Hammer Nutrition Blog

Capsule Carrying Made Easier!

April 28, 2010

The overwhelming majority of our clients take a number of capsules during the prolonged bouts of exercise. Some take Endurolytes, Anti-Fatigue Caps, and Endurance Amino, while many take even more products, such as those outlined in the article Epic Workout/Race Supplement Suggestions.

With some of these products looking somewhat similar (Anti-Fatigue Caps and Endurance Amino come to mind), here are a couple tips on simplifying the process of carrying and consuming pills during prolonged bouts of exercise: Continue Reading »

Jennie Phillips Supports Young Cyclists in Peru

April 27, 2010

Hammer Nutrition client, Jennie Phillips, has been supporting two young female cyclists in Peru by providing them with Hammer cycling kits. She is supporting them through Lon Haldeman’s (owner of Pac Tour) program to promote cycling and racing in Peru.

I have been collecting and donating used cycling clothing for four years now, but with the help of Hammer Nutrition, I was especially happy to be able to purchase a brand new kit at a discounted price to send to each of the young women. Continue Reading »

Hot Tip: Caffeine Reduction Prior to Racing

April 24, 2010

Caffeine Reduction Prior to RacingTolerance does develop with chronic caffeine use, even if it is only 1-2 cups per day. Caffeine stimulates adenosine receptors in your nervous system and with chronic use your body creates more of these receptors,creating the tolerance. This is called up-regulation (more of the receptors need to be stimulated for the desired effects which results in more caffeine needed). True that the half-life of caffeine is 6 hours, which means it takes 30 hours – 5 half-lives – to be completely gone from your body; however the receptors take a bit longer to downregulate. This can take anywhere from 1-5 days, differing per individual and based on the amount of routine caffeine intake. I routinely recommend people refrain from caffeine for 5 days before races for the maximal effects of caffeine if you plan to use it during your race.

Thanks to Hammer Nutrition client Dr. Michael Cohen for this information

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Help Prevent “The Afternoon Fade”

April 21, 2010

Steve Experiences the Afternoon Fade

If you’re struggling with mid-to-late afternoon fatigue and drowsiness (the dreaded “afternoon fade”), you’re not alone; it happens to an awful lot of people! The morning may go smoothly but then, shortly after lunch, feelings of drowsiness, lethargy, and fatigue take over, making it difficult to get through the rest of your day.
If this describes what you go through, be it occasionally or regularly, here are some supplement suggestions that have helped a lot of people: Continue Reading »

Mixing Strawberry & Chocolate Recoverite – A Great-Tasting Recovery Drink Combination!

April 19, 2010

Recoverite Strawberry and Chocolate Recovery Drink

One of our clients and Endurance List members recently suggested a recovery drink combination of both chocolate and strawberry flavors of Recoverite. We’ve already received some positive comments on this combination, including this one: Continue Reading »

Hot Tip: Keeping Premixed Bottles Cold at Special Needs

April 17, 2010

Keep Premixed Bottles Cold at Special NeedsIf you’re doing an iron distance triathlon and are making a multi-hour bottle of Sustained Energy or Perpetuem for use during the second half of the bike course, the challenge you face for a hot-weather race is how to keep that second bottle cold. An ideal way to do achieve this is to wrap the bottle in a damp/wet face cloth or dish towel, and then freeze it the night before the race. Continue Reading »

Hot Tip: Race Day Boost for Cycling Stage Races

April 10, 2010

Race Day Boost for Cycling Stage RacesKevin Pawlik Jr , flies first across the finish line, winning the Cat 5 Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, AL. Photo by Teressa Pawlik

If you’re a cyclist involved in a multi-day stage race, this Race Day Boost protocol – while not having any specific scientific studies to back it – has been proven quite successful with hundreds and hundreds of cyclists over the years: Continue Reading »

Jamie Donaldson does it again at the Philadelphia 100

April 6, 2010

Jamie Donaldson Philadelphia 100

This past weekend, Jamie Donaldson won the Philadelphia 100, earning her the title of the fastest women’s 100-mile time in the country at 14:50. She was completely fueled by Hammer Nutrition. Congratulations to Jamie and be sure to look out for her at 24 Hour Worlds in France!

Willy Zellmer Team CMG/Hammer Rider

April 5, 2010

Willy Zelmer from Team CMG/Hammer Training Ride

Team CMG/Hammer rider Willy Zellmer getting in some spring miles outside of Missoula, MT.

Photo: tomrobertsonphoto.com

Hot Tip: Concentrated Fuel Mixing Suggestions

April 3, 2010

Concentrated Fuel Mixing SuggestionsDavid Godfrey mixes fuels for Land Rover-Orbea Cycling Team during the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota.

I’ve found that mixing four scoops of Perpetuem into a flask gives a good consistency, and lasts me right around 2 hours. Any more Perpetuem and I find the paste too thick to squeeze out easily. I fill my Hammer flasks to just below line 2 with water, dump that into a large measuring cup, stir in the Perpetuem, and pour it into the flask. Continue Reading »