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Fasting for athletic performance?

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20 Jul 2011 20:48 #8552 by Marsh
Marsh replied the topic: Re: Fasting for athletic performance?
Dehydration does affect performance. However drinking too much lowers the salt level too far - I know if this is happening, by feeling cramps, and aching muscles. Also lack of salt increases recovery times.
Even though I had fasted for 36 hours before training on Sunday, I was ok, but after a marathon training run and 2+ hours of intense track, I felt my body needed salt, even though I was keeping hydrated. Took a day to recover again for tuesday's club run, which went well. Keeping up a routine helps, and the body seems to adjust well, adjusting itself as and when required. Also now in the top 5 middle/long distance squad, so fasting at weekends seems to be paying off.

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24 Jul 2011 20:38 #8614 by superhuman
superhuman replied the topic: Re: Fasting for athletic performance?
So many opinions out there. How is your bodyfat % going cory and what is your bodyfat Marsh ?

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25 Jul 2011 10:04 #8626 by cory
cory replied the topic: Re: Fasting for athletic performance?
I haven't really got an accurate way of measuring but I would guess it's somewhere between between 9-10% by looking at myself and comparing with other pictures online.

Measurements with tape measure normally show I am slightly lower than that 8-9% and my electron hand held device says I a bit higher between 9-10.5%.

On a side note my wife mentioned this week my back is starting to get more muscly didn't notice really as cannot see it in the mirror very well, also increased my hand weights to 5.5kg each recently but doubt I will increase it again for a while as cannot jump as high while holding them and wearing the ankle weights (2.5kg) probable as I have an extra 16kg resistance during my workouts now.

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25 Jul 2011 22:14 #8629 by Marsh
Marsh replied the topic: Re: Fasting for athletic performance?
I've used the program, and got it measured 6.25%, which is about the right amount for long-distance running, and also as a generally active lifestyle, and non-indulgence of excess calories, as well as regular fasting.

Was away in Wales last weekend, doing long runs, over three days, which seems to be in the ball-park regarding speed/stamina and body mass over endurance, even during fasting.
By now my body is used to fasting over friday/sun and running most of each day makes the body more efficient, digging deep into the reserves, and quickly replenishing it over four days, ready for same again the following weekend.

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26 Jul 2011 02:11 - 26 Jul 2011 02:12 #8632 by superhuman
superhuman replied the topic: Re: Fasting for athletic performance?
Do you think fasting has made you a better athlete aswell?
Has fasting improved you in terms of fat% etc ?

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26 Jul 2011 02:33 #8633 by Marsh
Marsh replied the topic: Re: Fasting for athletic performance?
I would say "yes", but of course there is always room for improvement. I do run in races and as a team, so being competative, as well as good is part of it.
Thing is people say I'm too competative, and want to run faster/further than anyone else. Is it a good thing, or me being presumptuous?

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