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Why I’m Getting on the Inside Track

- Mar 11, 2012

By Jarrod Shoemaker

When I talk with athletes, they always wonder how fast I can go and how many watts I push. I get a lot of questions about power meters and GPS devices. But those are just tools to measure outcomes of a few factors; good training, good equipment and good body chemistry.image

Athletes are often willing to spend money on coaches or the newest training gear, but they forget that they also can invest in information about their bodies’ chemistry. As a professional athlete, I have always been interested in maximizing my performance, which often means learning about what’s going on inside my body. The best way to do this is through blood analysis; your blood doesn’t lie. Low iron, for example, affects how well your body performs. Reactive proteins appear as your muscles and bones break down and build up again. Hematocrit and hemoglobin (red blood cells) can also have important implications for performance.

There are lots of different blood markers to look at!

Luckily, as a pro athlete, I’ve had the means to have my blood analyzed on a regular basis, but that is not the case for every athlete. A friend of mine introduced me to InsideTracker and I was immediately interested in learning more. Having my blood analyzed and then seeing the results online- awesome!

Click here to learn how InsideTracker can recommend personalized diet and exercise plans that will fit your unique physical needs!

But that isn’t the best part. There is usually a reason that the biomarkers in your blood are not within normal limits and InsideTracker shows you how your diet and lifestyle can affect these markers. It provides suggestions for foods to eat- not just because somebody said so, but because your OWN body said so. What a great idea!

I am very interested in how my body works and how I can make it move more efficiently. For the past 4 years I have been working on becoming a more efficient athlete in the pool, on the bike and on the track. I have worked on changing my running stride and making adjustments in my swim strokes to improve my performance.

After years of moving my body one way, it is hard to teach it to move slightly differently. Biomechanical changes take time and persistence, but changes in diet can be made quickly and can have an immediate effect on how your body works.  InsideTracker is a great way to help you figure out which dietary changes will have the greatest impact on your performance.


About the blog

The InsideTrack is a blog about taking control of your well-being and athletic performance with the knowledge you gain from InsideTracker blood analysis. Check here for practical fitness and nutrition information that will give you a roadmap to achieving your athletic and personal wellness goals.


About the authors

Perrin Braun

Perrin is a nutrition and public health graduate student at Tufts University. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hot yoga, and thinking about her next meal.

Meghan Johnson

Meghan is a dual-degree nutrition and public health masters student at Tufts University. She hails from Philadelphia, by way of DC, and has finally stopped calling the T 'the metro.' You can usually find her restaurant-hopping, runnig or tweeting about food policy and health (and occasionally doing all three at once).

Emily Wei

Emily is a dual-degree public health and nutrition graduate student at Tufts University. A California native, she’s a lover of running, traveling, Bay Area sports, culinary pursuits, and the great outdoors.

Kalyn Weber

Kalyn is a nutritionist and public health graduate student at Tufts University. She also teaches a health and wellness class to MIT undergraduates. Kalyn is a fan of running, hiking, and craft beer.

Erin Moore

Erin is InsideTracker's client services manager, a holistic wellness coach, and an alum of Bates College as well as the Emerson/Tufts health communication graduate program. She enjoys travel, yoga, 5Ks, and all things food-related.

Ray Nguyen

Ray received his undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He describes himself as a long-distance runner, a foodie, and an avid sports fan.