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By dotFIT experts
on October 10, 2008
The athlete’s goal is to have their stomachs relatively empty while energy stores are full at the start of training or competition. Following a specific eating pattern can maximize the storage and production of energy. By properly loading your energy systems (phosphocreatine and glycogen) that are rapidly depleted during exercise, you can delay fatigue and optimize performance during activity. More...
By dotFIT experts
on October 06, 2008
Traditional whole foods are not ideal pre- and post-training snacks because of the time it takes to digest solid food including extraction then absorption of the needed nutrients (about 2-3 hours). Although nutrition bars with the proper carbohydrate, protein and fat ratios can be effectively used before and after exercise, liquid is generally better for the simple reason of speed to the muscles. More...
By Registered Dietitian
on October 09, 2008
Optimal athletic performance requires food and nutrient intake that is tailored to each athlete’s sport, training schedule and individual needs. The basics of performance nutrition are discussed here to help maximize your physical potential and reach your performance goals. More...

Could the Recover&Build product be masking my body’s natural recovery process?

On Saturday, October 18, 2008 by dotFIT experts

Question: The Recover&Build Branched Chain Amino Acid product has helped me work out harder, longer and more often than before. Could it be masking my body’s natural recovery process, leading me to overtraining and eventually diminished results?

Answer: No – your body will let you know when you are over-training but you have to “listen” to it. In fact, if you were overtraining you would not be able to do what you have said you are doing, which is work out harder and longer. Overtraining basically means that you are not recovering properly. The two main factors impeding recovery are typically not enough rest between exercise bouts and incorrect workouts for your goal. One of the main reasons exercisers use BCAA supplements is their ability to stave off overtraining and help facilitate recovery. Sounds as though the product is doing exactly what you expected and what it was designed for.

Overtraining is difficult to measure, but some symptoms include:

  • Mild leg soreness and general achiness
  • Pain in muscles and joints
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Sudden decrease in athletic performance
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Inability to relax, increased twitching or fidgeting
  • Insatiable thirst and dehydration
  • Lowered resistance to common illnesses (cold, sore throat, etc.)

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