Sore Muscles from Exercise? Here's What Helps—And What Doesn't

After intense exercise, it's tempting to reduce muscle pain by whatever means necessary to stay on a training regimen or routine. But common pain-relieving practices like taking ibuprofen or using ice may not be best post-workout. Instead, research shows that supplements like fish oil, collagen, and curcumin, along with active recovery methods, are more efficacious in alleviating muscle tenderness. Here’s how. 

These Competitive Athletes Use Blood Testing to Guide Their Rest Days

We’ve heard it before: couples who train together, stay together. And that is no exception for functional fitness athletes Alison Scudds and Raphael Durand. These InsideTracker users and power couple sat down with us to chat about how they eat, train, recover and use blood tracking to optimize their performance in and out of the gym. Here's what a typical day looks like for them, how they use InsideTracker as a training tool, and how important health tracking is for both the elite athlete and ...

Should You Do Cardio Before or After Your Workout?

We’ve talked about how including both cardio and strength training is key to a well-balanced fitness routine. But which activity should come first when you step into the gym? Well, how you prioritize these depends on what your personal goals are. You should start your routine according to what you’re looking to improve—whether that be your endurance, strength and power, or if just overall health. So while there isn't a single answer, it's easy to come to the right one for you. Here's how.

Cardio vs. Strength Training: Do You Really Need Both?

You may have noticed a great divide in the fitness world between strength and endurance athletes and their approach to training routines. Avid runners and triathletes focus on their aerobic fitness for upcoming races—often to the point of neglecting the weight room. The same holds true for any strength athletes who spend little time away from their lifting routine to to focus on aerobic fitness. But the truth is, if you’re looking for a new PR on the race course or PB in the weight room, or if ...

The Markers of a Great Strength Coach

  The world of sports performance is becoming increasingly scientific. Wearable technology, sleep tracking, and cutting-edge recovery techniques have made training programs more data-driven than ever. And while it's easy to blindly apply these new resources to the masses, a marker of a great strength and conditioning coach is the ability to personalize and individualize their approach to each of their athletes. Of course, doing so can be challenging – it's hard to know exactly what each athlete ...

Does Weight Training Make Women Bulky?

“I don’t want to lift weights, it will make me bulk up!” This is a common mindset in women wary of starting a new training routine. Even a quick Google search will reveal that it's an incredibly popular area of interest on bodybuilding blogs and fitness forums. Women enter the gym to improve a healthy inside and outside, and, sometimes, building a bulky exterior doesn’t align with their goals. The truth is, merely taking the next step in your gym routine won’t automatically result in bigger ...

Training for the New Games Season

If you have your eyes and ears on the CrossFit® scene at all, you’ve probably heard of the *big* changes that occurred to the competitive season over the past several months. It’s hard to miss the gripes and complaints coming from the internet on the drastic changes (which seemingly came out of nowhere) in the early fall, as they've left many athletes puzzled, confused, scared and maybe even a little angry. As with any change, growing pains are to be expected. But there are some things that ...
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