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Carbohydrates and Endurance: Clearing up the Confusion

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First Endurance consults with hundreds of athletes primarily on nutrition and how to best fuel their body for long distance racing. Through these consultations with beginners, veterans, elite amateurs and professionals, it is quite clear that carbohydrates and how they should be used is vastly misunderstood.

Nutrition Plan - Road Cycling - Aaron Wimberley

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Sprinting ace - Aaron Wimberley - has spent more than 10 years honing his skills to become one of the best elite masters sprinters and road cyclist. In this Q&A, he shares his fueling, hydration, and supplement plan that helps him reach the podium on a consistent basis.

Adaptogens - Reduce Stress & Improve Performance

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There are several herbal extracts that supplement the body’s ability to deal with stressors like anxiety, fatigue, overexertion, trauma, etc. These herbal extracts are called adaptogens. They are thought to balance the endocrine (hormone) system and boost the immune system. They promote a state of balance and stability in the body. Adaptogens can calm you down and boost your energy at the same time without over stimulating. They can normalize body imbalances. By supporting adrenal function, they counteract the adverse effects of stress. They enable the body’s cells to access more energy; help cells eliminate toxic byproducts of the metabolic process and help the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently.

Nutrition Plan - UPRise Performance Camps Recommendations

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The coaches at UPRise Performance Camps share with us what sports nutrition products they recommend all their athletes take and why.

What's the difference between Natural Flavor and Artificial Flavor?

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What is a natural flavor and how does it compare to an artificial flavor? That's a good question and while worth a closer look.

Nutrition Plan - Ultra Running / Bodybuilding - David Wolf

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Ultrarunner, personal trainer, and bodybuilder - David Wolf - is unique in the world of ultradistance endurance sports. He's muscular. Many people believe that to be an ultradistance athletes, you need to be slim. Well, David debunks this myth as a successful ultrarunner. Not only does he run a lot of miles every week, but also maintains a significant muscular build. He explains his scientific and attentive approached to nutrition in this Q&A.

Are you gluten sensitive or have Celiac Disease?

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Confused about all the talk about gluten free diets? Well, your not alone. If you listen to the pro gluten free crowd, you'd think everyone should stop eating gluten. However, as it turns out, the reality is not so simple and there is still so much we still don't understand.

Vitamins & Minerals - Foundation to Good Health and Performance

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Vitamins and minerals are foundational nutrients. That is, they are the nuts and bolts of the body so to speak and are the foundation of good health. They are building and maintenance materials that, over time, build the strongest and healthiest body possible. Vitamins and minerals are also essential nutrients. This means that the body cannot make them but they are essential to life.

Protein Powders

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Proteins are essential building blocks in the body, from muscles to the immune system. During exercise, you are in a catabolic state which means that you are breaking down your muscle tissues and depleting your energy. That is why it's so important to use protein immediately after exercise to help rebuild your muscles stronger than before; ideally within the first 30 minutes and definitely within the first 2 hours.

Pre Workout

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Pre-workout or pre-exercise is the period leading up to your workout or race. Preparing well during this time is crucial to a successful training session or race. During this period, it's key to ensure you're well hydrated, have strong mental acuity, top off your energy stores, prepare to buffer your lactic acid, and, overall, be prepared to perform physically and mentally.

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