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Curious about exercise physiology and sports nutrition? Here you'll discover the meaning of various terms and concepts that can help you improve your performance, and recover faster.

  • What is anaerobic metabolism?

    Anaerobic metabolism is a biological process that occurs in the absence of oxygen. It's a way for cells to produce energy when oxygen is scarce or unavailable. During exercise and sports, anaerobic metabolism comes into play during intense, short-duration activities where...

  • What is aerobic metabolism?

    Aerobic metabolism is the process of creating energy by breaking down carbohydrates, amino acids (the building blocks of protein), and fats, using oxygen. It's the main way our bodies produce energy during prolonged, low to moderate intensity activities such as...

  • What is a hydrogel?

    Hydrogel technology refers to a process where carbohydrates are encapsulated in a gel-like substance within the stomach. This encapsulation occurs when the carbohydrate comes into contact with hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The resulting hydrogel is believed to allow the...

  • What is RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion)?

    Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is a self-assessment scale that athletes and coaches use to gauge the intensity of exercise. Unlike objective measures like heart rate or pace, RPE relies on an individual's subjective feeling of effort, fatigue, and exertion...

  • What is Lactate Threshold?

    Lactate Threshold refers to the intensity of exercise at which lactate begins to accumulate in your blood at a faster rate than it can be removed. It's a critical point that can be considered a marker for endurance performance. During...

  • What is Lactate?

    Lactate, often referred to as lactic acid, is a compound that your body produces during intense exercise. When you engage in strenuous activities, your muscles require more energy, and the body breaks down glucose to meet this demand. Lactate is...