L’effetto positivo della caffeina sulla prestazione è stato dimostrato molte volte nella scienza. ACTIVATOR di SPONSER® viene utilizzato soprattutto quando un aumento delle prestazioni di resistenza come anche una maggiore attenzione ed una concentrazione elevata sono richiesti. Lo shot è adatto nello sport, però anche per numerose situazioni nella vita quotidiana come al lavoro, allo studio o anche in uscita.
ACTIVATOR fornisce caffeina da fonti differenti, in forma libera e legata da guaranà, mate, estratto di tè verde e caffeina libera. Al contrario da altre fonti di caffeina, l’effetto non è solamente rapido, ma dura anche più di quattro ore.
Sport di resistenza:
Atleti di resistenza come i corridori, ciclisti, triatleti, nuotatori o fondisti giurano sull’effetto immediato e persistente di ACTIVATOR. Il modo d’azione si manifesta non solo in una maggiore disposizione fisica, ma anche mentale.
Si raccomanda un’assunzione di caffeina di almeno 3 mg/kg di peso corporeo circa un’ora prima del momento d’azione desiderato (massimo 400 mg/giorno). L’assunzione ripetuta durante un carico prolungato (ad esempio per la seconda metà di una competizione) è generalmente inferiore e deve essere testata in anticipo.
Sport di forza, Sport da combattimento:
Oltra alla disponibilità mentale, una maggiore attenzione e concentrazione sono in primo piano nella palestra e negli sport da combattimento. L’ACTIVATOR shot di caffeina viene preferibilmente preso 30-60 minuti prima dell’esercizio.
Sport di palla:
I calciatori, i giocatori di pallamano, di unihockey e hockey su ghiaccio usano ACTIVATOR come shot di caffeine idealmente poco prima dell’inizio del gioco per massimizzare l’effetto sulla seconda metà del carico quando le prestazioni di resistenza e la concentrazione diminuiscono.
Lavoro e vita quotidiana:
Spesso bastano già piccole quantità di caffeina di circa 75-100 mg per una maggiore concentrazione ed attenzione. Così ACTIVATOR può essere preso in due porzioni come “espresso freddo” ipocalorico.
Informazioni generali sulla caffeina:
Numerosi studi affermano l’effetto di miglioramento della prestazione della caffeina, che è stata usata nello sport per molti decenni. La dose ottimale dipende dal peso corporeo e si raccomanda idealmente 3-5 mg per kg di peso corporeo. La caffeina viene elencata come cosiddetto integratore A (categoria di integratori più efficace) dalla Swiss Sports Nutrition Society (ssns.ch).
Termogenesi per ridurre il peso
La termogenesi descrive l’effetto di produzione di calore attraverso il consumo calorico che è noto in particolare dai pasti piccanti. Il calore eccedente risulta da una combustione di calorie elevata e può essere utilizzato come parte della dieta e delle misure di allenamento per ridurre il peso. Inoltre, la termogenesi può essere aumentata da alimenti specifici che attivano il metabolismo come il tè verde, la caffeina e le spezie piccanti. Pianifica attentamente i tempi al digiuno di 5-6 ore ed esperimenta con allenamenti moderati-intensi al digiuno e HIIT eseguiti sazi. Scopri cosa funziona meglio per te personalmente in termini di combustione dei grassi massima e di perdita di peso.
SPORTS WATER BURNER
Adatto come bevanda sportiva ipocalorica o per accompagnare il controllo del peso nella vita quotidiana.
• Bevanda sportiva ipocalorica
• I flavonoidi della liquirizia attivano la termogenesi
• L’estratto dei fichi d’India con proprietà drenante per promuovere l’aspetto della pelle più soda
Prendere prima e dopo le attività fisiche o per accompagnare le diete.
• Fiale pronte da bere
• 1000 mg di L-Carnitine, gioca un ruolo nella combustione degli acidi grassi
• Lo zinco contribuisce al metabolismo normale degli acidi grassi
Prendere prima dell’allenamento.
• 200 mg di caffeina
• La caffeina attiva la termogenesi
• La caffeina promuove la formazione dei corpi chetonici
• La caffeina aumenta l’ossidazione dei grassi
Autore: Remo Jutzeler
Responsabile Ricerca e Sviluppo di SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Dipl. Ing. Tecnologia alimentare SUP
MAS Nutrizione & Salute ETHZ
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Alimentazione hockey su ghiaccio
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Nutrition in ice hockey: what ice hockey players should be aware of
Ice hockey is a fascinating sport: fast-paced, physical and in some cases highly dramatic. Although the regular match time is usually three times 20 minutes with breaks of 15 minutes, the effective play time is much longer. Depending on the interruptions during the game, the five field players and the goalie can spend up to two and a half hours on ice. It is obvious that a competition of over two hours requires a targeted and carefully balanced nutritional strategy if an athlete is to fully exploit his performance potential on the ice. We explain in the following what ice hockey players nutrition-wise need to consider before, during and after the competition and make recommendations for product selection from the SPONSER range.
