Caffeine (1,3,7-trimethylxanthine) is the most widely consumed drug in the world and is commonly used by athletes, both recreational and professional, for performance enhancement. In the United States, over 70% of caffeine intake comes from coffee, followed by soft drinks and tea, although energy drinks and sports gels and chews containing caffeine are quickly gaining […]
About Roxanne Vogel, CSCS, CISSN, EP-C
Roxanne Vogel, EP-C, CSCS, CISSN, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA), exercise physiologist (ACSM), and sports nutritionist (ISSN) currently completing her graduate coursework for an M.S. in Applied Exercise Science with a dual concentration in sports nutrition and human movement science. She works as a research assistant at MusclePharm Sports Science Institute in Denver, CO.
Entries by Roxanne Vogel, CSCS, CISSN, EP-C
Beta-alanine (BA) is a version of the amino acid alanine which serves as the precursor to carnosine(β-alanyl-L-histidine) in skeletal muscle. Supplementing with BA is a highly effective means of increasing muscle carnosine content. What’s so great about carnosine? Increased muscle carnosine content has been linked to improved exercise performance at higher intensities in both trained […]
Leucine, valine, and isoleucine are the three branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), so named because of their non-linear (branched) structure of carbons. They are essential amino acids, meaning they are not produced in the body and must be obtained via diet, and yet they make up 35-40% of the content of proteins found in human […]
Women need to lift. It’s as simple as that. Not only to look better and be stronger, but also because it’s good for us. It’s good for your bones, increasing bone mineral density and protecting against osteopenia and osteoporosis. It increases lean mass, which in turn increases your resting metabolic rate, or the number of […]