After a workout, your body needs to "repair" itself to prepare for the next training session. It does so with the help of blood vessels that bring oxygen to your muscle tissue while removing waste products of exercise — the most common being lactic acid. Too much lactic acid build-up can cause your muscles to function poorly and will often lead to fatigue.
Many people believe that resistance bands are ineffective when it comes to building muscle or toning the body. This belief cannot be more wrong and false. Studies have shown that the amount of force provided to stimulate the muscle fibers for growth is the same with resistance bands and free weights.
You may have heard the term plant-based, but are you confused about what it really means? Is it the same thing as being a vegan or a vegetarian?
Many of the world’s greatest athletes eat, sleep, breathe, and live for their sport. But did you know that in addition to physical conditioning and conscious eating, sleep plays a major role in athletic performance and competitive results?
Stretching and flexibility go hand in hand with sports for a variety of reasons. Stretching not only feels good, but it helps an athlete maintain an appropriate and balanced range of motion in specific joints.
It's fairly easy for athletes to have suboptimal fluid levels for a number of reasons, including intense exercise, climate conditions and improper nutrition. Hydration can have a significant impact on training, allowing you to perform at a higher level. On the opposite end, inadequate hydration can have detrimental effects ranging from nausea and cramping to more severe consequences.
TOP PERFORMING ATHLETES know that nutrition is king when it comes to gaining an edge over their competitors. However, no matter what your goal is—carving out your six-pack, increasing your stamina—the gateway to success lies on your plate. An athlete’s diet is more than just calories in and calories out—it’s fuel. The right foods increase your energy, promote muscle growth, and aid in muscle repair. The wrong ones set you back. When it comes to chowing down, there are certain eats a serious athlete just won’t touch.