My First Spartan Race by Sponsored Athlete Michelle Kasold

My First Spartan Race by Sponsored Athlete Michelle Kasold

Just over a month ago I decided to sign up for my first Spartan Race. I had a month to prepare for a new athletic challenge and I was excited! I watched all the obstacle videos and tried to study all of the techniques. I even bought a spear to practice the spear throw! As an athlete my whole life, I wanted to compete, not just participate. I knew I was in decent shape already, but Spartan is a whole new ball game with obstacles, muddy trails, and the dreaded burpees!

This opportunity was just what I needed to re-devote myself to training hard and pushing my limits. I worked a lot on building my upper body strength back up and building a good endurance base to sustain for the 5 mile course. I must say, training for the burpees (you have to do 30 in order to continue if you can’t complete an obstacle) was tough! I don’t think I’ve ever done 30 burpees in a row in my life!

A lot of Spartan racers do Crossfit and compete in OCR races year-round. I decided to write my own curriculum with the knowledge of fitness I’ve built over years of competing at the highest level, along with trying out some Spartan WODs (Work Outs of the Day). Those were definitely a new experience! But fun to mix it up!

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Klean Recovery™ Pudding

Klean Recovery™ Pudding

Created by Karlyn Grimes, MS RD LDN CSSD
Retained Medical Advisor* (biography click here)

If you just killed it at the gym, on the track or on the roads, this pudding is for you. Consumed within 30 minutes post-workout, Klean Recovery™ Pudding will offer your body the optimal 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein that will allow for repletion of glycogen stores and promotion of muscle protein synthesis. And let’s not forget the awesome micronutrient profile offered by this yummy treat: A small half cup serving will infuse your body with calcium and vitamin D to nourish your bones and muscles, and an array of B vitamins to support energy metabolism. What more can you ask for? A DELICIOUS treat that will refuel your fire and leave you raring to go when you do it all over again.

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How To: Hydration

How To: Hydration

Meet our newest product addition, Klean Hydration™ and learn the fundamentals of how to use one of an athlete’s most commonly used nutritional products.
by Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D. (biography click here)

You’ve heard it many times before: Adequate fluid intake is critical for athletic performance and recovery. But like most athletes, you probably wonder whether your current hydration strategy is optimal. After all, your sense of thirst will not tell you unless you’re already dehydrated, and it’s hard to detect the signs of the initial fluid deficit.

If any of the following apply to you, you might want to take a closer look at your hydration strategy:

  • You train at high intensity and/or long durations increasing sweat rate and total volume lost, respectively.
  • You work out indoors, or in warm and/or humid environments. In these conditions, heat cannot be dissipated easily due to lower evaporation of sweat from the skin.
  • You train in cold environments. Cold air promotes respiratory fluid losses, and sweat rates are often high due to multiple layers of clothing and equipment.
  • You are heavier than the average person. Generally, heavier athletes are more prone to dehydration.
  • You live and/or are training at altitude. Above 8,200 feet, urine output increases. You also lose more water simply by breathing (respiratory water loss).

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Klean Isolate™ Quick Cornbread

Klean Isolate™ Quick Cornbread

Created by Leslie J. Bonci , MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN
Retained Medical Advisor* (biography click here)

High-protein cornbread? Yes indeed. All the flavor with the added benefit of extra protein: 7 grams per slice, to be exact. Cornbread adds a crumbly sweetness to chili, chicken or soup. Try grilling it and top with apple butter and Canadian bacon, or slice to make an out-of-the-ordinary sandwich. This recipe also provides the added punch of calcium and potassium, and using the vanilla protein powder means you can also use a little less sugar in the recipe. How sweet is that?

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Klean Peanut Butter Cups

Klean Peanut Butter Cups

Created by Karlyn Grimes, MS RD LDN CSSD
Retained Medical Advisor* (biography click here)

A chocolate-peanut butter cup with 75% more protein than two store-bought mini peanut butter cups. This is a serious indulgence that will banish even the toughest cravings now and for some time after your salivary glands settle down. Pair with a glass of milk to fortify your body with additional protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin D and riboflavin.

