Five Key Principles of a Knockout Nutrition Plan

Five Key Principles of a Knockout Nutrition Plan

Have you prepared your endurance goals for the New Year? Learn how a well-balanced electrolyte routine could help you break through to the next level. To an endurance athlete, December may be one of the most important times of the year. The absence of available races means there is little chance for a PR, and long training sessions have usually wound down to maintenance mode. This creates a unique opportunity to reflect on the past season and develop a strategy to enhance success next year. As you consider your upcoming plans, remember that athletic performance is largely determined by three things: sufficient physical conditioning, a motivated mindset and a well-balanced nutrition plan. Great athletes maximize all three to consistently make progress. Combined, these subjects have filled entire books, and for the purposes of this article, we are limiting our focus to nutrition. Nutrition plan fundamentals Like the factors driving performance,...
Bryce Chitwood - Jan 15, 2021
How Firefighter Brian Hackenburg Lost 50 Pounds and Transformed into a Fitness Role Model

How Firefighter Brian Hackenburg Lost 50 Pounds and Transformed into a Fitness Role Model

When he toes the line at the Boston Marathon this spring, Brian Hackenburg will have raced more than 100 times to promote firefighter fitness. As a 22-year veteran of the Perkins Twp. Fire Department, Brian relies on an active lifestyle to stay prepared for the physical, mental and emotional demands of being on duty. As a result, the 43-year-old father is known throughout the Ohio community for his commitment to staying fit. He regularly appears in local races of all distances, from 5K’s to marathons, sometimes in full firefighter gear, which can add an extra 50 pounds to his frame. It’s a far cry from where he started. Nearly 10 years ago, Brian was 50 pounds overweight and suffered the results of an unhealthy lifestyle, which left him at risk for heart disease and inhibited his performance on the front lines. A terrible experience at a local 5K served as...
Bryce Chitwood - Jan 15, 2021
Eight Athletes Share How They’ve Been Training During Coronavirus

Eight Athletes Share How They’ve Been Training During Coronavirus

Getting in enough training these days takes some ingenuity, but it can still be done.  In the current environment, a “normal” training calendar is nearly impossible while gyms, tennis courts and pools are temporarily closed. Moreover, competition calendars have been disrupted as most events are canceled through early summer.  In response, many athletes have embraced the opportunity to take a generalized approach and build a base of strength and fitness. From heading indoors to expanding the role of body-weight training, here’s how eight SaltStick athletes have adapted their training recently to fit the current environment.  1. Keep training, but stay solo “My workout plan has remained the same with a simple mind set… I have to keep moving forward. What has changed is moving seven-mile runs or less to my home treadmill. To zone out, I set up a movie on Netflix or music videos, but no news! Additionally, my...
Bryce Chitwood - Jan 15, 2021
Six Tips for Training in the Summer Heat

Six Tips for Training in the Summer Heat

Summer is upon us, and along with it, tough conditions for exercising in the heat. To help ward off the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, as well as maximize your overall workout, safety is paramount when heading outdoors. This week, we reached out to a handful of SaltStick fans and athletes who live in the Southwestern U.S., where the temperatures regularly exceed 100°F/38°C, for their tips on exercising in the heat. Here’s what they had to say. Tip 1: Plan, plan, plan “Create a route where you know it is covered with shady spots, water fountains to hydrate so you can avoid falling victim to overheating. One fun idea is to time your morning run when the local park sprinklers are going off (or your neighborhood) to do some interval work by running through the sprinklers, timing the hard intervals between the sprinklers and your recovery running in circles...
Bryce Chitwood - Jan 15, 2021
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