Olympian Susan Francia shares her best tips for sore muscles

June 16th, 2014
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Even athletes in peak condition can get sore muscles. And while a little muscle pain is normal, especially if you are just starting a new sport or fitness program, you don’t want that stiffness and soreness to interfere with your progress.

We asked Team Ribose member and five-time world champion rower Susan Francia, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, to share her best tips for coping with sore muscles. “I try to prevent sore muscles by stretching before and after workouts,” she says. Stretching helps to warm up muscles and increases your limberness which may help to prevent soft tissue injuries.

Francia also recommends doing focus work on the muscles you use most often during exercise. “For example, I work the small muscles used for rowing, and try to do extra core work,” she explains. If you are not currently working with a trainer, do some research to learn which muscles may need more attention because of your workout routine. Also, pay attention to proper form and proper-fitting equipment (such as shoes, bicycle, etc.) because both of those are factors that can lead to sore muscles as well as injuries.

Another proactive tip in Francia’s strategy is to take Bioenergy Ribose immediately after her hard workouts. “That way, my body can start recovering as soon as I’m done. And, I can feel better energized for the next workout.” Bioenergy Ribose has been shown to significantly improve endurance during strenuous exercise, shorten recovery time, reduce cramping and soreness, and reduce fatigue in people suffering from energy depletion.

What should you try once you do notice sore muscles? “I like to take soothing Epsom salt baths,” says Francia, “or get a deep-tissue massage.” Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) have been used for centuries to help to reduce muscle inflammation.

San Diego morning TV show features Olympic gold medalist’s fitness tips

May 13th, 2014
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When two-time Olympic gold medalist Susan Francia visited San Diego Living, she brought the fitness essentials: two Olympic gold medals, recommendations for a morning fitness routine and Bioenergy Ribose. After flexing her rower’s biceps, she discussed some of the finer points of being a world-class athlete, including how she eats a whopping 4,000 calories each day and how ribose has a positive impact on her energy and muscle soreness. Encouraging viewers to cook their own meals – “It’s good to eat stuff that’s less processed”– Francia added that she takes ribose both in the morning and at night to maximize its benefits for her endurance and recovery. She then led the show’s host on a brief morning workout that combined jump squats, lunges and pushups. Francia also reminded viewers about the importance of staying hydrated.

 

 

Sweet simplicity: Bioenergy Ribose may be poised to become the next big energy product ingredient

May 5th, 2014
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The public has become very savvy about the advantages and disadvantages of energy products, particularly those containing high amounts of caffeine and/or sugar. Food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly looking to Bioenergy Ribose as either an additive or an alternative. D-Ribose answers consumer demand for a safe, natural source of sustained energy, with fewer crashes plus other added benefits such as reduced muscle soreness and faster muscle recovery time.

“The market for natural energy products continues to grow at a very healthy rate,” comments Michael Crabtree, CPT/CSCS, ISSN, CISSN, technical sales manager for Bioenergy Life Science. “We’re seeing an increased interest in Bioenergy Ribose because it is a safe and natural functional ingredient that works to help people feel better and more energetic.”

Crabtree adds that the benefit of products formulated with natural ingredients is really very simple. “Logically, the products formulated with natural ingredients, or that adhere to processes that more closely emulate those found in nature are better for consumers,” he says. “This brings D-Ribose to the forefront of sweetener technology. Carbohydrates that are produced naturally in the body, as opposed to the synthetic chemical sweeteners, and that also further their benefit by adding additional functional qualities are of great use to formulators looking to accomplish multiple things simultaneously.”

Recent research has shown that blends of energy products may give people the greatest benefits, because they help them to achieve energy equilibrium. Those studies that Bioenergy Life Science has competed are finding promising correlations between stimulants and natural functional ingredients. “The goal is not to remove stimulants from products,” says Crabtree, “but to balance their physiological effect. Ingredients such as Ribose act synergistically by enhancing an increase in cellular energy without contributing to undesirable effects including additional dehydration, or the ever-dreaded crash. The data shows that it is possible to create products that are balanced and therefore safer.”

Crabtree predicts that consumers may soon see “hybrid” products on store shelves: those that have both functional and supplemental benefits. “If multiple benefits are achieved through a single product it has an immediate market advantage. Examples might be an energy drink that is both satisfying and provides nutrient delivery, or a mint that both freshens breath and provides stimulation prior to exercise. They provide consumers with multi-faceted benefits without the need for multiple purchases.”

