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Blood Testing is an Essential Component to your Altitude Training

The endless trails, the clean crisp air and the quiet from the everyday hustle. Sound enticing? Altitude training camps have become increasingly popular for endurance athletes. Along with the breathtaking views and remote set-up, studies have proven altitude training stimulates erythropoiesis (production of red blood cells) and enhances hematological values. An increase of red blood cells means more efficient transport of oxygen from the lungs to the muscle tissue during exercise. Mammoth Track Club workout Read more…

Sage Canaday Shares his ABT Results

Mountain Ultra Trail runner (and 2:16 marathoner!) Sage Canaday shared the results of his most recent ABT panel in a YouTube video on his popular channel. You can follow Sage: YouTube – VO2 Max Productions Instagram – @sagecanaday Twitter – @sagecanaday You can also visit his coaching website, Sage Running.

What Stephanie Bruce, one of America’s fastest runners, looks for in a blood test

Most professional distance runners in the United States are prodigies who win titles at races like Foot Locker High School Cross Country Championships and NCAA Track and Field Championships then immediately jump into the pro races with aplomb. However a small number take a different path. They slowly rise to the top, steadily navigating a winding road and learning to extract every second of speed from their bodies. One of those is Stephanie Bruce, who Read more…

What I learned about performance blood testing – by Teal Burrell

Guest post by Runner Teal Thank you Teal Burrell for allowing us to repost this blog post. Follow Teal on Instagram @runnerteal or visit her at her blog milestothetrials.com to follow her story to the starting line of the US Olympic Trials! Blood Test Fails Sometime this past March, frustrations about sub-par training led me to the idea that my iron levels might be low again. I’ve had low iron in the past (and excessively low ferritin, Read more…

How Margo Malone Identified a Blood Deficiency and Won The Zurich Marathon

Contributed by Margo Malone, who is a pro runner and former All-American, representing Mammoth Track Club. She recently qualified for the Olympic Trials by winning the Zurich Marathon in time of 2:42:22 The marathon had always been a distance that excited me. The host city of Zurich unites to support thousands of runners, ranging from elite to first time runners, all sharing an appreciation and respect for the challenge of finishing 26.2 miles. I wanted Read more…

Can Blood Tests Help Improve Running Performance?

Sports dietician, entrepreneur, triathlete, runner and mother of three, Angie Dye , shares her experience with ABT. Have you ever started a race and right off the bat you know something isn’t exactly right? You hope that you will relax and settle in, but it just doesn’t happen despite great preparation, solid training, good nutrition and adequate rest? This was exactly how I felt at a recent 10-mile race. I went out a bit faster Read more…

The importance of blood biomarker monitoring for athletes

Written by sports dietician Dina Griffin Blood biomarker testing is an inexpensive and simple method for assessing health and athletic performance status. Unfortunately, many athletes don’t know the reasons blood testing should be an essential part of their training plan.  If you’ve been confused about this testing or want to better understand how it can help you, take a quick read to understand more. WHY Blood testing? The question may be better posed as “Why Read more…

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Blood Pressure in Athletes and Runners

It has been well established in countless studies that moderate levels of routine aerobic exercise can help decrease blood pressure in populations with high or normal blood pressure.(1) The American Academy of Family Physicians cites the prevalence of hypertension in fit individual is about half of the general population, but adds that some athletes may have an increased risk of hypertension.(2)   Other studies indicate the systolic blood pressure (top number) is elevated during exercise and after exercise for about Read more…

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Hemoglobin levels for runners

What is hemoglobin? Hemoglobin is a protein in the red blood cell that help transport oxygen. Many athletes, especially runners and other endurance athletes are concerned about their iron levels. This is because iron is a crucial component of hemoglobin. Anemia occurs when hemoglobin levels decrease below normal range, with the most common cause being iron-deficiency. For a more detailed description of iron deficiency in endurance athletes read our blog post here. How does running impact hemoglobin levels? Endurance training increases production of red blood Read more…

Avoid the training bonk!

We are very often counseling our athletes to not just test when they’re feeling symptomatic of something.  Sure we can help you identify why you’re symptomatic and what the proper coarse correction is, but we’d rather help you avoid the symptoms to begin with! Thomas Gerlach is a Professional Triathlete who has been using ABT in this capacity for years and states this perfect, “As endurance athletes we push our bodies beyond what they are designed to do Read more…