortitude needed to overcome challenges and perform under pressure. Additionally, their nutrition guidance ensures that athletes fuel their bodies optimally for training and competition.

A Supportive Community

Training at Core Advantage isn’t just about lifting weights; it’s about being part of a supportive community. Athletes training at Core Advantage often find themselves surrounded by like-minded individuals who share their passion for performance. This sense of community can be incredibly motivating and inspiring.

Whether you’re a young athlete looking up to your peers or a seasoned pro offering guidance to the next generation, Core Advantage fosters an environment where athletes can learn from each other and grow together.

Conclusion

In a city as sports-centric as Melbourne, finding the right performance gym can be a game-changer. Core Advantage’s commitment to excellence, tailored training programs, impressive success stories, state-of-the-art facilities, innovative training techniques, comprehensive approach to training, and supportive community make it a standout choice for athletes looking to reach their full potential.

If you’re serious about your athletic journey, Core Advantage is the place to be. Their team of expert coaches is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals, whether that means standing on a podium, setting a new personal best, or simply feeling healthier and more confident in your abilities.

Are you ready to unlock your athletic excellence? Core Advantage is here to guide you on your journey to success. Join the ranks of athletes who have thrived under their expert guidance, and prepare to reach new heights in your athletic endeavors.

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Episode 117 – ​​Durham McInnis

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Using Vuemotion to maximise on field athletic performance

Dean Benton

The Era of Rapid Insights with AI Gait Analysis

Can you explain why video analysis is used to assess various aspects of running mechanics?

Primarily to assess the qualitative aspects of all forms of running, which could be acceleration, deceleration, max speed, and change of direction (COD). Film as a means of visual feedback has been around for a long time. Although, it took a long time for coaches 50 years ago to access it. However, compared to 30 years ago, it is simply more available – instantly available of course. iPads and iPhones are a compelling form of feedback when working with athletes in very small groups. I would argue that it is too relied upon by younger coaches. It is important to develop observation skills in real-time. Ultimately, a well-trained coaching eye, experience, and judgment are still required to interpret video and apply it to the practical environment. What can be heard, seen, or sensed, still largely cannot be measured. In many ways, it is better initially to learn how to coach without the use of technology. Although, used judiciously video is a very powerful tool.

Now with Vuemotion’s AI gait analysis, we can have video analysed in 24 hours. It was only 20-25 years ago this information took biomechanists about a week to get the same information back to athletics coaches. Although, we now have a situation presently where we are drowning in information, but devoid of wisdom in how to apply it – particularly in a team sport setting. Mainly because it is so easy and seductive to collect this information. However, how is it interpreted? Used in programming and ultimately coached?

Decoding Metrics for Speed and Acceleration

ALTIS Kinogram Method and Beyond

When evaluating max velocity and acceleration what specific metrics or patterns do you look for in the data?

I think the ALTIS Kinogram method is excellent. It can have some relevance to field sports. Although, it is only descriptive in nature and stops short of detailing the ‘reason’ and ‘correction’ for errors. The Kinogram method is valuable for describing linear max speed, but we know it doesn’t reference acceleration and deceleration, which form a significant part of field sport running.

The VueMotion 20m fly and 20m acceleration offer excellent insights into the direct descriptors such as time, speed, stride length, stride frequency, and contact/flight time. The 2-D kinematic analysis also provides a valuable understanding of how a player runs. Acceleration is about what you do on the ground, so I look at how a player does this. Max speed is about what you do in the air, so considering how someone repositions limbs preparing for the ground, is very insightful.

 

Athletics has been assessing gait for years. This provides a good guide for us. However, field sport athletes do run differently and are often heavier than track athletes. This does influence stride length, stride frequency, and contact/flight time parameters, but the art is knowing how to interpret these differences.

 

Optimizing On-Field Performance with Video Feedback

How do you tailor running gait analysis to address rehab needs for injured players? What role does technology play in the process?

Depending on the injury, rehab is where significant performance gains can made. If gait analysis is made part of the return-to-run process it can offer tremendous improvements in objective decision-making when a player is ready to return to team training. We must remember that gait is the foundation of function. We can only infer an athlete’s capabilities from 1-dimensional force plates and Nord boards etc. If we revert to the well-established max speed and COD deterministic models by Dr. Warren Young, they underline the importance of reactive leg strength. With the Prepared to Play Triple Hop Test, we can now measure reactive strength in a much more applied way that takes into vertical, anterior-posterior, and mediolateral forces. Therefore, asymmetries, dysfunction, and lack of coordination with hopping are also observed in running-based tests. Namely through differences in stride length, stride frequency, contact times, and of course, kinematics. Having a focus on the process of ‘how’ a player regains running function is more important than a player’s result. Look after the process the product looks after itself.

