EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR ENDURANCE ATHLETES

Weight management

Endurance athletes seeking success need to maintain optimum muscle mass and maximum power-to-weight ratio. This section contains the latest research on how best to achieve this goal, along with practical recommendations.

Risks of sauna-induced weight loss

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Sauna-induced dehydration is an effective way for athletes competing in weight class events to lose weight rapidly before competition, according to a new study from Spain. However, female athletes may find the weight loss benefits cancelled out by a decrease in explosive power. Athletes competing in such events as weight-lifting, judo, karate, boxing, rowing and... MORE

Running and body fat – walking the tightrope of...

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How to lose fat through running Although it’s immediately apparent that there are substantial differences in physical characteristics between sprinters and long distance runners, elite runners at all distances come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and there are perhaps too many exceptions to make all but the broadest generalisations. Generally speaking though, sprinters... MORE

Midnight snacking may make athletes fatter

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The later you stay up at night, the higher your risk of tacking on unwanted body fat. That’s the somewhat strange story which has emerged from recent research carried out in France. The new French studies were carried out because previous research had uncovered two startling facts: (1 ) When factory workers change from day... MORE

The metabolic impact of exercise – or how your...

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You finished your workout a couple of hours ago and now you are relaxing as you get your regular fix of Peak Performance. But in fact your body may not be quite as relaxed as you think. There are a number of ways in which exercise can exert lasting physiological effects that persist for long... MORE

Low-intensity workouts lead to weight loss

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Low-intensity workouts lead to greater weight loss than high-intensity exercise that expends the same amount of overall energy, according to a new study carried out in Greece. Fourteen healthy premenopausal untrained women were divided into two equal groups, which exercised on a treadmill at either 45% or 72% of VO2max four times a week for... MORE

How good is the ‘bod pod’?

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Athletes from a variety of different sports feel the need to monitor their body composition. Resistance-trainers, for example, check weight changes and percentage body fat on a regular basis to ensure that the gains they make are in the form of lean mass rather than fat; endurance athletes are often concerned about potential gains in... MORE

Fat burning: train your metabolism to use up those...

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Endurance-type training usually enhances your muscles’ abilities to metabolise fat Endurance-type training usually enhances your muscles’ abilities to metabolise fat, but fat remains a bit snobbish about exactly when it is willing to provide you with the energy you need to exercise. When you run a 10k race, put forth your best possible effort in... MORE



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