How Does Sleep Affect Speed?

No matter their sport, athletes are constantly looking for an edge. To shave a second or two here or there. To jump a millimeter higher. And they’ll do anything to achieve their goals: try new supplements, hire expensive trainers with avant-garde workout method, you name it.

Most athletes, though, overlook a fundamental thing that costs nothing and can improve performance far faster, and far more effectively than any newfangled diets and training methods:

Sleep.

It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? The body needs energy move. It follows then that running faster and longer requires more energy. And a good night’s sleep can do wonders for our energy levels. Several recent studies have examined the effect of sleep patterns on the performance of athletes in various sports. The overwhelming majority of evidence shows that consistent, plentiful sleep has a positive effect on things like coordination, motor skills, reaction time, form, and speed.

So, as you look for ways to gain an edge and increase your speed, take a look at these six ways you can improve your sleep patterns and wake up stronger, faster, and speedier in the morning. Continue reading “How Does Sleep Affect Speed?”

Vegas in 24: A “Funky Fresh” Update!

Well, hello there, all you cool, gravity-defying cats! I know I promised you more Achilles love this week, but sometimes in the blogging-biz, you have to make room for breaking news. So instead, I am going postpone our Achilles talk until next week, in order to bring you the long-awaited part dieu to my Andy “Funky Fresh” Funk interview. You may recall our last post on this Ironman altruist and his audacious “Vegas in 24” mission, in honor of the Pink Lotus Foundation, but if not, go give yourself a quick refresher; I’ll wait right here…  Continue reading “Vegas in 24: A “Funky Fresh” Update!”

Who is AlterG? A Poetic Departure

Happy (day after) World Poetry Day, everyone! Ok, so we’re a little fashionably late on this… But you can’t rush good art. So, please excuse our slight tardiness and enjoy this free-verse ode to all things Anti-Gravity. I wrote it just for you.  Continue reading “Who is AlterG? A Poetic Departure”

Spotlight on Andy Funk: Vegas in 24 Charity Ride

Here at AlterG, we love using this blog to tell you all about how our Anti-Gravity Treadmill can help you reach your health and wellness goals. From time to time, however, we like to take a break from this narrative self-indulgence to highlight what really makes this company great: our rock star users (you guys!). This week, we would like to direct your attention towards one such individual; a man whose accomplishments are rivaled only by his altruism, a man who has made it his mission to save lives by transforming the world of women’s health. This man, Andy “Funky Fresh” Funk (he doesn’t know his new nickname yet), has taken his athletic prowess and turned it into a force for the greater good, a feat that we hope this company can help promote within the sports and wellness communities. I could go on and on about Andy and his upcoming butt-busting Vegas in 24 charity ride (365 miles in 24 hours… did somebody say “saddle sores?”), but instead, I asked the Ironman to speak for himself, so without further adieu, here is our introduction of the man, the myth, the legend, Andy Funk and his audacious Vegas In 24 mission.  Continue reading “Spotlight on Andy Funk: Vegas in 24 Charity Ride”

Making it Happen | First Race Back in Cudahy

Friends,

A few weeks ago, Briana from Salus, Inc in Delafield, WI shared a very special story with us about an elite runner named Jenny Crain.  Briana was fortunate enough to join Jenny on her 1st race back from her accident a year ago. Here are her notes from the race and details on Jenny’s success thus far. Continue reading “Making it Happen | First Race Back in Cudahy”

Women Who Run | Cornstalks and Critters: Marathon Training in Kansas in July

“The sun flickered like a strobe light as it rose behind the cornstalks. I had no one to dance with, so I cranked my tunes and ran faster.” –  My Facebook Update, July 1, 2010

As week two of marathon training comes to a close, I’ve made a point to notice at least one thing I enjoy about each day’s run. Marathon training is hard work, but it should also be fun. This week I entertained myself with things I saw along the trail: Continue reading “Women Who Run | Cornstalks and Critters: Marathon Training in Kansas in July”

Fall Marathon Training Kicks Off in the Heat. A Few Thoughts on Hydration

This week marked the beginning of Fall Marathon Training, my second attempt at a marathon. This time around, I’m taking a more conservative approach, hoping to make it to marathon day injury-free. As I ran along the trail in the early mornings, grumbling because it was humid and already 70 degrees, I thought about how my approach to hydration has changed since last summer. Continue reading “Fall Marathon Training Kicks Off in the Heat. A Few Thoughts on Hydration”

Do You Get The Same Workout On The AlterG?

This is a question that we are often posed here at AlterG.

People understand the benefits that the AlterG provides as far as unloading the lower extremity to provide relief after injuries or after surgery. They get that the unweighting can help people train with less impact and stress to their bodies, thus decreasing the likelihood of stress fractures and joint related injuries. But what they want to know, is are they going to get the same workout? Can they burn the same number of calories? Will it provide the same cardiovascular conditioning that overground training can? Continue reading “Do You Get The Same Workout On The AlterG?”

The Gift of Running | Week 2

Ever since I started walking, post-hemorrhage, the goal has been to relearn how to run on my own.  At the beginning of each year, I sit down and work out a set of realistic goals for recovery in that year.  Every year, at the top of my goal list is the following goal:

Continue reading “The Gift of Running | Week 2”

Is Barefoot Running For Everyone?

One of the hot topics with runners, podiatrists, and sports physical therapists now is the trend of barefoot running. With more shoemakers jumping on the minimalist bandwagon after seeing the success of others, the question that needs to be posed is whether or not barefoot running is appropriate for everyone? Continue reading “Is Barefoot Running For Everyone?”