Smart Nutrition Can Enhance Muscle Strength

May 21, 2014

“I’d like to gain a little muscle.” “More muscle, hmm…, that would be good,” I agreed with the voice, and turned to find a male runner by my side. “Aren’t you that sports dietitian?” he asked, unsure of whether or not to intrude on my post-race retreat into solitude. We begin to talk about nutrition. More strength sounded good to me right then as well, thinking of those painful climbs. “Yes,” I answered him. “Nutrition …more »

Best and Worst Abdominal Exercises

May 12, 2014

How to get six-pack abs A study lead by Peter Francis, PhD, director of the Biomechanics Lab at San Diego State University, looked at a variety of common abdominal exercises in order to determine what really works. The study looked at 13 abdominal exercises, ranging from the traditional crunch to more complicated activities, using at-home and gym equipment. Each of the 13 exercises was ranked for muscle stimulation (measured with EMG) in the rectus abdominus …more »

Physiology Behind Nutrition

April 3, 2014

When it comes to eating for exercise there are several things to consider while meal planning. Carbohydrate, fat, and protein all contribute to the fuel

How fast do I lose fitness if I stop exercising?

March 18, 2014

Deconditioning, or losing fitness, when you stop training due to illness or injury is one of the six principles of conditioning (listed below). The principle of use/disuse refers to the ‘use it or lose it’ concept. However, how quickly you lose fitness depends on how fit you are, how long you have been exercising and on how long you stop. Deconditioning theories are becoming more clear thanks to several research studies focused on aerobic fitness. …more »

The Truth About Carbs: How Low Should You Go?

March 4, 2014

Spring is traditionally the time of year for endurance athletes to up their training intensity and do some serious calorie burning workouts. Ironically, it’s also the time of year many athletes want to lose some winter weight. That’s when carbohydrate recommendations can really get confusing. High carb or high protein? Is it possible to lose weight and still get in shape for racing? Carbohydrates: The Maximum Requirements To answer this question, let’s start by looking …more »

Get Ready For Winter: High Performance Cold Weather Foods

February 11, 2014

Winter is here. Diana Krall sings those words with a touch of nostalgia for good times gone. Many people feel a bit of sadness with the passing of the sunny, easy season of summer. Even though distance athletes generally aren’t the hibernating type, cold weather requires them to face the fact that activity and diet need to be adjusted. Power endurance athletes train year round—no season is completely “off.” But if summer was the peak …more »

Treating the Big 5 Running Injuries

January 29, 2014

Is your body plagued with bumps, bruises, aches and pains? Overuse injuries are common for runners. There are many factors that lead to injuries. The most frequent cause of injury is simply overuse, or running too much. If your body performs the same exercise over and over again, the same joints are stressed in the same, repetitive motion. With time, ligaments and tendons as well as bursas (the sacs that provide shock absorption) will wear and …more »

How to Transition Into the Off-Season

January 21, 2014

This article features tips on how to transition into the off-season and plan appropriate training to prepare for the next year of racing. Each of the respective guidelines will be categorized for athletes with different levels of experience. You may fall into a gray area between categories, so use your discretion in choosing the best strategy for your own needs. Giving yourself permission to “shift gears” in your off-season training may be the most valuable …more »

Smart Eating Beats Fatigue

January 14, 2014

How can I get more energy? Endurance athletes are by nature high-energy people. Logging miles before most people have turned on the coffee pot; their weekends are spent doing sports, not watching them. Despite an innate love of being active, the obligations of everyday living can leave even the most motivated athlete feeling overwhelmed and fatigued. Diet can make a difference. Here’s how. Types of Fatigue “Fatigue is anything that leads to a decrease in …more »