By Kiel Reijnen
Place one of the individuals on your team as far up the results sheet as possible. That’s the goal in professional road racing. It’s simple, clean and easy to measure (of course doing so is complicated, full of variables, some controllable, others less so). That was my default mindset as I transitioned from road racer to gravel privateer. It wasn’t until some “bad luck” struck during Unbound last year that I realized how flawed dragging that approach around with me really was.
Keeping your immune system fully stuffed with all the helper nutrients (MVMs) and with a few other dietary substances they like is essential for keeping your immune system at its peak, which is critical for keeping you at peak performance. A tremendous amount of research has been conducted on the role of MVMs and their nutrients to understand how they affect your immune system. After sifting through that universe of studies, we came to certain unalterable conclusions.
MultiV – our “basic” MVM (Multiple Vitamin-Mineral with additional nutrients) – has been updated, rebalanced, and made over to be even more powerful than before, with significant changes based on the latest nutrition science and experiential feedback. Read on to see why the new MultiV is Bigger, Better, and Badder, giving you a superior foundation for health and exercise performance.
By Matt Hanson, EdD
Obviously, the Ironman World Championships is the one event each year where I want to be at my best. To me, this continues to remain the most important day of the year, and the entire season is geared around trying to set up the best performance possible on this day.
The course itself makes preparation and approach tricky, because the conditions of the Ironman World Championships are almost always going to be brutal. You have to be prepped for heat, humidity, high winds, and choppy water.
One of the most frequent questions we get is how much carbs do I need to take (or, often, how much can I take) during my long-duration events, races, or training? This blog is a follow-up to the previous blog about increasing carbs/hour during endurance exercise, where Dr. Bucci answered that question. One thing he didn’t cover in that last blog is that, with higher carb intake, timing is everything, so in this blog, Dr. Bucci addresses when to go big on carbs.
One of the most frequent questions we get is: How many carbs do I need to take during my long-duration events, races or training lasting more than three hours? The prevailing wisdom has long been set at 30-60 grams per hour (120-240 calories/hour), and usage directions for EFS & EFS-PRO are based on this time-tested range. But emerging research suggests athletes can ingest more and more carbs per hour: 90-140 grams or 360-560 Calories. That’s 1.5 to 19 times MORE carbs than the endurance experts have agreed upon for years!
The idea that habituation reduces caffeine’s effect on exercise performance is a myth that has been perpetrated by years of investigator reporting bias, unsupported anecdotal comments, and ambivalent study designs in many peer-reviewed articles over the years.
The real story is that no matter how much caffeine you normally ingest daily, taking it before and during exercise will still produce tangible performance benefits – or, in scientific terms, it’ll still be ergogenic. You will still run faster, farther, longer, burn more fat, spare more glycogen, and perform better physically if you ingest caffeine before exercise. Your physiology and biochemistry still respond favorably to caffeine and always have. So keep it up!
Is caffeine a nootropic?
Short answer: YES! Calling caffeine a nootropic is a no-brainer; it’s the poster child, most prolific, and – arguably – best nootropic.
By Josiah Middaugh
Every triathlete was a beginner at some point, picking up one, two, or possibly three completely new sports. With huge variations in the training history, skill, and fitness levels of new triathletes, it makes finding sound training advice even more difficult.
To help any aspiring triathletes and provide a refresher to vets looking to refine their game (these comments don’t only apply to beginners), I’ve written down some of the most common mistakes I see triathletes make – or that I’ve made myself!