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Now I wish I could have caffeine

Caffeine and I don’t get along very well so I don’t get the whole addiction but a recent study makes me wish I could turn to a cup of coffee when I’m super tired and still need to function. First a little about how caffeine works. It takes about an hour for caffeine to reach … Continue reading

Ritual in sports

Watching the Olympics it is interesting to see the pre- and post-performance rituals that many athletes perform and think about all the ones we don’t know of. Canadian diver Jennifer Abel talked about her ritual with her chamois¬†before she dives, and the fact that she keeps the same chamois¬†for an entire Olympic cycle. Other athletes … Continue reading

Anaerobic endurance

We have two systems that provide energy when we exercise: anaerobic (without oxygen) and aerobic (with oxygen). In really simple terms, we use the anaerobic system during short bouts of exercise. The aerobic system takes over after about 90 seconds. The major difference is what waste product gets produced. They both break down glucose but … Continue reading

High intensity is key to a pre-competition taper

As a person who trains and competes in multiple sports I have consistently been told that I need to taper my training before a major competition. But what does this really mean? If I’m getting ready for a running race should I be taking it easy and jogging through my last week? Should I do … Continue reading

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