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Ep. 153 – Dedication to Education: Don’t Forget About Sodium! [Hyponatremia]

As we’re entering the summer months, hydration becomes a greater importance to support thermoregulation during warmer climates. Many athletes grasp the idea that you should consume more fluid to offset fluid losses via sweat. However, many athletes forget sodium. Therefore, exercise associated hyponatremia (EAH) can occur, i.e. low blood sodium levels. Small sodium deficits won’t

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Ep. 152 – Dedication to Education: How To NOT Lose An Ultra Endurance Race…

What are the key factors that negatively impact performance (and health) during ultra-endurance events (> 6 hours)? A recent meta analysis by Martinez-Sanz (2020) aimed to answer this question concerning both the possible/probable nutritional and medical complications experienced during competition. Ultimately, if we can identify the risk factors, we can navigate through them accordingly to

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Ep. 151 – Dedication to Education: Do Elite Athletes Need a Calorie Surplus To Build Muscle?

This week, we investigate the calorie need of building muscle in elite athletes. The fundamentals of building muscle can be broken down into three key areas: 1) Training (progressive overload).2) Energy intake (calories).3) Protein intake. If one criterion is not met, then your muscle building potential will be limited. Of which, energy intake is an

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Ep. 150 – Dedication to Education: Probiotic Supplements for Elite Road Cyclists?

Athletes who undergo very high training loads frequently complain of gastrointestinal distress. It’s been reported that 46% and 54% of elite athletes experience upper and lower gastrointestinal discomfort. Of which these numbers increase to 53% and 60% during competition. These gut issues are commonly associated with the reduced blood flow to the gut during exercise

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Ep. 149 – Dedication to Education: Do You Need To Cycle Creatine?

There’s compelling research indicating that high carbohydrate diets enhance exercise capacity in endurance athletes.On the other hand, acute exercise studies have shown that performing endurance based exercise under low carbohydrate availably (train low) can enhance the endurance adaptation.This is typically achieved by training and recovering in the absence of carbohydrates.A major drawback of train low

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Ep. 148 – Dedication to Education: Do You Need To Cycle Creatine?

Creatine Monohydrate is a widely researched and used supplement for athletes looking to improve their athletic performance. Although unnecessary, creatine supplementation is typically split into two phases: 1) A loading phase which increases creatine stores within the muscle by ~20-40%.2) A maintenance phase which maintains this elevation in muscle creatine content. It’s advised after a

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Ep. 147 – Dedication to Education: The Carbohydrate Demands of Lifting Heavy

Today, we explore the carbohydrate need of an athlete looking to develop muscle strength and size. As previously discussed, offsetting glycogen depletion is undoubtedly important for maintaining exercise performance. This however has been directed more towards endurance and team based sports. For muscle strength and size, the magnitude of an athletes training stimulus is ultimately

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Ep. 145 – Dedication to Education: Diet Breaks for Peak Performance & Fat Loss

Today, we revisit the use of dieting breaks to further support fat loss and peak performance. Unsurprisingly, progressive fat loss phases are associated with a number of compromises. For the athlete, these are often expressed in their physical performance, recoverability, cognition, mood and food focus. It’s previously been reported that intermittently increasing food intake to

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Ep. 143 – Dedication to Education: Is Drinking Beer Detrimental to Fitness?

It’s the study we’ve all been waiting for. Can we drink beer every day for lunch and dinner whilst maximising gains? Well, as it turns out, there’s been a study… Molina-Hidalgo et al (2020) conducted a 10-week study to assess the impact of daily alcohol consumption on 83 healthy individuals (non-athletes) participating in HIIT training.

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Ep. 142 – Dedication to Education: How to Run 26 Marathons in 26 Days.

It’s pretty evident that multi-day running events are increasing in popularity. With this heightened physiological and psychological demand, there’s a need to identify the runners ‘fatigue factors’ and therefore programme strategies to overcome them in order to successfully complete these challenges. The fatigue factors attributed to a decline in performance are; dehydration, hyperthermia, carbohydrate depletion,

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Ep. 141 – Dedication to Education: How Frequently Should Endurance Athletes Eat carbs?

It’s been incredibly well established that consuming carbohydrates are fundamental for maximising performance at medium to higher intensities. Whilst we think of daily carbohydrate intakes first, we also need to consider carbohydrate ingestion during exercise, specifically long(er) duration based endurance work. There’s also been a plethora of research establishing how many grams of carbohydrates you

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Ep. 140 – Dedication to Education: Strategies for Staying Cool in the Heat

Today, we look at a novel way to stay cool, even when it’s hot. It’s very evident that athletes experience heightened physiological and psychological strain when training or competing in the heat. This increased strain on the body often results in poorer performances on the field, track or road. Menthol is a compound that imparts

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