PRO RECOVERY is a protein-carbohydrate shake for endurance and power athletes. The unique combination of the protein components whey, egg and casein in the ratio 1:1:1 as well as colostrum and potatoe-egg protein hydrolysate constitute an optimal protein combination for recovery as well as for growth and maintenance of muscle mass. Enriched with the amino acids L-leucine, L-glutamine and L-arginine. Due to its 50% amount of protein sources, PRO RECOVERY is also suitable as protein shake, without any artificial sweeteners.
Interview Ramon Zenhäusern
«Between two runs I eat some pasta or a HIGH ENERGY BAR Salty+Nuts»
He is the one «on the top» of all the slalom riders. With his two-meter height, Swiss ski racer Ramon Zenhäusern is literally standing out. Especially when ending up on the top of a podium, as was recently the case at the 2019 World Ski Championships in Åre (team) or the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang (gold with the team, silver in the individual race). We were able to meet the charming Swiss for a short interview and find out about his nutrition strategy before important races.
Ramon, what are your plans for the upcoming season?
My goals are always the same: I want to stay as healthy as possible and have fun while racing. And if that is given, I am convinced that good results will follow. I also try to continuously develop and improve my skills.
Do you have a favourite race that you are already looking forward to?
My favourite races are principally the races in Switzerland: Adelboden and Wengen. There I can really feel how the fans push me to a top performance!
What does your breakfast look like on race day?
Before an important race, I make sure that I eat a balanced breakfast. That means: A good mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. That's why I usually eat my way through the breakfast buffets.
Do you have enough time to eat between two runs?
Although I would have enough time between the runs to eat, I am usually so nervous that I don't eat a lot. But in order to have enough energy for the second run, I have a little meal or a snack. I usually eat some pasta and/or a HIGH ENERGY BAR Salty+Nuts from SPONSER.
Which SPONSER products do you like best?
With my size I burn an enormous amount of calories on a training day on the glacier at 3000 m above sea level. Therefore, it is essential that I quickly recharge my energy stores with a protein or a recovery shake. Immediately before a competition I take a LIQUID ENERGY GEL and drink an ISOTONIC sports drink.
Is there a sports nutrition product that still needs to be invented for you and your preferences?
No at all! SPONSER has such a wide range of products that every athlete will be satisfied. I am perfectly happy with SPONSER!
Which menu do you prefer to celebrate your victories and medals with?
I don't really have a special winners' menu, but with a Fondue Chinoise you can always make me happy.22. 01. 2020
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Interview Lukas Hofer
«Before competition, I'll have a RED BET shot with black chocolate!»
There is hardly a biathlete who expresses his joy in competitive sports more clearly than Lukas Hofer. The top athlete from South Tyrol lets his fans share his successes on the cross-country track and at the shooting range in emotional posts, wordy tweets and animated stories. In various languages, with countless pictures and colourful emojis, he reports on his missions with the Italian national team and the Carabinieri sports group of which he is a member. «Luki» celebrated his greatest successes so far in 2019, when he climbed onto the podium twice at the Biathlon World Championships in Östersund, Sweden: In the mixed relay, he was happy to win bronze, and in the single mixed relay he was able to double up with silver alongside Dorothea Wierer. His extensive medal collection also includes two precious metal pieces from Olympic Games. In both Sochi (2014) and Pyeongchang (2018) he won bronze in the Italian mixed relay.
In the middle of the Biathlon World Cup season, Lukas Hofer, who has relied on SPONSER® sports nutrition for many years, took time for an exciting interview about his nutrition.
Lukas, what are your goals for the biathlon season 2020?
As always, I want to perform consistently well in the World Cup and fight for top places. The top 10 in the overall World Cup is a goal I want to achieve. One eye is focused on the home world championships 2020 in Antholz, of course. I will try to arrive there in best form and fight for a top ranking.
Which race formats are especially close to your heart?
I always like the man-to-man races best. I know immediately what position I'm in and how I feel in this situation. In moments like these, it's all about tactics and mental games, especially when it comes to shooting. The pursuit, the mass start or even the relays are an example of this.
