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Understanding Nutrition

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How to fuel during a training block

by Mad4Tri’s Coach Mike Birmingham. Fueling – Every triathlete’s favourite thing. We train for umpteen hours each week, forego family time and miss out on that much-anticipated new Netflix series – we can at least eat what we want,...

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Fueling the body for superior performance by Stephanie Karl

Stephanie is Sports Nutritionist at UPANDRUNNING. Optimizing dietary intake for sports competitors follows general guidelines with fueling requirements varying due to the individual’s energy expenditure, metabolism, state of health, different sports, weight, environmental temperature etc. Like all nutrition advice,...

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Training opportunity – Off season sports nutrition by Fiona at Optimal Fitness

For many athletes in Dubai this time of year is considered “off season” as most local races have concluded for the time being, especially the long-distance endurance races. As a Sports Nutritionist I see this as a golden opportunity...

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Staying hydrated while training in hot weather or indoors

Hot weather and indoor training can make it difficult to maintain optimal hydration, dehydration is not healthy but it is always important to remember it is possible to overconsume fluids during exercise. Too much water during exercise can cause...

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Should I be taking BCAA’s before and during training or racing? Why does Secret Training not have BCAA’s in their energy gels/drinks?

Interesting question as there are many brands with BCAA’s in their energy products suggesting that by taking BCAA’s before and during exercise you will prevent muscle damage and increase performance. What are BCAA’s Just some basics, BCAA’s are amino...

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Is Sports Nutrition Safe for Children and Teenagers?

Tim Lawson, owner and founder of Secret Training, answers the frequently asked question; “Is Sports Nutrition safe and sensible for children and teenagers?” What is Sports Nutrition? Sports Nutrition is made of real food ingredients in a format that...

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If I want a stronger energy drink can I just put more scoops in my bottle?

Do you mean with ‘stronger’ higher in carbohydrates?  This depends on two things. If the drink also contains electrolytes then the prescribed amount will provide you with the right electrolyte balance, it is normally safe to make it a little...

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How to use Caffeine for Training and Race Days

When it comes to using caffeine to help with training and racing, it’s all about the timing. Different people have different reactions to caffeine, but here is our general advice: Caffeine before a fasted training session A black coffee...

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How do I balance intake of solids and liquids during an ironman?

You need enough liquids and electrolytes to prevent dehydration, having said this you should expect a 2-4% drop in weight by the finish line, so your aim is never to drink enough to maintain starting body weight.   You...

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Carbohydrates vs Fasted Training – Planning Smart

Your choice of nutrition (or no nutrition) should depend on the type of session you are doing and the desired outcome. When you plan a particular training session decide if this is an easy to moderate session, or one...

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