Category: Science

SPIRULINA ON HEALTH, ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY

Microscopic view of spirulina (unstained) Microscopic view of spirulina Spirulina is a type of microscopic bacteria, often referred to as “blue-green microalgae.” It grows naturally in alkaline lakes or commercially… Read more »

MATERNITY ON HIGH-LEVEL MARATHON PERFORMANCE

Photo by Lucas Favre (Unsplash) For top-level female athletes it is a challenge balancing professional life, maternity leave, and returning to competition after it. Allyson Felix, a renowned champion, faced… Read more »

DOWNHILL SECTIONS: KEY FOR PERFORMANCE IN TRAIL ULTRAMARATHONS

Photo by Kalen Emsley (Unsplash) Trail running is an emergent endurance running discipline that takes place in open country on unpaved surfaces. It includes various distances, with ultramarathons (>42k) being… Read more »

CREATINE: EFFECTS ON SPORTS PERFORMANCE

Resistance (anaerobic) exercise (Photo by Anastase Maragos (Unsplash)) Creatine is synthesized in the body, primarily in kidneys, liver, and pancreas, and can also be obtained exogenously through the diet (seafood,… Read more »

COMPRESSION GARMENTS: OF ANY USE?

Photo by Th G (Pixabay) Many athletes usually train and compete on consecutive days, recurring to different post-exercise strategies to fasten recovery, such as cryotherapy, low-intensity sessions or tissue compression,… Read more »

TRAINING PLANS OF ELITE MARATHON RUNNERS (2/2): TRAINING VOLUMES, INTENSITY ZONES AND TAPERING

London Marathon 2018 In our previous post we focused on periodization and training methods followed by some of the most well-known elite long-distance runners. In this second post we will… Read more »

TRAINING PLANS OF ELITE MARATHON RUNNERS (1/2): PERIODIZATION AND RUNNING METHODS

Kipchoge and Kosgei, winners of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Marathon Most top-level long-distance runners must endure a period of training of 8–10 years prior to reaching a competitive international standard…. Read more »

POST MARATHON DAYS: WHEN GETTING BACK TRAINING?

  With marathons becoming more popular worldwide, higher numbers of amateur runners decide to take the challenge and complete the Pheidippides distance. Nevertheless, completing a marathon imply a high strain… Read more »