Author Archive for Dr. Kurt Strecker, DC, CCSP

Learn to Relax Your Mind and Body for Faster, More Effective Training (and Racing!)

"We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think."  -  Buddha
"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath." -  Amit Ray

 

Coach Al relaxing his mind during the run at Ironman Lake Placid!

Coach Al relaxing his mind during the run at Ironman Lake Placid!

Have you ever stopped to notice how relaxed and smooth the best endurance athletes in the world look when they are competing?  When we swim, bike, and run, we are continually moving between a state of relaxation and tension both physically AND mentally. While we obviously need tension at times, if you are gritting your teeth and trying to force and fight through a workout or race, you may be severely lessening the potential benefit AND enjoyment you would have derived from that session, AND you might end up going slower as well. What the elite athletes who are silky-smooth and relaxed know is that:

When your body’s natural rhythm and timing are altered, less fluid and less efficient movements use up precious energy reserves and increase the risk of cramping and even injury.

  • The best chance for a true “breakthrough” performance can only happen if our focus is on being more relaxed, rather than trying to fight through and force more power from our legs!
  • Taking at least one session each week in each sport where you practice and refine skill and technique will lead to more relaxed, more efficient sport specific movements.
  • Your ability to completely relax your body AND mind, while simultaneously moving at the fastest possible speed, is a very important determinant of how successful you will be in your most important events!

What does it mean to relax the mind?

According to Joann Dahlkoetter, Ph.D., well-known author and expert on mental training for athletes, “relaxation is an experience. It’s a state of physical and mental stillness characterized by the absence of tension and anxiety.”[1] In addition, studies and anecdotal reports from elite level cyclists and other endurance athletes consistently say one related key to faster training and racing is learning to stay “in the moment” at all times, emptying the mind of left-brain thinking, analyzing and judging.

In my own practical experience as an endurance athlete, when I am able to really focus on staying task oriented and being “in the moment,” emptying my mind of anxious thoughts and judgments, I instantly feel a mental and physical response that allows me to relax more fully. What results is that I am able to breathe more deeply from my lower abdomen, NOT from my chest, which in turn lowers my heart rate and any additional tension I might be feeling.  This makes it easier to move through a greater range of motion and helps me pick up my pace even further without an increase in heart rate or in RPE. I know that with nothing more than my enhanced focus and breathing, I am able to immediately change the way I feel and the way I perform!

Try relaxing as HARD as you seem to be working:

As an experiment, in your next “quality” workout, try relaxing as HARD as you are working! Pay attention to your breath. Gritting your teeth with all of the resulting tension in your face is wasted energy and won’t help you go faster.  Forcing it may end up resulting in cramping, inefficient and uncoordinated movements, poor breathing mechanics, poor pacing, and might even lead to overtraining and injury. Instead, introduce a new dimension of relaxing your mind and body “harder” while training and racing.

Tips to help quiet your left-brain and relax your mind and muscles:  

  • Your left brain wants to constantly judge and criticize you.  STOP IT by using “thought replacement” strategies that in turn will enhance relaxation.  The instant you experience a negative thought or criticism, replace it with a positive one.
  • Use KEY “power” words such as calm, focus, smooth, patience, effortless, or winner to re-center and stay focused in the present.
  • Use deep focused breathing to key into how your body is feeling.  Learn to detect subtle changes in muscle tension levels that will help you relax muscles not needed for a particular movement.

Without a doubt, learning to relax your body, calm your mind, and conserve energy while swimming, riding, or running, and throughout the day (how tightly do you grip the steering wheel in your car?) will enhance your quality of sleep, accelerate your recovery, recharge your mind, and enhance your performance and enjoyment.  Take these strategies and integrate them into your daily training and I guarantee you’ll see instant benefits in every phase of your life!

~Coach Al

 

[1] Dahlkoetter, Ph.D., Joann, Your Performing Edge, Pulgas Ridge Press, 2002., pg. 53

023: Dr. Diane Hindman, PhD On Fitness Facts and Fallacies — Training, Weight Loss, Diet, Supplements, and More (Podcast)

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Hey Everyone!

Dr. Diane Hindman, PhD

Dr. Diane Hindman, PhD

I had a GREAT podcast session with inspirational speaker and spiritual entrepreneur Dr. Diane Hindman, PhD.

