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New nutrition study presents a case for vegetarian diets for athletes

If you still think you need to eat meat to gain muscle, researchers at Arizona State University are here to set you straight. In a new study in Nutrients, both vegetarian and omnivore endurance athletes tracked their diet for one week and were put through a series of fitness tests. The researchers’ findings: Whether the athletes were fueled by plants or animals, they had pretty much the same body composition and same level of physical performance—with maybe even a slight edge to the green eaters. The male athletes clocked in…

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Recover stronger: The best post-game foods for athletes and when to eat them

You just played the game of your life. After working out and training for weeks and weeks, you left it all on the field, exhausting every ounce of your energy to try and win the game. But your work doesn’t stop there. Post-game recovery and nutrition can be just as important as your pre-game preparation, especially if you want to have the energy to get back out on the field again. Your body needs the right nutrients to power you through the next practice, next game, next drill, or your…

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HIIT Is A Hit With Athletes

The workout du jour is high-intensity interval training, and this is one format that might be here to stay. It requires only a few minutes of (really) hard work to cover all the major muscle groups. HIIT, as it’s called, alternates short periods of all-out activity with even briefer breaks. Just how short is short? Typically 20 to 30 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of recovery – spiking metabolism and tricking your body into thinking it rested. Although a four-minute workout is better than a no-minute workout, there’s…

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How Two Of the World’s Top Athletes Battled Burnout

At age 35, Ervin is the oldest male swimmer on the U.S. team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, competing in his third Olympics. He has racked up two gold medals at Rio, one in the 50-meter freestyle and one as part of the 4×100 freestyle relay team, racing in the prelims. Koudele, 36, an endurance runner from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is on pace to become the first woman to complete the Grand Slam Plus, a series of seven-day, 155-mile running events in extreme climates. Koudele was…

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