proper pre-exercise nutrition has been on the minds of many athletes for years, and even most weekend warriors know to keep a water bottle handy during workouts to prevent dehydration. But how many exercisers are aware of the need to restore liquid and solids after a workout? It's one thing to fuel muscles before activity, but quite another to "top off" those same muscles after exercise in order to keep all cylinders running for tomorrow's regimen.
It decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cancer (American Dietetic Association [ADA] 1997). No, it isn’t the latest pharmaceutical wonder or a breakthrough supplement being hawked on late-night infomercials. You may be surprised to learn that this mystery elixir is actually a vegetarian diet!
Knowing how to identify physical components important for sports performance--and understanding when and how to train those components--can make a trainer's services indispensable to athletic clients.
By John A. Blievernicht, MA
ore and more athletes are using personal fitness trainers to improve their proficiency in a variety of sports. Trainers with the ability to perform sports moves analy-...
newsletter_teaser: Speak with enough personal trainers at the start of their careers and you’ll quickly notice a common aspiration: They want to train professional athletes. But these athletes are extremely rare, while there are tens of millions of everyday adult athletes. It's easy to see where most opportunities lie for trainers.
The world of athletics is considered the territory of young people; sports news headlines are littered with 20-somethings making waves in their competition of choice. Once they’ve reached their prime, retirement is often considered the next step. However, there is a sub- set of competitors who buck the norm and refuse to hang up their sneakers and race bibs. Known as masters athletes, these inspiring individuals choose not to age quietly. ThThe six athletes featured in this article are world champions and record holders—and they are proof positive that age is simply a number.