What’s in JJ Virgin’s gym bag?

April 2nd, 2014
Sport bag

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.”

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.

 

Bioenergy Ribose featured in Muscle & Fitness magazine article

January 20th, 2014
Playing in the park

When board-certified nutritionist and nationally known fitness expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, was asked to write an article advising readers how to get more energy, he made sure to include Bioenergy Ribose. In his article “Simple Steps to Power Up Your Energy Reserves”, Bowden explains that, “Ribose is not like rollover minutes. You can’t store it up. If you’re doing something strenuous that requires a lot of exertion, you’ll need a lot of it, maybe more than your body can churn out right away.”

Bowden, the best-selling author of 14 books on health, healing, food and longevity, added that, “Bioenergy Ribose is an ideal supplement to take. I play tennis 8-9 times a week, without a day to relax and re-boot. I need to keep my ribose storehouse constantly replenished, so it is an important part of my supplement program.”

Bowden’s helpful tips for getting all-day energy also included limiting processed carbs, which he calls energy drainers, and replacing those foods with more nutritious alternatives such as string cheese with an apple before a workout, and a whey protein shake for post-workout recovery.

He concluded: “When you sleep well, you make smarter nutritional decisions. If you also add D-Ribose into the mix, your tired muscles will recover faster so you can exercise even more. More exercise means sleeping better at night and having more energy throughout the next day. It’s that simple.”

 

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.