Search eStore by Item Number or Keyword (For Best Results Enter One Item Number or Keyword)     
      BFS Home      Magazine Archives Account Login       Shopping Cart       Check Out       Help      
Go to BFS Home Page image-BFS Banner
Get Certified by BFS Call the BFS Home Office to register: 800 628-9737

Weight Room Certification

BFS Profesional Services

BFS Magazine

Go to BFS Magazine Information Page
Subscriptions
Archives
Submit a Story

Field Reps

Go to BFS Field Representatives Bios Page

Satisfied Clients

View our Satisfied Customer and Client List

BFS Downloads

Find All your Download Needs here. From Training Documents to Custom Order Forms.

Request a Catalog

Click Here to Request a Catalog or to Download in PDF Format.
FINANCING AVAILABLE
BFS Partners with Allstate Capital.
Working with a fixed municipal budget it can be almost impossible to make dramatic changes in a short time. Financing your weight room purchase allows you to turn the decision making process from
"What can we afford?"
to "What do we need?".
Call to learn more
800-628-9737


Bigger Faster Stronger, Inc., Sportswear  Retail, Salt Lake City, UT
Click to Verify BBB accreditation and to see a BBB report

 

 

  Printer Friendly Version

CARBO LOADING - IS IT OVERRATED?
A look at the effects of carbo loading on long distance runners.
By Greg Shepard
Published: Fall 1998

I believe the training principle of Carbo Loading is overrated. With all our improved tracks, running shoes and training methods, we are running distance races slower than ever. Almost all of our American distance records were set 15 to 30 years ago. (See the table on American high school and college distance records).
Jim Ryan set the high school record in the mile back in 1965. It was reported that he ate a pregame meal of sauerkraut and wieners. Barry Sears, author of "The Zone", states, "There is enough stored energy in our fat cells to equal eating 1,700 pancakes." Apparently, stored fat is what Jim Ryan used for energy.
Our American distance runners are also victims of the Big Gulp Society. In addition, we have been told to eat lots of pasta before an event. True Carbo Loading is a longer term, sophisticated high carbohydrate diet plan. It does not seem to be working very well. Our American distance runners are the poorest in history when compared to the rest of the world. (See chart on our 1997 results).
Who are the world's best distance runners and what do they eat? The answer is the Kenyans. They dominate. When the Kenyans came to the United States to race, they learned their lesson the hard way. The Kenyans would eat like Americans and eat their way out of form. "The temptation can be big, "says Simeon Rono, a great Kenyan runner.
The Kenyans countered our Big Gulp Society by providing their athletes with their own kitchen when they come to the United States. Kenyans also do not like sweet food. Giving chocolate to a Kenyan would not be welcome. They take no pills or supplements to enhance performance. They believe the secret is hard work.
Moses Tanui, a Kenyan, won the 1996 Boston Marathon. He was asked what sport drink he used: Gatorade or Powerade? Tanui replied, "No sports drink, just plain water!" Our sports drinks are loaded with carbohydrates.
Many of Kenya's best runners are developed at their Armed Forces Training Camp. Their diet is as follows: Red meat twice a day, cooking oil, fats and salt, dark green cabbage plus other green plants porridge from ground maize with water to drink. Sounds like Eating Like a Tiger.
We used to eat steak, potatoes, corn, bread and milk before a football game back before the carbo loading era. Now, I would recommend a small steak, tossed salad and Tiger Water. No bread, milk, corn, or potatoes. Your body will learn how to use its stored energy in the fat cells in one to two weeks on the Tiger Nutrition System.
Here is the bottom line. I believe our American coaches and athletes should take another look at the principle of carbo loading with an open mind, prepared to make a Paradigm Shift. Further research should be done. I am just asking the question: Is carbo loading overrated?
____________________________________________
____________________________________________

American Distance Runners 1997
World Rankings
________________________________________
Men's

1,500: Only One in Top 30
Mile: Only One in Top 30
3,000: Only One in Top 30
Steeple: Nobody in Top 50
5,000: Only One in Top 30
10,000: Nobody in Top 30
Marathon: Nobody in Top 30
___________
Women's

1,500: Nobody in Top 15
3,000: One in Top 15
5,000: Nobody in Top 15
10,000: Nobody in Top 15
Marathon: One in Top 50 (29th)
____________________________________________
____________________________________________

American Records
____________________________________________
________College Men_______College Women
____________________________________________
__________Year Set__________Year Set
1,500:______1981__________1990
Mile:_______1981__________1987
3,000:______1979__________1988
5,000:______1978__________1985
10,000:_____1982__________1992

___High School Men______High School Women
__________Year Set__________Year Set
1,500:______1964__________1982
Mile:_______1965__________1982
3,000:______1986__________1975
5,000:______1964__________1979
10,000:_____1976__________1979
Marathon:___1973__________1984


Return to Fall 1998 Articles


The Better Business Bureau, (BBB) has Awarded BFS it's Highest Rating, A+.
Click Here or on the BBB Logo to the Left to See Report.

Go to About BFS Page Go to BFS Calendar Go to Magazine Subscription Page Careers Home
Link Your School to BFS! Subscribe to the Quote of the Day by Email! Use RSS to Stay Current with the BFS Blog FREE SERVICE! Go to Request a Catolog Page
FREE SERVICE! Go to Downloads Page Go to the BFS Website Map Page Go to Contact BFS Page Go to Privacy Statement Page

FAX 1-801-975-1159 Toll Free 1-800-628-9737 Email BFS with Your Comments
All Content © 2010 Bigger Faster Stronger Incorporated All Rights Reserved