These CrossFit Athletes Are Ready For The Games

With the 2016 CrossFit Games in full swing, we wanted to share our excitement with you, our readers. Not only are we looking forward to watching the athletes fight for the title of “The Fittest,” but we are also excited to have members of the InsideTracker team at The Games this year in Vendor Village. If you are going to be there, be sure to stop by to learn how you can improve your health and fitness! For the 10th anniversary of the Games, Games Director, Dave Castro, promised the athletes ...

Mark Cuban on Blood Testing- Drawing the Wrong Conclusion or a Step in the Right Direction?

Recently Mark Cuban created a firestorm with his suggestion to have consumer driven blood testing performed every three months.  The immediate pushback from medical professionals boiled down to the question of blood testing being a screening process for disease detection, and not one of health and performance that should be available to any layperson, or a generally available tool for the individual with curiosity.

Fueling the Athlete: Bones, Blood, and Biomarkers

On the eve of Halloween, we witnessed season-ending injuries for many teams in the NBA. Injuries often prompt players themselves to come to InsideTracker and get tested with our Ultimate panel. Two years ago when we were testing professional baseball and Superbowl-bound players, we thought that organizations would be driving changes in elite sport. We were wrong: individual players and coaches are the ones taking initiative with personalized nutrition and monitoring. Being in the heart of ...

Fueling the NBA: It’s the Advice, not the Device

The many, fulfilling years we at InsideTracker have spent working with elite athletes and coaches have led us to redefine our focus from the “device” to the “advice.” It is not about the latest gadget that we can get our hands on, but it’s about how we use the advice from it to initiate change, both for teams and for individuals. I was very pleased to see a recent article on biometric testing on the ESPN website, but blood analysis is no longer about interpretation; rather, it’s about the ...

Using InsideTracker as a Business Tool for Your Body with Ken Lubin

Ever since his teenage days competing in ski and cycling races, and then as a college athlete, Ken Lubin has had a drive for physical and mental excellence. This passion, in accommodating a growing career in the financial services executive recruiting industry, as well as increased family demands, has evolved into frequent participation in adventure and multi-sport challenges. “I won some fairly big races, and thought, there’s got to be other guys like me,” who want to perform at their very ...

Sugar Rush: Glucose Levels in Athletes

  One hundred million Americans are expected to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, and one key player we are interested in watching is Seattle’s Skittles-fueled running back, Marshawn Lynch. In ESPN’s Sport Science, John Brenkus and colleagues tested Lynch’s glucose levels, reaction time, and strength before and after ingesting candy. Any scientific researcher knows that this overly simplistic test construction and small sample size is insufficient for publication, but we hope more teams will ...

Can nutrition improve athletic performance?

  If you want to become faster, stronger, and more flexible, pay attention to the food that you eat. Optimal nutrition is the key to peak performance on and off the field, because food provides essential nutrients necessary to build and maintain a strong body. “Biomechanical changes take time and persistence, but changes in diet can be made quickly and can have an immediate effect on how your body works,” says US Olympic triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker.

Do You Have a Zinc Deficiency? Why Athletes Should Pay Attention to Zinc

Are you losing weight? Are your wounds healing more slowly? Has your endurance dropped? If so, you may have a zinc deficiency. This mineral is essential to maintaining good health and optimizing athletic performance. In fact, athletes need to pay special attention to their zinc consumption because of its key functions in the body. Healthy cell division and metabolism depend on having enough zinc; it aids in repairing your tissues after exercise. Zinc also plays a role in hormone production, ...
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