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3 things you must expect from your sport nutrition brands

Imagine training with your favorite sport nutrition and hydration brands for months and with great success. Then imagine achieving your personal best on race day using those same sport nutrition products only to find out you unintentionally consumed a banned substance. I know you are thinking that this would never happen to me. But don’t be so sure. This past week I was surprised after reading three athletes had been given suspensions for consuming a banned substance, one of them being on the 2016 nuun elite team.

Do I believe our athlete knowingly ingested a prohibited substance? The answer is simply no, I don’t believe that based on the information I have read. But this situation highlights a big issue at hand for athletes and the industry at large. There are so many options for athletes when it comes to sport nutrition. Many of them are solid, quality products. But how can any athlete trust that their nutrition is, in fact, “clean?”

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​from running to cycling & back

by mike sommers, field marketing lead

as a lifelong runner, cycling had always been intriguing to me. the two sports seem to have a lot in common on paper and so it has always been on my list of activities to give a shot. it wasn’t until I had a major lapse in running motivation this past summer and sold my car that I decided to make a concerted effort to improve my skills on two wheels.

luckily for me, I already had a road bike thanks to some gentle prodding from some of my co-workers a few years back. ...

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challenge: move 17 minutes!

2017 is going to be the year we break up with our snooze button! no more saying "just five more minutes," and no more rushing to fit in some miles because we slept in. it takes practice to become a habit, so as added motivation this week, we're going to move at least 17 minutes every morning. why'd we pick an odd number like 17? because it's 2017. (and we may have already eaten 17 tabs this year. leg cramps are no joke!)

and we're challenging you to do it with us!

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ambassador applications are open!

​This is not a drill! Repeat, this is not a drill! Applications for our 2017 ambassador program are officially open!

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our 2016 holiday gift guide

If you're like us, the quickest way to make your face light up is opening new gear. whether you're shopping for cycling fanatic friends or looking to treat yourself, here's what we were loving this holiday season!

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we choose to opt outside

we believe in pounding the pavement, in living life behind our handlebars, and in pushing our limits. ​we've never enjoyed standing in a queue. if it's not for a start line, what's the point?

that's why this friday, we're closing our office, skipping the lines, and headed outside.

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competing clean at all levels

Last week, we announced our partnership with the Clean Sport Collective. In addition to working to improve access to blood testing for more races, CSC is encouraging athletes of all skill levels to take the clean sport pledge. (If you haven't yet, we think you should!)

We can all agree that professional athletes should compete clean, and the age groupers too. But what about the rest of us? If there's no prize on the line, does it even matter?

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Training Through Pregnancy

By Sara Colangelo

Rejoice athletic moms-to-be! The American medical community is finally behind prenatal exercise for the majority of pregnancies. Exercising while pregnant is known to: improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness; lift your mood; ward off gestational diabetes and hypertension; fight fatigue; decrease body discomfort and excess weight gain as pregnancy progresses; and prepare your body for an easier labor. Yes, please!

Pregnancy is not the time to take up new activities (except maybe prenatal yoga – I’m now a convert!) but with certain adjustments, many training routines can be continued while cooking your little bun in the oven. Below are some common activities and modifications that I’ve discussed with my doctor and tried myself!

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Don’t sell yourself short

Don’t sell yourself short, compete clean!

Last month, I spent an inspiring few days up in the mountains of Whistler at a retreat led by the soulful athletes at Lululemon. The challenge at this retreat was less about the 12-mile mountain trail runs and more about self reflection and personal purpose. The challenge was clear: ‘we are going to have some big talk conversations versus the safe and boring small talk’.

Coming out of this retreat, I realized that we must start having the ‘big talk’ around competing clean in sport. We hold up a few doping (cheating) scapegoats that have been caught to demonstrate that we believe it is unacceptable. But have we really stepped back to think about why doping is bad? And why competing clean is the correct choice for our competition, for ourselves, and for the true spirit of sport? Just as important, what actions are we taking to create positive change? Clean sport an important initiative, both for me personally and for the industry at large. Here’s why.

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Sugars In Sports Drinks

It is no secret that our society has an issue with over-consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, and just an overall consumption of added sugars. The FDA has put forth some new rules to help consumers identify which products contain added sugars. These are sugars that are present in products but are not naturally occurring (for example: fruit has a high amount of natural sugar in the form of fructose; therefore, will not be categorized as added sugars). The new rules include a line in the Nutritional/Supplemental Facts Panel that highlights added sugars making it easier for the consumer to identify which products have high amounts of sugars.

Most of the commercial ready-to-drink sports drink options out there are littered with added sugars, and your body simply doesn't need at that level or concentration. This has led to the low-carb sport drink movements, or what I like to refer to as new age hydration. Because what science has proven over the course of many years, is that sugar does play a role in fluid and nutrient absorption during exercise. Through the years, the amount of fluid to carb to electrolytes has been refined to help maximize the role of those sport drink on your body during exercise. Even the exact ratio of certain types of carbohydrates to fluids have been studied to show what works best for the athlete.

What roles do sugars play in sport drinks?

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