Category Archives: Nutrition

Cristiano Ronaldo Enjoys a Herbalife Shake

In the competitive world of professional sports, good nutrition can be a key advantage. Cristiano Ronaldo believes that good nutrition is essential for fueling athletes. That’s why the 2013 FIFA Ballon D’Or winner joined forces with Herbalife to promote great nutrition and an active lifestyle for people of all activity levels.

Love Cristiano Ronaldo? Watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the football superstar as he enjoys a Herbalife shake, discusses his belief in the power of nutrition and shows off some soccer skills on the field!

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5K Training – Week 3

5k-training-plan-week3-485KEY TRAINING CONCEPTS

Running a 5K requires you to be able to cover 3.1 miles on your feet.
Runs will gradually increase in length to build you up to this distance.

Runners doing the advanced plans start to see intervals in Week 3.
This trains the body to sustain higher workloads for longer.
Interval training also helps train the mind to deal with higher intensity effort.
Interval training enhances the bodys lactic acid threshold.
Now is the time to run hard when prescribed, and rest when prescribed.


Both carbohydrate and protein play a key role in recovery.
Timing of recovery nutrition is key to maximizing muscle repair.
Skipping post-workout recovery is not a way to increase fat loss / weight loss.

While working out, muscles experience damage and breakdown.
Protein helps repair and rebuild damaged muscle.
Athletes have higher protein needs than the average person.
Protein keeps you full so you dont reach for comvenience foods after exercise.

Amino acids are individual units that make up proteins.
Essential amino acids must be consumed through our diet for proper body function.
Herbalife24 Rebuild Strength and Rebuild Endurance contain essential amino acids.

Target about 1-2 g of protein per kg of body weight per day – that’s 75-150 g of protein for a 150 lb person per day.

Full recovery requires both carbohydrate and protein.
Protein helps rebuild muscle.
Carbohydrate helps replenish glycogen, one of your body’s fuel sources depleted during exercise.
Herbalife24 Rebuild Strength contains a combination of protein and carbohydrate for enhanced recovery.

Your body is primed to absorb nutrients immediately after a workout, so it’s best to consume recovery nutrition as soon as possible after you finish your workout – ideally within 30 minutes

Herbalife24 Rebuild Strength
Yogurt with fruit
A chicken burrito with rice and beans
A Formula 1 shake with milk and fruit


See more details, on the 5k Training Schedule and Plan on facebook.

Prevention and Treatment of Running Injuries

Whether you are a seasoned runner or new to the sport, every time you run the tissues in your lower body, pelvis, trunk and even your shoulders and neck, are subject to a stress load that will either make you stronger or break you down, depending on your running technique, training adjuncts and recovery efforts.

No one ever got stronger during a workout; it is only after hard work that your fitness and injury prevention capacity evolves. The stress placed on your body during running stimulates a healing reaction from the body that will result in a “shoring” up of the tissue as your body attempts to get stronger and better able to tolerate the load. If you help your body adapt to the stress by following the science of warm up and recovery you become stronger and more resilient to injury.

Before workouts

Hydration and Nutrition: Recovery efforts need to begin before your run even starts. Be sure you are well hydrated and nourished going into all workouts. You must have taken in calories in the form of a meal or snack within two hours of the start of your run and be sure your are drinking regularly throughout the day.

Stretching: is an essential part of your warm up. Stretching muscles and connective tissue structures (tendons ligaments and fascia) to their normal resting length will allow for proper running mechanics and makes them less susceptible to the stress involved with running.

Warm Up: Always begin with a slow pace and take five minutes to build up to your training pace. The slow increase in tissue temperature makes your tissues less susceptible to injury and improves the lubrication of the joints to avoid excess wear and tear to joint surfaces.

During Workouts

Form: Maintain good form throughout your workout by focusing in the three aspects of good mechanics:

  1. Arm swing: swing the arm as one unit with all movement from the shoulder. Keep your arms tracking at your sides.
  2. Knee lift: focus on leading your leg swing by lifting the knees in front
  3. Turn over: keep your feet moving! Cadence is defined at the number of steps you take per minute. A higher step count prevents over striding which is the number one cause of running injuries.

Hydration and Calories: Towards the end of a workout it is important to stay well hydrated and maintain energy stores with adequate calorie intake. This way you are not subjecting yourself to unnecessary stress that will only add to your recovery needs.

Don’t Sprint: Never sprint or pick up your pace at the end of a training run when you are fatigued and most susceptible to muscle and tendon strains. In addition it makes no sense loading your muscles up with lactic acid and before shutting down your circulatory system.

After Workouts

Cool Down: All workouts must end with a “cool down” to flush the waste products from your muscles. This can be as simple as a five minute jog or walk to allow the “muscle pump” to rid the muscles of waste products and assist your recovery.

Nutrition and Hydration: There exists a 15 minute window after your workout that your body is best equipped to take in calories and begin the recovery process. Immediately after runs is when you should begin replenishing the fuel you have spent. Add some protein to the mix and it will jump start the repair of the muscle damage suffered in that workout.

Stretching: Stretching not only helps “wring” the waste products out of your muscles but helps the muscle and tendons “heal” with a functional scarring as they adapt to the stress placed on them in the workout. This is how to toughen your body against injury

Foam Roller: This is the biggest advance in recovery techniques and injury prevention since stretching became a scientific training adjunct. The foam roller flattens the muscles and tendons and breaks adhesions that form as the body attempts to heal and recover from the stress of training. The foam roller also further assists the removal of waste products from the muscle. Tip: after workouts stretch and roll when the tissues temperatures are still elevated. This helps elongate the connective tissues and will make the foam roller experience less painful.

Ice: The “frozen miracle” is great for recovery and limits the inflammation that results when tissues are strained during workouts. Don’t wait for pain to ice! Ice tight and tired muscles and joints to avoid injury and the time you will need to recover when injury occurs.

When Injury Occurs: There is a sport medicine idiom that states that it takes two days of active recovery for every day you run in pain. If you feel pain in the same area of your body twice in any 7 day period, consider yourself uninjured and start immediately to address the problem before it gets worse. Rest alone does not fix running injuries. All rehabilitation efforts must be active, not passive to be effective.

Can you Run with an Injury? If you are having pain in your daily activities you cannot run. If you cannot run pain free, you cannot run (It is not good enough that the pain subsides after you warm up) However, you need to find a cross- training modality that is pain free to maintain your fitness. If your injury is only bothersome with speed work, hills and longer distances you might be able to continue to run as you seek active rehabilitation. First you must check to see if your shoes have broken down, and if so, replace them. Cut your weekly mileage in half, and avoid all higher intensity workouts, i.e. speed work, hills and longer distances. Stretch three times a day, followed by icing with ice cubes and water in a bag (not a gel pack) for twenty minutes each application. If the pain persists, seek immediate evaluation by a qualified clinician with experience treating runners.

By Robert Forster, PT

Phase IV Run Lab Analysis clinic

Wednesday, January 30th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
> Run Gait Check and Shoe Check
> Flexibility & Posture Screening
> Training Plan Review &
> Nutrition Optimization Class