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“Our ski trip has proved a fantastic way to create a community within our centre – and a perfect opportunity to upsell classes and PT products”


ALPINE RACING Operator: Alpine Academy


demanding discipline that can see top competitors making between 30 and 40 turns per run, six to eight times a day for six days a week during peak season. Consequently, athletes need to incorporate a combination of cardiovascular and strength training, focusing specifi cally on agility, core strength and co-ordination. Alpine performance training group


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Team Evolution operates as part of a structured Alpine Academy programme, working with juniors to adults. Training programmes are tailored depending on the stage of the season; during race-time, athletes


s one of the most challenging winter sports, alpine racing is a fast, physically


spend a signifi cant amount of time in the gym focusing on maintenance work and body conditioning to uphold high levels of overall fi tness. As part of their personalised


programmes, Team Evolution athletes use Wattbikes and Concept2 rowers for a full body workout, increasing aerobic fi tness levels through interval training. “Both Wattbikes and Concept2 rowers feature heavily in the programmes of our athletes


Team Evolution athletes train with Wattbikes and Concept2 rowers


based at our Austrian training camp in Salzburg”, confi rms Yannick Green, coach for Team Evolution’s alpine racing team. “We believe that higher levels of overall physical fi tness will aid the athletes with their progression in a sport that’s extremely demanding on the body as a whole.” The interval training approach also allows athletes to train more effi ciently, helping create the necessary balance between time spent in the gym versus time spent on the slopes. But it’s not just elite competitors who can benefi t from these type of programmes: “The Concept2 rowing machine is suitable for anyone, from fi rst-time skiers to elite athletes, no matter what age or level of fi tness,” says Alex Skelton, commercial manager for Concept2. “It exercises all the major muscles with low impact and is recognised as an excellent full-body workout.”


FOOTBALL REHAB & PREHAB


Club: Moor Farm, Derby County FC


description of a ‘winter sport’, but in reality it’s a year-round pursuit, with pre-season training a key contributor to success on the pitch. Training needs will vary depending on


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a player’s position. Nevertheless, aerobic and anaerobic fi tness are vital for all players, to ensure they are able to sustain 90 minutes of play, interspersed with high-intensity bursts of activity. Agility and fl exibility are also key.


Matrix Fitness supplies equipment


for Derby County FC’s fi rst team and academy players at the club’s Moor Farm complex. The equipment – chosen to assist in the rehabilitation and conditioning of players – includes treadmills and functional training equipment designed to strengthen the core muscles and synergistic muscle groups not normally strengthened during match training.


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ith a season that runs from August to May, football certainly falls under the


Derby County’s strength and conditioning coach Steve Haines says: “The gym equipment has enabled us to improve our rehab of injured players by allowing us to be more functional and specifi c to the demands of football. It reduces the length of time it takes to rehab a player, and plays a pivotal role in limiting the number of injuries sustained.” Although Moor Farm isn’t open to the public, the kit that the players train on


– including treadmills, Ascent Trainers, cycles and strength equipment – is available at Matrix Fitness-equipped gym facilities nationwide. So whether users are training for a local fi ve-a-side match or a professional game, it’s possible to access the appropriate kit to prepare. “The variety of Matrix equipment


allows players at all levels of the sport to be specifi c and progressive with their training,” adds Haines.


The Matrix Fitness equipment is used for the rehab and conditioning of players Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital 71


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