March 16, 2016

 

Are you getting ready for NZ Shears yet? Sometimes the sheep aren't right, or we're just not able to get to work, a big wet, last on the list to be called, and practice is just not happening.

I've got a way to help you get started.

Visualisation is a way to make a huge...

March 16, 2016

 

7 ways to make a great speech if you manage to win this weekend!

 

We’ve all heard the mumbling from the podium, and the thanks to the ladies in the lunchroom (they are important, don’t forget them) – but to make your speech one people will enjoy listening to as much as...

March 16, 2016

 

I remember watching a play over 15 years ago about a young shearer who was doing really well in a board race, when he fell apart. He was listening to music on headphones, and he threw them off. Someone, probably the woolhandler, said to him, something along the lines...

March 16, 2016

 

Firstly, you need to know this…
1. 20% of energy during exercise is used for muscular activity – the shearing or woolhandling part

 

2. 80% is used when we sweat (the dripping off the nose part)

 

3. Dehydration is affected by
     a. Fluid intake
     b. Heat...

March 16, 2016

Shearers as we know are among the most elite of endurance athletes –  exercising by working every day.

 

Exercise increases the need for sleep – to allow for numerous biochemical processes, including muscle recovery and effects on the sympathetic nervous system (the hea...

March 16, 2016

 

While everyone who is cool seems to be wearing compression gear, I’ve been looking in to the why’s of it. There is some iffy research out there to be honest with you – some says there is no benefit with wearing tights after a big event to help with recovery, others sa...

March 16, 2016

 

1. Cold water baths. There seems to be some improvement in muscle chemistry after a 10 minute cold bath for 10 minutes. There also are effects on the central nervous system by decreasing the workload on your heart and decreasing the effects of overheating. 
How to mak...

March 16, 2016

Working in the heat as we know is a tough job – but evidence shows that trained subjects, working in heat of about 40 degrees with 10% relative humidity, and at about 60% of maximal capacity for 10 days increased their overall performance after several days, and had mu...

March 16, 2016

Still on the topic of hydration, and urine, did you know that there is such thing as overhydration?

 

So, here anyway, it’s still super hot, and sheds, they are not going to be changing in a hurry. So, you are out there working in hot, hot, heat for long hours every day,...

March 16, 2016

It’s hot, you’re working hard and sweating profusely…. How do you know if you are hydrated enough?

 

Seems a group of scientists have done the dirty work for us at Arkansas University and have found that you need to be urinating (when you feel the urge, not just because...

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