On all things involving natural health, wellness, green living, nutrition, and fitness, Diane knows her stuff -- to say the least. She holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology and has more than 15 years of clinical experience in exercise, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. She is a professional speaker, the founder of Dr. Diane Speaks, the author of an audio CD entitled "Dreaming Your Ideal Life Into Being," and a life coach. Her life's work focuses on helping people understand and use professional, spiritual, and healthy, natural living tools to achieve their personal goals. She has been published peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Journal of Gerontology. You can find her website here.

Dr. Di  is also the co-publisher of the popular Natural Nutmeg Magazine, Connecticut’s resource for health and environmentally conscious readers who desire a holistic, natural lifestyle.

We're lucky to have her on this podcast, am I right?!

What we do everyday at Pursuit Athletic Performance is help reeducate athletes as to what truly works in training, the importance of functional strength, and the central role of clean nutrition. We found a kindred spirit in Dr. Diane who helps us clear the haze, talk fact, and sort through fallacy on wide-ranging topics.

Here's what we cover....

  • Why steady-state cardio is not the most effective form of exercise for weight loss/fat loss?
  •   Dr. Diane is a proponent of the Minimum Effective Dose -- what does that mean?
  •  As an exercise physiologist who is constantly focused on exercise research, Dr. Di struggled to come to the understanding that weight loss is 90% diet/nutrition/lifestyle and 10% exercise. We dive in.
  • What are the top five things most people do wrong when making New Year's Resolutions?
  • Exercise programs recommendations
  • Healthy eating -- does that mean Paleo, Low Carb, Low Fat, Blood Type, etc.?
  • Dr. Diane's favorite supplements for endurance athletes

Lot's of incredibly good stuff here!

Huge thanks to Dr. Diane for taking the time to do this podcast with us. Terrific stuff for all out athletes and listeners!

Dr. Kurt Strecker

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019: Core Stability: It’s Not About A Muscle (Podcast)

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Hey Everyone!

When we start talking about core stability, let's start with this....

It’s not about a muscle.

side plankCoach Al and I recently discussed an article where the author had examined a large body of research and claimed to have elucidated the most important exercises for “core training” in runners. The studies looked at the multifidi and transversus abdominis using electromyography (EMG), which measures muscle activity. With this information the author concluded that dead lifts and back squats are the best core exercises for runners.

The trouble is, core stability is not about a muscle. Body parts do not function in isolation. You are a person, an entire human being. You are not a knee or a hip or an ankle. You are not a bicep or a tricep or a quad. Your movement is orchestrated by an amazing brain and nervous system. The whole is most definitely greater than the sum of the parts. To judge the efficacy of a core exercise by the activity of a muscle or two is completely ludicrous! EMG measures muscle activity, not core stability. Stability is a skill, it is well-orchestrated motor control. Assuming otherwise is a huge mistake.

Take, for example, a rowing team. Nine athletes in a long skinny boat with oars. Eight of those athletes row while the ninth steers and directs the activity. All of the guys with oars are strong and fit and capable of producing a great deal of force, but unless they work as a team in synchronicity they don’t move at all. Core stability is no different, folks.

Here's what you need to know about the core, how to train it and work that stability! Enjoy!

Helping YOU Be Great!

Dr. Kurt Strecker

We hope you enjoy our podcasts and find them useful for your training and racing. Any questions? Hit us up in the comments, or on Facebook. Let us know of any topics you would like us to cover too.

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014: Injuries in Student Athletes and Strategies for Prevention (Podcast)

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Dr. Kurt Strecker, DC, CCSP

Today, Dr. Kurt Strecker sits down with orthopaedic surgeon Steven Wei, MD to talk about the most common injuries in student athletes from middle schoolers through collegiate competitors. They identifyat-risk athletes, discuss strategies for prevention, and touch on the current thinking with regard to concussions.

Dr. Steven Wei is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with a subspecialty certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He has conducted

Steven Y Wei, MD

Steven Y Wei, MD

extensive research in the areas of knee injuries, shoulder arthroscopy, and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. Wei was named one of Connecticut Magazine's "Top Docs." He has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Kosovo Medal, Distinguished Honor Graduate from Officer Basic Course. He serves as team physician for Connecticut College, and for East Lyme, Fitch, Stonington & Waterford High Schools.

We hope you enjoy our podcasts and find them useful for your training and racing. Any questions? Hit us up in the comments, or on Facebook. Let us know of any topics you would like us to cover too.

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Doc’s Do’s and Don’ts: 8 Keys to a Fast, Injury-Free Season

Dr. Kurt Strecker

Dr. Kurt Strecker, CP, CCSP

Dr. Kurt Strecker in the house today with 8 Keys to a Fast, Injury-Free Season. Let's get to it!