What does your breakfast look like on a competition day?
For breakfast I usually eat porridge with nuts and kiwi. Of course, a good coffee is also a must. On race day I mix about 2 spoons of PRO RECOVERY into the porridge.
What do you eat in the last hours before the start?
Before a race, I try not to eat too much so as not to feel heavy. I eat about three and a half hours before a race. Three hours before the start I take the NITROFLOW PERFORMANCE and two hours before I take a RED BEET VINITROX with a piece of dark chocolate. During the warm-up phase I always drink a little magnesium and the COMPETITION sports drink. When I get a little hungry, I take a small piece of HIGH ENERGY BAR Salty+Nuts. Ten to five minutes before the start I take a LIQUID ENERGY BCAA - and then I'm ready to go. Of course, I make sure to drink enough during the whole period, which is very important for our body to function 100%.
Would we still have to invent a special product for you?
With SPONSER® I have found exactly the sports nutrition products I need for training and competitions. Since I have been using SPONSER®, I always feel optimally prepared when it comes to nutrition!
With which menu do you celebrate your successes and medals?
The best thing after a race is a PROTEIN BAR and a delicious PRO RECOVERY shake. And of course, I don't say no to a good plate of pasta or a pizza.08. 01. 2020
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Ice Hockey Nutrition
Nutrition in ice hockey: what ice hockey players should be aware of
Ice hockey is a fascinating sport: fast-paced, physical and in some cases highly dramatic. Although the regular match time is usually three times 20 minutes with breaks of 15 minutes, the effective play time is much longer. Depending on the interruptions during the game, the five field players and the goalie can spend up to two and a half hours on ice. It is obvious that a competition of over two hours requires a targeted and carefully balanced nutritional strategy if an athlete is to fully exploit his performance potential on the ice. We explain in the following what ice hockey players nutrition-wise need to consider before, during and after the competition and make recommendations for product selection from the SPONSER range.
Filling glycogen stores
Full energy reservoirs are the be-all and end-all in a sport with long performing times such as ice hockey. Studies confirm that glycogen supercompensation (carboloading) with a concentrated, carbohydrate-containing drink provides a considerable energy advantage on the day before the competition. Suitable products:
• CARBO LOADER: High energy sports drink for replenishing glycogen stores, contains Vitargo®, a barley starch hydrolysate specially developed for this purpose.
• LIQUID ENERGY GELS: Those who prefer it quick and comfortable can take carbohydrates directly from the tube with these gels. They deliver easily tolerable energy, which is available within a few minutes after ingestion.
• HIGH ENERGY BAR: Competition bars for long-lasting energy. Ideal up to one hour before use.
Increased lactate tolerance
The relatively short, but high-intensity blocks, with sprints and hardly any breathers, as they occur again and again in ice hockey, result in high lactate accumulation. Beta-alanine and soda loading (sodium bicarbonate and sodium citrate) in advance increase the extracellular buffer capacity, which in turn delays the muscle acidosis and fatigue. Athletes benefit also from creatine supplementation, especially when it comes to speed and interval performance - two factors that play a central role in ice hockey. Suitable products:
• LACTAT BUFFER: For professional soda loading during 4-5 days before important games.
• BETA ALANINE: In contrast to soda loading, it does not increase the extracellular but the intracellular buffer capacity and thus ideally complements the LACTATE BUFFER. Loading is necessary for approx. 8 weeks and should be paused after approx. 12 weeks for several weeks.
• CREATINE MONOHYDRATE: Loading phase during 1-2 weeks, but can also be used throughout the entire season. For even better absorption, a combination with CREATINE PYRUMAX is also possible.
