Ergogenics: Part One

When it comes to achieving success in sports or fitness, consistent, hard training is probably the most important element. Once you are confident that your training is dialed in, you want to do everything else you can to enhance, or improve your results. There are many ways by which sport or athletic performance may be improved. Collectively these are referred to as Ergogenic Aids.

For those folks familiar with the term Ergogenic aids, the first thing that comes to mind upon hearing the term is probably performance enhancing substances such as anabolic steroids. In fact, Ergogenic aids come in many forms and can have a positive influence on performance in a variety of ways including but not limited to the following.

Ergogenic Aids may:

• Directly influence the physiological capacity of a particular body system thereby improving performance
• Remove psychological constraints which could negatively impact performance
• Increase the speed of recovery from training and competition

Ergogenic Aids fall into the following categories:

• Mechanical Aids, – Heart Rate Monitors
• Pharmacological Aids, – Sports Supplements and other exogenous substances
• Physiological Aids, – Sports Massage, Ice baths, Thermal Regulation Devices (Avacore)
• Nutritional Aids, – Carbohydrate Loading, targeted pre & post training liquid meals
• Psychological Aids, – Hypnosis, Visualization

 As you can see from the brief list I just mentioned. Ergogenic aids come in many forms. Some are relatively inexpensive and easy to get a hold of or implement, while others are expensive, esoteric and perhaps even illegal depending on what sport you are participating in.  




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