1. Warm Up

We recently had an athlete, we’ll call him Xavier, in the PAP clinic with a pulled calf. He explained that he had been training for the past several months without any issues, and in fact, he was running stronger and faster at this point in time than he could recall. He had been focused on a particular road race and was sure he would PR. The problem came soon after mile 1.

Kabang!

There goes the calf.

What happened? I asked X to tell me about a typical training week. He said that an aerobic run would start out nice and easy for the first 10 minutes or so and gradually build from a 9:00/mile pace to a 8:00 min pace. On higher intensity days, he would ride his bike to the local high school track, do a few easy laps with strides and then do his main sets, whatever those might be. Then I asked him to describe race day. That morning he drove to the venue, had a quick jog and couple of stretches, then stood around for about 20 minutes waiting for the race to start. When the gun went off he headed out at his goal race pace of about 7:00 min/mile.

Do you see the problems?

Inadequate warm up and too much time between getting loose and starting the race. Don’t let this happen to you! Have a pre-race warm up routine, USE IT, and be sure to time it so you’re warm when you need to be.


 2. Listen to Your Body

So our old friend X broke another cardinal rule. He didn’t listen to his body. When his calf went ‘pop,’ he didn’t stop. He pressed on and finished the race, which happened to be a trail run of 12 miles. Not the best choice to say the least.

Do you think that made his rehab longer or shorter? Let me help here. The decision to press on cost him several additional weeks of training and one of his ‘A’ races.

Pain exists for a reason. It is a signal that something is wrong. PLEASE listen to your body. And FYI, recovering from an injury is almost always quicker if you treat it when it occurs instead of waiting 3 months and hoping it will go away.


 3. Strength Train Properly

You can’t put an 800HP motor in a rusty VW Bug chassis and expect that it won’t break. Triathletes and runners are very good at making powerful cardiovascular engines, and they are very often lousy at taking care of their frames. Triathlon is NOT cross training, people. You MUST do your strength training. Coach Al has written volumes on this, and you can refresh yourself with our advice on strength training starting here. Heed his warnings or pay homage at the Altar of the Injury Gods!


 4. Muscle Balance

Balance in muscle lengths is very important, but random stretching doesn’t work.

People will often ask me, “Doc, what stretches are good for runners?” The truth is, there are no good stretches for runners, triathletes, baseball players or astronauts. There are, however, appropriate stretches for Mary, Freddy, Sally and Xavier. One’s flexibility and mobility is determined by genetics, occupation, daily activities, and many other factors. The only way to know what muscle groups YOU need to stretch is to evaluate YOUR flexibility and mobility as a whole. You can do that through a gait analysis assessment, a session with a physical therapist, or a carefully-chosen, very skilled trainer.


5. Proper Shoe Gear

pursuit athletic performanceRunners with short calves who over pronate need different shoe gear than those with good ankle mobility and neutral foot mechanics. I refer to “shoe gear” to include shoes and/or orthotics. There are as many biomechanical variations as there are people.

The bottom line is, having the appropriate shoe gear on your feet is like having the proper alignment of your car tire. It makes for better fuel economy, less wear-and-tear on the ball joints, and fewer trips to the mechanic. The more miles you log, the more important this becomes. Click here for a FREE direct download of our  e-book on this topic.


6. Bike Fit

Having a good bike fit is just like having proper shoe gear, plain and simple. This must include a thorough evaluation of the foot/pedal interface. It is a critical part of the fit and it is often overlooked. Wanna make more Watts with less effort and stay out of the Med Tent? Check with Todd and Lis Kenyon at TTBikeFit!


 7. Sleep

The most underutilized and underrated piece of equipment an athlete has may well be the mattress. Sleep is when we repair and restore. It is important for everything from growth hormone to neurotransmitters. Under performing on the race course? Try sleeping more. It’ll keep you from doing the head bob in the car on the way to work, too!


8. Nutrition

Everyone knows nutrition is important, but just how important may be under estimated.

Did you know that the average American consumes nearly 130 pounds of sugar each year? It’s true. We’ve made sugar a real staple in our diets. It feeds inflammation like gas on a fire and it’s loaded with empty calories. Check out Coach Al’s thoughts on fueling for race day and training, and get off the sugar IV! A quick share below, and Coach's webinar "Smart Training and Racing Nutrition" is yours. (And thanks!)

Is the New York Times Right About Reasons Not To Stretch? (Video)

Hey Everyone!

