By: Dennis Franks
Dennis Frank & His Love for Football
We are fast approaching the Fall Season. I just love September, October and November, mostly because of the cooler weather and “FOOTBALL”! I grew up playing American Football and dreamed of being a player on the gridiron in front of a huge stadium crowd and national television audience. I had my childhood football idles, Jimmy Kelly (Notre Dame) and Dick Butkus (Chicago Bears). My father, brother and I tossed the football around since I could stand and watched football together weekly. I began playing football for the Clairton Midgets at the ripe old age of 8. I went on to play at the Junior High, then Senior High school level, then the college level (University of Michigan) and the ultimate, as a National Football Player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. It was a wonderful and exciting 20 years. Success in football was not just about talent. As you rose in a competitive sport, talent became expected and it was the competitive edge that became what every athlete looked for.
This article is all about supporting your body from the food you eat and supplements you take, to power up legitimately and play at peak performance throughout the game. Let’s begin simple, maximize your water intake throughout the day. Be sure to hydrate before you practice, during practice and after practice. Best hydration comes from water, you can use a sports drink but beware of sugar contents it may cause cramping. I often drank a kid’s hydration drink called Pedialyte filled with electrolytes . Make no mistake, lack of water or dehydration will definitely affect your performance. Next is the importance of sleep, if you are competing physically, you need extra sleep, a minimum of 8-9 hours a night to allow your body to recover and naturally product more human growth hormone that will positively affect your play. Food wise it is easy. Lots of good complex Carbohydrates and clean protein adding up to an abundance of calories. The easiest way to identify these power foods is to print off the Continued Commitment diet regimen and stick closely to the power food selections on the back of the printout. You will need to increase your protein intake and bump it up to at least one gram of protein for every pound of body weight. It may be necessary for most to add a good well-rounded Protein supplement like our TLS nutrition shake that provides 19 grams of high-quality protein when mixed with water, 27 grams when mixed with skim milk. The nutrition shake also adds additional vitamins and minerals as well as 10 grams of fiber per serving. This is a great all-round protein supplement. Do not be fooled by the fact it is part of the Transitions Lifestyle Program. Protein is also essential to take daily for effective weight loss.
Finally, I want to recommend some exceptional dietary supplements. If you are playing sports, you need a multivitamin/multimineral, a super antioxidant since working out and exerting your body produces a tremendous amount of free radicals, as well as a B-complex for stamina and mental acuity, a quality Omega 3, Curcumin, Astaxanthin and vitamin D with K2.* This would be my recommended fundamentals.
The easy dietary supplement list to remember…
Isotonix Daily Essentials
Isotonix Vitamin D with K2
Heart Health Omega 3s
TLS Nutrition shake
In summary, the fall season brings out the best in sports. No matter what your sport, these fundamentals apply to getting your competitive edge. May your team win it all!
Stay Focused and Stay the Course.