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.

 

Olympic athlete offers five Thanksgiving survival strategies

November 26th, 2013
Susan Francia

The holidays are a challenging time to stay in shape. It’s easy to over-indulge, and lose your motivation to work out. So we asked Team Ribose member Susan Francia, 2008/2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2010 US Rowing Athlete of the Year, for her nutritional training tips. Here’s how she suggests finding balance this holiday season.

1. Set athletic goals for yourself. “This can include running in a fun 5k turkey trot on Thanksgiving day, participating in a local run during December, or even setting up a bike race among family members. Having a goal will help motivate you to keep working out.”

2. Exercise before big meals and then promptly the next morning. “If you have even a little window of time, take advantage of it! This will keep your metabolism going and help you digest. Even if you’re feeling a bit sluggish the next morning, just start exercising and it will get better. Fun family activities the next day will help. Play a game of basketball or go for a group hike in the mountains. It’s much easier to be motivated when you have friends and family around you!”

3. Check your weight before, during and after the holidays. “This includes ‘big meal’ times such as Thanksgiving, and holiday parties and dinners. Try to not let the number fluctuate too much. Moderating portion sizes and eating your normal amount of food (not everything in sight) will help you from overeating and gaining weight. It is okay to leave food on your plate.”

4. Don’t wait until January to make resolutions. “Start getting fitter now!”

5. Stick to your routine. “If you decide that you will go to the gym two times a week and run three times a week, write it on a calendar and stick to your plan. Seeing the reminder will help you be more. Stop finding excuses!”

 

SupplySide West 2013: Industry reacts positively to caffeine study

November 20th, 2013
Bioenergy SSW 2013 2

SupplySide West 2013 may be history, but it sparked conversations about the future uses of ribose that will continue for a long time to come. Among the hottest topics of conversations was the results of a new study showing that combining d-ribose with caffeine significantly reduced caffeine usage level and provided sustained energy for much better performance. Bioenergy Ribose was used in this study.

Bioenergy Life Science President Tom VonderBrink was thrilled with the industry’s reaction. “We had great reception and positive comments on the caffeine study. It was exciting to have something so timely and significant to discuss with attendees.” Previous studies have shown that combining ribose with reasonable dosages of caffeine may be a logical synergy.

Elite Team Ribose athletes: “before and after” ribose

Susan After

Olympian Susan Francia had fun getting to know attendees who stopped by our booth. She’d hold up her smaller gold medal from the Beijing Olympics and say with a grin, “Before ribose” … then hold up the significantly larger gold medal she earned in London and say, “After ribose!”

Then she’d get down to business, explaining how Bioenergy Ribose helps her with muscle and energy recovery, getting her through a back injury and ready for the Olympics. Ribose gave her the energy she needed to get through one workout, and then be recovered and full of energy for the next workout. “I had a great time meeting people and talking about Bioenergy Ribose,” she says of SupplySide West. “I thought the convention was a hit and we made a lot of good contacts.”

Added Olympian Billy Demong, “I was really impressed with SupplySide West! There was a lot of energy, and a lot of good nutritional products were represented. It was exciting being in the Bioenergy Ribose booth. So many people came by to talk about ways to include Bioenergy Ribose into their products because they know about its many great benefits.”

 

We’re going for the gold at SupplySide West 2013

November 4th, 2013
Winning at olympic games, hand holding gold medals

Stop by Bioenergy Life Science’s Booth #17041 at this year’s SupplySide West to meet some amazing Olympic athletes, chat with them about the upcoming Olympic Games, see and touch their gold and silver medals, and learn how Bioenergy Ribose has benefitted their performances. And since we know that being at SupplySide West requires you to be “on your game”, you’ll also want to boost your energy reserves with prototypes and finished products made with Bioenergy Ribose.

Team Ribose schedule

Rower Susan Francia, Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

• Thursday, November 14: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Friday, November 15: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Nordic Combined Skier Billy Demong, Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist

• Thursday, November 14: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Friday, November 15: 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Product samples made with Bioenergy Ribose

Bioenergy Ribose is a natural, functional beverage ingredient that helps accelerate energy recovery, reduce muscle stiffness and provide greater endurance. It can improve the nutritional profile and benefit claims of your food applications. Although Bioenergy Ribose is a five-carbon monosaccharide, it does not raise blood sugar, making it a good carbohydrate to use in food and beverage formulation.

• Liquid rehydration energy beverage (caffeine and ribose combination): In delicious and refreshing Orange Tangerine or Berry Pomegranate

• Orange-flavored fruit snack energy chew

• Dark chocolate protein balls

• Finished products: Energy mints, chocolate and energy shots

Also plan to visit our parent company, Chengzhi Life Science, in Booth #17043.

 

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.