SuperTato to the Rescue!

Okay, so SuperTato is a child’s storybook hero, but research suggests that ‘super spuds’ could be a viable alternative to carbohydrate gels regarding race fuel and fatigued muscles. Researchers at the University of Illinois suggest that trained cyclists who were given 60 grams of carbohydrates from blended potato every hour finished a two-hour race six… Read More

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At the Height of Performance!

1.0     Introduction This article provides a brief overview of altitude training and is primarily aimed at the lay person or exercise professionals new to this form of training. With numerous evidence-based fitness benefits, altitude training is becoming more readily available in commercial settings. This brief article takes a closer look at what altitude training… Read More

What is the Influence of Vitamin D Supplementation by Sunlight on Exercise Performance in Military Recruits?

Research Paper Title Influence of Vitamin D Supplementation by Sunlight or Oral D3 on Exercise Performance. Background To determine the relationship between vitamin D status and exercise performance in a large, prospective cohort study of young men and women across seasons (Study-1). Then, in a randomised, placebo-controlled trial, to investigate the effects on exercise performance… Read More

Sports Performance & Training Methodology: Animals vs Humans

Are you thinking about competing in a big race, e.g. a 10-miler or marathon, but are not looking forward to the months of gradually building up your fitness, pounding the streets mile after mile? Perhaps you should consider sitting on some water and eating a lot! That is what the Barnacle Goose does. “Until recently… Read More

Load Carriage & Extreme Environments

Research Paper Title Moving in Extreme Environments: Extreme Loading; Carriage versus Distance. Abstract This review addresses human capacity for movement in the context of extreme loading and with it the combined effects of metabolic, biomechanical and gravitational stress on the human body. This topic encompasses extreme duration, as occurs in ultra-endurance competitions (e.g. adventure racing… Read More

Could you run 160 miles in 50 hours?

Marco Altibrandi, who serves with the Royal Marines Reserve Merseyside, was one of 29 people who attempted this feat of endurance, and only one of 16 to successfully finish the course. He completed the course in 43 hours 50 mins 5 secs of running!, six hours ahead of the deadline set by the organisers. Worst moment:… Read More