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Carbohydrate Periodization—Part 2: Time Carbohydrate Restriction

August 19, 2019

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This is the second part of a two-part series that investigates the effects of dietary carbohydrate availability on exercise performance and how specifically timed restriction of carbohydrates may also paradoxically enhance exercise performance in the medium and long term.

Personal trainers Nutrition Carbohydrates Carbohydrate Restriction Glycogen Calorie Intake

Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet for Weight Management

October 22, 2018

Article

The ketogenic diet, while controversial and a highly polarizing subject, has demonstrated promise as an alternative dietary strategy for weight management.

Personal trainers Nutrition Ketogenic diet Low Carbohydrate Weight Management Weight Loss

Nutrition for Competition Cycle

August 12, 2019

Article

This book excerpt from Developing Endurance goes over nutritional strategies for pre-competition and during competition phases to maximize performance.

Coaches Nutrition Nutrition Cycle Nutrition Competition Pre-Competition Endurance

High-Protein Diets

May 1, 2017

Article

Diets moderately higher in protein and slightly lower in carbohydrate may be beneficial when it comes to weight loss and improving body composition, as well as for sport performance.

Coaches Nutrition Low carb high protein diet low carb diet high protein diet protein sources weight gain how to gain muscle how to lose fat how to build muscle how to gain mass protein shakes protein bars protein supplements supplemental protein

Carbohydrate Periodization—Part 1: Fueling Exercise

April 29, 2019

Article

The purpose of this article is to give an overview and theoretical framework on the concept of periodized nutrition—with an emphasis on adequate carbohydrate intake to enhance performance.

Personal trainers Coaches Nutrition Program design Nutrition Periodization Carbohydrate Loading

Nutrient Needs during Deployment and Shift Work

August 20, 2021

Article

This excerpt explains the importance of optimal nutritional strategies in conjunction with good sleep hygiene and how that can help mitigate damaging effects of deployment and shift work on performance.

TSAC Facilitators Nutrition Nutrition Deployment Shift Work Sleep Hygiene

Analysis of “Fad Diets” and Alternatives for Optimal Athletic Performance

June 1, 2017

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Not all diets are appropriate for every population and this is especially true of an athlete who is expected to train and perform at a high level. Learn about the negatives of fad diets, potential pitfalls, and realistic dietary guidelines for athletes.

Coaches Nutrition diet fad diet paleo diet gluten free diet intermittent fasting sport nutrition NSCA Coach

Periodized Nutrition and Metabolic Flexibility for Special Operators

April 1, 2014

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The extent to which a special operator’s training schedule can be planned in advance is often limited due to their unpredictable operational demands. However, there may be opportunities to plan for specific training during certain periods.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Science Nutrition sports nutrition periodization tactical athlete military athlete; tactical strength and conditioning TSAC

A Coach and Trainer’s Challenge – Individual Variables in Health, Fitness, and Nutrition

March 11, 2019

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There are many factors, both personal and environmental, that play a role in the success of a training and diet program for an individual client. This article looks at the factors to be aware of and some solutions to finding the best fit program for an individual client.

Personal trainers Exercise Science Nutrition Program design Client Consultation|Assessment Health Fitness Nutrition Client Success

Caffeine – Practical Applications for Coaches

October 1, 2019

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This article discusses the background, statistics, mechanisms, timing, dosing, influences, and practical applications for the use of caffeine as an ergogenic aid.

Coaches Exercise Science Nutrition Caffeine Dietary Supplement Dosing Timing Ergogenic Aid Caffeine Habituation Modes of Delivery

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