 

Collaborating for Comprehensive Training Plans

 

In terms of performance enhancement, how do you leverage video feedback to fine-tune running mechanics and optimize players’ on-field speed, acceleration, and deceleration?

I would only use video feedback in a very small group – when I had time. Deceleration is getting a lot of attention of late. In my opinion, it is being complicated and looked at in a reductionist fashion. A discrete deceleration rarely happens in sports in isolation. However, acceleration and a quick transition to reacceleration are much more common. This should greatly influence how we train, teach, and test deceleration. If we simply look at deceleration as a mirror opposite to acceleration, then it is easy to see what are appropriate techniques for both qualities.

 

With the data obtained from video analysis, how do you collaborate with other professionals like physiotherapists and strength coaches to design comprehensive training plans?

Your average professional knows how to fix problems (retrospectively). The very smart professional prevents problems before they occur. Research and experience show a clear connection between running techniques and common injuries. Frans Bosch wrote an outstanding article on the relationship of injury and running technique in 2015. We can now measure these parameters very easily in our own training environment. As such, using gait analysis to 1. assess injury risk; 2. enhance running performance directly; 3. guide rehabilitation; and, 4. influence how running can be enhanced directly via allied programming.

Integrating Vuemotion for Australian Rules Football

What advice would you give to fellow coaches and practitioners looking to integrate Vuemotion analysis into their approach for enhancing player performance in Australian Rules football?

Not to trivialize the severity of contact in AFL, which can be as severe as any football-rugby code at times. However, it doesn’t have the same amount of contact as the rugby codes. Therefore, this should then influence strength training to be slightly less orthodox and be more about enhancing running performance. Depending on the position played, AFL demands all forms of running (acceleration, deceleration, max speed, and COD). If we accept this, what influences these forms of running? How can they be enhanced? In particular, within the limited time made available. Opportunities to enhance running performance ‘directly’ with players in full training are limited. However, there are numerous opportunities and methods to enhance running performance ‘in-directly’. Some are flexibility and gym-based exercises – namely specific plyometrics, reflex strength training, and functional hip exercises.

We know max speed occurs in training and matches, but not always in absolute terms in relation to a player’s max speed PB. However, depending on the position played, AFL players do spend meaningful time at very high and high-speed running where mechanical efficiency is a huge advantage. So, if we see improving mechanical efficiency as advantageous how do we go about it?

We can’t escape that running speed is determined by stride length and stride frequency. Measuring a player’s leg length will tell us what their stride length should be theoretically. This will inform if they are within, or outside norms associated with speed targets you desire them to attain. For example, some players might have a disproportionally low stride frequency, which is often associated with overstriding. Conversely, some players might be overly dependent on stride frequency (human sewing machines) and not apply enough effective force to attain a desired speed or accelerate to speed. As such, judiciously knowing what plyometrics, what flexibility, and what running drills can correct these outliers can make a big difference in a short period of time – both in terms of performance and risk mitigation.

 

Bosch, F., & IJzerman, J. (2015). Running mechanics in injury prevention and performance. In Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (pp. 106-120). Routledge.

 

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From Endurance to Explosiveness: Customizing Energy Periodization for Diverse Athlete Needs with Peta Carige

Peta Carige Sports Dietitian

1. Can you explain what periodization is and how it relates to nutrition for athletes?

Periodisation is when the nutrient requirements of an athlete are optimised or altered to match the type of training they are doing. The nutrient requirements can relate to their supplementation or simply their macronutrient profile or focus. You can periodise nutrition against a ‘macro cycle’ so a block of training or you might do ‘micro periodisation’ and alter the daily intake of an athlete or even what they eat around different training sessions across the week.

2. How do you determine the specific energy needs of different sports and athletes?

This is difficult to explain. The gold standard is by measuring it using RMR and calculations of their energy expenditure, but in practice, it is often firstly by ensuring you have a thorough understanding of their energy expenditure in training across all modalities and sessions. Then you will take into consideration their training age, their goals, and their history. For example, if they are trying to gain muscle mass and have a nine-year training age, then they will require considerably more energy than a second-year athlete who is just looking for body composition optimisation.

