Quality vs Quantity: More for less or a load of BS?

With the world in and out of lockdown there’s arguably never been a more difficult time to plan and implement a training program. Restrictions have meant group rides are often off the cards and a favourite long distance training loop might be replaced by a few laps of the block. So how can we improvise,… Continue reading Quality vs Quantity: More for less or a load of BS?

Ketones. A new superfuel?

Previous Cyclist or Scientist articles have addressed the three main macronutrients involved in exercise metabolism: carbohydrates, fats and proteins. But there is a fourth fuel source, ketones, which have become very fashionable in the cycling media and generated some heated comment sections on articles citing their use in the Tour de France peloton. What are… Continue reading Ketones. A new superfuel?

Pain and Performance, Friend or Foe?

In the box, the hurt locker, the pain cave. Every athlete has ventured to these places countless times to get the most out of themselves during competition, but how much faster can one go by simply saying “shut up legs”, and are there ways get around the suffering? We’ve all experienced the burning sensation associated… Continue reading Pain and Performance, Friend or Foe?

Intra-Session Protein for Performance; Yeah or Nah?

Cycling requires repetitive contractions of big muscle groups for hours on hours, so why isn’t anyone reaching for a protein shake mid-ride? In my time working in gyms I’ve seen some a common occurrence amongst lifters – If someone’s hitting the gym for longer than an hour, a protein shake will likely be in hand… Continue reading Intra-Session Protein for Performance; Yeah or Nah?

Fuelling the engine. Competition carbohydrate consumption

Is doesn’t take a biochemist to know that carbohydrates are the MVP when it comes to fuelling high intensity exercise. But how much do we really need, and how do we know we’re putting in the right stuff? Our body has three main fuels to produce the energy required for the thousands of muscle contractions… Continue reading Fuelling the engine. Competition carbohydrate consumption

Overtraining and the Immune System. How Much is Too Much?

Overdoing it, burning the candle at both ends, cooking the goose. Athletes are notoriously bad for knowing when to back off and take a break, but why is it that going just a little too hard on the training track can lead to illness that can destroy an athlete’s whole season? It’s no secret that… Continue reading Overtraining and the Immune System. How Much is Too Much?

Finnish Saunas to Finish First. Could passive heat acclimation build the freeway to form?

Saunas have been a hot health topic for decades now, with a bucket load of claimed benefits ranging from improving skin, sleep and general relaxation. Research on athletes shows that the adaptations from sweating are even sweeter for endurance performance than expected.     The most significant impact of saunas for athletes is the increased… Continue reading Finnish Saunas to Finish First. Could passive heat acclimation build the freeway to form?

Ice, Ice, Maybe… But probably not. The science has gone cold on ice baths for recovery.

Recent science tells us the supposed benefits of ice post-exercise are not all they’re cracked up to be, and that the short-term shrinkage isn’t giving any long-term gains.   Image Credit: Tomas Tomas via Flickr Sprinters, climbers and café racers are all looking for the best way to recover before their next training session, competition… Continue reading Ice, Ice, Maybe… But probably not. The science has gone cold on ice baths for recovery.