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Designing the Perfect Post-Workout Recovery Smoothie

That post-workout high – whether it’s after a trail run, a strength training session, or a workout in Evolution’s Altitude Training Room – can only be made better with delicious and nourishing recovery food. You place importance on your warm up, your recovery, your hydration, etc., you need to place importance on the way you refuel your body too. Putting your body [...]

On Trying Something New; Swimming

As an ultrarunner, an 11-mile race should neither be scary nor inspire fear. Yet, since signing up I have not been able to shake the feelings of fear and doubt. The problem isn’t the number of miles. The problem is it is a lot of miles, of swimming! The Portland Bridge Swim is an 11-mile swim, down the Willamette River, [...]

Three Common Mixed Martial Arts Training Mistakes

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, is an incredibly challenging sport. That’s probably an understatement, right? It’s mentally and physically draining, which is why it attracts some of the hardest working athletes you will ever meet. That toughness and tenacity can be a double edged sword. Every fighter has been there, the familiar story of mental crash and burn, getting injured [...]

Treating Musculoskeletal Injuries with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The musculoskeletal system consists of connective tissues including joints, ligaments, and tendons. Problems with the musculoskeletal system can result in inflammation and pain, and ultimately reduce the body's overall health. People are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve musculoskeletal conditions instead of relying on medications. Even over the counter non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications are being found to do [...]

Altitude Training not Just Attitude Adjustment

Training is hard. It requires dedication. It requires motivation. It requires opting for getting sleep rather than going out. You need to mold your attitude much like a muscle, so that it isn’t the limiting factor in training or in racing. I’ve been training and competing at a high level for a long time (Pacific NW Regional Champion and Olympic [...]

Getting High to Go Fast: Altitude Training

I’ve been altitude training-curious for some time, given that my coach, teammates, and other competitive cyclists/triathletes I know use the facilities at Evolution Healthcare & Fitness. Initially I struggled to justify the expense when I already belonged to a gym with a pool and to the gym at my office. I’ve been competing in Olympic distance triathlons since 2013 and [...]