Cannabis and Performance

Let’s face it… pot is in the political spotlight and the needs of the many are winning. As worldly clinicians tout the legitimacy of its use for treating conditions such as epilepsy and others remain afraid of its stereotypes, the freedom to choose to use is beginning to rumble loudly.…

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Cardiovascular Adaptations to Exercise and the Athlete EKG

Exercise is good for your heart – this we know. Endurance athletes, such as cyclists, runners and rowers, undergo higher amounts of cardiac remodeling than many other types of athletes, a necessary adaptation to the demands placed on their body. The heart is responsible for nutrient and oxygen delivery to the…

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Construction Zone Racing: The Team Life

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a part of a team? Do you already know? In January 2017, I had the ability to attend a mountain bike training camp. Construction Zone Racing, coached by Tenac Championship Coaching, is a men and women’s professional/amateur mountain bike team…

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Antioxidants and Training: Friend or Faux?

What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about antioxidants? Probably something along the lines of… beneficial, healthy and great for longevity. These powerful little protectors of cellular structure and function play an important role in physical well-being, especially when obtained naturally from foods such as berries and…

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Thermoregulation, Part II: Training in the Cold

Corey Duren climbing Mt Shasta

A few months ago, truPhys  published a comprehensive article discussing the mechanisms behind physiological body temperature maintenance, the positives and negatives of training in hot environments, and how carefully doing so can benefit performance.  But now it’s January.  And unless you live in New Zealand or a region a bit closer…

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Thermoregulation: Training in the Heat

Phoenix. It’s hot. Sometimes, it’s hot and humid (thank you, monsoon season). The summer sun strikes your skin with the warmth akin to a burning campfire – when you sit just too close and feel the hair or clothing on your legs begin to singe from the heat.  But unlike a fire,…

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Is Aspirin an Ergogenic Aid?

Ergogenic \ˌər-gə-ˈje-nik\ adjective:  To enhance or improve physical performance and recovery, as in ergogenic aid.  Greek: ergon, to work. People are always searching a way to boost their performance.  Over the past decade, the news has been littered with stories about professional athletes’ reliance on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to get ahead, legal or…

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A (Partial) History of Vitamins – Are Supplements Necessary?

A few years ago, an article published in The Atlantic investigated whether or not taking extra vitamins was actually good for your health.  This same question appeared in other news outlets strewn about the internet, all with catchy headlines associating multi-vitamin consumption to a decrease in lifespan. There is no argument that vitamins,…

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