The Essential Role of Electrolytes in Skeletal Muscle Contraction: More Than Just Cramp Prevention

Optimizing skeletal muscle function is what endurance athletes strive for every day in training Skeletal muscle is attached to the bones and is responsible for voluntary movements.   Optimizing skeletal muscle function is what endurance athletes strive for every day in training. Researchers and athletes have attempted to optimize the performance of skeletal muscle first by […]

How do Vegan Proteins Stack Up?

by Matt Hansen EdD In February of 2013, the First Endurance blog covered an important topic: ‘The Facts About Protein.’ You can find the full post HERE. At that point in time, whey protein easily rises to the top as the superior protein source to use for supplementation purposes. Since the original posting of this […]

Medium Chain Triglycerides and Athletes

Make up: Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) are a type of fatty acid.   Like all fatty acids, MCT’s contain a glycerol backbone with three fatty acids attached. Unlike long-chain triglycerides the MCT fatty acids are medium in length.   Because of these shorter chains, the fatty acids are easier to break down to use as an energy […]

Beta-Alanine’s Greatest Endurance Benefit Revealed in 2017 peer-reviewed Medical Journal

Intro Beta-Alanine has been a staple of endurance and strength athletes for over a decade. We first introduced this naturally occurring amino acid in 2007 with OptygenHP. Since that time, study after study has proved this nutrient to be highly beneficial for endurance and power sports. A newly published 2017 meta-analysis reviewed 40 individual studies employing […]

Vegan Diets and Athletic Performance

Plant-based diets and athletic performance The past few years, plant-based diets have gained in popularity. They are recommended in various weight management programs and they are the choice of environmentally conscious individuals, animal right supporters and various religious practices. Plant-based diets are also the choice for many professional and amateur athletes alike. Despite the initial […]

Training and Racing at Altitude – Nutritional Guidelines

By Eric Heiden, M.D. Training and racing at altitude can be better handled if certain dietary concerns are addressed. This article will focus on the requirements for athletes exposed to altitudes between 1500 and 3500 meters, what most would consider moderate altitude. These moderately high altitudes are probably much more frequently encountered by athletes in […]

EVO1 Athlete Feedback

At First Endurance we believe the best way to test new products is to put them in the hands of our sponsored athletes. Here is some of the feedback on our new EVO1 Vegan Meal Replacement.   I love both flavors of EVO1!  They mix easily, taste great and really make me feel satiated. Mixing […]