Improve your cycling performance when you learn to conquer fatigue!
In part one, we examined two factors that affect fatigue, fuel, and lactic acid build up, in addition to briefly touching on why optimized amino acids are amazing for combating fatigue. In today’s post, we’ll explore a couple more fatigue-inducing factors that can lead to the all-out dreaded bonk.
Optimized amino acids are an innovative performance supplement that span far beyond your traditional BCAAs. At Oh!Mino, we’re here to help support you in your cycling endeavors and help give you the best workout through a variety of products. Follow along and learn more about cycling fatigue.
Why use BCAAs when you can get optimized amino acids?
There is no arguing, in cycling you predominantly use your legs. These large muscles including your quadriceps and hamstrings pedal around and around...and around! As you begin to ride consistently, you’ll notice your muscle will not only begin to get stronger but you’ll have more muscle endurance as well. This newly found endurance is a result of the mitochondria (the powerhouse and energy-producing cells) increasing in size and in aerobic muscle fibers. The more muscle endurance you build the less fatigue you’ll experience and the longer and harder you’ll be able to ride.
Low Cardio Fitness
When we mention your cardiovascular system, we’re referring to your lungs, heart, blood vessels, and blood because they are responsible for the way we utilize oxygen in both taking it in and in its transportation. When your cardiovascular fitness is low, it means that your muscles aren’t receiving the essential oxygen for longer rides, which may impact your workouts either by having to slow down or lessen the frequency of your rides. As your cardiovascular fitness begins to broaden, you’ll be able to ride longer and push harder.
How To Supplement and Prevent Cycling Fatigue
There are a myriad of things you can supplement with to improve your performance. To tackle better blood oxygenation try the following:
- Beets - Beets? Yes, beets! Luckily you don’t have to try and down a raw beet before your workout because they come in a variety of supplement forms. Try a beet shot, crystallized beets, or beets in a capsule form.
- Cordyceps - Cordyceps are mushrooms that Chinese Olympic athletes are notorious for supplementing with. Find them in tincture, powder, and capsule form.
- Chlorophyll - Chlorophyll is the rich green pigment found in plants and can be found in both capsules and liquid forms.
All of the above are superstars when it comes to increasing your blood oxygenation. And, as we know, when your blood is oxygenated you have a better workout with less fatigue.
Optimized Amino Acids
Optimized amino acids provide all the support of BCAAs, but offer even more support against fatigue.
Oh!Mino products not only contain optimized amino acids but they efficiently and effectively balance crucial electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, chloride, sodium, and potassium. Balanced electrolytes perform so many critical functions in our bodies, and when they’re able to do their jobs, it makes our workout performance better.
Our optimized amino acids also promote muscle synthesis in every body type — from professional athlete to a sedentary person. When Oh!Mino is pitted against protein it is 11 times more effective in protein synthesis than your traditional protein supplement!