The other day, The New York Times wrote a piece titled "Reasons Not to Stretch." You can link to it here. The article cites a number of studies demonstrating that static stretching before a workout will actually diminish your performance. They link to a "bogglingly comprehensive re-analysis of data" published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports that presents "a growing scientific consensus that pre-exercise stretching is generally unnecessary and likely counterproductive."

Do we agree?

In fact, we do.

In this video, I give you specific reasons why static stretching before a workout is a bad idea. In fact, we are not huge proponents of static stretching at all here at Pursuit Athletic Performance. Stretching is really about restoring muscular balance in the body—front/back, in/out, and side-to-side— in order to enhance more efficient movement. AND, it's likely different for each person.

I encourage all of you to think about working out a plan for how YOU need to restore muscular balance based on your particular strengths and weaknesses. There are a few stretches I think 99% of all runners likely need to do, and I review them here. But, in general, smart, effective stretching should be a lot more of a personalized endeavor than many of you have been led to believe.

Dr. Kurt Strecker

Mickey Nelson of Designs for Health on Optimim Performance Through Optimum Health

Hello Everyone!

We have a guest blogger in today, Mickey Nelson, Health Educator at Designs for Health (DFH). Mickey speaks here to athletes on the importance of regaining optimum health as it directly impacts performance and overall well being. One way to do that is with a sound detoxification program.

We are not talking about a colon cleanse or other weird, ineffective fad. The 14-day coach-led detox we are offering, March 4-17, uses a kit from Designs for Health that is based on real, healthy foods, and restores balance. The detox supports the body's natural two-phase detoxification process in order to safely and effectively remove harmful toxins from the body. It's a sure-fire way to begin re-depositing into your "health bank account" that Mickey writes about. As an athlete you know that nutritional health has a huge impact on your performance profile.

If you're interested in joining the detox, click here for more information and to order. Build that health account today and make 2013 clean, lean, and FAST!

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Mickey Nelson, Designs for Health, Educator

Fellow Athletes,

It is particularly important for athletes to regularly experience the benefits of a well-structured environmental detox and cleanse program because optimum performance can only be achieved through optimum health. It is important to note that optimum health can never be perfect health because of the continuous environmental toxic load we are exposed to through the air we breathe, the water we drink and the foods we eat.

A good analogy would be that achieving (more) optimal health is like trying to build a (bigger) bank account. Our immune system and detoxifying organs are continuously flushing our system and adding credits to our "health bank account." Air, water, and food toxins are continuously debiting or drawing from that same account. As the account becomes depleted, there are debts that will have to be paid. Perhaps the debt will be in the form of poor sleep, brain fog, low energy or libido, and the inability to efficiently convert nutrients to energy--all of which cumulatively breaks the bank. All of these conditions and many, many, more health challenges could be the result of an accumulating toxic burden.

Let's face it, we all feel better with money in the bank and a couple of well constructed detox/cleanse programs every year could easily add up to better performance in your health account. Ultimately, building or rebuilding a bank account requires steady discipline and lifestyle changes, just as optimal health may require the same focus of discipline and change.

Detox : : Clean, Lean, and FAST in 2013!

ATHLETE DETOX! CLEAN, LEAN, AND FAST IN 2013!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

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14-Day Program, March 4 - 17
Coach-Led by Dr. Kurt Strecker and Coach Al Lyman
(Order Kit by February 26)

Hello Everyone!

The detox is back by popular demand! The results of our February 14-day coach-led program was a resounding success! We've been getting a ton of requests to repeat the program, so here you go.

This is it! ONE MORE CHANCE to put that nutrition piece in place before the racing begins. Want in? Scroll down to the end of this post and you can order your detox kit right here. (Order by February 26 to insure delivery by the start date in the lower 48.)

The detox kit we use is by "Science First" Designs for Health (DFH). DFH offers superior natural products available only through medical practitioners, which is why you can get it from us. This is not a colon cleanse or a weird fad. It is based overall on real food. It is designed to restore balance, allowing your body to catch up on "housekeeping." You will also learn a ton about your relationship with food, as well as which foods work in YOUR unique physiology, and which do not.

What can you expect from the detox experience?

o Get Energized

o Stop Eating The Junk

o Lose Some Weight

o Break Bad Eating Habits

o Get Your Eating Mindset in Place for the Best Year Yet! (See my video above for more about that!)

Take a look below at some of the great testimonials we received from athletes in the February group.

