Olympian Laura Bennett’s tips for easing yourself out of winter hibernation

March 27th, 2014
joggers

After a harsh winter, we’re finally starting to see glimpses of spring. Many of us become more active as the temperatures rise, busy with everything from outdoor sports to gardening. We asked Team Ribose member, Olympian and multiple world championship medalist Laura Bennett, for her tips on getting back into shape.

“If you have had some time off (from your fitness routine), it is important to make sure you get back into exercise slow and cautiously,” she advises. “For example, set up a routine of exercising every day but starting out slowly and conservatively.”

For example, if your exercise is running, Bennett suggests a schedule of walking and running. “Program your stop watch to one-minute run, one-minute walk. Try to build up your total time to an hour each day. So on day one, do a total of 20 minutes. Day two would be 30 minutes, day three: 40 minutes. Day four would be a day off. Then on day five, aim for 50 minutes. Day six, go back to 40 minutes. Then on day seven, set a goal of 60 minutes.

Bennett encourages you to listen to your body, and adjust your goals accordingly as you build up your stamina. “Remember that daily intake of Bioenergy Ribose can minimize sore muscles and muscle cramps so that you won’t be sidelined by pain,” she adds. “It can also help restore muscle energy faster so you’ll be more likely to finish that run, keep up with your kids as they enjoy outdoor play time, or simply complete your spring planting so that you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.”

 

Bioenergy Ribose makes the Mount Kilimanjaro climb with Dr. Maroon

February 13th, 2014
Mount Kilimanjaro

When renowned neurosurgeon and athlete Dr. Joseph Maroon began planning his climbing expedition of Mount Kilimanjaro, he was certain that his equipment must include Bioenergy Ribose. A sports fitness expert, Maroon knows that D-Ribose will help his muscles recover faster from the extreme exertion. It will also help to reduce stiffness and soreness. “D-Ribose will be in my water bottles,” he confirms.

Maroon is participating as the medical advisor for the first-ever climb of Mount Kilimanjaro by 11 amputees, organized by the Live Free Foundation. The climb will begin on February 20, and the group will attempt to reach the summit in five days. At 19,341 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak.

Bioenergy Ribose has been Maroon’s ‘secret weapon’ during past athletic feats including his participation in Iron Man Triathlons.

 

Team Ribose’s Billy Demong will represent the U.S. in Sochi

January 14th, 2014
Bill Demong in Bioenergy Ribose tee shirt

Team Ribose member Billy Demong leaves for Sochi, Russia on February 1 to represent the United States in the Olympics. We are proud of his accomplishments and look forward to cheering for him during the Nordic Combined events. Demong has told us that Bioenergy Ribose plays an important role in his stamina and muscle recovery.

Here is the Nordic Combined event schedule. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

February 12

1:30 p.m. Individual Gundersen NH / 10 km, Competition Round

4:30 p.m. Individual Gundersen NH / 10 km, Cross-Country

February 18

1:30 p.m. Individual Gundersen LH / 10 km, Competition Round

4 p.m. Individual Gundersen LH / 10 km, Cross-Country

February 20

12 p.m. Team Gundersen LH / 4×5 km, Competition Round

3 p.m. Team Gundersen LH / 4×5 km, Cross-Country

While they train hard, the Nordic Combined team members (who will look fantastic in their uniforms!) also like to have fun. We uncovered 10 facts about this team, including the fact that Billy’s dog is his favorite training partner, and that he once dressed as Aquaman after losing a silly bet to fellow team member Taylor Fletcher.

Nordic Combined events include a ski jumping competition and a 10 km cross-country ski race. The Olympics will feature two individual men’s events and a men’s team event. The individual event, also called the Gundersen race, happens in two stages. The first stage is a jump from a large or normal hill. The second stage is a 10 km race. In the first part of the team event, each skier jumps on a large hill; the second event is a 4×5 km cross-country relay. The team whose skier crosses the finish line first is the Nordic Combined winner.

For more on how the events are scored, see the official Sochi 2014 Olympics website.

 

U.S. Ski Team highlights Team Ribose member Billy Demong

October 29th, 2013
Bill Demong in Bioenergy Ribose tee shirt

The U.S. Ski Team website has an entire page devoted to Team Ribose member Billy Demong. A four-time U.S. Olympian who has won numerous medals in world competitions, Demong is considered one of the best-ever Nordic combined skiers.

Among his recent accomplishments detailed on the website: “The 2013 season saw Demong compete and push his teammates to new levels.” Demong anchored a team that won bronze at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Italy, the first full-team event medal for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team at any World Championships. Also this year, Demong and his team finished third at the Schonach World Cup stop.

On his use of Bioenergy Ribose, Demong is quoted in Natural Products Insider as saying, “I’ve noticed a remarkably shortened turnaround time between finishing long hard sessions and feeling recovered to go again. I have an enhanced ability to work harder day after day, with each day starting off feeling fresh and ready.”

Demong has a way of inspiring everyone he meets to dig deeper and push harder. Last spring, he wrote in his blog: “Snow is fleeting in most of the world, even the mighty Wasatch. As we watch it dissipate, we realign our training accordingly to find fun and challenging ways to do our workouts.”

Billy Demong always seems to enjoy challenging himself. We’re proud and excited that Bioenergy Ribose is an ingredient in his formula for success.

 

Ribose helps neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon finish his fifth Ironman World Championship Triathlon

October 22nd, 2013
Iron man

Congratulations to neurosurgeon, nutrition and fitness expert Joseph Maroon, MD on completing his fifth Hawaiian Ironman World Championship Triathlon. Regarded as one of, if not the most, grueling athletic competitions in the world, it punishes competitors with a 2.4-mile open water swim, a 112-mile bike ride through the Hawaiian lava fields, and a full 26.2-mile marathon. Dr. Maroon’s time was 16:03:48.

As an experienced triathlete as well as team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers among many other professional achievements, Maroon knows how to prepare for an event of this magnitude. Before departing for Hawaii, he noted in his blog, “As usual I’ve included several turkey sandwiches and my specially formulated drink bottles. I plan to include D-ribose resveratrol … to help me get through the race.”

After the race Maroon commented, “I used (ribose) in my water bottles for the run and bike, and truly believe it made a difference in my endurance. My slow time in the marathon was due to a bad knee not my conditioning.”