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The Importance of Electrolytes

What are Electrolytes? Electrolytes are basically salts which are dissolved in water and have an electric charge. They are extremely important for maintaining a constant environment within the body which allows it to function optimally.

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Provides Energy During a Match: A rugby match consists of many periods of high intensity exercise. During these periods the body requires a quick source of energy to meet the demands of this high intensity.

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Why should I Carbo Load?

During exercise our bodies use a mixture of carbohydrates and fats for energy. When carbohydrates are consumed they are stored as glycogen (the storage form of glucose) in the muscles and liver.

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Get the Lowdown on Leucine

Supplementation with Leucine has become increasingly popular. Leucine is one of the 3 branched chain amino acids which need to be consumed as the body is unable to produce them.

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Stay Hydrated, Maximise Performance

Water makes up about 60% of the body and without it we can only survive a matter of days. So it’s kind of a big deal! It is required by all cells within the body and has many functions including: Body Temperature Regulation Transport of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals.

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The Use of Caffeine as an Ergogenic Aid

Caffeine is the world’s most commonly consumed stimulant. Despite being classed as a ‘Drug’ it is a legal ergogenic aid (performance enhancing substance).

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ROUND BRITAIN STAGE1: Cycling 2200 miles round England

Meet Martyn & Jake. These two normal guys have set themselves the challenge of cycling, running and swimming round Britain in an epic triathlon.

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Cyclo-Cross European Championships, 2015

About the Event: The UEC European Cyclo-cross European Championships are taking place this Saturday 7th November in Huijbergen, Netherlands. Cyclo-cross is extremely popular in the Netherlands with the province of Huijbergen having a particularly long association with the sport starting over 60 years ago.

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BURNING FAT: The Key to Endurance

Everyone knows the importance of carbohydrates when it comes to performance with lot’s of athletes ‘carbo loading’ leading up to a race and consuming high carb drinks and gels during and after. However less thought is given to the role of fat in endurance sport.

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Cyclo-Cross: Mud, Sweat & Gears

What is Cyclo-cross? Cyclo-cross is fast, muddy, knackering and great fun! It’s a cycling based sport which takes place during the autumn and winter months. A typical cyclo-cross race tends to last around 60 minutes making it a great way to improve physical fitness whilst having fun.

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Top Tips for a Good Night's Sleep

For those of a more intellectual persuasion, let’s get down to bare bones of what sleep deprivation actually is and what you can do to start sleeping like a baby. The kind of baby your well meaning friends tell you about as you look on enviously as yours screams relentlessly till the early hours… It doesn’t take a ‘brain surgeon’, no pun intended, to predict with progressive sleep loss, our behaviour becomes more much less complex and emotionally driven, with increasing tiredness, weakness, apathy and irritability.

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About Extraction Point Do you fancy taking on a new endurance challenge with a bit of a twist? If so then  Brutal Events' extraction point could be the event for you! What you know: > You will complete double Iron distances over the swim / bike / run. > 10 days before the event you will receive instructions on the kit list and meeting point.

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Side Stitches: What's the cause?

WHAT CAUSES A STITCH? Every runner or sportsperson has been there, you’re running along, getting into your stride, loving life then suddenly you’re hit with a stabbing pain in the side of your abdomen.  This intense cramping/aching sensation is extremely common especially in runners; in fact around 70% of regular runners report experiencing stitches at least once a year.

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Just a short update on The Brutal events Triple Iron.   I finished in 2nd place and it was awesome!  Used GlycoSource for the whole race, definitely made a difference and fuelled me massively in the run.

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Weight Training for Rugby

The 2015 Rugby World Cup has arrived. Six head cracking weeks of entertainment as the England Team kick off their campaign.

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ITU World Chamionships 2015, Chicago

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, Chicago 2015 This weekend (18th – 20th September 2015) sees the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships take place in Chicago USA. The start lists for the Mens and Womens elite races are made up of 150 of the world’s top Olympic distance triathletes.

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So what exactly is cramp? According to the ‘Urban dictionary’, ‘Cramp is a god-awful pain when your body is saying “AW HELL NO” in a certain area. ' Technically, exercise associated muscle cramps (EAMC) are when a muscle gets tight (contracts) without you trying to tighten it, and it does not relax.

