S2 EPISODE 48 - Power Eating for Performance, Body Composition & Athlete Health w/ Dr. Susan Kleiner PhD

Season 2 Episode 48, Dr. Susan Kleiner PhD returns to the Dr. Bubbs Performance Podcast to share her latest insights on performance nutrition and fueling athletes. In this episode, Susan talks about the importance of understanding “why” before designing nutrition plans, the nuances of fueling workouts, the difference between managing fats and burning fats, as well as strategies to improve body composition while also preparing for competition. She also dives into nutrition for mood and cognitive function, supplements to support the brain and evidence-based botanicals for athletes. Finally, she shares her wisdom around changing athlete behaviours to influence their health and performance in the long-term.

Summary of This Episode

4:00 – Understanding the “why” of nutrition and macronutrients

6:00 – Nutrition for fueling workouts - carbohydrates

14:30 – Managing fat vs. burning fat

18:00 – Strategy for improving body composition while preparing for competition

25:30 – Nutrition for the brain and mood

31:00 – Supplements for supporting cognition

36:00 – Evidence-based botanicals

41:00 – Rebooting athletes “bad habits”

45:00 – Supporting healing with Dwayne Wade

50:00 – The evolution of performance nutrition

Link to Book

New Power Eating

About Dr. Susan Kleiner PhD

Dr. Susan Kleiner PhD is co-founder and fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. She is the owner of High Performance Nutrition, Director of Science and Communication of Vitargo Global Sciences, faculty at University of Northern Iowa. and currently serves as the High Performance Nutrition Consultant to Seattle Storm (WNBA) and the Seattle Reign FC (WNSL). She also consults with many other professional teams including Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers, the Miami Heat, Olympians and many more elite athletes in countless sports.  

Dr. Kleiner has authored eight books, including her latest book NEW POWER EATING® SusanKleiner on Twitter @PowerEat.

S2 EPISODE 31 - Seasonal Changes in Body Composition in Collegiate Football Players w/ Dr. Ross Andersen

Season 2 Episode 31, Dr. Bubbs interviews Professor Ross Andersen PhD, kinesiologist and researcher at McGill University in Montreal to discuss his recent work on seasonal changes in body composition in collegiate football and hockey players. Dr. Ross discusses differences in pre-season to end of season changes in lean mass and fat mass, as well as different trends observed in football versus ice hockey. He also shares his experiences from working in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens and provides some insights into how to communicate science into practice.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    Football and hockey players lose muscle mass over the course of a season

2)    Football and hockey players gain fat-mass as the season progress.

3)    Local athletes on-campus had greater gains in lean muscle mass. 

Research Papers

Longitudinal Changes in Body Composition Throughout Successive Seasonal Phases Among Canadian University Football Players.

Seasonal Changes in Physiological Responses and Body Composition During a Competitive Season in Male and Female Elite Collegiate Ice Hockey Players.

About Dr. Ross Andersen PhD

Dr. Ross Andersen PhD is a professor and researcher in the department of kinesiology and physical education at McGill University and the Director of the McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health (PATH).

S2 EPISODE 26 - Sprinters, Hockey Players & Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) w/ Jen Sygo MSc RD

Season 2 Episode 26, Dr. Bubbs interviews Jen Sygo RD MS, Performance Nutritionist for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Athletics Canada to talk relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S). In this episode, Jen will discuss her recent study on REDS in female sprinters, share primary red flag symptoms and secondary ones to watch out for, and talk about the common misconception of low energy availability in power and sprint sports, and the consequences on performance. Jen also shares new insights on within day energy balance, the difficulties in assessing energy intake and expenditure, when athletes are “circling the drain” and share her experience working with NHL hockey players during the grueling playoff run and fueling in compressed competition schedules. 

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    RED-S is Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport is the result of insufficient caloric intake and/or excessive energy expenditure.

2)    ‘Energy availability’ (EA) refers to the amount of energy left over and available for your body’s functions after the energy expended for training is subtracted from the energy you take in from food.

3)    Low Energy Availability is not just a problem for females or endurance athletes, it can impact all athletes.

