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Success Factors for Olympic Cross-Country Skiing

Alyssa Bialowas Introduction On a mission to find best-practice training programs for both sprint and distance cross-country skiing, I came across research from Norway and Sweden that reappraised success factors for Olympic cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing has been an event in the Olympics since the first winter games Olympics in France in 1924. Due to

Post Thanksgiving Detox Tips

By Alyssa Bialowas My favorite meal of the year is fast approaching, and this year I have a plan to recover from the overindulgence and the ensuing lethargy that follows. Wine, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, roasted vegetables, gravy, pumpkin pie and so much more, there’s no holding back at Thanksgiving and you deserve to

Does A Carb Restricted Diet Change HIIT Boost Health Benefits?

Moji Kaviani, Ph.D., CEP Would carbohydrate restriction diet augment HIIT-induced health benefits? High intensity interval training has received so much attention because of the benefits of health and exercise performance. HIIT is a series of high-intensity exercise bouts interspersed with low-intensity exercise for recovery. In addition, there are several dietary modification approaches such as carb

Roller Skiing Predicts Youth Cross-Country Skiing Performance

Alyssa Bialowas Cross-country skiing has gained popularity as one of the most well-loved winter sports. Adults and children alike are making names for themselves as elite cross-country skiers. And, along with any elite sport, training is key. Although physical training is customary for young athletes, proper training needs to be accepted by coaches who understand

Eccentric Exercise & Antioxidant Supplementation

Alyssa Bialowas Eccentric exercise is defined as the lengthening of the muscle while contracting, or opposing action that shortens the muscle. Slowing down the elongation of the muscle process is said to lead to an ability to build stronger muscles. Furthermore, it advances the process of muscle repair and increases metabolic rate. It is also

Calculate Your Sweat Rate

Moji Kaviani, Ph.D., CEP How to calculate your own Sweat Rate? Check your weight in kilos (Kg) prior to exercise session in minimal clothing or naked.  Monitor your fluid intake (L) during your exercise session. See reverse. After your exercise session, towel off if necessary and weigh in again wearing the same amount of dry

Concurrent Training & Its Effect on Muscle & Strength Gains

Alyssa Bialowas Concurrent training is the combination of cardiovascular and resistance training workouts in the same training session and has become quite popular in the training world. Many workout fanatics combine concurrent strength training and HIIT as an effective way to lose weight – it’s more challenging, uses more energy and you’ll burn lots of

Do Masters Athletes Need Specific Nutrition?

Evan Stevens Nutrition. It’s a topic that stirs debate at every mention. One day you can look in the newspaper and see an article discussing the benefits of high protein diets on weight loss, the next will have an article saying that high protein diets can cause kidney damage. You bump into someone who

The Skinny On Cold Baths – Do They Actually Work and If So How?

Gillian White - BSc., MSc., PhD Candidate, University of Toronto, Department of Exercise Sciences The Skinny On Cold Baths – Do They Actually Work and If So How? Getting the most out of your workouts, paradoxically, can be as much about what you do during your workout as it has to do with what you

Hydration For Hockey Performance

Moji Kaviani, Ph.D., CEP Ice hockey is a team sport that requires players to have strength, power, anaerobic sprint ability, and endurance successful (Emerson, 2017). The game itself is characterized by intermittent, high-intensity bouts of skating which require players to rapidly accelerate and change their speed and direction continuously while executing a variety of skilled