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Glycogen depletion You may have seen images of athletes collapsing because their legs have turned to jelly having to crawl the last part of a race to the finish line. This can be due to glycogen depletion, also known as ‘Hitting the Wall, The Bonk or The Knock’.

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Vitamins & Minerals Essential for Optimum Performance

In Sports Nutrition a lot of the attention surrounds the Macronutrients aka Carbohydrates, Fats and Protein. Consequently the Micronutrients (Vitamins & Minerals) are often overlooked, yet without them we wouldn't be able to use the energy from the Macronutrients and both training and recovery would be impaired.

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Look after your Gut!

A healthy gut is essential for overall health! It doesn’t matter how good your diet is, how often you’re exercising or how much you’re sleeping, you’re body will not function optimally unless you look after your gut. The gut is not only involved with the digestion of food, it also secretes hormones and transmits nerve signals.

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Is Lactose Intolerance Affecting Your Performance?

You can develop lactose intolerance at any time although it mainly occurs in adults. It is the inability to breakdown lactose which is a sugar found in milk and dairy products.

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Top 3 Tips: Recovery Nutriton

No matter what your chosen form of exercise, whether it’s a 10 mile run, a weights session or a rugby match, refuelling correctly following a training session is crucial to ensure optimal recovery. During exercise, your body uses up your glycogen stores in the muscles and liver to provide energy.

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RESULTS: Science Fitness Skipton Cycle Races

Scott Thwaites won the first ever Science Fitness Cycle Races on Thursday 2nd July. In what was a thrilling three way sprint finish, Pete Williams came in second, followed closely by Tom Moses in a three-way sprint.

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Introducing the latest member of the family - #GlycoVan

We are proud to introduce the newest member of our GlycoSource family - welcome to the world GlycoVan. Loaded up and ready to deliver Science Fitness goodness far and wide, look out for GlycoVan on a road or at an event near you! GlycoVan will be making its first official public appearance at the Science Fitness Skipton Cycle Races, held in Skipton town centre on the 2nd July 2015.

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Cycling Blogs - Our Top 5

We love reading about cycling. Whether it is about the elites and pros, or just the day to day getting from A to B, cycling is in our blood at Science Fitness.

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Science Fitness Skipton Cycle Races - Press Release

Science Fitness Skipton Cycle Races prepare to zoom through the town on July 2 Cyclists are raring to go, a sponsor has been signed up and the route has been decided – Science Fitness Skipton Cycle Races are well on track to delight the town this summer. A 970m circuit around the centre of Skipton has been designed for the new event – a fast and exciting course which should see riders attacking each other in a battle for victory.

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Science Fitness to Sponsor Inaugural Skipton Cycle Races

Science Fitness is absolutely delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring the inaugural Science Fitness Skipton Cycle Races – an exciting and visually stunning Criterium event set right in the heartland of British Cycling which will be taking place on July 2nd 2015. Not only is this a prestigious and exciting new addition to the British Cycling calendar, it is also happening right on our doorstep in our beautiful hometown of Skipton Skipton, of course, had the eyes of the cycling world upon it in 2014 when it was one of first Yorkshire towns to host the Tour De France.

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The Importance of Energy Recovery

To go the distance you have to be in peak condition. You need to break through the wall time and time again.

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Are you getting enough carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates supply our bodies with glucose to create glycogen and maximise endurance when we train. During exercise your body relies on glycogen stores to keep your blood sugar stable and maintain energy.

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All in Good Taste

This month, Team Science Fitness has been on tour and thousands of you got to sample the taste of GlycoSource for the very first time.   Suffice to say, we were incredibly excited, if not a little nervous – at Science Fitness, we are supremely proud of our flavours, but the litmus test is you, our customers.

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The Toughest Footrace on Earth?

One of the highlights for Science Fitness this year was spending time with endurance sport guru Simon Ward at the Triathlon Expo. Simon, taking time out of his epic preparations for the Marathon Des Sables, gave a brilliantly entertaining and educational seminar at the Triathlon Stage on the Saturday afternoon, speaking about the Three Critical Factors for a Killer Triathlon Season, and if you missed it, you missed out.