Just how will we guide you?

o Pre-detox, we will offer a live Spreecast on Thursday, February 28 at 7 pm (EST) to answer questions, and get some mojo flowing!

o We'll all start together on Monday, March 4.

o You will be invited to join a private Facebook group where we will check in daily to offer support and information.

o Download our Pursuit Detox document for additional information, Q&A, testimonials, and motivation.

We hope you'll join us on what is likely to be the last detox we offer before the racing season gets underway! DO IT!

Be great!

Dr. Kurt Strecker

A Few (of many) Testimonials:

I HIGHLY recommend this. I am finishing my 14 day challenge and it has been such a great learning experience! I always felt that I ate healthy and clean but realized I had those "hidden" calories out there. I FEEL WAY better. For an Ironman athlete, I don't care to lose weight...but my workouts have been awesome. I feel like I am running like a gazelle and lifting like a machine. I plan to do this detox biyearly. Sign up today!!! -Jen R

I realized how truly out of major whack my diet was. I consider myself an informed consumer and, as a long-time triathlete, generally, a healthy eater. By shining the light of the detox on what I was really eating and putting into my body, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was way off base. I was living in a constant high-glycemic state, eating WAY too many inflammatory foods, and being weighed down by it all. My workouts have a sprightliness and a spark that has been missing for a long time now. I am sleeping SO well. My energy is even a high from morning till evening. I can't believe how much changed in two short weeks. I am not letting this go! Bring on 2013! --Linda P.

This has been great. The best part of the PAP detox has been breaking habits and grooving new grooves. Plan to cut way back on sugar and high glycemic stuff . Down 5 pounds in two weeks. Thanks to this group--and particularly to Doc and Coach. -Peter B

Guided Detox for Athletes Info Sheet :: Order Kit By January 28 :: Start on February 4

dr. kurt streckerPURSUIT ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE GUIDED DETOX INFO SHEET

Detox Dates: February 4-17, 2013
Order Your Detox Kit By January 28
to Ensure Delivery

Dr. Kurt Strecker, CP, CCSP
Coach Al Lyman, CSCS, FMS, HKC


Designs For Health
Designs for Health is an outstanding brand that we have worked with for many years. A professional brand, it is offered exclusively to health care professionals and their patients through referral.

You can read about the Designs for Health philosophy and all of their products at their website.

How Can I Join the Detox?
We wanted to make the detox available to as many athletes as possible. If you are not on our triathlon training team, here is what we set up for you:

  • You can order securely through our store right on our Facebook page. Click here. Open this link in a browser, not a mobile device. Facebook does not open these apps on mobile from some frustrating reason.
  • We have developed a web page for the program that you can visit here for more information and to order.
  • On a mobile phone? Here's our mobile app link.
  • Or you can order right on our web site.

How Will You Guide Me:

Spreecast and Private Facebook Group
Once we receive your order, we will send you information about our detox Spreecast scheduled for Thursday, January 31 at 7 pm. We will answer all you questions and get some mojo flowing. Please like our Facebook page so we can include you in a private Facebook group. We will check in with the group daily to keep you on track for the 14 days.

Can You Offer a Discount?
Designs for Health does not allow discounts. They say, "As a true professional line of nutritional supplements, Designs for Health does not allow discounting its products."

Why Do the Detox Now?
Says Coach Al: Unless you're training for a race right now, there's absolutely no reason that I can think of, not to do this. Many of you are stuck on eating the same 8-10 different foods, every day. You need some change. Many of you could benefit from losing a bit of body fat, and now is the best time during the year to do that. Many of you would learn a ton about your own food tolerances and learn many other things too. Please get in on the Detox. You won't regret it.

Also, You Can Look Forward To:

  • Breaking out of your nutritional rut
  • Finding out which foods cause the most negative reactions
  • Learning to try new foods and discover some new favorites
  • Dropping a few unwanted pounds of fat without going hungry or starving yourself
  • Giving your motivation and discipline a little kick start, in preparation for the upcoming year
  • Watching energy levels skyrocket and learn just how certain foods really do have a 'stressful' affect on your body

Is This a Colon Cleanse?
This is NOT a colon cleanse or freaky fad thing. This is about eating good, wholesome, clean food and supplementing the liver with the raw materials it needs to "get caught up" in the housekeeping.

What Will I Eat?
You will be drinking two shakes per day as meal replacements. These are not some canned goo. You'll be making them fresh with ingredients like your favorite frozen berries, almond or coconut milk, maybe ginger or cinnamon with some pea protein and PaleoCleanse powder. They're delicious. (Good enough that Dr. Strecker's little kids drink them.)

