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Fuel The Pedal podcast
74 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
FTP #40: Rachel McCormick & Peter Peeling - Iron deficiency in endurance athletes: from diagnosis to treatment strategies
Iron deficiency (ID) is a prevailing nutritional concern amongst the athletic population due to the increased iron demands of this group. Athletes’ ability to replenish taxed iron stores is challenging due to the low bioavailability of dietary sources, and the interaction between exercise and hepcidin, the primary iron-regulatory hormone. This will be the main focus of this episode.
64 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
FTP #39: Peter Hespel and Chiel Poffé - Exogenous ketones in pro cycling: An update on exercise performance and beyond
On this episode we are talking with Peter Hespel and Chiel Poffé from the University of Leuven / Bakala Academy to provide an update to the topic of exogenous ketones in cycling thanks to their research on this topic. Do ketones improve performance after all? Is there any particular context in which their use is justified? Find out here.
45 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
FTP #38: Dana Lis - Collagen supplementation, explosive exercise performance and implications for sprinting
Today we are bringing back Dr. Dana Lis to have her talk us through some recent research on collagen supplementation in the specific context of explosive exercise performance and we’ll discuss if this may have implications for sprinting performance in cyclists.
54 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
FTP #37: Lewis James & Stephen Mears - Carbohydrate Hydrogel Products in endurance sports: the science behind the claims & beyond
A recent food technology innovation created new CHO drinks and gels with added sodium alginate and pectin in solutions of multiple transportable CHO, with the intention of encapsulating those CHO molecules in the stomach forming a gel which allegedly enables a smooth transportation of the drink through the stomach to the intestine. But are the claims of improved gastric emptying, increased CHO oxidation and reduce GI symptoms supported by science?
75 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
FTP #36: Kirsty Elliott-Sale & Eimear Dolan - The Female cyclist series: oral contraceptives and exercise performance
On this second episode of this series dedicated exclusively to the female cyclist and endurance female athletes, we are talking again with Kirsty Elliott-Sale and Eimear Dolan about the role of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) and exercise performance. This episode was based on a recent Meta-Analysis published by the guests themselves on Sports Medicine and they'll tell us what they found. Do OCP users have a lower performance when compared with naturally menstruating women? Is performance superior in OCP taking days vs. OCP withdrawal days? Tune in to find out.
76 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
FTP #35: Kelly McNulty & Kirsty Elliott-Sale - The Female cyclist series: Menstrual cycle and endurance exercise performance
This is a multi-episode series dedicated exclusively to the female cyclist and other endurance female athletes. On this episode we'll go through a recent Meta-Analysis published by Kelly and Kirsty on Sports Medicine and they'll tell us what they found regarding the influence of the different menstrual cycle phases on exercise performance and how can we produce more high-quality research in the future.
54 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
FTP #34: Louise Burke, PhD - PART 2: Ketogenic diets for cycling performance: the future of elite endurance sports?
On this part 2 on the applicability of low carb, high fat ketogenic diets in endurance athletes, we will resume our talk and put the spotlight on the exercise activities that could benefit from a ketogenic diet approach, as well as some novel areas such as the impact of ketogenic diets in the oral microbiome (nitrate reducing bacteria), it's effects on bone health and the use of exogenous ketones in cycling.
66 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
FTP #33: Louise Burke, PhD - PART 1: Ketogenic diets for cycling performance: the future of elite endurance sports?
On today's episode with Prof. Louise Burke from the Australian Catholic University, we discuss the current knowledge on the use of low carb, high fat ketogenic diets in endurance athletes, in particulate the research performed by her group with elite racewalkers. Is this diet approach the future of elite endurance sports? Do they have a place in cycling?
66 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
FTP #32: Andrew Jones, PhD - Dietary nitrates and endurance performance: Where do we stand?
Dietary nitrate supplementation produces an ergogenic effect due to the improvement of mitochondrial oxygen efficiency through a reduction in the oxygen cost of exercise that increases vasodilation and blood flow to the skeletal muscle in recreationally active subjects. Today we are talking with Dr. Andrew Jones from the University of Exeter to find out the application of nitrates in cycling.
62 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
FTP #31: Dana Lis, PhD - Using the low FODMAPs diet in pro cycling: a hands-on approach
Exercise-associated physiological disturbances alter gastrointestinal function and integrity. These alterations may increase susceptibility to dietary triggers, namely gluten and a family of short-chain carbohydrates known as FODMAPs (fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharides and polyols). Today, Dr. Dana Lis talks us through how foods rich in these elements can trigger this symptoms and how to avoid them.
