L-Menthol stimulates cutaneous thermoreceptors and induces cool sensations improving thermal comfort but has also been linked to heat storage responses. Therefore, L-Menthol application could lead to a conflict in behavioural and thermoregulatory drivers improving comfort but leading to a higher rate of deep body temperature rise; the present study examined this possibility. That is from the study Spraying … Continue reading Spraying L-menthol does not enhance running performance in the heat (research article)
Can "Crossfit logic" meet running? Try this: 4 x 800 meters at threshold, 2 minutes recovery 400 meters all-out, 2 minutes recovery 300 all-out, 2 minutes recovery 200 all-out, 2 minutes recovery What's that all about? If you’re wondering what sets Track Mafia apart from all the other running crews out there (TM is actually an off-shoot … Continue reading Running Misfits
Little Byte Summary: Short sprints at timed intervals can help you get the same health benefits in less time than longer-duration exercise sessions. Researchers in Norway conducted a small study comparing 12 weeks of a medium-intensity, 50 minute, cycling workout with a 3x20 second "max" sprint workout (1 minute total), in which the sprints were interspersed … Continue reading Save time with short, intense sprints (Research Study)
While not everything in this article can be taken at face value (e.g. that glucosamine reduces pain, more on that later, see our post on pre-clinical studies in the meantime), we do agree that powdered bone broth is a fast way to get additional nutrients. It could also be a fun savory shake idea: Bone broth … Continue reading Bone Broth, Rapidly
Little Byte Summary: Male athletes on a ketogenic diet observed body composition and testosterone changes compared to a control group on a different diet. Altering dietary carbohydrate intake seems to have a profound impact on mass and blood profiles in this group. Background: We recently mentioned Prof. Jeff Volek and some ketogenic products in a … Continue reading The Effects of Ketogenic Dieting on Body Composition, Strength, Power
Ketosis and ketogenic diets have a real scientific basis that we will continue to write about. It's a complex topic, but there are well-documented athletic and health benefits. Prof. Jeff Volek is a lead researcher in this field, and his book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living will open your eyes to unexpected benefits … Continue reading Ketogenic Products & Favorites
If you have had any genetic tests, you've probably come across the "sprinter gene", or Actin. Here is a paper showing that there are multiple actins, each with small differences in amino acid structure. These include cariac-, smooth-, and muscle- isoforms. Interestingly, small differences can lead to different function: Although actin is often thought of … Continue reading Actins: the “sprinter” gene family has multiple isoforms
A nitrate-rich diet with spinach, collard greens, banana and pomegranate juice improved athletic performance compared to a control diet of salad, broccoli, orange and cranberry.