An Inside Look at Training for the Boston Marathon

By Jonathan Levitt Feb 22, 2017

Being born and raised in the Greater Boston area, Marathon Monday (ahem, Patriot’s Day) has always held a special place in my heart. When I was younger, I loved it because we got the day off from school. As I grew older though, I began to appreciate the day not just as a day off, but more because of the athletic feats those running in the historic Boston Marathon were performing.

Fast forward to the present day, and I’m looking forward to this day more than ever. This year, I’ll be running the storied race for the second time, competing in my 5th marathon, and for the very first time, I’ll be aiming for a sub 3-hour finish.

As the Sales Manager, and member of the InsideTracker team since 2014, I’ve learned a lot from the regular usage of our platform and it has helped enormously with my training and racing. In the coming weeks, I’m hoping to share some of what I’ve learned so that you may integrate it into your training. Stay tuned below as I provide a weekly recap of my training and nutrition leading up to race day and beyond.

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Couples that Test Together, Get Better Together

By Mariah Bridges Feb 13, 2017

Meet Barry and Jodee Siff, a happy couple from Tuscon, Arizona, who became InsideTracker super fans through a mutual love of each other and healthy living. Together, they're taking charge of their health by bringing the right foods for them into their home to optimize their bodies for a longer life of happiness with one another.

In addition to the changes they've made in their pantry, Barry has been buidling on his solid fitness foundation as a triathlete on Team TIMEX,  and Jodee has been hitting her core with her favorite in-home workout, P90X. Together, they're using InsideTracker to get the most out of life. This adventurous couple puts great value on achieving overall health and they’ve made huge strides together. In anticipation of Valentine's Day, we caught up with them to see how they have committed to their health as much as they have each other. Enjoy getting to know this InsideTracker couple!

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Are Your Supplements Safe? Here's How to Tell

By Ashley Reaver, RD Feb 01, 2017

Fish oil, and green tea, and vitamin D – oh my! With so many supplements constantly flooding the market, how can you tell which ones are the best for you? Which ones are safe? Which brand should you choose? And, more importantly, which supplements live up to their hype? The start of a new year is accompanied by plenty of resolutions to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and supplement providers follow suit with their offerings. So, we came up with some helpful strategies to help you sift through the marketing gimmicks and choose the supplements that are the safest, and the most effective for you.


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Here's Why You'll Love Our Nutrition Page

By Ashley Reaver, RD Jan 19, 2017

Last week, we shared how the New Year has brought new changes to InsideTracker. This week, we're excited to give you an in-depth look at our shiny new Nutrition Page. Not only does it have a whole new look, it also has even more food choices – plus more recipes to go along with them. In short, we've made it easier than ever before for you to incorporate your InsideTracker recommendations!

Of course, the purpose of the Nutrition Page is to show you the foods that will have the most impact on your biomarkers. Out of our database of nearly 10,000 foods, what you'll see here are the best nutritional "bang-for-your-buck" foods. Our goal is always to help you hit your own goals, which means that you need to be able to make changes with accuracy – and ease. We're pretty confident that the revamped Nutrition Page does just that.

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New Year, New Goals: Use Motivational Science to Win Big in 2017

By Kalyn Weber Jan 09, 2017

The start of the New Year is always an exciting time for the fitness community: It’s a time for goal setting; for dreaming big… basically a fresh, clean slate waiting to be filled with all potential the New Year brings. But before you let your daydreams of shattered PRs get away from you, lean on the InsideTracker team for the tips to make 2017 your most game-changing year yet!

If you’ve been following the blog, you know that the team here at InsideTracker is all about the science behind performance. While we feel strongly that biomarkers are the foundation to better health and fitness outcomes, we are also always looking for new tools to add to your support kit.

Which is why we bring you… the science of behavior change theory!

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2016 Was the Year of Growing Stronger

By Erin Sharoni Dec 30, 2016

For many people, 2016 was a year of intense change, learning and ultimately, growth. As yet another new year approaches, we can't help but look back and smile. The past 12 months have presented some exciting challenges that gave rise to even more exciting new solutions.

Thanks to all of you, our global family – in 54 countries and counting – we've been inspired to push ourselves harder every single day. We've learned more, created more, tested more, and grown stronger than ever.

Before the champagne bottles begin popping on the eve of a bright, shiny new 2017, we'd like to share some of the past year's highlights. After all, we couldn't have done any of it without you.

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Knee Injury Prevention and Recovery 101

By Townsend Benard Dec 15, 2016

From walkers to marathoners, and casual gym-goers to CrossFit Games athletes, injuries happen. And there's never a good time for them. They can happen at any time, at any level of activity or fitness, and have no deference for a particular sport. But fear not! With those scary thoughts in mind, we thought we'd put your mind at ease and help you to both prevent injury, and in the case of it, recover faster. 

Jumper’s knee and general knee pain are among the most common complaints we hear at InsideTracker. Both professional and amateur runners and triathletes alike struggle with pain, and many come to InsideTracker to help them get back to training. We combine the athlete’s biomarker results, particularly for Creatine Kinase, hsCRP, and their Testosterone:Cortisol Ratio, with their athletic and injury history, as well as their diet and lifestyle habits to develop highly personalized recommendations to help them combat current, and to prevent future pain and injuries.

While you’re waiting for your next (or first) test, read on for some exercises you can do to help deal with (or prevent) knee injuries. And be on the lookout for an upcoming post with more on the IT band, another common issue many athletes deal with.

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A Super Simple New Way to Use Blood Test Results from Your Doctor

By Margie Ploch Dec 07, 2016

 

Here at InsideTracker, our scientists are always looking for ways to make the platform smarter and easier to use. One feature that users already love is the ability to add existing results from blood tests ordered by their doctor or insurance company, and receive the full value of InsideTracker, just like our DIY panel. That means getting personalized, science-based recommendations for nutrition, supplement, exercise and lifestyle, based on goals and unoptimized biomarkers; all of the good stuff that comes with our lab-based tests, without the extra trip there.

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Houston Rockets Sports Dietitian Tara Boening Talks Nutrition in the NBA [VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT]

By Erin Sharoni Nov 30, 2016

NBA season is underway and that means players need to be in tip top shape. But, it's not only the athletes who have work to do; just like the game itself, keeping NBA players healthy is a team effort. Coaches, trainers, physicians and dietitians all work together to ensure that players are primed for performance throughout the season, and often use tools like InsideTracker to help them do so.

Just ask Tara Boening, a sports dietitian for the Houston Rockets who has tested a number of the team's athletes with InsideTracker. She says she uses InsideTracker as a tool to offer rock solid proof to players whether what they're consuming or doing is working for them...or not. "It's a concrete way to provide information to us on how we can improve their diet, how we can improve their training plans, their sleep, their recovery on paper, because your blood doesn't lie," Tara says. "It's a good tool for us to use... in order to help them perform better – which is our ultimate goal for them."

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See Your Future: Our New Biomarker Graph is Predictive

By Margie Ploch Nov 18, 2016

How do you feel when you’re waiting for your latest set of InsideTracker results? We like to think of it as a big, shiny gift waiting to be unwrapped. If it’s your first InsideTracker analysis, you’re probably thinking about the here and now: “Where do I stand? Are any of my biomarkers too high, too low?” If it’s your second, or third, or seventh InsideTracker test, you’re probably hoping that your present results have improved since the last one. Of course, everyone who uses InsideTracker is hoping to make changes in the present that will improve their future.

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