At some point during training we’ve all had moments where we’re ready to throw in the towel and give up for the day. Sometimes stopping early is a good thing as it can help us avoid injuring ourselves from over exertion but at other times we need to push past the fatigue and the aching muscles and push ourselves further than feels possible. If you’ve ever done that, you’ve probably experienced the phenomenon known as the second wind.
This new burst of energy, right when your body is feeling at its weakest, can be as confusing as it is welcome to athletes who aren’t sure what causes it. For a lot of people it’s unpredictable, it might come at the second kilometer of a half marathon or it might be the last push that carries you over the finish line. Sometimes it might not come at all. Understanding what powers your second wind and how to fuel it can help you get the most out of your training sessions, or give you an edge when it’s time to compete.
When you first stPosted: July 28, 2017|
We’ve known for a while that athletes tend to perform better in the summer months than they do during the winter. Some people have hypothesised that one of the reasons for this is that the higher levels of UV light in the summer increase the body’s production of vitamin D. A 2013 study found that while further research is needed before we can definitively say that vitamin D suplemments directly improve performance, maintaining optimum vitamin D levels should be an important goal for athletes due to its many health benefits.
Sources of vitamin D
One of our main sources of vitamin D is our skin’s reaction to sunlight, and in the UK from early April until the end of September it’s possible to get all the vitamin D we need from being out in the sun. If you spend most of your day indoors or wear clothes that cover up mostPosted: January 31, 2017|
So much has been said about creatine that it’s not surprising that there is some misinformation out there, both in the gym and online. In fact, a lot of the most common Google searches to do with creatine supplements seem to be confused as to what it actually is! With that in mind, it’s understandable if you’re not sure what creatine is made of, how to take it, or whether you can get in trouble for using it. To help you out we’ve answered some of the most common questions people asked in order to clear up some of the confusion.
Is creatine vegan friendly?
Yes! This misunderstanding probably came about because the main dietary sources of creatine are meat, fish, and other animal products. The vast majority of creatine products (and definitely all AMSport products) are made from synthetic creatine, so animal products are not used as a source. It’s a little more complicated than this, but creatine is essentially a methylated compound of the amino acids glycine and aPosted: January 25, 2017|