Nutrition workshop, Scottish Swimming youth squad

Last weekend I jumped on the train to Aberdeen to deliver a sports nutrition workshop for the Scottish Swimming youth gold squad. 20 young swimmers from 14 clubs across the country attended the 2-day training camp at the Aberdeen sports village. The camp was centred around the upcoming competition at the Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh in […]

Nutrition for runners

Saturday saw me back in the borders and giving a talk to the running club I used to train with as a youngster. The Gala Harriers hold their annual presentation night at this time of year and I was asked to come along to give a little sports nutrition advice. I kicked off with a […]

Beetroot juice and exercise

My final essay for my Sports Nutrition post-grad was on beetroot and sport performance, which turned out to be such an interesting topic. Everything in this field is relatively new and more and more research is being carried out all the time. Beetroot has long been a remedy for high blood pressure, with the elderly […]

Hydration and sport performance

Today I’m studying hydration and I thought I’d share a few of the most important and interesting things: Sweating is good – it means that your body is thermoregulating properly, so the more sweat the better, all you need to do it make sure you replace the fluid lost afterwards When you are dehydrated, concentrate […]

Thought of the day – creatine

Creatine is (surprisingly) not just one of those supplements pushed by the media for supposedly bulking up muscle. Hundreds of research papers show its success in improving recovery after high-intensity bursts of exercise and thus improving overall performance. Creatine helps to improve strength and muscle mass, particularly when combined with carbohydrate in the form of glucose […]