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1) What is Peak Performance?

Peak Performance is a newsletter for athletes, featuring the latest research from the sports science world. They cover the whole range of sports, from running and rowing to cycling and swimming, and each issue is packed full of exclusive information for anyone who?s serious about sport. It?s published 16 times a year, including four special reports, by Electric Word plc. Peak Performance is not available in the shops ? only their subscribers are able to access the valuable information they publish. But, we at have partnered with Peak Performance to bring you this amazing content for FREE!

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Through Peak Performance, their writers have been offering indispensable advice to athletes and coaches for the last 13 years. They are leading authorities in the fields of sports science, health, and fitness. Furthermore, They do not sell advertising space in our newsletters because they are committed to providing authoritative and independent information free from editorial bias. To see the high quality of their research, take a look at the articles below.

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  • Knee Injury: How Can Women Protect Against Knee Injuries?

    If you ever wanted to know more about why women suffer more knee injuries than men then this article is for you. The studies prove it and also show how to prevent these serious injuries. Learn more now!

  • Periodization Models: Skill Acquisition And Competition Readiness!

    In this article, I will consider the application of periodization to a wide range of sports and focus specifically on how it relates to competition and skill acquisition. Learn more...

  • The Race To Swift: Do You Have The Right Ancestry.

    How much do genes effect your sporting ability? Studies presented here will give a glimpse of why some groups may perform better at a specific sport than others. Read on ...

  • Cross-Country Skiers Who Crank Up Intensity Achieve Higher VO2max!

    Adaptation to high-intensity vs. low-intensity training - exercise science research is not very supportive of the high-volume paradigm.

  • Is Strength Training Really Beneficial For Endurance Athletes?

    Strength-training research carried out with endurance rowers, swimmers, skiers, and cyclists has tended to produce 'negative' results. The same cannot be said for runners. Learn more ...

  • Training Volume: Long Workouts And Fast Twitch Muscles.

    An elite cycling coach, an international swimming coach, a top-notch rowing coach, and a national running coach were recently discussing training theory... Get this in depth discussion on muscle fibers while they sip over whisky!

  • Performance Profiling: A Coaching Tool.

    Over the past few years, performance profiling has become a routine aspect of the improvement programs used by many psychologists and coaches. Learn what this is and get some useful tips on how to use it. Read on for more ...

  • Sports Vision - Training Your Eyesight.

    In most sports, you'll never achieve your true potential if your eyes aren't up to it. Here's a special report on how they can be trained.

  • Bilateral Co-ordination: Lessons From A Young Piano Player!

    Bilateral co-ordination is not just for the young and musically talented. This article will show you some studies that have discovered interesting traits and possibilities that professional sports can improve from.

  • Triathlon Swimming Techniques - Drafting For Triathlon Swimmers!

    Triathlon is one of the most popular olympic events. Much research is being done to see what areas of performance can be improved. Read on to learn about studies currently underway.

  • Training Schedules: Three Ways To Quantify And Evaluate Your Training.

    Check out these three different methods of quantifying a training load, each with its own merits and limitations. Learn the potential usefulness of Excel spreadsheets in helping coaches and athletes summarize their training loads in graphic terms.

  • Nutrition For Soccer Players: How Soccer Players Can Overcome The Second-Half Slump.

    Although soccer is the most popular sport in the world, with over 120 million amateur players worldwide, scientific research concerning the nutritional needs of soccer players has been scant. Fortunately, new investigations are being conducted.

  • Choline: Supplements Of This Essential Compound Help Many Types Of Athletes!

    Will runners, swimmers and basketball players benefit from choline supplementation? Well to find out more about this unique compound read on to get all the details.

  • Soccer Exercise And Energy Demands.

    There are three major systems available for the production of energy in the muscles: the ATP-PC system, the anaerobic glycolysis system, and the aerobic system. This review of studies will give a good indication of what systems are used the most.

  • Swimming, Overtraining, Recovery And Norepinephrine

    The main problem isn't that athletes don't work enough. This article talks about swimming and why athletes stalemate as a season progresses.

  • Magnesium: Why Magnesium Matters To Athletes!

    Just how important is magnesium to athletes? Well new research suggests that even small shortfalls in magnesium intake can inhibit athletic performance. Continue reading here to learn more about this mineral.

  • Cycling Speed: How Fast Can You Get?

    Given the right conditions, the boffins reckon a top athlete could pedal at an average speed of over 98 km per hour! How fast can you get?

  • Power: How Basketball Players And Other Power Athletes Can Learn To Jump Higher And Run Faster!

    Power is a vital ingredient in the game of basketball. This article will clarify exactly what is needed to achieve true peak performance as a basketball player.

  • How To Design A Sports-Specific Fitness Program!

    The fitness trainer is now becoming accepted as a necessary member of the modern coaching team. This article goes into some depth about creating a program specific to the athlete and the sport they are in. Read on to learn more.

  • These Are The 'Golden' Workouts For The Key Distances From 400m To The Marathon!

