Athletic Nutrition - Fueling for Peak Performance

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Jul 26, 2016 10:13:25 AM

In elite competition, the pool of athletes at the top is small, the margins of improvement narrow. What more can you do to maximize your performance when changes in your training and recovery methods are so incremental? Turn to your nutrition—the aspect of performance with a constantly evolving landscape. As research continues to inform our recommendations, it is up to you to determine your nutritional needs and how to obtain them. Let’s dive into what you need to know now.

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Topics: Nutrition

Preventing & Treating Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps (EAMC)

Posted by Dr. Emily Kraus on May 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Muscle cramps can be a royal pain in the rear….and hamstring, calf, quad, … the list goes on. Even with the most disciplined training, fueling and hydration plan, a bad cramp can still find a way to hold you down on the day of a competition and completely change your performance. In fact, it is one of the most common medical problems encountered by competitors in an Ironman or any other ultra-distance event as well as affecting athletes of many other sports – especially during the conditioning phases early in pre-season training. 

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Topics: Nutrition, S+C, Competition

Workout of the Week: Post-Thanksgiving Calorie Burn

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Nov 27, 2015 2:00:00 AM

Eat too much during Thanksgiving dinner? Join the team. These five exercises can help you work off some of those excess calories, give you a boost of energy and get a full body workout and get you back on track the day after Thanksgiving.

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Topics: Nutrition, S+C

Athletes, Sweat, and Why You Need Electrolytes | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on May 7, 2015 11:52:03 AM

Athletes sweat a lot. Every day. Their high metabolic rate causes them to sweat more than an average person, so they not only sweat a lot because they work out so frequently, but also because they sweat a sizeable amount each time they do. Unfortunately, athletes who don’t use electrolytes to help replace lost fluid may be under-hydrating during and post-workout. Paying attention to your hydration is a simple and easy way to maximize your performance, so let’s dive in.

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Topics: Nutrition

Wearable Fitness Technology: What You Should Be Measuring | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Apr 9, 2015 12:38:00 PM

Wearable fitness technology is fast becoming an integral component of elite athletics. BridgeAthletic created this guide to help coaches and athletes make a well-informed decision on the fitness tracker that will give them a leg up on the competition. When deciding upon relevant parameters to measure for elite athletes, consider which metrics most closely relate to performance. Accessory measurements like steps taken or calories burned are interesting to know, but they do not directly apply to an athlete’s performance in a game, race, or event. Heart rate and sleep monitoring should provide key information to coaches and athletes to help them train with more specificity and efficiency.

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Topics: Nutrition, S+C, Competition, Travel

The Elite Athlete's Guide to Nutrition on a Budget | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Mar 5, 2015 2:17:14 PM

I recently walked into a grocery store looking to buy some water. Having forgot my water bottle that day, I asked the clerk where I could find a bottle of water to purchase. She directed me to an aisle where I could find “all the varieties and brands of water to my liking”. I almost laughed at how ridiculous that sounded—our societal push toward healthier food had led to a generation where grocery stores carry over 20 varieties and brands of water (maple, coconut, mineral, natural, spring, prepared…you get the picture). As a Division I athlete, and now post-collegiate exercise enthusiast, it struck me how complicated and overpriced nutrition products are becoming, and how difficult it can seem to manage your nutrition on a budget. I opted for the cheapest water there (would the $3.50 maple water really make me feel more hydrated than the $1.29 natural spring?).

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Hydration in the Winter Season | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Dec 17, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Did you know that dehydration occurs as easily in the winter months as it does in the summer? Shorter days and colder weather may have you fooled. Although you perspire more in summer workouts, the dry, cold air of winter can make you lose excess water each time you exhale, in the form of water vapor. This effect is even more pronounced at higher altitudes, whether you’re skiing or simply sitting. Let’s address your hydration habits in the winter.

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Topics: Nutrition

Student Athletes' Time Management: Managing Tests & Training

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Dec 2, 2014 4:57:00 PM


With school back in full gear, it’s important for student athletes to maintain balance and perspective throughout their busy schedules. Staying healthy, both physically and mentally, can seem like a challenge in the midst of exams and competitions. Let’s analyze a few helpful strategies that you can use right now to improve how you manage your time and energy.

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Topics: Nutrition, Travel

Customize your Recovery: Collegiate Athletics

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Nov 4, 2014 9:22:01 AM

Welcome to the next article in our series on customizing your recovery! Our previous post featured recovery methods for athletes at the high school or club level. This post addresses the unique recovery needs of collegiate athletes. At the collegiate level, a number of changes to your training make your recovery methods drastically more crucial than in your high school days. The major shift occurs when adding weightlifting to your training regimen. Whereas in high school most habits were part of a generalized approach to recovery (such as sleeping and eating properly), the training in college demands more specific recovery methods. Sleep and nutrition are just as important now, but to repair muscle and rebound quickly from heavy training, let’s discuss the additional recovery tools you’ll need to succeed.

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Topics: Nutrition