The importance of working with women’s cycles in sports performance

How refreshing to see research coming through showing the importance of tracking women’s menstrual cycles, and adapting their training and diets to suit their individual requirements. Long overdue! The US soccer team are attributing some of their 2019 World Cup success to doing exactly that. Talking about the impact of these natural cycles has begun …

Athletes have bad teeth!

It seems, despite good oral hygiene, that athletes have bad teeth. The culprits – high-sugar sports drinks, gels and snacks. A recent study carried out by UCL looked at athletes across a number of sporting areas including cycling, swimming, rowing, hockey, sailing, athletics, rugby and football. The study showed: 94% of athletes brushed their teeth …

How much is too much – overtraining

We’re all a little bit guilty of it right…? Pushing ourselves when something is ‘just a niggle’ in the knee, we’re feeling ‘a little run down’, we’re ‘just a bit tired’. We tell ourselves that if we push on we’ll feel better…right…we’ve got a comp to train for… Signs of over training: feeling overly tired/fatigued, …

Vit D in strength & performance

On a winters day in Sydney – clear blues, 23 degrees and an ocean temp of around 20, what better subject than the sunshine vitamin – our friend ‘D’. A vital vitamin for: bone health and growthhormone production (anabolic – growth hormones, testosterone & oestrogen; catabolic – adrenaline, cortisol)potentially helping prevent certain cancers (breast, colon, …

The limit of human endurance

Two and half times resting metabolic rate seems to be the limit of human endurance worked out by scientists. The study by Duke University included analysing a 3,000 mile run, the cyclists in Tour de France and other elite events. The 2.5 x metabolic rate is approximately 4,000 calories per day, with anything higher than …

Right type, right place – protein

Protein is vital for human physiology because it supplies the body with amino acids – the biochemical entities that make and repair body tissues including muscle, skin, bone, organs, nails and hair. Protein also assists in hormone production, regulation of metabolism, building of enzymes and making antibodies and immune system molecules. When training and in …