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PLAN YOUR CHECKPOINTS AND GET A UTA PB!

You can save yourself a LOT of time at the checkpoints in the UTA, and perhaps even score yourself a PB in the process. All it takes is some careful planning and a lot of determination on race day. Spending too much time at checkpoints

Nicole Oh Bike Fit for hanstrings

Why you need “longer” hamstrings for cycling

This article was written by our bikefitter and physiotherapist  Nicole Oh. Nicole has been riding and racing bikes for many years, and brings a wealth of experience to The Body Mechanic team.  Before I delve into this topic, let me clear up something first… when

Ultra Trail Australia on course training runs

Ultra Trail Australia On-Course Training Runs

The Body Mechanic are excited to be teaming up with Blue Mountain Fitness this year to provide you with Ultra Trail Australia On-Course Training Runs. See our new updated urns available. Train with experts on course for UTA 2021 to improve your knowledge, meet friends,

Guide on how to return to running

Guide To Return to Running After Injury

  One of the most common mistakes we see runners make when they are returning to running from injury is doing too much too soon. This is usually due to a lack of proper understanding about their injury (the actual cause, and how long it had been

Plantar Fasciitis – what can you do about it?

According to research, 80% of all cases of plantar fasciitis show a spontaneous improvement within 12 months. This is great news. If you are willing to put up with a sore foot for a whole year, then you have an 80% chance that it might

How to keep training when injury stops you running

As a runner there is nothing more frustrating than when you can’t run. Over the course of my running career, there have been many times when injury has kept me from doing what I love most. I have been running competitively for 39 years and

When should you start training for the UTA?

The short answer is that you shouldn’t really ever have stopped training – performing well in ultras is all about growing your cookie jar. Read THIS ARTICLE if you’ve got no idea what I mean by your “cookie jar” A period of intense training to

8 Reasons Why Cyclists Get Knee Pain

Cycling is a highly repetitive sport, with a rider averaging about 5000 pedal strokes per hour. The repetitive nature of the sport means that overuse injuries are common, with knee injuries probably being the most common of all. Even the smallest amount of mal-alignment or

Running Training – How Hard Can You Push It?

    Did you win last years UTA100? Are you leading the Sydney Trail Series? Did you run 2:02 at Berlin? The guys/girls who get these top results are masters at training hard, but even better at managing their bodies and remaining injury-free. The vast

Foam Rolling for runners and cyclists

Start your own Body Maintenance Routine

Stretching is one of those subjects that divides opinion. Some runners love stretching, others hate it. Some people can run their whole life without stretching and remain injury-free. Others find they can’t string together two weeks of uninterrupted training unless they stretch regularly. The bottom

Nike Pegasus 36 Trail Review

The Nike Pegasus Trail is a great all-rounder. It is equally as comfortable on the road as it is on the trails. With a medium stack height, a decent amount of cushioning and a 10mm heel-toe offset, it is a shoe that I think most

How can you get a PB at UTA 2021?

e   It is disappointing that the UTA has been delayed again this year. A lot of you will feel like you have been training for nearly a whole year for an event that hasn’t yet happened. Your time has not been wasted however. The

Do Women Need To Ride “Women Specific” Bikes?

The Myth of Women’s Specific bikes Written by Nicole Oh – Physiotherapist and Bike Fitter at The Body Mechanic With International Women’s day this weekend, I thought it might be topical to write about Women on bikes. Recent thinking is that the term “Women’s Specific

Alpine Challenge – 100 Miler – Ed Larkin

Race Report – Ed Larkin Alpine Challenge – 23 & 24 November 2019 The Start: It was 5:00am and here I was standing in the early morning alpine chill with about 100 other runners waiting for the starters gun for my first 100 miler.  As

Prevent injuries with check ups

Does your body need a grease and oil change?

What your body needs to remain injury-free will vary a lot from person to person. For some, regular stretching and rolling is enough. For most, regular run-specific strength training will make a huge difference.

Prolonged rest not always good for running injuries

Prolonged Rest Can Make Overuse Running Injuries Worse!

I have seen quite a few runners in our physio clinic recently who have been told by their health care professional that they will need months off running to recover from their injury. I have also had many emails from injured and frustrated runners who

UTA Hill Training Technique

How To Train for Running Downhills

The majority of trail events include a lot of downhill Most people focus on running uphill and forget to include downhill training in their event preparation All the uphill training in the world won’t help you on race day if your legs are “cooked” before

Factors that impact weight loss for runners

THE TOP 10 FACTORS THAT HELP RUNNERS LOSE WEIGHT

  Running is a great way to get rid of a few extra kilos.  But running alone wont make the difference.  You can’t ignore your diet! In fact, you could find yourself gaining weight if you over-fuel your body. Nutritionist and endurance athlete, Tamara Madden,

Cyclists Stretching Guide

Strength and Stretching Guide For Cyclists

Cyclists typically get tight through their lower backs, hamstrings, hip flexors and glutes. Some of this muscle tension is caused by cycling, but a lot of the tension is caused by our modern lifestyles which involves too much time sitting in chairs. Too much tension

SIX FOOT TRACK 2018 RACE REPORT – BEN SWINFIELD

13 MINUTE PERSONAL BEST –   THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD!   Growing up I was never much of a runner and in my youth till my mid-twenties my main sporting pursuit was sailing, after which I really “let myself go”, putting on weight and

Bike Fit Sydney

Why You Really Need a Bike and Body Fit

Bike Fits Are For Everyone! Whether you are new to cycling or you have been riding for years, a bikefit is essential to your comfort, performance and efficiency on the bike. A properly fitted bike means that you will be in a riding position that

UTA Finish line

UTA Training – When, Where and How

How do you train for the Ultra Trail Australia? Do you know: Where to train? When to train? How hard to train? When to time your longest training runs? What to eat and drink on race day? What to wear on race day?   If

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