Filling glycogen stores
Full energy reservoirs are the be-all and end-all in a sport with long performing times such as ice hockey. Studies confirm that glycogen supercompensation (carboloading) with a concentrated, carbohydrate-containing drink provides a considerable energy advantage on the day before the competition. Suitable products:
• CARBO LOADER: High energy sports drink for replenishing glycogen stores, contains Vitargo®, a barley starch hydrolysate specially developed for this purpose.
• LIQUID ENERGY GELS: Those who prefer it quick and comfortable can take carbohydrates directly from the tube with these gels. They deliver easily tolerable energy, which is available within a few minutes after ingestion.
• HIGH ENERGY BAR: Competition bars for long-lasting energy. Ideal up to one hour before use.
Increased lactate tolerance
The relatively short, but high-intensity blocks, with sprints and hardly any breathers, as they occur again and again in ice hockey, result in high lactate accumulation. Beta-alanine and soda loading (sodium bicarbonate and sodium citrate) in advance increase the extracellular buffer capacity, which in turn delays the muscle acidosis and fatigue. Athletes benefit also from creatine supplementation, especially when it comes to speed and interval performance - two factors that play a central role in ice hockey. Suitable products:
• LACTAT BUFFER: For professional soda loading during 4-5 days before important games.
• BETA ALANINE: In contrast to soda loading, it does not increase the extracellular but the intracellular buffer capacity and thus ideally complements the LACTATE BUFFER. Loading is necessary for approx. 8 weeks and should be paused after approx. 12 weeks for several weeks.
• CREATINE MONOHYDRATE: Loading phase during 1-2 weeks, but can also be used throughout the entire season. For even better absorption, a combination with CREATINE PYRUMAX is also possible.
DURING THE GAME
Ensure regular liquid supply
Despite the obviously cool temperatures on the ice field, the loss of liquid is significantly higher than one would expect, due to high-intensity performance and the hindered thermoregulation by full-body clothing and protection gear. For this reason, professional athletes make sure to drink 0.5 to 1 litres of an energy- and electrolyte-containing sports drink per hour during a match. Suitable products:
Avoiding blood sugar fluctuations and muscle cramps
In competitive sports, energy supply plays a central role because the body's fuel stores are not sufficient for a duration of more than approx. 90 to 120 minutes. LIQUID ENERGY Gels can therefore also be used in addition to carbohydrate-electrolytes drinks. They provide fast energy, can be taken easily and do not strain the digestion. Players with high sweat losses and/or cramp tendency may benefit from our MUSCLE RELAX Shot. Suitable products:
• LIQUID ENERGY GELS: Best tolerated liquid energy concentrate from quick and slow available carbohydrates. The energy kick par excellence! With or without caffeine.
• MUSCLE RELAX: 30 ml bottles of cucumber juice and vinegar. At first signs or acute muscle cramps, rinse your mouth briefly with it and drink afterwards.
Keeping coordination and concentration high
Reaction time, attention, coordination, concentration and a high focus are elementary performance components in a technical and fast discipline like ice hockey. Suitable products for increased cognitive performance and delayed fatigue:
• ACTIVATOR: Ready-to-drink flask with 200 mg caffeine from guarana, mate and green tea. Ideal from the second third or to manage mental fatigue. To be taken approx. 30-60 min before the desired time of effect. Take in two portions depending on tolerance.
• MENTAL FOCUS: Caffeine-free formulation with green tea active ingredients and Rhodiola Rosea. Promotes focusing without increasing anxiety.
Ensure fast recovery
«After the match is before the match» is a bon mot in ice hockey. It is therefore crucial to take care of regeneration immediately after a match. A high-quality regeneration supplement supplies the body with fluid and electrolytes, fills the glycogen stores and repairs endured muscle damage. Suitable products:
• RECOVERY DRINK: Fruity regeneration drink, lactose-free. Preparation with water.
• PRO RECOVERY: Efficient, highly professional protein-based regeneration product to balance muscle stress. Lactose-free and without artificial sweeteners. Preparation with water.
• NITROFLOW PERFORMANCE2: The professional tip! Its vasodilatory effect enables better nutrient supply and reduction of metabolic end products (e.g. lactate). Ideal for supporting regeneration.
Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ
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Metabolismo dei grassi
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How ultra endurance athletes should optimise their fat metabolism
Because the energy requirement at ultra endurance events amounts to 7000 kcal per day and more, studies advise ultra endurance athletes to optimise their fat metabolism within their training protocol. (Nikolaidis et al., 2018: Nutrition in Ultra-Endurance: State of the Art. Nutrients 10(12):1995).
