Butter and Biceps: All About the Ketogenic Diet for the Athlete

The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate diet, but not any old low-carb diet. It’s not a diet where you just cut down on your carbs and let the rest take care of itself. Rather, it’s a diet with a low – very low – carb intake, but where you replace the carbs with fat. The … Read more

The Effect of Napping on Performance

Want to perform at peak performance? Take a nap! A recent study had twenty young, physically active men take a nap at four different opportunities. During each nap time session, they performed jump- and attention tests. They also subjectively rated their feelings, muscle soreness, fatigue, and sleep. The first nap condition wasn’t actually a nap … Read more

The Mind Is Stronger Than the Caffeine

Here is a recent and interesting study showing the power of the mind and how large an impact it can have on our exercise performance. Well-trained athletes ran seven 1000-time trials over the course of four weeks. The first few to establish a baseline for performance without caffeine, and the last 4 to test the … Read more

Caffeine: Effects, Benefits, and Safety

Which is the most popular psychoactive drug in the world? Caffeine, of course. Our favorite drug has many different physiological effects, one being potentially enhanced performance during exercise. This effect is mainly exerted by blocking the neurotransmitter adenosine from its receptors. Caffeine increases both aerobic endurance performance, muscular endurance, and even anaerobic strength and power activities … Read more

Beta-Alanine: Effects, Benefits, and Safety

Beta-alanine exercise supplement

Beta-alanine has emerged as one of the most popular dietary supplements with the purpose of increasing exercise performance. It is a relatively new star on the supplement sky, with the first human study published as late as in 2006, but its popularity has steadily increased. It can be found in many so-called pre-workout products, but … Read more