In Season 3, Episode 26 Dr. Bubbs interviews renowned exercise physiologist Dr. Andy Sparks, PhD. In this episode, Andy shares his passion for expert-generalism, his serendipitous path to research, the early days of high-fat, low-carb pre-exercise fueling in endurance sport, his work in measurement error and why it matters, inter-individual differences in how beetroot juice impacts endurance performance, personalized dosing of sodium bicarb, fueling practices in ultra-endurance athletes and much more!
Summary of This Episode
4:00 – Andy’s background – ‘The right place at the right time’
9:00 – The early days of high-fat, low-carb pre-exercise fueling in endurance
14:00 – Measurement Error: Why It Matters
18:00 – Beetroots, Endurance Performance & Potential Wins
26:00 – Sodium Bicarb – Delayed Release The Future?
38:00 – Personalized dosing for sodium bicarb
42:00 – Fueling practice in ultra-endurance athletes
Research Papers –
Factors influencing ultra-endurance athletes food choices: an adapted food choice questionnaire
About Dr. Andy Sparks, PhD
Andy Sparks is a Reader in Exercise Physiology in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity, where he is the Postgraduate Research Contact and leads the Sport and Exercise Nutrition pathway on the Sport and Exercise Science BSc Programme. He was awarded his PhD from Liverpool John Moores University in Exercise Physiology (2004) having completed his BSc in Sport Science also at LJMU (1998).