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At last, some exercise tips with a sense of humour: Manual for Speed Manual #3

James Greig | May 10, 2014

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I have no idea if professional cyclists include a foot spa as part of their training regime. But in a world where Team Sky transport their own mattresses on tour as part of their meticulous race preparations, anything is possible.

Witness then the snappily named Manual for Speed Manual #3, Recovery and Preparation: 42 Techniques to Properly Manage a Human Athlete’s Mid-Season Mind, Body and Soul, shot on location in the suburbs of Athens, Georgia on April 28th during USA CRITS’ 2014 Speed Week.

Despite the tongue-in-cheeky photography, it’s actually packed with tips on yoga, meditation, nutrition and hydration — everything a cyclist or athlete  (reminder: other forms of exercise are available) needs to get back to full strength after a workout.

The manual was made in partnership with Team Stan’s NoTubes  and The FEED, a team of bona fide specialists using science and technology to create The Feed System, a science-based sports nutritional paradigm the result of an exhaustive, comprehensive fact-based study throughout which they worked with the world’s best cyclists, runners, triathletes and mountaineers.

And yes, I pasted that last sentence verbatim, in case you were wondering. Now, back to that photoshoot…

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HORSE PLAY: PLAY HAS BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVED TO BE GOOD FOR THE BRAIN. ALL ANIMALS PLAY, EVEN THOUGH PLAYING IS NOT IMMEDIATELY PRODUCTIVE AND IS SOMETIMES DANGEROUS. YET GRIZZLY BEARS THAT PLAY THE MOST SURVIVE LONGEST. RATS THAT SOCIALIZE MORE WITH OTHER RATS DEVELOP BIGGER, MORE COMPLEX BRAINS. AND PLAY STIMULATES NERVE GROWTH IN THE PORTIONS OF THE BRAIN THAT PROCESS EMOTIONS AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTION.

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MEDITATION: MEDITATION IS A PRACTICE IN WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL TRAINS THE MIND OR INDUCES A MODE OF CONSCIOUSNESS, EITHER TO REALIZE SOME BENEFIT OR AS AN END IN ITSELF. THE TERM MEDITATION REFERS TO A BROAD VARIETY OF PRACTICES (MUCH LIKE THE TERM SPORTS) THAT INCLUDES TECHNIQUES DESIGNED TO PROMOTE RELAXATION, BUILD INTERNAL ENERGY OR LIFE FORCE (QI, KI, PRANA, ETC.) AND DEVELOP COMPASSION, LOVE, PATIENCE, GENEROSITY AND FORGIVENESS

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HYDRATION (TIMING): IT IS RECOMMENDED TO DRINK 300-600ML DURING THE HOUR BEFORE EXERCISE. THEN THE RECOMMENDED INTAKE DURING EXERCISE SHOULD BE ABOUT 150-200ML EVERY 10-15 MINUTES ALTHOUGH TOLERANCE AND CONSUMPTION MAY VARY DEPENDING ON EXERCISE INTENSITY AND WEATHER. AFTER EXERCISE IT IS RECOMMENDED TO REPLACE THE AMOUNT OF FLUID LOST WITHIN THE FIRST 2 HOURS AFTER EXERCISE.

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PARTNERED HAMSTRINGS: TO MEASURE YOUR HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY LIE FLAT AND HAVE SOMEONE RAISE ONE LEG UNTIL YOUR HAMSTRING FEELS TIGHT AND YOU CAN NO LONGER HOLD YOUR LEG STRAIGHT. MEASURE THE ANGLE: 55 DEGREES OR LESS IS POOR FLEXIBILITY.

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