Becoming More Than Just a Number: My Journey with an Eating Disorder

I have been playing sports since the age of four; being an athlete has always taken up a large portion of my identity.  I remember growing up wanting to be a professional soccer player like Mia Hamm.  In my room,...

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Training Low: A Scientific Approach to Low-Carb Diets in Endurance Athletes

Because I am a woman of my word, today I write to you (on a much more scientific level) about the effects of low-carbohydrate diets in athletes.  You know from last week's several paragraph rant that the high-fat/low-carb diet...

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Training Low: My Experience as an Endurance Athlete on a Low-Carb Diet

As an endurance athlete and Exercise Science major, I started hearing quite a bit about this high-fat, low-carb diet within the past few years.  The theory behind it is strong: eat as little carbs as possible (less than 50 grams...

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Summertime Hydration for Athletes

In case you haven't noticed, it's hot, so proper hydration is a must!       Summer weather is officially here in South Carolina! By summer weather, I mean humidity. Gone are the days of being able to walk outside...

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Increase Power, Performance & Endurance with Plyometrics Training!

Want a strong, nice looking butt? Who doesn't?! Plyometrics training is nothing new and has been used for decades in the sports training world. However, it is just coming to light in the world of armature athletes and everyday gym...

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Muscle Building Myths Debunked!

Myth #1: “I thought I was only supposed to lift heavy for 1-2 reps?” Truth: More repetitions with lighter weights can build muscle as well as heavier weights; assuming they are done to the point of fatigue. Fatigue is the...

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Prepping For Success

Have you ever heard the old adage that you can’t out train a bad diet? When it comes to fitness, reaching your goals is about 10% the time you spend in the gym and 90% the time you spend...

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Early Season Fueling

Keeping up with a healthy diet not only during the peak of training but all year is essential for successful early season training and optimal performance throughout the season.  A simple way to make sure your body is in...

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Do I Need A Protein Shake Following A Workout?

Sigh, if I had a dollar for every time I was asked this question, I might be a millionaire by now! This is one of the top questions I get asked most frequently, and for a good reason! Every...

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