SPONSER recommends to activate the fat metabolism with regular low-glycogen trainings and to support those with LOW CARB BURNER, ACTIVATOR or ELECTROLYTES TABS. During ultra-endurance competitions paying attention to energy density, including fat- and protein-containing food, is important. Ideal for this: LIQUID ENERGY ULTRA Gel and ULTRA PRO as well as the sports drink ULTRA COMPETITION and - in high heat - SALT CAPS.
Author: Remo Jutzeler18. 09. 2019
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Mondiali Ciclismo Strada
Debutta per la prima volta nei Mondiali la prova Crono Squadre Mista
Swiss Cycling ha diramato le convocazioni per i Campionati del Mondo Ciclismo Strada Yorkshire 2019, in Gran Bretagna, dal 22 al 29 settembre.
La selezione elvetica, composta da 21 atleti, vedrà al via nella lunga prova in linea conclusiva (285 km) gli esperti Stefan Küng (impegnato anche nella cronometro), Michael Albasini, Michael Schaer, Silvan Dillier e Danilo Wyss, a cui si aggiunge il campione uscente tra gli Under 23 Marc Hirschi. La manifestazione, che precede quella prevista a Aigle e Martigny nel 2020, si aprirà con l'inedita staffetta mista a cronometro per nazionali.
In qualità di sponsor ufficiale di Swiss Cycling, SPONSER sostiene gli atleti con i suoi prodotti di alta qualità e tiene le dita incrociate per l'intera squadra di Swiss Cycling.16. 09. 2019
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Intervista Tadesse Abraham
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Marathon runner Tadesse Abraham on his way to the World Athletics Championships in Doha
You hardly have to present Tadesse Abraham to marathon runners anymore. Since the European Marathon Championships in Berlin 2018, where he won the silver medal, he is well known all over Europe. In March 2016, the athlete from LC Uster set up a new Swiss marathon record (2:06:40). And only a few months later, Tadesse Abraham became European Champion in the half marathon in Amsterdam with a time of 1:02:03. No wonder that the athlete has set himself ambitious goals for the 2019 World Championships in Athletics in Doha.
Tadesse, what are your personal plans for the World Championships in the Qatari capital?
I'm already really looking forward to my start in the marathon, and the preparations are going very well. My goal at the World Championship in Doha is to run as fast as I do in training. Then one of the three medals should be within reach.
What role do you think the warm, relatively humid climate of Doha will play on competition day?
The weather is an important factor. I will take certain precautions against the heat and be strategic in the competition so that I can play to my advantage. In any case, the marathon will not be a fast marathon because of the heat.
How do you plan your meals during the marathon in Doha? Again with the 21 small, accurately labelled SPONSER bottles as we know them from you?
Yes, of course. As always, I will have many small bottles provided for me. That way I'll get enough fluid during the race. Furthermore, my nutrition strategy in Doha is no different from the one I use in other marathons: In the three or four days before the start I use the CARBO LOADER.
Do you also take gels during the marathon or do you consume only liquids?
During the race I only drink. One hour before the start of the marathon I take an ACTIVATOR to feel awake and ready. Shortly before the start I take a LIQUID ENERGY GEL.12. 09. 2019
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Alimentazione maratona mountainbike
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Important nutrition tips for racing a bike marathon
Basic nutritional recommendations for marathons
The nutrition strategy before and during a mountainbike marathon is basically a very individual matter, especially for longer distances. Nevertheless, there are important guidelines to follow in order to get through the competition optimally. Special attention should be paid to the following three parameters:
• Fluid balance: Drink regularly and according to your thirst.
• Energy: Use easily digestible carbohydrates as the main source of energy, approx. 60-80 g per hour. Sports drinks and energy gels are particularly practical during marathons.
• Electrolytes/salt balance: Preferably use sports drinks and additionally take electrolytes (salt capsules) if the race lasts more than three hours. Especially, if pure water is drunk and warm temperatures prevail.
» The graphic MTB marathon nutrition illustrates what you need to pay attention to.
No experiments in competition!
Prior to use during competitions, we recommend testing all products in advance during training under competition-specific stress. Because even though optimal digestibility of the products is a central development component of SPONSER®, there are always individual and situational factors that have to be considered. Many an elite athlete has had to learn the hard way in this regard. Rule number one is therefore: No nutritional experiments on the day of competition or immediately before!
Activation of NO metabolism
Formerly a secret tip, the so-called nitric oxide activation has spread in recent years thanks to broad scientific support. In addition to professionals, this concept is also used today by numerous ambitious amateur athletes. The activation of the nitric oxide metabolism (NO) aims, among other things, at increased oxygen availability and improved blood flow. The most efficient products are NITROFLOW PERFORMANCE2 and RED BEET VINITROX.