3. What are some common mistakes athletes make when it comes to their nutrition, and how can they avoid them?

The most common mistake is a lack of preparation with their nutrition snacks for around training. This can be due to a lack of knowledge or a lack of shopping. My number one tip is to always have emergency snacks, that don’t go off such as canned fish, muesli bars, popcorn, ‘fava beans’, etc in every training bag you have. Also, I strongly encourage athletes to schedule two shopping trips per week, as they often run out of snacks and fresh fruit at the back end of the week.

4. How do you ensure athletes are properly fuelled for training and competition?

The cool thing about this is that we often have data these days to show if the athlete’s training is consistently at a high standard. The way I educate the athlete to identify this is by asking if the quality of their training is the same on a Monday as a Friday. Also, how they recover and back up from back-to-back training is often a good indicator of whether they are nailing their fuelling and recovery around training from food.

 

 5. How do you approach nutrition for athletes with specific dietary restrictions or preferences?

You have to work with all restrictions and preferences. Luckily in team sports, I feel like the rate of allergies is quite low. Those with specific food preferences are often well educated about nutrition and they have to be committed to allocating time to food preparation as they require a lot more time in the kitchen.

6. What are some of the best recovery foods and supplements for athletes?

HIT THE SHOPS! There are so many great snacks and portable foods for athletes these days. I recommend allocating a solid hour to browsing the shops thoroughly. Start in the tinned fish section, where there are amazing fish and rice, fish and bean cans that are portable and super high in fibre and protein, and carbohydrates, so ideal for recovery. There are amazing yogurts these days, high protein muesli bars, flavoured chickpeas, and even pre-made bliss balls. My all-time favourite food for training though is fruit, it contains the carbohydrate you need for energy, but also the vitamins and minerals you need to keep you healthy, so always start in the fresh fruit section.

7. How do you help athletes adjust their nutrition plan during competition season versus off-season?

There is a big difference as athletes change to in-season. The overall change is number of sessions often reduces so they need to be educated on how to change their daily nutrition based on more days and time off. This is their micro periodisation plan. They also need to ensure that they are confident when it comes to their game-day nutrition and recovery plans. In a very simplified example, often their carbohydrate intake reduces, and a focus on protein intake and its distribution increases. Leading up to games it changes again and is a combination of what works for the athlete as an individual and optimising fuelling for each game. Post-game the 24-48 hours post-game is vital to optimise recovery and in an ideal world, every athlete should have their own recovery plan as well that sets them target carbohydrate, fluid, and protein targets for the 24 hours post-game.

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Elevating Performance with Gold Coast Suns’ Expert Performance Dietitian, Ben Parker

Unleashing Football Potential: The Incredible Value of Performance Nutrition!

In the realm of elite sports, every minute detail contributes to the edge that separates champions from the rest. One such integral element is nutrition – the fuel that powers athletes to push beyond their limits and attain peak performance. At the forefront of this nutritional revolution stands Ben Parker, a seasoned Dietitian and professional Chef, who has ingeniously merged his culinary expertise with nutritional science to transform the Gold Coast Suns into an athletic powerhouse.

With a captivating background and a wealth of experience, Ben Parker has taken the reins as the head of nutrition at the Gold Coast football club, spearheading the creation of a holistic nutrition program that is redefining the very concept of high-performance eating habits.

 

A Master of the Culinary Craft:

Ben is both a Dietitian and professional Chef, this unique combination empowers him to weave together the science of nutrition and the art of cooking, offering athletes not only meals that nourish but also tantalize the taste buds. He crafts nutrition solutions that transcend the mundane, turning each dish into a delectable masterpiece. Ben’s culinary prowess elevates the Gold Coast Suns’ nutrition program from mere sustenance to an experience that athletes eagerly anticipate.

Central to Ben’s role as head of nutrition is the comprehensive nutrition program he’s architecting for the Gold Coast football club. His ingenuity shines through in the meticulous planning of meals and snacks around critical training sessions. These meals aren’t just nourishing; they’re meticulously designed to exemplify high-performance eating habits, providing athletes with the energy and nutrients required to excel on the field.

