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Want a chance to contribute to TheAthElite?

After several offers from some truly kickass athletes, we have set up a guest blog post submission link. We see you out there… sharing valuable information via social media. While social media is excellent for sharing, the shelf-life of a post on social media can be short as it gets buried in the news feeds. Uploading these same nuggets of information onto a website will extend the life of your post while also giving it a home base so you can continue to refer people to your link.   Why Submit? If you didn’t get this from our social media quotes, here at TheAthElite we value our community of warriors. Just like you, we despise the fast food version of life. You are not alone even though it feels that way at times. We know… the learned helplessness is pervasive. TheAthElite is a resource for the brave, resourceful, and resilient. You are passionate about being an athlete. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, you never go half way; and during the process you have no doubt picked up some favorite techniques, learned some lessons, and maybe even started coaching your favorite sport in some way. What better way to position yourself as the expert than writing about your expertise? If you already run a blog or website, you understand the power of creating a body of work where people can get to know more about you and any services you may offer. If your guest blog post is selected, you have the opportunity to be featured on the TAE Website, in the TAE email lineup, and on TAE social media channels: Instagram...

Paleo Diet and Intermittent Fasting: Good or Bad?

by April Reigart Since you are involved in physical fitness and performance, you have likely heard of or are currently experimenting with the Paleo Diet.  Many, many people are reporting excellent improvements to their health and well-being through subscribing to the Paleo Diet (though, of course, there is the backlash against the Paleo diet, too).  The latest craze to sweep the Paleo community is Intermittent Fasting.   Now, to right away answer the question as to whether IF is good or bad for you, well- nothing is that simple.  Especially when it comes to nutrition. The difficulty lies in the fact that we are all bio-individual.   We are all as special and unique as little snowflakes, and there is no one prescription that will serve all.  One person’s pleasure is another person’s poison, so to speak.  The best way to go about deciding what is right for you is to weigh the positives against the negatives, to think about what makes sense to you both intellectually and intuitively, to think about what serves you morally, and most importantly- to experiment.   Just like with a fabulous pair of jeans- you need to try new eating styles on to see if it is a good fit and makes you look and feel great!  Look in the mirror and ask yourself- “does this diet make my butt look big?”  (Diet, meaning- what and how you eat…not a temporary weight loss strategy…because we all know that doesn’t work long term, right?) Okay, all kidding aside…let’s start by talking about some things that are universally agreed upon across all dietary theories.   This...

Athletes don’t diet…

“Athletes don’t diet” is true… unless you are a competitive fitness athlete and then you are looking at a large (VERY large) part of the sport hinging on dieting… I seriously call it “the sport of dieting” because the nutrition plays such a HUGE role in how the athlete shows up for a competition.  If you didn’t already know, I spent nearly a decade playing and coaching this sport and playing quite well… placing Top 3, Top 5, and Top 10 at large international shows including the WBFF World Championships a few times.  You see, when you are dieting like that, your strength can take a hit due to the high demands placed on the body, the depletion of nutrients, and the “tricks” required to get that super lean look for the competition stage (which totally adds way more weight than any camera could ever imagine adding… you know that old saying of, “the camera adds 10 pounds”).Those were some super fun days but I decided a few years ago that I wanted to BE as strong as I LOOKED.  Back to this nutrition point… As athletes, we know the importance of FUELING and RECOVERY. You know that, right? Well if you don’t, read on… Without these 2 main ingredients, we will never get any stronger.  Imagine it like this for a second… You are trying to re-build a house and you invite a construction crew to help you.  Day by day you see them removing the weak boards and building materials and then replacing them with new, stronger materials. In then end, this house will be constructed in a way that...

2015 Atlanta Spartan Sprint

Atlanta Spartan Sprint Race Day! Depending on the weather, we prefer to have a start time around 12:30pm. Of course we don’t want to cook ourselves like we nearly did that last month at the Phoenix Sprint. The older I get, the more time I need to warm up and neither one of us really like to rush around in the morning. Spartan races are great like that… you get to choose a time to start versus only having a morning option. Race Course The funny thing about Spartan races is they really like to mess with the participants by hiding obstacles in the woods, mis-marking the mile markers on the course, and throwing in a memorization obstacle. Pre-Race always looks so much cleaner than post-race! Who knew getting all muddy could be so fun? Don’t forget to stretch! We both need about 2 miles to feel completely warmed up so we do some dynamic warm-up exercises such as leg swings, inchworms, and mountain jumper stretches along with the pictured stretches with bands. Race Nutrition A word of advice: don’t try something new on race day. Always experiment with your nutrition during a training run versus taking a chance on race day. Our race day routine looks like this: Breakfast – bacon, eggs, avocado, coffee, and plenty of water. Pre-Race – Isagenix IsaLean Shake or IsaLean Pro Shake and Replenish During Race – We don’t need to refuel during these sprint distance races, but for the Super and Beast distances, we have a different protocol to make sure we an make the distance. Post-Race muddy mess! The clean-up is always a challenge...