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Our Triathlon Expo Adventure

Science Fitness has returned from The Triathlon Expo, a brilliant show for all things running, cycling, swimming and tri at Event City in Manchester. It was a fantastic feeling to get our new product in front of the people it was created for – serious and aspiring athletes of all stripes and abilities.

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Spain joins the Informed-Sport bandwagon

In exciting news for Spanish athletes, Spain's National Anti-Doping Organisation (AEPSAD) has supported the expansion of LGC's anti-doping programme Informed-Sport. Inadverent doping is a huge issue in sport no matter where you are in the world, and that more counties are adopting Informed-Sport accreditation is brilliant news.

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Triathlon Expo Here We Come!

Hot on the heels of our visit to the 220Triathlon show in Esher earlier this month, Team Science Fitness are off to wow the crowds with our amazing endurance nutrition at the Triathlon Expo in Manchester this weekend. The 220Tri Show was a great success, just meeting and greeting like minded athletes who are supporting our new, scientifically proven energy and recovery drink was an absolute thrill.

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Fats and Sugars - Are they Friends or Enemies?

One minute we are being told fats are bad, low fat (and quite often high sugar) is the way forward, the next minute the roles are reversed and we should be having butter with every meal. Our nutritionist Nazli has been hard at work over the past few weeks, digging into the myths and current confusions regarding fats and sugars and you can read here full article in more detail here.

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Meet The Ambassador - First Up it's Jo Mitchinson

Science Fitness Brand Ambassadors form a huge part of who we are, they range from elite endurance athletes to hardcore weekend warriors, from Triathletes to Open Water Swimmers to Sky Divers and everywhere in between. They embody the spirit of endurance and we want to shout about them, so in the first of our series entitled Meet The Ambassador, it's the turn of our very own Open Water swimming champ, Jo Mitchinson.

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The Importance of Informed Sport Accreditation

There has been a sobering story in the news this week for both sports nutrition companies and athletes alike. An article posted on industry bible Nutra-Ingredients called On the Spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports product debated the implication made by two Welsh athletes, Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton, that no sports products were safe from contamination after trace amounts of steroids were found in their blood.

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GlycoSource Scores Big in this month's 220 Triathlon Mag

We are delighted to say that GlycoSource has received a terrific review in this month’s 220 Triathlon – the UK’s No. 1 selling Triathlon magazine.

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Can we have a drum roll please! And The Winner Is...

Daniel Grant! A huge congratulations goes to Daniel, the winner of our bespoke multisport coaching programme for an event of his choice and a selection of Science Fitness Sports Nutrition worth over £600 in total. We spoke to Daniel earlier this week and he is absolutely made up with the prize.

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A Brutal Match Made in Heaven

Throughout 2015, Science Fitness is delighted to be the official nutrition sponsor of the Brutal Events series. GlycoSource will be supplied at all nutrition stations throughout the 8 amazing events that Brutal will be running this year, keeping the runners, riders and swimmers going throughout the demanding courses.

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How to Enjoy Christmas Without Jeopardising the New Year Training

Before we start, its not all bah humbug! We want you to enjoy your Christmas as much as possible, and we are definitely not telling you to lock yourself in a cupboard away from that mince pie that's giving you the eye. But we do want to make sure you don’t end up piling on the pounds which can be difficult to lose in January? As the new season kicks in, you need to be in tip top shape to kick off your new year with a bang.

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GlycoSource makes a BRUTAL Impact

Read Gary Roethenbaugh's honest and downright awesome review of GlycoSource via the Triathlon Business website during his participation at The Brutal in Wales. After an amazing launch at the London Triathlon, followed by the British Championships at Liverpool, GlycoSource has been tried by 1000's of athletes from all levels of age and ability.

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Next Stop Liverpool

What an amazing launch at the London Triathlon. A huge thanks to everyone who took the time out to chat to us last weekend, next stop Liverpool! We had a huge amount of interest over the products, talked the science, rode the Watt bike and tasted the three GlycoSource flavours to the max at The London Triathlon.

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Science Fitness ready for the London Triathlon launch

Join us on Stand 31C at the London Triathlon in the ExCel Centre on the 2nd-3rd July 2014. Be one of the very first to try our ganechanging new endurance and recovery nutrition formulation.

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