There is a spirited discussion on the Internet on whether endurance athletes would benefit from taking coffee or caffeine. A google search shows thousands of citations dealing with the pros and cons of coffee versus caffeine. Much of this discussion may be a result of a personal bias, whether you own a Starbucks or manufacture caffeine pills, or caffeine containing drinks or gels. The core question is whether caffeine regardless of form improves endurance performance...
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Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 1/13/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
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As the weather turns colder, serious endurance athletes will be moving indoors to stay in shape. Indoor workouts requires multiple decisions. Which trainer to buy, since there are many options, and, what are the best workouts. All too often, in selecting the best trainer and workout regimen, fueling and hydration issues are neglected. Generally hydration is even more important during an indoor session, and neglecting fueling will negatively impact the quality of your workout. Here are some considerations...
Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 12/13/2019 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Multiple studies have documented a positive correlation between exercise and brain health. Researchers have shown that exercise may delay both the onset and severity of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise benefits are seen even when the exercise regimen is initiated later in life. Although the correlation is strong, researchers are still puzzled why. The answer may lie in a specific hormone called irisin...
Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 12/6/2019 to Performance Tip Of The Week
We are in the middle of the holiday season and for many of us that means excess eating, drinking and next day hangovers. Obviously there is one way to avoid a holiday hangover but we would not be so imprudent as to suggest it. That being the case, here are four ways Accelerade can reduce hangover symptoms...
Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 11/19/2019 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Last blog reviewed the results of a recent study which has been the subject of extensive media coverage. The study was designed to show that high insulin levels generated by high carbohydrate consumption, may increase the conversion of food into fat storage... The obvious question is what these results mean to serious endurance athletes who are trying to improve performance and maintain an ideal weight. Is insulin the good guy or the bad guy?
Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 10/29/2019 to Performance Tip Of The Week
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has received an enormous amount of publicity. In a well-designed protocol, investigators studied the effect of a low carbohydrate diet on energy expenditure. Traditional thinking is a calorie is a calorie whether it comes from protein, fat or carbohydrate. The researchers found, however, that subjects consuming a low carbohydrate diet...