Biohacking for the Running Athlete

Biohacking for the Running Athlete

Biohacking for the running athlete is about finding out the top tips and tricks that can produce substantial changes in your performance.  These nutritional supplements are used by the top athletes in the sport.  When combining proper nutrition, recovery techniques, and exercise protocols you minimize the risk of loosing training time due to injury.  Injuries in running can cost an athlete an entire season especially if the timing of the injury or nutritional deficiency happens when the event is near by.  The risk associated with these supplements and tools are extremely low but consult your physical before starting any new program.

Nutrition

BaNa-BANa is a hydration beverage that naturally replenishes the body with the liquid it needs for maximum performance. Developed by Dr. Benjamin Yoo, an ER physician, BANa is modeled after saline IVs. By capitalizing on the hydrating properties of sodium*, BANa helps retain fluids that your body has lost.

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Omega 3 Fish Oil- Omega 3 Fatty Acids are essential to the human body but taken in high enough doses it can have a anti-inflammatory effect. Thorn Research makes some of the highest quality omega 3 fish oils.  During season take 4-5 grams per day.

EXOS Research Curcumin-  While some inflammation is necessary to fight off infection and repair broken-down muscle after a workout, long-term inflammation can cause health issues. Curcumin, an antioxidant derived from turmeric (the primary ingredient in curry), has been shown to help maintain the body’s normal inflammatory response while also supporting joint, liver, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular function.*

This supplement uses a phytosome-bound botanical extract to ensure maximum absorption compared to other curcumin products.*
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UCAN: Generation UCAN is powered by SuperStarch, a healthy, natural, gluten-free innovation in carbohydrate nutrition. SuperStarch is a complex carbohydrate (derived from non-GMO corn) that uniquely stabilizes blood sugar and causes virtually no reaction from the fat-storage hormone insulin. It’s backed by proven science. Finally there’s a healthier, more efficient energy source than sugars, caffeine, or high-carb meals. Originally discovered for children with life-threatening energy imbalances, SuperStarch is a revolutionary fuel being used for ENERGY, SPORTS, and FITNESS.

Recovery

Compression Boots: The “Squeeze” in a graduated compression is most firm at the bottom(foot) and gradually reduces toward the top of the garment like human body. Our System prevent blood and lymph fluid from reversing to leg and arm during inflation time.  This helps the body recover following workouts helping blood work back towards the heart. 

Compex: Electrostimulation is not a miraculous technique, it respects how your body works. The principle of electrostimulation is very simple and precisely reproduces the processes that occur when our brain orders muscles to contract. When we decide to contract a muscle, our brain sends a signal in the form of an electric current that travels at high speed along the nerve fibers up to the muscle which reacts by contracting.
In the case of electrostimulation, excitation occurs directly on the motor nerve using electrical pulses perfectly controlled to guarantee effectiveness, safety and comfort in use. In fact, muscles cannot tell the difference between a voluntary contraction (triggered by the brain) and an electrically induced contraction: the work done is exactly the same. It’s natural!

 Exercise

Voodoo Floss: The Voodoo Floss Band is an essential performance tool and should be a staple in the gym bag of every athlete looking to improve range, restore joint mechanics, or unglue matted down or previously injured tissue.  Compression tack and flossing (Voodoo Flossing) works on many levels; including re-perfusing tissues that have become stiff or gone cold after injury, and by compressing swelling out of tissues and joints. Because the Voodoo band can be used while actually performing the movement the athlete is trying to change, its effect on sliding surface and restoration and tissue mobilization is unmatched.  Voodoo bands come in two-packs because your friends will try and steal yours.

Rogue Exercise Straps: Rogue Monster bands are the go to bands for powerlifting and mobility. Each band is 41″ long. They can be used for:

  • Speed and agility training
  • Jumping
  • Plyometrics
  • Aerobics
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Stretching
  • General conditioning
  • Prehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

Trigger Point Performance Foam Roller and Performance Stick:  Allows you to perform a self massage on tight and tender areas.  This helps loosen the connective tissue along the leg which will reduce the stress and strain placed on the knee.


Apparel

Compression Socks- Compression socks help to increase the efficiency of getting lactic acid out of the legs and keeping fluid moving back towards the heart.  CEP compression socks are extremely durable and make a difference when putting in higher milage.

Hoka Running Shoes- Hoka running shoes decrease the vibrational force that is transmitted up the leg.  The more force that a shoe can absorb the less chance of chronic repetitive injuries occurring.  Running is a sport that is known for its harmful repetitive nature.  This will become problematic when milage gets increased.  The Hoka shoe is a great way to minimize your chances of developing chronic injuries.

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