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Gene Doping: A Primer

The standard story in life is that we have to play the hand we’re dealt. We can’t choose our genes, and so we have to make the most of what we have, optimizing our training techniques and lifestyle in order to reach our potential, whatever that might be. But this standard story is slowly changing and this might have a major impact on sport. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 107: Performance Nutrition (with Kyle Pfaffenbach)

Nutrition is a field with some exciting developments and trends, but it is also one filled with pseudoscience and gurus. On this week’s episode consultant and professor Kyle Pfaffenbach joins us to talk about how athletes and coaches can make sense of nutrition. We discuss how to create buy-in, nutrient timing, how to individualize nutrition, and more.

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Pfaffenbach teaches at Eastern Oregon University and is also a consultant to many elite athletes including work with the Brooks Beasts Track Club. To start off the episode he discussed how a consultant can best bring about change:

Often athletes need peace of mind as much as a magic formula when it comes to nutrition consulting. Click To Tweet

The heart of the episode focused on nutrition itself:

Just like training, there is no nutrition formula. Find what works best for each athlete. Click To Tweet It’s not just about your competition meal plan; it’s your every day nutrition that counts. Click To Tweet

Diet and performance nutrition shouldn’t be about control or conquering; you should enjoy food. Click To Tweet

Pfaffenbach also has a deep interest in nutrient timing and we went into some detail on key points for both power athletes and endurance athletes.

It’s not about the stress itself. You don’t benefit from training unless you adapt to the stress. Click To Tweet

To hear more about nutrition, listen to the full episode above. Also be sure to subscribe to our podcast and review it on iTunes.

Further Reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

Sports Science Monthly – June 2017

Welcome back to another installment of sports science monthly. We kick off this month with a look at strength training frequency and how it might represent a worthwhile avenue for exploration in well-trained athletes looking to gain muscle. We also have a review article examining nutritional periodization, how beliefs can affect how much of an improvement you see from a sports supplement, a case report on rhabdomyolysis, and a look at a new model proposed to explain fatigue. Let’s get going. Read more

Is There a Balance to Sports Training?

There has been a lot of talk about balance on this site over the past few weeks. Initially, Martin wrote about Peak Performance, ther new book from Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg. In his review, Martin discussed his own search for work-life balance, and how it may well be crucial in order to be successful. This article was followed up by “Balance and The Barbell Strategy”, which examines how a true balanced approach lies not in the middle, but at the two extremes. Read more

Does Regular Caffeine Use Reduce Its Performance Enhancing Effects?

Caffeine is one of the world’s most widely used performance enhancing drugs. Its use within sport is also completely legal, and research tends to indicate that about 75% of all athletes consume some form of caffeine before competition. This should come as no surprise; caffeine reliably improves endurance performance, and, whilst its effects on power and strength performance are less clear, it’s certainly not negative. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – May 2017

This month we take a look at new research on how genetic variations might affect psychological skills, the differences between physiological and biomechanical training load monitoring, synthetic tendons, and practical issues in sports nutrition. To start off with, however, we dive into the interplay between energy intake and overtraining syndrome. Read more

GAINcast Episode 63: Supporting Champions (with Steve Ingham)

Modern sports have a team of coaches behind each athlete. The support staff can add value to a team, but they can also detract from the team if not properly integrated. Physiologist Steve Ingham has served in a variety of senior national roles in the UK. Throughout a career of assisting world-class athletes he has learned how to build a performance team and how support coaches can best support athletes. On this week’s episode we discuss some lessons Ingham has learned in this area. Read more

What if the evidence is flawed?

There is a stampede toward evidence based practice in medicine and sport science, but as I take a step back and look at this I have some very profound concerns. The biggest concern is what if the evidence is flawed? I encourage you to read the article “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” by John P. A. Ioannidis. It is the most downloaded technical paper from the journal PLoS Medicine. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – April 2017

Welcome back to another edition of the monthly round up of sports science research. This month we have a look at a program for preventing hamstring injuries in sprinters, a bit on running economy, beta-alanine, blood flow restricted training, vitamin D, and the All Blacks Rugby Team. Enjoy! Read more

GAINcast Episode 59: Take It to the Limit (with Dr. Michael Joyner)

How far can we take the human body? Can we break two hours in the marathon? Or will Usain Bolt’s records ever fall? Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic has spent his career asking that very question. On this week’s episode of the GAINcast, Dr. Joyner joins us to discuss the limits of human performance, what training and sports science need to improve upon to take us there, and more. Read more