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Posts tagged performance enhancement
Naps for Performance?

Recovery continues to become a larger focus on the road to improved performance. So far, research has focused primarily on different systems including cardiovascular and muscular recovery, but a recent article from the European Journal of Sports Science looked at the effects of recovery more broadly; does an afternoon nap improve performance?

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Heart Rate Variability

If you’ve been paying attention to the fitness world lately, you’ve probably heard the term heart rate variability thrown around in regards to training and recovery. In the simplest terms, heart rate variability (HRV) is the measure of time intervals between heartbeats, measuring how well our autonomic nervous system is functioning.

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Do I Really Need New Shoes?

We all have heard the recommendation to change shoes around 300-500 miles of use, but why? Where does this recommendation come from? When running, forces more than 2.5 times your body weight are applied up the leg and through the musculoskeletal system. Footwear has been designed to assist in absorbing these highmagnitude forces in order to improve performance and reduce injury risk. The cushioning in shoes can absorb shock and reduce how fast the force of landing acts on the body.

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Why Fresh Legs!??!?!

On November 1, 2015, several sweaty, joyful, exhausted runners trickled through our doors after crossing the finish line of the TCS NYC Marathon. Sore and victorious, they told their heroic tales of their mornings that had begun before sunrise on Staten Island and involved self-transformation through the boroughs of New York City, all the way to the finish in Central Park. 

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Recover with your Favorite Childhood Drink!

Post-run nutrition is essential, but the choice of a recovery drink can be overwhelming. From water to Gatorade to Pedialyte, each liquid has its benefits and varies in popularity within the running community. Most runners have their favorites, but if you're still looking check this out: chocolate milk has made the recovery drink list! This may sound a little strange at first, but it’s basically a liquid carbohydrate.

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How to deal with DOMS!

You did it, you reached the finish line, broke a PR and maybe enjoyed a victorious brunch.  You probably went to bed thinking "I should feel fine tomorrow" but when that alarm went off this morning, the legs were not loving you.  DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness can catch you by surprise and could hang around for awhile. 

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Use it or Lose it!

"Gotta get the Core"!  Whether you are at a cross fit class, spin class or Mile High, everyone is all about hitting he core these days.  When the weather is cold we are all thinks about so=umber bodies but there is more to "core work" than just looking good. Your coreactually made up of

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THE REAL REASON I WILL NEVER BEAT USAIN BOLT

Not that I really think I have a chance, but I always wonder if I did all the training and diet, could I ever beat Usain Bolt? Everyone knows that performance is partially training and partially genes but there may be another factor. A study out of Penn State looked at the possibility of physical difference in the feet of sprinters and non-sprinters. 

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