Empowerment through Knowledge:

One glance at Ben’s profile and it’s evident that he’s not just a chef or a dietitian – he’s an educator. The nutrition program extends beyond the plate, encompassing group and individual nutrition education sessions. Ben empowers athletes with the knowledge, teaching them the significance of each nutrient, the impact of their choices, and the science behind their meals. This transformational approach fosters a sense of ownership over their dietary habits, amplifying the program’s impact on and off the field. Ben Parker’s influence transcends traditional boundaries. His nutrition program doesn’t just end with education and meals; it’s a holistic journey. The ongoing nutrition counseling he provides ensures athletes have a steady support system to navigate their dietary choices. Cooking classes impart practical skills that extend beyond their sporting careers, shaping their lifelong relationship with food. The game-day nutrition and supplement support guarantee that each athlete steps onto the field with an optimal nutritional advantage.

Elite Habits, On and Off the Field: The philosophy Ben Parker has etched into the Gold Coast Suns’ nutrition program isn’t just about in-game success – it’s about nurturing elite habits in every facet of life. By merging his culinary flair, nutritional science, and educational prowess, he’s sculpting a new generation of athletes who understand that their bodies are temples deserving of the finest nourishment.

A Legacy that Extends Beyond: Beyond his pivotal role with the Gold Coast Suns, Ben Parker continues to leave his mark on the world of elite sports. His involvement with elite athletes during training camps and competitive campaigns showcases his unwavering commitment to elevating performance through nutrition. This legacy is a testament to his enduring passion for helping athletes reach their full potential.

In conclusion, Ben Parker isn’t just a Performance Dietitian; he’s a visionary who’s revolutionizing the way athletes perceive nutrition. With his culinary creativity, scientific acumen, and educational zeal, he’s transforming meals into moments of empowerment and fueling the Gold Coast Suns’ journey to athletic excellence.

Visit: Ben Parker today and unlock your true football potential. Prepare to be inspired, motivated, and equipped with AFL recipes and tools to take your game to the next level!

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Episode 32- Ben Parker

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Jack Mclean: Unleashing Football Potential: A Comprehensive Review of Enhanced Football

Unleashing Football Potential: The Incredible Value of Enhanced Football

In the world of football, athletes constantly strive to push their limits and elevate their performance. Finding the right resources and guidance is paramount. In 2022, I stumbled upon an exceptional business that truly lives up to its name: Enhanced Football. Today, I want to share my positive experience with this platform and highlight the incredible value it brings to football enthusiasts.

A Hub of Knowledge and Expertise

Enhanced Football serves as an invaluable hub of knowledge and expertise, catering to athletes, coaches, and fans alike. From its comprehensive training programs to its insightful articles and resources, the website offers a treasure trove of information to help individuals unleash their football potential.

Training Programs: Igniting Success, Step by Step

One of the standout features of Enhanced Football is its meticulously crafted training programs. These programs target specific areas of improvement, enhancing kicking accuracy, distance, and overall football performance. With a user-friendly interface and step-by-step instructions, athletes can easily follow the programs and track their progress. The attention to detail and video demonstrations facilitate effective technique implementation.

Expert Advice: Ben Stanley and AFLW Star Belle Dawes

Ben Stanley and AFLW star Belle Dawes go above and beyond with their athletes, ensuring each session propels footballers toward improvement. Their wealth of wisdom empowers developing players to gain a deeper understanding of the game and learn from those who have achieved greatness.

Community Engagement and Support: A Vibrant Network

What sets Enhanced Football apart is its vibrant and supportive community. The website features forums, discussion boards, and interactive elements that encourage users to connect, share experiences, and seek guidance. The sense of camaraderie and the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals foster an environment of growth and learning.

User-Friendly Interface: Navigating with Ease

Navigating through Enhanced Football is a breeze, thanks to its user-friendly interface. The website is thoughtfully organized, making it easy to find desired content quickly. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, the intuitive design ensures a seamless browsing experience, allowing you to focus on absorbing knowledge and improving your skills.

Elevating Understanding and Passion

Enhanced Football has undoubtedly exceeded my expectations as a comprehensive resource for football enthusiasts. Its training programs, expert advice, and interactive community foster an environment that inspires growth, improvement, and success. Whether you’re an aspiring athlete looking to enhance your performance or a football fan seeking valuable insights, this website will undoubtedly elevate your understanding and passion for the game.

Visit: Enhanced Football today and unlock your true football potential. Prepare to be inspired, motivated, and equipped with the knowledge and tools to take your game to the next level!

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