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HOW TO LOSE FAT NOT MUSCLE

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 5/18/2017

Most endurance athletes are concerned about their weight and periodically diet. Since each pound contains about 3,500 calories, if we reduce caloric intake by 1,000 calories a day, we lose about two pounds each week. Logically, the higher the daily caloric deficit, the faster the weight loss. But not all weight

SLEEP YOUR WAY TO A BETTER RACE TIME

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 5/18/2017

Triathletes have to be excellent time managers as they try to juggle jobs and family responsibilities with training. All too many try to pick up additional minutes by cutting down on their sleep. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation sabotages exercise performance. Our bodies are hardwired to operate in the daytime. Studies show that

CAFFEINE AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 5/18/2017

For many athletes, especially those who exercise in the morning, workout begins with a cup of coffee. For athletes and non-athletes alike, coffee jump starts their day. This caffeinated boost wakes us up and makes us more alert. With the proliferation of coffee shops on every corner and caffeinated products sold

OPTIMIZING MUSCLE RECOVERY

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 5/18/2017
Dr. Robert Portman answers frequent questions about muscle recovery. Q: If I miss the 45-minute recovery window, does it make sense to  consume a recovery beverage? A: The recovery window does not slam shut after 45 minutes. Instead, there is a rapid fall off in benefit. After about two hours, you get almost no benefit.

LEUCINE – THE ENDURANCE AMINO ACID

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 5/18/2017

Of the 21 amino acids, leucine has a special place in endurance exercise. Although amino acids are the building blocks of protein, leucine, in its free state, has a major impact on endurance as well as muscle recovery. Leucine belongs to a class called branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), which compose

THE LATEST SCIENCE OF REHYDRATION

Posted by Dr. John Seifert on 5/18/2017

Fluid balance and rehydration play critical roles in delaying fatigue and enhancing athletic performance.  Rehydration has three components: 1) How fast fluids empty from the stomach 2) The rate at which fluid is absorbed from the small intestine 3) How much fluid is retained after ingestion Is it Better to Drink
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