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FITNESS STARTS WHEN YOUR SWIM WORKOUT ENDS

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

Swimming is a great exercise to build cardiovascular fitness and endurance.  It is also the rare activity that an individual can pursue his or her entire life. The US Master Swimming Championships has a competitive age group of 90 plus. The three primary motivations for starting a swimming program are getting

GUEST BLOG POST: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TRIATHLETE JUSTIN METZLER

Posted by Justin Metzler on 5/18/2017

My name is Justin Metzler and I am a 19-year-old college sophomore pursuing a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. In addition to being a full time student, I am also an emerging elite-level triathlete with dreams of professional racing and Olympic glory. I have seen exponential growth in my development as an athlete and

NUTRITION FOR MASTERS ATHLETES

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

Your body changes over time, and so do your nutritional needs. Masters endurance athletes have to fuel themselves a little differently from their younger competitors to maximize performance. Aging is caused in part by free radical damage to body tissues. A diet that contains lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables will

DO YOU NEED TO CARB LOAD?

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

The practice of increasing carbohydrate intake before racing is a longstanding tradition in endurance sports. It began when athletes discovered that their endurance seemed to improve when they loaded up on carbs in the days preceding a longer race. Its popularity exploded in the 1960s, when a Swedish exercise scientist named

FREEZE YOUR SPORTS DRINKS

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

Don’t let the summer heat burn your performance. Here’s a tip that will make your next run better: Freeze Your Sports Drinks! A study conducted by a researcher at the University of Chicago found that runners performed significantly better in a run to exhaustion in the heat when they consumed a slushie

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
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