Category Archives: Strength Training

Shoulder Stabilisation Exercises

The shoulder has the greatest range of movement of any joint in the body, which explains why injuries to the shoulder are the most common in sports.

Maybe interesting to see how the shoulder works before addressing the preventative measures.  It’s an elegant piece of machinery where hundreds of little muscles and tendons come together and attach and interact with each other.

The bottom line for those injuries is the best way to prevent them  is by creating the correct posture for the shoulder joint, which means strengthening and stretching the muscles around your shoulder to prevent injury to the joint.

Simple stretching and light weightlifting you can avoid rotator cuff problems.

“Strengthening the four rotator cuff muscles that stabilise it is critical. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy says physical therapist Robert Forster ” the cuff gets little blood flow and is invisible to the naked eye, so its ignored, under strengthened compared to the glamorous muscles and subject to tears!”

Shoulder Stabilization Exercises

Phase 1 of the 24 Fit workout is about establishing stability throughout every part of your body. That’s Spine and Pelvic Stabilization, Shoulder Stabilization and Total Body Integration. This involves the use of light weights and other exercises, which cane be done at home to strengthen all the little “helper muscles” around the joints, which, along with a lot of stretching insures that each joint is functioning properly. This phase prepares the body for the more strenuous work to come later in the training cycle. What Robert Forster calls making his runners “bullet proof” or “Kevlar Training” so that they don’t breakdown during training.

Strength Training & Injury Prevention for Runners & Triathletes

A scientifically designed strength & flexibility program is essential to proper bio-mechanics which translates into efficiency (speed), resiliency (injury prevention), and enjoyment (less strain). Learn the secrets we have used for our professional and recreational runners for 30 years to improve performance and protect joints.


Everyone needs to weight train and you are not too young or old to start now! Even if you have no specific performance goals please consider these too hard facts of aging:

Osteoporosis: It’s not just a woman’s disease. All of us need a sound strength training program to maintain bone mass as we age. One out of every two women and one in four men over fifty will suffer an osteoporosis related fracture in their lifetime!

Sarcopenia: You may not have heard of but you will. Sarcopenia is defined as the loss of muscle mass as we age and it has serious implications for your health. Men loose one pound of muscle per year after the age of fifty, women slightly less but it is a significant factor in weight gain and associated diseases later in life as muscle burns more calories than other tissues and helps us to stay lean!!

More details on the training programme

5k Training Programme – Week Two

5k-training-programme-picture-485WEEK 2 – KEY TRAINING CONCEPTS

Week 2 builds on the foundation laid in Week 1.
Runs will begin to increase in length, though intensity is kept very moderate.
For participants starting with run-walks, walk times will begin to decrease and runs will increase.
New to running, remember to warm up for 5-10mins. And power walk before you start running.

Key concept: Keeping a moderate pace while running will not only help achieve sustainable fitness, it will train your body to use fat as a fuel source more effectively.

“Many people say that, as they age, they eat and exercise the same amount but still gain weight. One of the main causes of this is loss of muscle mass. Genetically, women have less muscle than men, and as a woman ages, the preservation of lean muscle becomes vital. By the time you’ve hit 30, muscular strength begins to head south. But the majority of the decrease occurs after age 50, when it falls at the rate of 15 percent per decade. “Tom Holland, Exercise Physiologist

“By Your mid-30s, most people still look young, but are already experiencing the BIG Three of aging: deteriorating lean muscle mass, worsening posture, and crumbling joints” say Robert Forster, Physical Therapist, PT and developer of the 24Fit Workout . His practice in Santa Monica is the unofficial meeting hall for broken -down runners, triathletes, advernture racers and gym rats!

“Age related decline hits sooner than you think”

To help preserve muscle mass, step up your strength training and aim for at least 20 grams of protein at very meal.


As training increases, your hydration needs will increase due to more fluid being lost through sweat.
Consume 6-8 glasses of water per day for healthy hydration, and drink additional fluid wateor or Herblalife24 Hydrate on days you are working out based on your level of thirst. Daily fluid needs are also met by eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

75% of the energy created during exercise is turned into heat – sweating helps rid this extra heat.
It’s essential to replace electrolytes lost in sweat for proper metabolic function.
Hydrate can help replace electrolytes such as calcium and magnesium and vitamins such as Bs and C.

60% of your body weight comes from water.
The average person needs about 2.5 litres of water per day to survive.

Training runs for a 5K are relatively short, and the risk of dehydration is very low.
The risk of dehydration during a 5K race is also low.
Lightly sip a drink during training or racing, and focus mostly on post-workout rehydration.

Depleted fluid levels after a workout can affect your next workout.
A recovery drink like Herbalife24 Rebuild Strength (or Herbalife Formula 1) will help rehydrate after exercise, as well as help recovery. Don’t skip your protein shake after you exercise and think that you’ll save calories! A protein shake after training accelerates lean muscle growth, which in turn revs your metabolism and burns more fat, and speeds up recovery.

You can also sip on Herbalife24 Hydrate through the day after exercise to help replace fluid and electrolytes.


For more details, see the 5k Training Schedule and Plan on our facebook page.