Ep. 75 – Dedication to Education: Can the Taste of Caffeine Directly Improve Performance?

This week, we’re looking at some pretty nerdy developments surrounding caffeine. It’s been reported that approx. 75% of athletes use caffeine before competition to gain a host of benefits, such as; • Reduced perception of effort.• Reduced perception of pain.• Enhanced mood and mental alertness.• Reducing the performance decrease associated with sleep debt. Mechanistically (yes, … Read more

Ep. 74 – Dedication to Education: 68% of You suck at Sleeping

Today’s post is inspired by a recent insta poll regarding how much sleep you’re getting every night. Apparently, 68% of you are shafting yourselves by not getting enough… If you think about it, sleep takes up roughly 1/3rd of our lives, yet we completely overlook its importance. For optimal health and performance, we can’t over-prioritise … Read more

Ep. 73 – Dedication to Education: Brain Foods to Optimise Mental Performance During Games

Today we answer the question; 𝑪𝒂𝒏 𝒏𝒖𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒈𝒂𝒎𝒆? In short, yes! There are several possibilities where inadequate nutrition can impact mental performance, characterized as; increased perceived exertion (RPE), or loss of skills and cognitive abilities. These possibilities are centered on brain function and the central nervous system (CNS)… … Read more

Ep. 72 – Dedication to Education: Does Beetroot Actually Increase Bench Press by 19%? [Game Changers]

Today, we’re going to investigate whether ingesting beetroot can add 19% to your bench press. If you’re unfamiliar with this claim, it was stated on the Netflix documentary ‘Game Changers’ that this is possible… Well, in short…yes and no. When we think of this statement, we think that it can add slabs of beef onto … Read more

Ep. 71 – Dedication to Education: Mashed Potato Improves Cycling Performance!

In the world of modern day sports nutrition, there’s much debate and confusion surrounding topics looking to enhance performance. That being said, two certainties exist that I hope we can all agree on; 1) You should always follow a food first approach and not prioritise supplements.2) Carbohydrates drive exercise performance and are rate limiting to … Read more

Ep. 70 – Dedication to Education: A New Cure for Athletes Who Have Muscle Cramps?

Today, we’re looking at a new cure for the shocking pain in the ass that is known as…the exercise induced muscle cramp. Without delving into a huge amount of detail, the occurrence of muscle cramps during exercise is often associated with poor hydration or electrolyte imbalance. I remember back in the day when the red … Read more

Ep. 69 – Dedication to Education: Is a Calorie Surplus Needed to Maximise Muscle Growth?

Today we’re asking the age old question; ‘How much of a calories surplus do I need to build muscle optimally?’ This FAQ is down to many wanting to find that magical ‘sweet spot’ of maximising muscle gain without the unwanted fat Before giving you the recommendations, we first need to know where these extra calories … Read more

Ep. 67 – Dedication to Education: Curcumin Supplementation for Muscle Gains?

Today, we’re looking into some new hype surrounding curcumin supplementation and accelerating recovery Curcumin supplementation has been shown to reduce inflammation and something called oxidative stress (OS) post exercise. Reducing both OS and inflammation sounds like a great idea for recovery of the muscle, however looking to abolish this may sacrifice adaptation. When they’ve tested this … Read more