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    Athleti.ca - Refuel the Easy Way!

    Sports Nutrition and Endurance Training Store 

    As an athlete, you want to ensure your performance is top-notch and that you are getting the most out of your workouts. When you are looking to enhance your training, our Sports Nutrition and Fitness Store in Canada is your one-stop shop for your endurance nutrition, hydration, and fitness training needs. Whether you hit the gym seven days a week or are training for your next triathlon, we offer the supplies you need to take your fitness to the next level.

     

    Athleti.ca Endurance nutrition superstore is family-run company. As a sports family in Montreal, we are always pushing our limits and want to help other athletes do the same. From running and biking to cross-fit and strength training, we offer a variety of fitness equipment in Canada to satisfy everyone’s athletic needs.

     

    Our online Nutrition, Hydration and Training store in Canada offers a variety of industry and consumer-favorite brands and products. Our goal is to make your life easier, offering nutritional options in bulk so you can focus more on training and less on your dwindling supply. We also provide a variety of vegan options to cater to athletes of dietary preferences.

     

    Our sports nutrition superstore in Canada is the most accessible and most affordable way to buy all of your athletic supplies. We offer only the best products and equipment at prices that fit your budget. Shop at Athleti.ca today for the best nutrition, hydration, and fitness equipment in Canada.

    Lets talk Energy Gels!

    Lets talk Energy Gels!

    Lets talk Energy Gels!

    What are energy gels? Basically they are liquid carbohydrates, used by endurance athletes to fuel their training. They consist of simple sugars, such as sucrose, fructose and glucose and maltodextrin, which is a carbohydrate made from corn starch.

     

    Brands tend to vary but most gels provide between 20 and 30g of carbs and often contain added electrolytes and caffeine.

     

    In reality gels only really make a difference if you are running along and far. For the 5k and 10k runs, gels will actually make little difference and this is because the process of digestion takes 45 minutes to an hour before the body can begin to use them as a fuel. So you should not need to use gels unless you are running for well over an hour. On the other hand, if you start running longer, you will start to deplete your energy stores and after about 90 minutes you will be running on empty. If you do not top up your glycerine stores with enough carbs this is when fatigue, poor performance and bad recovery can occur. Even illness! This is not what you want to happen when you are only half way though the marathon!

     

    You might say “but simple sugars are bad”. But in this situation, glucose or fructose is exactly what you need. These will be absorbed quickly and efficiently which is why endurance athletes top up their energy levels by using gels, sweets or other high-sugar foods.

     

    Athelti.ca has an assortment of gels for your endurance success and goals.

     

     

     

     

    Eat to win: secrets of success

    What does it take to fuel your engine like a champion? If you’d like get the 'real deal' on nurturing success and live a day in an athlete’s shoes (and food pantry), read on… Here’s a sneak peak at some feeding rituals that allow fellow sport enthusiasts to savour the benefits of an athletic lifestyle and sound nutrition!




    • When asked about the must-haves in the fridge and lunch box, our panel of interviewees responded (in order of importance) : greek yogurt, oatmeal and bagels, bananas and dried mangoes, veggies and rice crackers with hummus and tofu dip, fish, peanut butter and maple syrup, caffeine (!), dark chocolate and fruit chews (!!). What are your favorite items at the grocery store?

    • In sharing advice with regards to eating/exercise, the group suggested: not being fearful of eating to give the body what it needs to excel, breaking down barriers and going beyond the limits we may set for ourselves (nothing is impossible…) and considering consulting a professional dietitian get tips to support training and everyday life. Are you optimizing your chances for success?


    • As for tracking down credible and user-friendly information on sports nutrition, this select sample of clients recommended: going straight to the source and finding a dietitian to team up with, websites (www.active.com, www.ironman.com), magazines (Triathlon Magazine Canada), amongst other sources. What are your favorites?
    • In order to give in to their guilty pleasures without giving up and keeping hunger under control, these gurus tend to: make sure not to skip meals nor snacks and keep to a tight routine, treat themselves only after events (as a reward!), have nutritious foods at arm’s reach, consume foods in moderation, maintain adequate hydration… Readers: do you have any tips to share?


    • Finally, with regards to sports supplements, the athletes gave 5 stars to the following products : bars (Clif, PowerBar and Kronobar were the favorites), protein powder (Vega came in first), chews (Clif and Power Bar were worthy of their attention), gels (Honey Stinger was the first choice) and brews (such as First Endurance EFS). Check out the wide selection of sports nutrition products on athleti.ca!

    Let yourself get carried away in the health-nut craze: it’s worth a taste! You’ll feel better and optimize your performance. Every bit and each bite matters, your body should be treated as a temple. Eating sensibly is contagious, spread the word!!! 

    *Special thanks to Bruno Langevin, Marc Bonds and Jimmy Gosselin for their insight, their time and trust as well as their inspiring stories.


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