TEAM BLOG: ADVANCEMENT '13

A blog by the Next Level  2013 Advancement Team.  

This blog provides the insight, in-jokes and inspiration of a team in action.  Each post is by a team member as their journey continues.  

In The Next Level, an "Advancement Team" is a team built of experienced athletes designed to "advance" the program.  The spring 2013 Advancement Team is comprised of eight men: Tom Keon, Phil Cohen, Stephen Cyr, Seth Carbonneau, Stephen Forgione. Phil Biondo, Yarza Winn and Chris Noonan.  

Each post represents only the views of it's poster, and is not intended as a reflection of the opinions, views or beliefs of any other teammate, the team as a whole or The Next Level.  

Follow these men as they make their marks on a small corner of history.

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Alcohol before exercise

Someone sent me this article today (go read it then come back) hoping it would answer prayers to make the gym a more bearable place.

So, according to this alcohol reduces your risk of blood clotting while you work out, which is no surprise because it's a blood thinner just like aspirin and garlic.

What they fail to mention is that alcohol will certainly reduce your ability to work out efficiently. You need to have intensity and endurance when you workout and alcohol inhibits both of those processes.

I wish pop-science nutrition articles would discuss entire stories and not just catchy rhetoric. Perhaps you should eat a clove of garlic before the gym rather than going to the pub if your concerned about having a heart attack in the middle of you elliptical workout!

Posted by Seth Carbonneau

(In case the above link doesn't work: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/alcohol-before-exercise-cuts-heart-strain-1337879.html)