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Ep. 100 – Dedication to Education: Your Beetroot is Lying to You!

Today, we find out that the putrid, soil tasting performance enhancing supplement is lying to us and that we may not be getting the performance boost we first thought… Beetroot is therefore a dick. Well, some of them. Beetroot juice is used by many athletes as they are very rich in dietary nitrate. Once this

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Ep. 99 – Dedication to Education: Why Can Elite Athletes Recover Faster?

Do you ever wonder how elite athletes can recover super-fast and have the ability to train multiple times a day, several times a week? Apart from the obvious factors such as; sleep, good nutrition and managing overall training load, there’s something else that happens behind the scenes… We know that muscle protein synthesis (MPS) is

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Ep. 96 – Dedication to Education: The Open-Placebo Effect

Today, we take a further stroll down the lane of the placebo effect. 𝗢𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻-𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗯𝗼 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁. The placebo effect can be defined as a person having a beneficial effect arising from the belief that a food, supplement or medicine will work. This is an incredibly powerful phenomenon in the world of sports

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Ep. 95 – Dedication to Education: Effects of Fasting on Early Morning Strength Performances

Today is for all the early birds who like to get their training sessions in before work… The question is, what impact does skipping breakfast actually have on strength performance? We know that carbohydrates drive exercise performance and overall work capacity, so you would expect going ‘carbohydrate free’ before your morning session would worsen your

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Ep. 94 – Dedication to Education: Nutrients & Supplements for Enhanced Immune Tolerance [COVID Edition]

Today, we round off all things immunity by looking at nutrients/supplements to improve our immune tolerance. Strengthening our ‘Immune tolerance’ aims to decrease the burden of illness and infection by giving us a greater capacity to endure microbes. Therefore, athletes become less sick and can continue their training programme/cycle without large absences or interruptions. When

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Ep. 93 – Dedication to Education: Nutrients & Supplements for Enhanced Immune Weaponry [COVID Edition]

Today, we cover proposed nutrients/supplements to improve immune resistance. Immune resistance can be considered as our immune weaponry that protects us by destroying viruses, pathogens and microbes. Next week, we’ll cover the proposed nutrients/supplements to improve immune tolerance, i.e. our ability to endure and control infection. In a recent review, Neil Walsh (2019) identified 7

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Ep. 90 – Dedication to Education: Intra-Workout Essential Amino Acid (EAA) + Carb Drink for Enhanced Muscle Growth?

Last week, we found that BCAA supplements don’t really offer too much value when it comes to recovering from exercise. This week, we look at the effect of an essential amino acid (EAA) + carbohydrate drink on muscle adaptations to exercise (muscle growth)…i.e. not recovery. It’s generally recommended that when you eat enough protein in

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Ep. 89 – Dedication to Education: Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) Do Not Improve Recovery.

Today, we take another look at branch chain amino acid (BCAA) supplements and their ability to improve muscle recovery from training. Long story short, the title in the image gives quite a lot away. Short story long… It’s been well establish that a high(er) protein intake initiates muscle repair, remodelling and growth after weight training.

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Ep. 88 – Dedication to Education: Creatine Supplements for Brain Health & Performance.

Today, we’re going beyond the muscle and deep diving our way into creatine supplementation and the brain. More specifically, how creatine supplementation could be beneficial for cognitive processing and traumatic brain injury. It’s very well established that athletes supplement with creatine to get a whole host of performance based benefits. However, an often overlooked area

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