The longer the competition, the more the body's limited carbohydrate reserves and absorption capacity become the performance-limiting criteria. As a rule, long distance mountainbikers therefore benefit from carboloading prior to a marathon. Efficient carboloading means filling the body's various carbohydrate stores to the maximum. Study results suggest that one to two days of carboloading before competition is the adequately efficient. However, large amounts of food on the eve of a competition often lead to an unpleasant feeling of fullness or even digestive problems, and are therefore not recommended.
Consequently, in addition to a generally carbohydrate-rich diet immediately before the competition, we recommend taking the specially developed CARBO LOADER on pre-race days. CARBO LOADER is a highly concentrated, carbohydrate-electrolyte drink without free fructose. Ideally, one portion should be taken after each main meal.
The advantages of such a carboloading are:
• Maximally filled glycogen stores.
• No feeling of fullness and less flatulence.
• Practical handling: CARBO LOADER, especially in a portion bag, can be easily taken at any location.
The electrolytes balance should be maintained before the race start. A little extra salt during the last meals is a suitable measure in this respect. Ideally, you should take one or two salt capsules (SALT CAPS) or dissolve ELECTROLYTE TABS in a water bottle. If you want to take carbohydrates at the same time, take a sports drink (COMPETITION®).
The longer the duration of the competition, the more important it is to keep individual parameters in balance in order to maintain optimal performance. The most important factors to keep in mind are: energy, fluid and electrolytes.
For almost all mountainbikers racing a marathon distance or more, carbohydrates are the main source of energy in competition. However, their absorption capacity is physiologically limited. As a rule of thumb: Consume between 60-80 g carbohydrates per hour or approx. 1 g carbohydrates per kg of body weight.
If too much energy is ingested, digestive problems may occur. Flatulence or digestive problems, for example, are two such indicators. In principle, it does not matter whether the energy is ingested through sports drinks, gels, bars or the like. In addition to the competition route (topography), individual experiences and preferences play a decisive role here. We recommend a combination of the different sources. The longer the competition, the greater the need for solid food. In this respect, our HIGH ENERGY BARS have proven to be the most suitable. For ascents and with heavy breathing the energy is preferably taken via liquids. Intermittent energy shortage can optimally be countered with LIQUID ENERGY gels.
The choice of gels (LIQUID ENERGY PLUS, BCAA, PURE, or SALTY) is individual and can be varied at preference. The LIQUID ENERGY SALTY gel is a good change in heat - not least from a taste point of view. It contains more salt, tastes spicy-salty and less sweet. With increasing competition duration, high temperatures and a tendency to cramp, we recommend the use of SALT CAPS as an additional electrolyte source (approx. 1-2 caps per hour).
Fluid and electrolytes
Not only fluid but also electrolytes are lost through sweat. Therefore, it is important to drink regularly right from the start and to pay attention to the feeling of thirst, which is the most reliable indicator according to scientific findings. For nutritional and physiological reasons, we recommend taking COMPETITION®, LONG ENERGY or ULTRA COMPETITION carbohydrate-electrolyte drinks. The advantage: These sports drinks provide the body with valuable electrolytes, fluids and, of course, the necessary energy in hypotonic form. The drinks are also acid-free, provide a broad carbohydrate spectrum and are only discreetly flavoured, which makes them optimally tolerated.
To ignite one's supercharger in the second half of the competition, the use of ACTIVATOR is beneficial. The small 25 ml ready-to-drink shot with 200 mg of caffeine corresponds to about 2 to 3 cups of coffee. Caffeine activates and improves endurance performance, concentration and alertness. It also has a positive effect on motivation. As with all products, it is advisable to test ACTIVATOR for individual digestibility in the run-up to the competition.
If you tend to cramp with increasing competition duration or in general, you can use the MUSCLE RELAX shot as a remedy. The pickle juice-like, sour-sharp drinking solution activates neurosensory receptors and helps to normalise muscle function.
Fast regeneration pays off
The regeneration phase begins immediately after the finish line and is particularly decisive. The faster, the better for the body, even if there is usually no feeling of hunger at this point.
The following three factors are central to your rapid regeneration:
• Replenishment of glycogen stores through easily digestible carbohydrates.
• Rehydration with fluid and electrolytes.
• Restoration/repair of the muscles with protein.
Elite athletes consume a professional regeneration drink with a protein content of approx. 20 to 30 g within 30 minutes after passing the finish line in order to cover all important elements easily and efficiently. PRO RECOVERY, RECOVERY SHAKE or WHEY ISOLATE 94 are used most frequently. The RECOVERY DRINK (combined with a flask AMINO 12500) has also proven itself in practice thanks to its practical portion size.
Author: Yvonner Forster Nigg
dipl. eng. food sciences UAS
dipl. dietitian HS
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