DURING THE GAME
Ensure regular liquid supply
Despite the obviously cool temperatures on the ice field, the loss of liquid is significantly higher than one would expect, due to high-intensity performance and the hindered thermoregulation by full-body clothing and protection gear. For this reason, professional athletes make sure to drink 0.5 to 1 litres of an energy- and electrolyte-containing sports drink per hour during a match. Suitable products:
Avoiding blood sugar fluctuations and muscle cramps
In competitive sports, energy supply plays a central role because the body's fuel stores are not sufficient for a duration of more than approx. 90 to 120 minutes. LIQUID ENERGY Gels can therefore also be used in addition to carbohydrate-electrolytes drinks. They provide fast energy, can be taken easily and do not strain the digestion. Players with high sweat losses and/or cramp tendency may benefit from our MUSCLE RELAX Shot. Suitable products:
• LIQUID ENERGY GELS: Best tolerated liquid energy concentrate from quick and slow available carbohydrates. The energy kick par excellence! With or without caffeine.
• MUSCLE RELAX: 30 ml bottles of cucumber juice and vinegar. At first signs or acute muscle cramps, rinse your mouth briefly with it and drink afterwards.
Keeping coordination and concentration high
Reaction time, attention, coordination, concentration and a high focus are elementary performance components in a technical and fast discipline like ice hockey. Suitable products for increased cognitive performance and delayed fatigue:
• ACTIVATOR: Ready-to-drink flask with 200 mg caffeine from guarana, mate and green tea. Ideal from the second third or to manage mental fatigue. To be taken approx. 30-60 min before the desired time of effect. Take in two portions depending on tolerance.
• MENTAL FOCUS: Caffeine-free formulation with green tea active ingredients and Rhodiola Rosea. Promotes focusing without increasing anxiety.
Ensure fast recovery
«After the match is before the match» is a bon mot in ice hockey. It is therefore crucial to take care of regeneration immediately after a match. A high-quality regeneration supplement supplies the body with fluid and electrolytes, fills the glycogen stores and repairs endured muscle damage. Suitable products:
• RECOVERY DRINK: Fruity regeneration drink, lactose-free. Preparation with water.
• PRO RECOVERY: Efficient, highly professional protein-based regeneration product to balance muscle stress. Lactose-free and without artificial sweeteners. Preparation with water.
• NITROFLOW PERFORMANCE2: The professional tip! Its vasodilatory effect enables better nutrient supply and reduction of metabolic end products (e.g. lactate). Ideal for supporting regeneration.
Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ
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Amino acids before strength training increase its effect
A study shows more effective muscle building if proteins and amino acids are taken immediately before strength training.
The notably already aged study by Kevin D. Tipton on "Timing of amino acid-carbohydrate ingestion alters anabolic response of muscle to resistance exercise" shows that protein synthesis may be more effective when essential amino acids are taken immediately prior to resistance exercise. Particularly relevant is the L-leucine content of the amino mixture. L-leucine is regarded as a triggering substance for muscle protein synthesis and thus activates the desired build-up processes. In Tipton's study, free amino acids were used, which is crucial for timing. Intact proteins such as WHEY ISOLATE 94 would therefore have to be taken with a corresponding lead time of approx. 60 to 90 minutes before training, as the necessary digestion time has to be taken into account.
SPONSER® recommends the following products for this purpose:
AMINO EAA, tablets which can be taken immediately before training. They support the growth and the preservation of the muscle mass and contain all 6 essential and the 4 conditionally essential amino acids in free form. The AMINO EAA tablets deliver no excess energy but concentrate on the essential: essential amino acids. This makes them suitable for athletes, who want to limit their protein supply to the necessary minimum and do not want to take any additional calories.
PRO RECOVERY, which can be taken before strength training. The unique combination of the different protein components whey, egg and casein in a ratio of 1:1:1 as well as colostrum and egg-potato protein hydrolysate enable an optimal protein mix for growth and maintenance of muscle mass.
Tipton et al, 2001: Timing of amino acid-carbohydrate ingestion alters anabolic response of muscle to resistance exercise. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab, 281(2):E197-206.