49 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
FTP #30: Russ Best, PhD - Can taste be ergogenic? From sweet, bitter to thermal tastants
Over the last decade it has become clearer that taste is not limited to the oral cavity and it can also affect multiple physiological systems resulting in increased exercise performance. On today's episode Russ Best explains how the taste of carbohydrates, caffeine, menthol, capsaicin and bitter compounds can influence exercise performance.
43 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
FTP #29: Teun Van Erp, PhD - Load, Intensity and Performance in Professional Road Cycling
Teun Van Erp, a former Sport Scientist at Team Sunweb developed his PhD on studying the load, intensity and performance of male and female professional riders from Team Sunweb. we’ll go through the training characteristics of pro cyclists, loads, the power zones of cyclists’ when competing, we’ll talk about gross efficiency of pedalling, women vs male road cycling, reliability of some training parameters and some other interesting geeky stuff.
71 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
FTP #28: Joanna Bowtell, PhD & Vitor H. Teixeira, PhD - The underrated role of polyphenols in sports nutrition
Exhaustive or unaccustomed intense exercise can cause exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) and its undesirable consequences may decrease the ability to exercise and to adhere to a training program. Dietary and supplemented polyphenols appear to be a promising way of reducing EIMD. On this episode, we go around the latest evidence on this subject and the applicability it has to athletic populations.
71 minutes | May 18, 2020
FTP #27: Helena Trigueiro & Rita Giro, - RED-S & disordered eating in endurance athletes: A nutritionists’ perspective
RED-S is the broader, more comprehensive name for what was formerly known as female athlete triad (or simply the triad), which was a condition seen in females participating in sports that emphasize leanness or low body weight. As it was also seen in males, the name was changed to the comprehensive term RED-S which may be more frequent than we think and that can have serious consequences not only for exercise performance of athletes but for their long-term health as well.
62 minutes | May 1, 2020
FTP #26: Jamie Pugh, PhD - Probiotic supplementation for health and performance: a balanced overview
In the last years, research in the area of probiotics has progressed considerably and significant advances have been made in the selection and characterization of specific probiotic cultures. As expected, a growing number of dietary supplements containing probiotics are commercially available worldwide, and the number of products being marketed and claiming to improve the health and performance of athletes continues to increase substantially with common oversimplifications and generalization of a complex topic. In this episode with Dr. Jamie Pugh we’ll present a balanced overview on Probiotic supplementation while recognising how complex the gut microbiota is and the common misinterpretations and limitations of the current research on probiotics use in athletes.
76 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
FTP #25: Anthony Warner - Viral misinformation and pseudoscience: Beyond the COVID-19
Anthony Warner aka The Angry Chef will be sharing his strong views on food, diet and scientific mistruths during this sensitive times during the coronavirus pandemic. How can we better filter health-related information in the future?
54 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
FTP #24: Patrick Wilson, PhD (Part 2) The athletes’ gut: The Inside Science of Digestion, Nutrition, and Stomach Distress
PART 2. The majority of endurance athletes suffer from some kind of gut problem during training and competition. Symptoms like nausea, cramping, bloating, side stitches, and the need to defecate can negatively impact an athlete’s performance. Why are gut problems so common during exercise? And what can athletes do to prevent and manage gut symptoms that occur during training and competition?
50 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
FTP #23: Patrick Wilson, PhD (Part 1) The athletes’ gut: The Inside Science of Digestion, Nutrition, and Stomach Distress
The majority of endurance athletes suffer from some kind of gut problem during training and competition. Symptoms like nausea, cramping, bloating, side stitches, and the need to defecate can negatively impact an athlete’s performance. Why are gut problems so common during exercise? And what can athletes do to prevent and manage gut symptoms that occur during training and competition?
51 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
FTP #22: Ida Heikura, PhD student - Periodization of energy and carbohydrate availability for endurance athletes: What's new?
Discussing the latest research on the implications for health and performance of carbohydrate and energy periodization in endurance athletes. We also discuss some of the recent research on the impacts of ketogenic dieting in markers of bone health in endurance athletes.
77 minutes | Feb 9, 2020
FTP #21: Greg Haff, PhD - Strength training in road cycling: Are we still afraid of lifting weights?
On this episode we talk with one of the greatest specialists in strength training about the still overlooked importance of including properly periodized strength training routines in road cycling. We go around some of the basic concepts of strength training and how to implement it in a regular Pro and Amateur cycling calendar to maximize performance.
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