There are several nutritional strategies which will enable you to get the most from your training camp. Here we look at some of the key areas of nutrition that can help you return a fitter and stronger athlete.
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Keep Hydrated

You also need to plan to keep hydrated, especially as most training camps take place in warmer climes. As well as energy supply, hydration is one of the critical nutritional factors that affects sports performance. As little as a 2% loss in body weight through dehydration can decrease performance by up to 20%, and once carbohydrate energy is used up performance decreases even more significantly.

You need to drink 1.5 times as much weight in fluid as you have lost in sweat in order to fully re-hydrate after exercise, the fluid should have a significant amount of sodium and potassium and be free from dehydrators such as caffeine and alcohol (Re-hydrate first before you start partying if you want to survive the duration!).

It’s also a good idea to ensure that you have or know where to obtain a supply of safe bottled water for some destinations – do this before you start training to avoid the temptation of unsafe tap water.

OTE Hydro Tabs should be used when hydration without the need for extra calories (energy) is the most important factor, ideal to use in between sessions on training camps to remain hydrated.

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Make the most of it

Most people go on training camps to obtain a steep increase in their fitness levels.  Good nutritional practices will help maximise adaptations from the increased volume of training, ensuring you get the maximum benefit from your training camp investment.  Keeping hydrated and adequately fuelled goes a long way in ensuring the success of your training camp; additionally, research shows that increases in exercise volume and intensity do increase protein requirements. OTE Recovery shakes taken post exercise will provide a significant proportion of this increased protein requirement. OTE Recovery also contains L-Glutamine and L-Leucine which are important amino acids which may become depleted in times of high exercise stress

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keep healthy on your return

Training camps and “over-training” are often linked with an increased incidence of upper respiratory tract infections, either during the training camp or soon after you return home.

It is worth taking precautions to reduce the chance of catching an infection post training camp. Try taking two of our Health & Immune tablets a day to keep any bugs at bay and help boost an potentially low immune system. Also make sure your diet is rich in fruit and vegetables.

Airports and Air travel involve very dry environments and can cause de-hydration even before you reach your training venue. Think about this before you board the plane. A good start is to make sure that you take a bottle of OTE Hydro Tabs on the plane with you, and try not to drink too much coffee and alcohol at the airport.

We hope you make the biggest gains possible from your training camp this year. Remember your energy in is your energy out!! Put fuel in your engine and you will get bigger training adaptions. Good luck!

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