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Meet Tyler Williams Professional Cyclist

Meet Tyler Williams Professional Cyclist

I am Tyler Williams. I am 22 years old and living my dream as a professional athlete. I am currently living on two continents, spending about six months of the year in Girona, Spain, and at home in Santa Rosa, California. I began racing bicycles at 14 and have been racing in Europe for seven years. From the age of 16-21, I raced with the USA National Team in Europe, and am a alumni of the prestigious Axeon Hagens-Berman program. October 2016 was a milestone month: I not only married my best friend, but also signed my first true professional continental contract.

My cycling career thus far has been full of a lot of incredible experiences. I have been part of a lot of great teams and programs that have allowed me to accelerate my development as both an athlete and as a person. 2014 may have been my best year so far: I finished second in U23 Paris-Roubaix and won a king of the mountains jersey in Tour de la Province de Namur. That same year I made my first World Championship team. Another career highlight was competing in my second Worlds on home soil in Richmond, Virginia in 2015.

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Klean Sandwich, Slicing and Toasting Bread

Klean Sandwich, Slicing and Toasting Bread

Created by Karlyn Grimes, MS RD LDN CSSD
Retained Medical Advisor* (biography click here)

Introducing a nutrient-dense bread offering 35% more protein than an ordinary slice from a regular whole wheat loaf, and absolutely delish!! Top a slice with whatever your heart desires: fresh jam, nut butters, Neufchatel cheese or cinnamon and sugar. You can also craft your own bruschetta by garnishing your slice with olive oil, mozzarella, tomato and basil. Or construct your own French toast, grilled cheese, PB&J or BLT sandwiches. This bread offers the ideal protein, carb and fiber combo for stable energy levels and maximal meal satisfaction. Enjoy!!

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Klean Double Chocolate Cake

Klean Double Chocolate Cake

Created by Karlyn Grimes, MS RD LDN CSSD
Retained Medical Advisor* (biography click here)

It’s not often that you find a double chocolate cake infused with 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and over 12% of your Daily Value for vitamin C. As you can see from the ingredients, this cake is oil-and butter-free so it relies on pureed prunes and applesauce to impart moisture and a delicate mouthfeel. No icing required. A sprinkle of chocolate chips on top will keep it Klean, but don’t resist a dollop of low fat whipped topping, especially after an intense workout. Actually, a serving of this cake with a glass of low fat milk is a perfect recovery snack when consumed within 30 to 60 minutes of a tough training session or competition.

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Tips From A Pro: Kevin Portmann, First-Year Professional Triathlete

Tips From A Pro: Kevin Portmann, First-Year Professional Triathlete

Hi, I’m Kevin Portmann! After a relatively successful 2016 season, winning IRONMAN® Coeur d’Alene and qualifying for Kona for the second year in a row, my fiancée convinced me to race as a pro in 2017. This year, I left my full-time 9-to-5 to embark on this journey as a professional triathlete. All in! It is a pretty scary life change; I think to myself, ‘what I am getting myself into??’ probably every day, but for the most part I am enjoying the process and it’s been awesome to see the slow but sure progression.

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Performing at your best- Swim, Bike, Run, FUEL.

Performing at your best- Swim, Bike, Run, FUEL.

By: Liz Baugher, Professional Triathlete,  Multisport Coach and Sponsored Klean Team Athlete

They say to perform well you must master the art of your sport. We have all heard it: the 10,000+ Hour rule, drills, dedication, and maybe a few good genes go a long way. But what about that athlete looking for that final 1%? In triathlon, they call this the 4th discipline: Nutrition.

Regardless of the distance you’re running or the caliber of athlete you are, fueling for your training and races will make a difference in your racing abilities.

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