Author: Yvonne Forster
Dipl. eng. food sciences UAS
Dipl. dietitian HS
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ISSN recommendations on protein intake for healthy, exercising individuals
The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) provides an objective and critical overview on protein intake for healthy, exercising individuals. Based on the currently available literature, the ISSN has defined the following 13 positions, which are commented by Yvonne Forster, SPONSER® nutritionist and food sciences engineer:
• «An acute exercise stimulus, particularly resistance exercise, and protein ingestion both stimulate muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and are synergistic when protein consumption occurs before or after resistance exercise.»
• «For building muscle mass and for maintaining muscle mass through a positive muscle protein balance, an overall daily protein intake in the range of 1.4–2.0 g protein/kg body weight/day (g/kg/d) is sufficient for most exercising individuals, a value that falls in line within the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range published by the Institute of Medicine for protein.»
Comment: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum intake of 0.8 g protein per kg body weight per day, which is often contradictory to the significantly higher doses of ISSN. It must be taken into account that the WHO values are always based on minimum requirements - also politically justified and influenced by ethical-ecological principles.
• «There is novel evidence that suggests higher protein intakes (>3.0 g/kg/d) may have positive effects on body composition in resistance-trained individuals (i.e., promote loss of fat mass).»
Comment: With an intake of >3 g protein per kg body weight per day, a diet has to be considered protein dominant. Since proteins have a very satiating effect, the general diet can be designed according to the «low carb» principle. In this case you should refrain from eating snacks containing carbohydrates. If a weight reduction is in the foreground, SPONSER® recommends the LOW CARB PROTEIN SHAKE. This protein shake additionally contains dietary fibres which also have a satiating effect and have a positive influence on our microbiome.
• «Recommendations regarding the optimal protein intake per serving for athletes to maximize MPS are mixed and are dependent upon age and recent resistance exercise stimuli. General recommendations are 0.25 g of a high-quality protein per kg of body weight, or an absolute dose of 20–40 g.»
Comment: SPONSER® designs the protein shakes generally with approx. 20-25 g protein per portion. The protein shakes can be taken with water or milk. If taken with water, increase the amount of powder. Exact recommendations for use are indicated on the packaging.
• «Acute protein doses should strive to contain 700–3000 mg of leucine and/or a higher relative leucine content, in addition to a balanced array of the essential amino acids (EAAs).»
Comment: AMINO EAA tablets from the SPONSER® range are particularly suitable for targeted amino acids intake. WHEY PROTEIN is naturally rich in BCAA (branch-chained amino acids) and therefore also rich in L-leucine.
• «These protein doses should ideally be evenly distributed, every 3–4 h, across the day.»
Comment: This distribution results in approx. 5 protein portions, considering the food-free sleep phase. Usually lunch and dinner are hardly a problem to reach the recommended amount of protein. Breakfast and late evening meals before bed rest are often insufficient. WHEY PROTEIN, which can be added to any smoothies or muesli, is suitable for enriching breakfast. CASEIN is recommended for late meals. Casein has a slower emptying time from the stomach due to its gelling property. This ensures a continuous flow of amino acids throughout the night, which minimises the catabolic night phase. MULTI PROTEIN, which also contains 2/3 microfiltered casein, is a valuable alternative.
• «The optimal time period during which to ingest protein is likely a matter of individual tolerance, since benefits are derived from pre- or post-workout ingestion; however, the anabolic effect of exercise is long-lasting (at least 24 h), but likely diminishes with increasing time post-exercise.»
• «While it is possible for physically active individuals to obtain their daily protein requirements through the consumption of whole foods, supplementation is a practical way of ensuring intake of adequate protein quality and quantity, while minimizing caloric intake, particularly for athletes who typically complete high volumes of training.»
• «Rapidly digested proteins that contain high proportions of essential amino acids (EAAs) and adequate leucine, are most effective in stimulating MPS.»
Comment: AMINO EAA are tablets with free-form essential amino acids that are suitable for a targeted EAA intake, as well as for supplementing or optimizing the protein intake from the general diet.
• «Different types and quality of protein can affect amino acid bioavailability following protein supplementation.»
