A passion for fitness: Team Ribose triathlete Greg Bennett reveals endurance tips for each decade of your life

May 19th, 2014
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Olympic triathlete Greg Bennett has said that taking Bioenergy Ribose gives him the energy and quick recovery he needs to keep up with athletes half is age. His is an inspiring career, and in part one of this interview with Bioenergy Life Science (BLS), he shares more advice for staying in good shape throughout each stage of your life.

BLS: Why were you so excited to talk about fitness, and the physical changes as we age?

GB: I was anxious because most people talking about ‘ages and stages” begin by discussing worn-out joints and the like. I want to start with the one thing that I believe leaves us first as we age. That thing is Passion. Once the passion to keep the routine, to do the work and be excited about the performance leaves us, everything else will also leave.

BLS: How has passion factored into your successes?

GB: Keeping the passion alive is critical to keeping the body performing physically, mentally and emotionally at its best. Finding a passion, and fueling that passion constantly will make the physical changes to the body as you age much easier to manage. Passion is the one thing that I believe separates me from all the other aging athletes. I’m a 42-year-old professional triathlete, competing for my 29th year in Triathlon, 21 of those years as a professional. I am still winning major events. I’ve had to adjust my training as I age, but this adjustment has never been difficult so long as the flame is still alight.

BLS: What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about how our bodies respond to training as we age?

GB: I’ve often laughed when I’ve heard someone say, “I’ve finally figured out the right training routine.” I laugh, because they have figured the right training routine for today. One month, six months, a year or two from now, the body will not respond the same way it did when we were younger. We are always changing. The decisions we made yesterday will always effect today and tomorrow.

BLS: What should people in their 20s understand about training and endurance?

GB: The body is still making changes after the teenage years. Strength, power and speed all come pretty easily. The body recovers quickly, ready to take on the next day again and again. The aerobic engine builds and the body becomes more efficient at the movement patterns that are being constantly trained into it. Injuries still happen, but the body’s ability to recover quickly in its 20s allows us to get going with less time on the sidelines.

BLS: What happens once you hit your thirties?

GB: I call this time the “Golden 30s”. In an endurance sport like triathlon, the 30s are the golden age for peak performance, so long as you keep the passion alive. The body is still fast, strong and powerful. But now we add more efficiency of movement and the aerobic engine is far more developed. Looking back at my career, my 30s were when I had my greatest successes: Winning the World Triathlon series twice in my early 30s, the world’s richest triathlon series purse three times in my mid-30s, and the world’s richest one-day prize purse at 39. Obviously this doesn’t just happen. I believe I’ve trained harder than anyone else on the planet. I’ve backed up this training with loads of recovery work. (Massage three to four times a week, chiropractors once a week, and loads of time using foam rollers etc.) And of course, Bioenergy Ribose to help speed muscle recovery. Most importantly, I’ve kept my passion alive.

 

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.”

 

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
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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.”

 

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