Twice per day you'll be taking some AminoDetox capsules and plant-based digestive enzymes also in capsule form.

Your third meal will be something like wild salmon, buffalo burger, free-range chicken or turkey plus veggies. You will snack on almonds, pistachios, avocado, fruit, celery with almond butter... things like that. There is NO calorie restriction, so you won't be hungry.

What Will I Give Up?

  • Sugar and sweeteners
  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Processed crap
  • Fried foods
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Peanuts

Outstanding Results
Says Dr. Strecker: I will also tell you, and some of you will think I'm flat lying here, that over the past few years I've ordered pre- and post-detox blood work on 7 people. (They did the 28-day version of the detox.) Five had elevated cholesterol. After the detox, four of them had normal cholesterol numbers with improved ratios. Here's the crazy part:Two of them dropped about 100 points off their LDL. I am not making this up. The first time I tested a person, I thought it was a mistake. All of those tested were male, between 30-45 years of age, and overweight. All lost between 7-12 pounds. Yes, blood lipid profiles typically improve with diminishing waist line, but I've not seen anything so dramatic.

How Bad Will It Be To Give Up Caffeine?
Triathlon Team Member Paul S who undertook the cleanse last year had this to say:

Regarding caffeine and the impact--I had for almost 30 years been a TWO POT a day coffee drinker, and also usually had 2-3 diet cokes in the afternoon. I can tell you that the headache for days 2-5 was hard. It is Doc that convinced me to stick it out. After five days it subsided and I noticed a total leveling, and "high" level of energy and consistency across the day without afternoon lulls. I did the 30-day detox and had such a change in my daily energy stayed high, that I stuck with many of the components.

I started drinking green tea only after the detox due to the antioxidants. While there is some caffeine (although an order of magnitude less per cup), the energy swings did not come back. I have had only 3 Diet Cokes since August 2nd and don't even like the taste any more. While I have had an occasional cup of decaf coffee (as I missed the taste), I have not had more than 1 cup a day. Over the holidays I also let slip in a cup occasionally and since new years have been doing a cup of half-caff once a day too. I am doing this detox to get all the way back off coffee.

The truth is, you can do it. And you'll have a group of people right along side you in the group providing support and motivation every step of the way.

Can I Train?
Yes, unless you are deep into Ironman-type training, you can continue your normal regimen. A number of our athletes report high energy levels and PRs during the cleanse period.

This is a good thing to do for yourself! Join us!

Dr. Kurt Strecker and Coach Al Lyman

Guided 14-Day Detox for Athletes, February 4-17. You Know You Need To!

Hey Everyone!

Kurt_DetoxDr. Kurt Strecker here with a great opportunity to jump start your nutrition before the 2013 season gets in full swing. We are offering, through our Facebook page, a 14-day guided detox program to help you:

  • Get Energized
  • Stop Eating The Junk
  • Lose Some Weight
  • Break Bad Eating Habits
  • Get Your Eating Mindset in Place for the Best Year Yet!

Not only are we known for extracting the best athletic performance from our athletes, but we guideDFH_Kit their nutrition closely too. For the detox, we carefully selected a kit by the best company we can recommend--Designs for Health (DFH). For 14 days we will guide you on a methodical, step-by-step plan. We assure you, the DFH program is nothing radical or depleting. Rather, it's a way for you to replenish and restore balance, and get you on the path to better eating and better performance over the long term.

We wanted to make this available to as many athletes as possible, and the most efficient way to do that is through Facebook. Here are the steps:

1. Please visit our page and give us a like.

2. Then click the above photo of Dr. Strecker on our Facebook page. That will take you to a video, additional information, and the order form. You can order your kit securely right on the detox site within Facebook.

Just how will we guide you?

  • Pre-detox, we will offer a live Spreecast on Thursday, January 31 at 7pm to answer questions, and get some mojo flowing!
  • We'll all start together on Monday, February 4. So eat those spicy wings watching the Super Bowl, and then get down to business.
  • You will be invited to join a private Facebook group where we will check in daily to offer support and information.
  • Download our Pursuit Detox document for additional information, Q&A, testimonials, and motivation.

Order:

Place your order securely right through our Facebook page by January 25 to insure delivery in the lower forty-eight through standard shipping. You can read more about the detox package on the order form on Facebook, as well.

Once you order, we will be in touch with how to join the group and the Spreecast details.

NOW is the time of year to do this! Join us to eat better, feel better, train better. Win-Win-Win!

Questions? Hit us up on Facebook!