Blogs about Athletes

No guts no glory: Harvesting the microbiome of athletes

It is an oft-quoted science fact that there are

What’s the Deal with Cupping Therapy?

 If you watched the Olympics in 2016, you probably saw some red, welt-like marks on the backs of swimmers. Since then, cupping has become more popular. 

3 Reasons Every Athlete Should Use a Food Journal

The influence that our nutrition and diet play on athletic performance aren’t always as apparent as they should be, but it’s there, either pushing you along with more energy, faster recovery, and a stronger immune system, or it’s dragging you down, leaving you feeling haggard, tired, and sluggish.In our battle to conquer our nutrition the easy way out is supplements. With pre-workouts, post-workouts, intra-workouts, and every sort of pill and powder imaginable designed to help cure all of our nutritional woes we hit them hard.

Do The Clothes Make the Athlete?

It’s no secret that there are several benefits to living a fit and active lifestyle. From reducing stress, helping you sleep, to keeping your heart and body in shape, exercise really is the miracle cure-all in combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle. However, with that in mind, just how important is clothing when it comes to providing optimal performance for fitness?  Fitness Clothing and its Impact on Your Body 

Do I Need Supplements?

Here is a popular question that is often asked to me and I'm sure my colleagues. Question being, do I need supplements? Well, as most things in life that is a "depends" answer. In general, if you are eating a diet that meets all your daily needs in terms of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and caloric goals, then supplements are probably not needed in my opinion. Here are some suggestions I always ask people before they dive into the mysterious world of supplements.

Hydration for Athletes

Possibly the most underemphasized aspect of sports nutrition, hydration can make or break an athlete’s performance. While fuel depletion during exercise can impair performance, inadequate water not only impairs exercise capacity, but can create life threatening disturbances in fluid balances and core temperature. With as little as 1% of body weight lost in fluid, athletes can experience thirst, fatigue, and weakness (1). Thirst drives a person to drink, but it can actually lag behind the body’s need. When too much water is lost from the body and not replaced, dehydration develops.

Sleep: You Need It!

Sleep and work out timing are crucial elements to consider when designing an athlete's training program. Physical performance is best from 3-6 pm in the afternoon, with strength peaking from 2-6 PM.

IDEA Personal Trainer Institute East 2014

 

Question; John “When should I have my energy drink or coffee?”

Question; John “When should I have my energy drink or coffee?”This is a great question. Energy is based on the consumption of food in the form of calories in macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is the only form of energy there is. When you are tired you should start with a well-balanced meal to provide you the energy you need.

3 DID YOU KNOW FACTS (When Training Youth Tennis Players)

Young Athletes who spent more hours per week than their age playing one sport are 70% more likely to get injured? Young Athletes are more likely to be injured if they spent more than twice as much time playing organized sports as they spent in unorganized free play.... Specializing in one single sport increases the overall risk of injury (even when controlling amount of time spent practicing/playing per week).