Emily Sarsfield Interview

Emily Sarsfield Interview

Emily Sarsfield is Britain’s No1 Ski Cross racer, the first British woman to win a Skiing Europa Cup race and one of our best chances for a medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Emily started using Rocktape in 2009 when recovering from a serious knee injury. Now back to full health, she talks us through her current training regime. Talk us through a typical week’s training? Pre-season started in September, so I am travelling back and forth between the mountains and the UK every 10 days. The heavy weights sessions have died down a little and we are now focused on power, quick movement and plyometric based training. I’m still training 5 days a week, with 3 weights/power sessions, 4 core sessions (a really important thing in skiing and especially ski cross where we are often off balance) and 4 interval sessions, along with a Pilates and yoga session too to keep everything supple and strong inside to out. An average day right now would be a 6am start for some mobility exercises, getting on the skis from 7:30am and doing jumps, technical training and riding ski cross tracks until lunch. After a refuel there’ll be a quick nap and lactate recovery to prevent ‘heavy’ legs the next morning (usually a spin session or ice bath, but my favourite method at the moment involves Fire Fly recovery bands that I place on my legs). The afternoon will finish with a core or weights session. Being a skier definitely isn’t all powder skiing and après ski! What is your favourite training activity? This will sound odd to anyone who...
Ailbhe Carroll Interview

Ailbhe Carroll Interview

With a background in Gaelic Games and horse riding, Ailbhe Carroll is not your average triathlete. Here Ailbhe talks us through a typical week of training and lets us in on some of here loves and hates. It’s exhausting just reading about it… Describe your typical week? My typical week is filled to the brim. Every weekday morning (sometimes Saturdays, depending on races, etc.) I’ll hear the alarm go off at 4.31 and make my way to the pool. We swim with the HPC in University of Limerick Arena from 5-7ish, then I hop back into bed for a quick snooze before starting work at 10. During the week after work, I’ll fit in four runs (one or two track sessions during winter) and one run on the weekend also. Biking takes over the weekends, with two turbos-trainer sessions added during the winter or two or three spin classes during the week if the weather’s good. Gym work is majorly important for me as I’m prone to having an injured back (hence me needing Rocktape’s help), so I do three sessions per week to keep me intact. That totals 5/6 swims, 4/5 runs, 4/5 bikes and 3 gyms. All go, but so much fun! What is your favourite training activity? My favourite training activity is definitely swimming. I think I grew fond of it due to my club. I only started club swimming at 18 (late starter) and I just fell in love with the set up and the bonds and friendships made. They make training so much easier. What is you least favourite training activity? For me, the...
Therapy Expo 2013

Therapy Expo 2013

` ` We had a great time at http://www.therapyexpo.co.uk  a couple of weeks ago.  Therapy expo2013 was one the UKs biggest trade shows for therapy professionals ever held.  It was an excellent opportunity to show off Rocktape to the world, catch up with some old friends and make some new ones.  We would thoroughly recommend any therapists, students etc get there for next year.  Here are a couple of little vid clips of the event.  Thanks to the guys from www.fisherstudios.co.uk for producing these...
CrossFit Games

CrossFit Games

Despite David Beckham’s absence, the StubHub Center (LA Galaxy’s stadium) in Carson was full on the 28th of July for an entirely different style of competition, The CrossFit games 2013. In front of a very fit-looking crowd, who roared their support over a loud rock soundtrack, men and women from around the world competed for the title of ‘The Fittest on Earth’. In a scene reminiscent of the Gerard Butler film, ‘300’, men and women sporting chiseled sixpacks unashamedly cut about the place wearing the brightest and tightest clothing imaginable. The feats of strength and endurance were remarkable, most notably Richard Froning’s overtaking of someone while walking non-stop across a tennis court on his hands. Sam Briggs (female winner and Rocktape UK athlete) performed consistently throughout the day, always appearing to come from nowhere, accelerating as her competitors fatigued. The only thing nearly as ubiquitous as the impressive abdominals, was Rocktape. The most popular applications to help the athletes were shoulders, lower back and anterior knees. It was great to see so many athletes choosing to use RT when visiting the medical team between events, but I was most impressed by the fact that I did not see any tape peel or fall off during the two days we attended – quite phenomenal considering the heat and the amount of sweat being generated. We’ll be attending several UK CrossFit events this year and we also offer short CrossFit masterclasses to teach athletes and trainers the basic of taping. If you’d like us at your Box or event, email us at info@rocktape.net Rocktape aired its first TV advert during the...
The summer of 2013

The summer of 2013

Team GB athlete and Rockstar, Aly Dixon, reviews a successful summer for her both on and off the track. The first part of 2013 was spent focusing on the Brighton Marathon, where I was hoping to run under 2.31 to stake a place on the GB Team for this summer’s World Championships.  Training and focus races went really well, including running a big PB of 1.11.20 at the Bath Half Marathon in early March.  The Brighton Marathon was a success (I was the 2nd woman home and recorded a near 4 minute PB), but the fact that I was 8 seconds outside 2.31 meant that a trip to the Worlds wasn’t to be. After a 2 week rest, I headed out to Font Romeu for 3 weeks altitude training.  I was hoping that this would double as a bit of warm weather training, but the weather gods had other ideas and sent us a lot of snow (not ideal, but it did make the surrounding mountains look even more stunning). When getting back into a training routine after a marathon, you always find lots of little niggles, so my supply of Rocktape got a good bashing.  I had been using Rocktape during marathon training to support muscles and tendons when tired and to help maximise the endurance of muscles during long, hard runs.  I find that Rocktape Is brilliant for this and looks a bit more funky than compression socks. The bright coloured tape strapped round my legs always draws plenty of comments at work and we find that we actually sell more of it in the shop when...
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