Comment: The bioavailability of amino acids and proteins depends on the dosage, the type of protein and, if given, the degree of hydrolysis. Vegetable protein sources such as soy, peas, etc. are not always complete in their amino acid profile. For this reason, vegan meals should combine different vegetable protein sources. VEGAN PROTEIN from SPONSER® contains a broad mix of vegetable protein sources with a very broad amino acid profile resulting in a high biological value. Nowadays, hydrolysed (predigested) proteins are also available on the market. This means that the complex protein structure is destroyed and the body requires less digestive work. Particularly sophisticated products therefore contain a mix of high-quality intact protein sources such as protein isolate, protein hydrolysate and free amino acids, as is the case in PREMIUM WHEY HYDRO, for example.
• «Athletes should consider focusing on whole food sources of protein that contain all of the EAAs (i.e., it is the EAAs that are required to stimulate MPS).»
Comment: Protein supplements from SPONSER® generally contain the entire spectrum of essential amino acids
• «Endurance athletes should focus on achieving adequate carbohydrate intake to promote optimal performance; the addition of protein may help to offset muscle damage and promote recovery.»
Comment: In endurance sports, the stimuli are usually set differently, but good quality training also leads to exhaustion. The protein supplements of SPONSER® are therefore also suitable for the regeneration support of endurance athletes. Since the carbohydrate supply of endurance athletes is not limited to the same extent as that of strength athletes, PRO RECOVERY with natural sweetening and moderate carbohydrate content is very suitable for regeneration support.
• «Pre-sleep casein protein intake (30–40 g) provides increases in overnight MPS and metabolic rate without influencing lipolysis.»
Comment: CASEIN is recommended for late meals as it causes a slow emptying of the stomach. This ensures a continuous flow of amino acids throughout the night, which minimises the catabolic night phase.
Jäger et al, 2017: International Society of Sports Nutrition Position Stand: protein and exercise. J Int Soc Sports Nutr, 14(20).
Author: Yvonne Forster Nigg
dipl. eng. food sciences UAS
dipl. dietitian HS
Protein: For regeneration, muscle building, weight control and immune defence
Protein: All you need to know as an endurance athlete
Protein before bed rest improves recovery and muscle building during the night
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Protein: All you need to know as an endurance athlete
Protein fulfils many important functions in your body. To perform its tasks optimally, your body must be provided with the necessary basic protein requirements.
The Swiss Society for Sports Nutrition therefore recommends athletes a daily amount of approx. 1.3-1.8 g protein per kg body weight. For a woman of 60 kg this means about 80-110 g protein per day, while a man of 80 kg body weight needs about 105-144 g dietary protein. For special phases such as strength building, diets or weight training, higher recommendations of 2.0-2.7 g protein per kilogram body weight apply. With our protein calculator the recommended daily requirements can be calculated to cover your individual needs.
Timing of intake
The body protein is in a dynamic equilibrium. It is constantly built up and broken down. This is called anabolism or catabolism. Therefore, you are dependent on a regular intake. For optimal protein synthesis, about 20-30 g of protein should be consumed every 3-4 hours.
Protein sources and quality
Ideally, you already cover your protein requirements with the general diet. However, as time-consuming and disadvantageous for various reasons it can be (logistics, timing, handling), protein-enriched food and supplements offer a convenient complementary alternative. It is worth paying attention to high-quality products and trustworthy sources that guarantee the best protein quality and functionality.
High-quality protein products by SPONSER
WHEY ISOLATE 94
Use: recovery, muscle build-up
Properties: best whey protein quality, 100% grass-fed from Ireland, lactose-free
Use: basic protein, night protein, muscle build-up, recovery
Properties: high-quality multi-protein blend, wide range of application, contains whey, casein and egg albumin origin Switzerland
Properties: high-quality recovery, with colostrum
LOW CARB PROTEIN SHAKE
Use: weight management, basic protein blend, meal replacement
Properties: sustained satiety, with fibres, L-carnitine and choline
Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ
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