 

Team Ribose’s Billy Demong reflects on his Olympics experience

April 28th, 2014
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What’s it like to train for the Winter Olympics? To compete as part of Team USA? Team Ribose member Billy Demong traveled to Sochi, Russia to represent the U.S. in the Nordic Combined events. He recently told Bioenergy Ribose about his experience.

“Being at the Olympics is not only a life goal, but it is a rare time in an athlete’s life where you get to prioritize feeling good,” he said. “The training is over. The peak has been attained. It is really about doing the little things each and every day that allow you to be and feel your very best.”

The Nordic Combined Team, along with the U.S Alpine Ski Team and the U.S. Snowboard Team, stayed at a hotel near the ski jumps. “We were a little spoiled. We had chefs from the U.S. Committee cooking for us, and a gym filled with everything we could want for a work out.”

But surprisingly, Demong did not spend most of his time training. “I trained a minimal amount in order to stay in peak condition. While that was less than two hours per day, nearly half of the training I did in Sochi was at maximal intensity. I spent a great deal of time doing contrast baths (hot/cold), stretching and relaxing. I know that sounds crazy, but at that level you are really trying to allow the years of training to reach the highest pinnacle by backing off.”

Demong’s preparation also extended to his diet. “I made very sure to stick to my nutritional routine. I took my full dose of Bioenergy Ribose, Beta-Alanine and other supplements to ensure I would not miss anything on race day. I have found that D-Ribose reduces my training fatigue and has really helped me gain an even keel in day-to-day recovery. That was certainly true at the Olympics. I felt my very best, I raced well and had I jumped a bit farther I know I would have been in podium contention.”

He explained why this consistency is important. “That’s the tough part of combined events, one discipline can set you up or take you out for another. Especially being in an outdoor sport like Nordic Combined, I have become used to (as much as one can) the reality that wind, snow, rain or another extraneous factor can severely influence performance. That’s why I choose to focus on the variables I can control, whether it be training, nutrition, equipment or something else.

“I know that I can bring my A-game on any day with the help of tried-and-true mental and physical routines. From experience, I know that the difference between 1st and 30th is far closer than what results will ever show.”

For Demong the highlight of the Olympics, in lieu of a medal, was spending time with his family. “The experiences of chasing my son around Russia, and enjoying dinner out with my wife, parents and sister, were really special. Having previously won a gold medal, I can honestly say two things:

1. I would change nothing about how I prepared. I felt amazing on competition day, and I know that mentally and physically I was in the right place.

2. Jumping on the bed with my son, Liam, after a disappointing finish felt nearly as good as winning and reminded me of what is truly important.

Bioenergy Ribose is proud of how Billy Demong represented the U.S. during the 2014 Winter Olympics. We look forward to cheering him on during his next round of competitions.

 

What’s in JJ Virgin’s gym bag?

April 2nd, 2014
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It’s no surprise that Bioenergy Ribose is a must-have in JJ Virgin’s gym bag. This fitness and nutrition expert, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, has embraced a natural approach to health throughout her high-profile career.

“Bioenergy Ribose helps muscles recover faster, so there’s less stiffness and soreness. When I work out, I bring my Virgin Diet All-in-One protein powder with a teaspoon of ribose in a blender bottle. I just add water for a great recovery shake.” She adds that if you are traveling, you can easily pre-sort this combo in little plastic bags.

Everyone from Dr. Phil to high-performance athletes and A-list celebrities have relied on JJ’s expertise. A board certified nutrition specialist, she is also board certified in holistic nutrition and a certified nutrition and fitness specialist.

The contents of JJ’s gym bag also include:
• Dehydrated or low-roasted almonds to stave off hunger. “If you don’t like almonds, you can substitute other nuts.”
• Rhodiola rosea: “This helps fight stress and fatigue. It’s a great workout booster!”
• A super-light pair of Nike or New Balance gym shoes.
• Lululemon workout pants. “I prefer lightweight clothing that doesn’t weigh me down as I’m working out.”

And JJ’s best training tip? “Consider burst training. Scheduling an hour for aerobics class in your already-loaded schedule only creates more stress for both your mind and body. According to Charles Poliquin, aerobic exercise raises cortisol (your stress hormone), accelerates aging and lowers testosterone. Burst training is the efficient, effective antidote to an hours-long gym routine that you can do in just minutes. I love to combine it with weight resistance for the two best kinds of exercise on the planet. You can get both with my 4 x 4 Workout, which fits into your busiest schedule: You can knock the whole thing out in just 15 minutes, three times a week.”

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