    The best workout for you to carry out tomorrow depends on both the quality and quantity of what you have done today, yesterday, over the last week and even during the previous few months. Read below to learn about workouts for various running distances.

  • How Helpful Are Cross Training Workouts?

    Can cross training workouts really help athletes in their preferred sports? Does being a better cyclist automatically make you a better runner, too?

  • Overtraining And Depression: Is There A Difference?

    Overtraining syndrome is a very common pitfall for athletes and sports people, affecting more than 60% of distance runners during their athletic careers...

  • Marathon Winner: The Remarkable Schedule Of The Girl Who Won The New York Marathon!

    Tegla Loroupe won the New York Marathon when she was just 21. Learn how she trained for one of the most difficult races.

  • Alpine Skiing Training!

    Whatever sport you take part in, it's wise to remember certain basic principles when devising a training program ...

  • Circuit Training!

    Circuit training is an excellent way to simultaneously build strength and stamina. Full workout circuit included!

  • Boost Performance With Encouragement!

    What evidence do we have that verbal encouragement actually works? Very little, according to a team of US researchers, who decided to test the value of verbal encouragement in a controlled study.

  • Golf Warm Up Exercises.

    Check out these great golf warm up exercises.

  • Do Pro Golfers Choke?

    Choking’ under pressure is a well-worn phrase used to excuse or explain below-par performances in sportsmen and women of whom greater things were expected. How does it affect your game?

  • Vision In Sport: Improving Performance By Training The Eyes.

    Often you read about a player's wonderful 'vision' or having a marvellous 'eye'. These are players who have a highly tuned visual system. Learn how you can develop your sports vision!

  • Training For Position-Specific Energy In Rugby.

    When rugby players perform these high-intensity activities, their anaerobic systems provide the required energy, while the aerobic system predominates during the low-intensity activities.

  • Eating Before Cycling, Rowing & Tennis Competitions.

    The only person who can really know what's going to work best is you. Use these research findings as a guide, and then try out different strategies in your diet and training.

  • Take Mental Charge Of Your Performance.

    Mental stress can hurt your performances in a variety of different ways. It can raise heart rate and oxygen consumption, harming your exercise efficiency and causing particular workout and race speeds to feel tougher than they actually should.

  • Manage Your Emotions To Perform At Your Best!

    At the top level it is not your physical or technical expertise which separates you from the competition but your mental toughness.

  • Inline Skating Injury Prevention.

    In association with such high-speed movement, one would expect a fairly high injury rate, and indeed the number of injuries due to inline skating is rapidly increasing.

  • Wrestling Injuries: If You Don't Want To Wrestle With Injuries, Don't Wrestle!

    How often do competitive wrestlers get hurt, what are the most common wrestling injuries, and what are the risk factors for injury in wrestlers? We're not talking WWF here - but real wrestling, the kind carried out by school and college athletes.

  • Nutrition For Football: No Fat Guys Allowed!

    That may not be the most scientifically precise instruction a person in my position can receive, but it is a familiar refrain in many football clubs and it has the value of letting you know where you stand!

  • Sport-Specific Fitness.

    What you can learn from athletes at the top of their game. Over the years I have had the privilege of talking fitness with many Olympic champions and I have found that each is able to offer a unique insight into what it takes to be the best.

  • Tennis Psychology: A Case Study.

    Jo (a pseudonym) is a 16-year-old female tennis player. She is rated among the top 10 national players for her age. She has been competing in the Masters events, and pre-qualifying tournaments for the U.16 national finals...

  • Penalty Taking: How To Win The Shoot-Out Mind Game In Soccer!

    The classic mind game of soccer penalty-taking begins when the referee points to the spot. Will the keeper second-guess the striker? Will the kick - as happens surprisingly frequently - fly high over the goal?

  • Reading The Game: Surprise Yourself!

    While lesser mortals grind out victories with their patient shots, eliminating risks and playing the percentages, the truly gifted seem to conjure with time. They bring an unhurried genius to their game that allows them to play shots with an audacity ...

  • Nutrition For Soccer Players!

    Scientific research concerning the nutritional needs of soccer players has been scant. Fortunately, new investigations are being conducted, and the up-to-date research suggests that soccer players should eat and drink like marathon runners!

  • Female Cyclists: Health And Nutrition!

    A guide to the proper care and feeding of female cyclists.

  • Sports Psychology: Do You Have What It Takes?

    Peak Performance has teamed up with us to bring you, the viewers, sports-specific training!

  • Interval Training 101 - Part Two!

    If you are an endurance athlete perplexed about what to do, simply remember that if you are trying to improve VO2max, vVO2max and/or lactate threshold, you should attempt to keep recovery intervals as short as you reasonably can.

  • Interval Training 101 - For Cyclists, Swimmers, Skiers & More!

    Cyclists, swimmers, rowers, cross-country skiers, orienteers, triathletes and runners all engage in interval training in order to increase the amount of time they spend exercising at high intensities. Can interval training help you?