Link to Research Paper

Prevalence of Indicators of Low Energy Availability in Elite Female Sprinters

About Jennifer Sygo

Jennifer Sygo MS is Registered Dietitian and Performance Nutritionist for the Toronto Raptors and Athletics Canada. She is the author of Unmasking Superfoods, a national best-seller in Canada in 2014. Find out more at JenniferSygo.com and follow Jen on Twitter.

S2 EPISODE 23 - Nutrition for Figure Competition Prep and Getting Lean w/ Alicia Bell

Season 2 Episode 23, Dr. Bubbs chats with figure competitor, fitness model and former track and field coach Alicia Bell to discuss prep for figure competition. In this episode, Alicia talks nutrition, training and supplement strategies she uses to beat the competition: how far out from competition she starts dieting, her macro splits and percentage calorie drops from week to week. She discusses her preferred cardio, from steady-state to HIIT, as well as her favourite recovery strategies like infra-red sauna and cryotherapy. Alicia finishes off by talking mindset and the mental game of competition prep and leaning out, as well as some pearls of wisdom from years of competing.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    The typical contest prep starts 12-16 weeks out.

2)    Alicia starts 22 weeks out, preferring to go slow and steady.

3)    Longer HIIT bouts are beneficial for athletes who build lean muscle easily in the lower body. 

About Alicia Bell

Alicia Bell is an elite Figure Athlete, Fitness Model, and former Track & Field Coach, based in Toronto, Canada

Books/Research Article Links

http://www.trainitright.com

 

S2 EPISODE 12 - Assessing Body Composition, Performance Metrics & Biomarkers w/ Dr. Shawn Arent PhD

In Season 2 Episode 12, Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Shawn Arent PhD, Director of the Center for Health & Human Performance at Rutgers University. Shawn dives into why body composition testing is important for athletes, compares DEXA/Bodpod/BIA/Calipers, and talks about the importance of consistency and tracking. He also discusses the use of performance metrics to assess athlete development and then take a deep dive into lab biomarkers for health and performance. Great stuff from one of the absolute best in the game!

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)            Body composition is useful metric for sport performance and injury prevention

2)            Performance metrics can be used alongside nutritional interventions to evaluate athlete outcomes

3)            Lab biomarkers serve as valuable tools for identifying individual deficiencies and insufficiencies amongst athletes

Research Links

Workload, Energy Expenditure, and Biomarker Differences in Division I Male and Female Soccer Players: 2078 Board #91 June 1 3

Workload-related Psychological And Physiological Changes In Female College Soccer Players During A Competitive Season: 2096 Board #109 June 1 3 

Shawn’s “Big Rocks”

Take stock in “why” you want to make a change; what is the underlying reason behind that reason. Take the time to peel back the layers to find out.

About Dr. Shawn Arent PhD

Shawn is the Director of the Center for Health & Human Performance at Rutgers University and the current President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Shawn’s also a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. His research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and stress and the implications for health and performance. Follow Shawn on Twitter, and stay up-to-date with The Rutgers Center for Health and Human Performance.

S2 EPISODE 6 - Strength Training for Women - CrossFit, Olympic & Powerlifting w/ Isabel Lahela

In Season 2 Episode 6, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Canadian National Powerlifting Record Holder and Olympic Weightlifter Isabel Lahela to talk training for women. Isabel shares her insights on CrossFit, Olympic lifting and Powerlifting, the benefits of adding lean muscle for women’s physique, as well as talking about her background in dance, and previous battles with an eating disorder while in the dance community. Her message is to promote positive body image, self-love, and confidence through strength training and she provides plenty of actionable tips to help you achieve your goals in this episode.

Lay-Ups From This Episode

1)             Strength training is a key part of maintaining ideal body composition

2)             Community is key to keeping up motivation and long-term success

3)             Don’t be afraid to get started; being a beginner has its advantages!

The “Big Rocks” – Isabel’s Tip

-      Ladies… Don’t be afraid of getting stronger!

About Isabel Lahela

A multi strength sport athlete and personal trainer whose aim is to promote positive body image, self-love, and confidence through strength training. While not a self-confessed natural-born athlete, Isabel is currently a Canadian National Powerlifting Record Holder as well as Canadian National Olympic Weightlifter. She works hard and stays consistent with her training and lifestyle, aiming to show others that fitness is truly a way of life, as well as a total mind and body remedy. Follow Isabel on Instagram.