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  • Supplement 411 APP appears to be a useful tool

    In my research on the persistent doping issue in weightlifting, as well as most other sports, I've been going through the US Olympic Committee web site.

    If you've paid any attention to excuses given for positive drug tests, putting blame on sports

    Use of performance enhancing drugs can make you fail a drug test have have you banned for doping.
    Supplements can have all kinds of crazy ingredients, which may or may not be listed. Don't get caught with a positive drug test because you didn't know what you were taking.

    supplement usage is probably the most common. Being unaware of a violation to a drug use violation is not really acceptable, but I'm certain it does happen in some percentage of the doping cases.

    If you take supplements, then you may want to use this APP. It's called Supplement 411 and can be found in the Google Play APP store, but you can read more about it on the Olympic Committee web site. I found it to be slow and it does have some bugs, but it also has some great information. Of course, there are new supplements every day, as well as formula changes, so the list will never be complete.

    The High Risk List is likely to be the most useful. Once you find the supplement you are looking for, you can click on the name and the link will take you to more detailed information, including: a packaging photo, the FDA nutritional chart, a Classification of the WADA violation category, and extra Notes section.

    The example I looked up is ABsolute Fuel, manufactured by BioScience Institute, Inc., with a Classification of S6. Stimulants. The Notes sections is as follows: "Testing of Lot #13338007 revealed the presence of oxilofrine (also known as methylsynephrine). The FDA has clarified that methylsynephrine is not an allowable dietary ingredient. For more information please see USADA's FAQ on illegal Dietary Supplement Ingredients. The product label also includes a warning for athletes to consult their sport organization for restrictions on the use of dietary suplements."

    "What the Label Says: The Supplement Facts panel lists "Citrus Aurantium 30% Synephrine"

    I recommend using this only as a list of items not to use. If the supplement you are wanting to take is not on the list, that does NOT mean it OK.

    I looked for Vitol supplements, which are manufactured by Val Vasilef, and I couldn't find them on the list.

    All the best,
    Roger LaPointe

  • The Best Sports Drink

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    Bob Hoffman's Blue Rock Mountain Spring Water

    I love coffee.

    Unfortunately, coffee is probably not the best sports drink. For that, I am going to have to defer to the mighty Bob Hoffman. He was a real visionary.

    Bob Hoffman really believed in the power of water. In fact, he believed in the value of water to such an extent that he bought a spring and started a subsidiary of York Barbell called Blue Rock Mountain Spring Water. The photo above shows one of the original glass bottles and one of the cardboard shipping boxes, from my collection.

    When I first seriously got into lifting, one of my coaches, Dave Peterson, was adamant about me getting enough water. It didn't help that the weight room at Michigan State seemed to be boiling hot, year round. Later, when I worked at York Barbell, Smitty also made sure we got plenty of water while training.

    I won't get into the technical reasons why water is so necessary, but here are a few basics. Of course, dehydration is bad, but I will assume that you already know that. Here are a few things you probably don't know. The old idea that lifters need tons of protein to make muscle, is only partially true. You also need to be able to process that protein. The metabolic processing of protein requires extra water.

    One of the many benefits of additional red meat, as a source of protein, is creatine. Creatine can help make a person stronger, particularly if they are deficient. However, the usefulness of supplemental creatine is dependent on getting enough water. In fact, it is increased cell volume that the creatine allows, which makes one stronger. I have seen it described as a matter of physics, not just biology. Without the added liquid in the diet, that volume cannot increase. Lacking water, the athlete will start getting some pretty severe muscle cramping. Because of this danger, many sports teams do not allow their athletes to take creatine as a supplement.

    The Blue Rock Mountain Spring Water company is gone, but long and the short of it is that most people need more water than they are getting and that is especially true of many athletes, who are sweating it out. There are several other issues related to water that I will get into for future BLOGs and Atomic Athletic Bomb Proof Bulletins.

    In most of the United States, we can get good clean water right from the faucet. Now, go get your water...

    All the best,
    Roger LaPointe
    “Today is a good day to lift.”

    PS. My favorite commercially available water is LaCroix Sparkling Water, which was bottled right down the street from where I used to live in the Detroit area. I really like the Lime flavor and the Lemon flavor. They are all natural.

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