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Race Day Boost?

Postby fordguru » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:57 am

Explain to me what my body goes through "after" i load up on Sodium Phostphate? (Race Day Boost)..

Will i have more muscle burn at some point?

Why could someone not take this more often?

I have a 1 week apart a 1 day race and a 1 week event...

Thanks..

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Re: Race Day Boost?

Postby steve-born » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:30 am

Hello fordguru -

When you do a load with Race Day Boost you supersaturate the muscles with sodium tribasic phosphate, which research has shown to enhance athletic performance. Here is the best explanation I know of that explains "what happens" when one does a sodium phosphate load...

Our muscles rely on three different energy systems, or metabolic pathways, to produce ATP, the molecule directly responsible for muscle function. We have the ATP-CP system, the lactic acid system, and the oxygen, or aerobic, system. Every muscle fiber has all three of these systems available, utilizing each depending on the length and intensity of exercise.

The first energy system is the ATP-CP (adenosine triphosphate and creatine phosphate) system. ATP is the immediate source of energy for muscle contraction, breaking down to ADP (adenosine diphosphate) as it releases the energy to fire a muscle fiber contraction. This system releases energy very rapidly, but also depletes very rapidly, in just a few seconds of continued effort. It is the energy source used in brief, intense activities such as weightlifting or sprinting. Creatine phosphate, another high-energy compound naturally occurring in all muscle cells, also breaks down, releasing energy as it loses its phosphate group, but unlike ATP, it does not cause muscle contraction. Instead, the phosphate goes to an ADP, converting it back into ATP, thus replenishing the system. The sodium tribasic phosphate (STP) in Race Day Boost supplies phosphate groups used in the re-synthesis of CP and ATP, thus improving the performance of this short-term energy system.

The second energy system is the lactic acid system. A key feature of this system is its relationship with blood pH. Normal blood maintains a slightly alkaline pH of 7.3 to 7.4, optimal for the enzymes that produce energy via the lactic acid energy system. This system uses carbohydrates as fuel, primarily in the form of glycogen stored in the muscles. Our bodies break down muscle glycogen (a process known as glycogenolysis) into glucose, which then undergoes further breakdown via glycolysis. Glycolysis converts sugar to pyruvic acid, releasing energy and creating ATP. Glycolysis occurs with or without the presence of oxygen. At rest, glycolysis occurs at a slower rate sustained by the oxygen you inhale (aerobic glycolysis). As you begin to exercise, the rate of aerobic glycolysis increases. As intensity of exercise increases, aerobic glycolysis becomes inadequate to support energy production and the system switches to anaerobic glycolysis. Through a series of chemical reactions in muscle cells, the formation of lactic acid allows anaerobic glycolysis to continue. However, excess lactic acid accumulates during high intensity efforts, increasing the hydrogen ion concentration within the muscle cells and disrupting the ideal alkaline blood pH. This results in that all-too-familiar "burn" we all hate. Race Day Boost's phosphate salt buffers blood acidity and helps maintain this acid-alkaline balance by neutralizing excess hydrogen ions within the muscle cell. Effectively buffering excess lactic acid allows the lactic acid system to provide energy for a longer time.

Phosphates also aid in improving the third energy system in the body, the oxygen (aerobic) energy system. This system uses primarily carbohydrates and fats to produce ATP, but after 90-120 minutes of sustained exercise, this system starts to chew on protein, with about 5 - 15% of the energy coming from amino acids. The oxygen system can't produce ATP as rapidly as the other two systems, but it does produce greater quantities of ATP. It serves as the primary energy system of aerobic, or "conversational level," athletics. In other words, if you're breathing easily enough that you can talk while you're running or cycling, you're still in the aerobic mode. Even though it seems that you're always going anaerobic in a race, or at least going back and forth between all the energy systems, once you settle into a rhythm during the race, your body relies mostly on the oxygen energy system. Phosphates form part of a compound found in red blood cells known as 2,3 diphosphoglycerate (2,3-DPG). This molecule helps release oxygen from hemoglobin into the muscle cells. An increase in 2,3-DPG will improve the availability of oxygen to working muscles for the process of creating ATP. The dose of sodium tribasic phosphate used in Race Day Boost exactly matches the dose used in all studies done with this nutrient, including one that showed an 8% improvement in performance in a 40k time-trial. Sodium tribasic phosphate improves all of the body's three energy systems, making it a superb ergogenic aid.

In addition, each serving of Race Day Boost powder contains 500 mg of glutamine. A full dose of four servings per day (2000 mg glutamine) enhances muscle and liver glycogen storage, a definite bonus while you’re tapering for your upcoming race. Having maximal amounts of glycogen available come race day provides a huge advantage simply because you’ll be starting your race with a greater volume (more minutes) of readily available fuel, the first your body will use when the race begins. The bottom line is that maximizing glycogen stores is an important component of enhanced athletic performance and glutamine plays a vital role in glycogen synthesis.

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Basically, when you use Race Day Boost you enhance all three of the body's energy pathways/systems, which is most certainly going to benefit athletic performance, including using lactic acid as a fuel more efficiently and helping maintain a more neutral pH in the blood. As I mention in the above article, "... excess lactic acid accumulates during high intensity efforts, increasing the hydrogen ion concentration within the muscle cells and disrupting the ideal alkaline blood pH. This results in that all-too-familiar "burn" we all hate. Race Day Boost's phosphate salt buffers blood acidity and helps maintain this acid-alkaline balance by neutralizing excess hydrogen ions within the muscle cell. Effectively buffering excess lactic acid allows the lactic acid system to provide energy for a longer time."

There are a couple of reasons why we don't recommend that athletes do regular loading doses ("regular" meaning week after week after week) -

#1 - You build up a tolerance to the product, which means that you'd need to take more to achieve the same results.

#2 - 1000 mg of sodium phosphate contains 193 mg of sodium. If you do the standard four-day load of Race Day Boost you will add 772 mg of sodium to your diet, which is probably not ideal.

#3 - The remaining 807 mg is comprised of phosphates, and it's been suggested that too-consistent use of phosphates interferes with calcium absorption and utilization, which is also not a great idea.

Now, all that said, if you have two key races within a week or two of each other, I think that it's perfectly acceptable to do back-to-back loading doses of Race Day Boost... the "4 weeks between loading dose" recommendation is not entirely "written in stone." What we do caution against (1, 2, and 3 above) is using the product too frequently; we believe that best results are achieved when saving this product for your "A" races.

I hope this helps answer your questions!

Sincerely -

Steve
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Re: Race Day Boost?

Postby fordguru » Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:29 pm

Thank you for that answer.. what i was looking for at the end there..

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