Is that true?! Does that even improve cycling performance?!

Episode 11 August 19, 2021 01:14:34
Is that true?! Does that even improve cycling performance?!
The Cycling Performance Club
Is that true?! Does that even improve cycling performance?!

Aug 19 2021 | 01:14:34


Hosted By

Damian Ruse Cyrus Monk Dr. Jason Boynton

Show Notes

Your time and money are valuable. That’s why it is important to invest these commodities wisely and carefully consider the claims of products and practices meant to improve your cycling performance. This week each of us deep-dive into a product or claim that has recently 'triggered' our skeptical spider senses. Things that made us stop and say, “Is that true?” and “Does that even improve cycling performance?”.

Herein we investigate: Normatec recovery boots, lactic acid buffering lotions, and a blog providing back pain advice for cyclists.

Episode Timestamps:
1:30 Signing up for a Strava study
3:15 The value of skepticism
7:35 Normatec boots. What are they? Do they improve recovery as they claim to? Should you invest your money in them?
20:45 Lactic acid buffering lotions. Do they actually improve endurance performance? Should you include them in your race day arsenal?
44:50 Advice for treating cyclist back pain given in a TrainingPeaks blog vs. a response from a trained medical professional
71:30 The value of critical thinking for athletes and coaches

The Strava study mentioned in this epsiode has been completed. Congratulations to (now) Dr. Andreas Kreutzer on finishing his Ph.D.!

Episode References:
Topical Sodium Bicarbonate: No Improvement in Blood Buffering Capacity or Exercise Performance

Effects of Beta-Alanine on Muscle Carnosine and Exercise Performance:A Review of the Current Literature

Myth or Reality-Transdermal Magnesium?

How to Help Cyclists Reduce Low Back Pain

Christopher Schwenker, P.T.’s blog- The Zommunique

Optimizing recovery to support multi-evening cycling competition performance

The Effects of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression on the Reduction of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage in Endurance Athletes: A Critically Appraised Topic

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Jason Boynton, Ph.D. - sport scientist and cycling coach

Cyrus Monk - professional cyclist and cycling coach

Damian Ruse - professional cycling coach

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