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The dangers of training when sick
When active individuals get sick, it can seem tempting to keep training as normal so that you don’t lose any fitness. To determine if you can or should train when you start with those sniffles, it’s important to determine if it’s a cold or the flu. Discern winter diseases... Read more
Playing the gains game as an endurance athlete
Endurance athletes who want to improve their performance need to inject intensity into their training routines. Steady-paced training sessions that simply get progressively longer over time aren’t where the exponential performance gains are made. All about the intensity To boost cardiovascular fitness and increase your speed, your training should... Read more
Don’t water down your performance: Optimise hydration with these supplements
Many endurance athletes fail to meet their hydration needs during training or racing because they incorrectly believe that simply drinking water is sufficient. The problem is that water generally contains only trace amounts of important salts and minerals, including sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride and phosphorus – collectively known... Read more
Unbreakable: The indomitable spirit of Ironman Alwyn Uys
Sometimes life deals you a poor hand. While some people choose to fold their cards and wallow in pity about their bad luck, others stay in the game, playing the cards they’re dealt as best they can. When Alwyn Uys regained consciousness on the side of the road after... Read more
Don’t let side stitches cramp your running style
Do mid-run side stitches literally stop you in your tracks? This is the best way to deal with them to get back on race pace as soon as possible. A pain in the side Anyone who runs for fun or fitness will know the devastating effects of a side... Read more
Performance fuelling: Uncovering the highest octane energy source for athletes
The latest nutrition and supplement update for endurance athletes was published last year in the journal Nutrients. The meta-analysis confirmed that athletes who train or race for more than 60 minutes will benefit from ingesting carbohydrates during the activity. The research also confirmed that active fuelling requirements to optimise... Read more
2019 champs ready for Virtual Comrades Marathon
Organisers of the iconic Comrades Marathon will stage the world’s largest virtual event – Race The Comrades Legends – this Sunday, 14 June 2020. The cancellation of the race due to the Covid-19 pandemic was a massive blow to the sporting calendar. The next best thing to the real... Read more
Am I overtrained or just really fatigued?
Chronic fatigue tends to set in when you engage in prolonged periods of intense or high volume exercise without adequate rest or suitable training periodisation. It can also occur if you suddenly increase your training volume, frequency and/or intensity, or follow a monotonous training program. Other factors can also... Read more
Why the ‘iron’ game is so important for endurance athletes
While weight training is highly beneficial for endurance athletes, that’s not the iron game we’re discussing in this article. Instead, we’re going to focus on the importance of iron the mineral. A lack of this important mineral can severely affect your health and performance. Without adequate iron levels, athletes... Read more
Beat the bonk and boost your endurance
Just about every endurance athlete knows what “hitting the wall” feels like. It’s probably one of the most descriptive terms used by athletes as it precisely expresses the physical sensation experienced. The dreaded ‘bonk’ When an athlete reaches this point, they lose all power to working muscles. You feel... Read more