Christmas Reading 2022

We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and to keep those brain cells mobilised over the festive period, as we have always done in recent years, we put before you some educational reading to work through at your leisure.

Every year we release a different topic daily on social media, but if you’re lucky enough to have stumbled across this page on our website, all of the links to the articles have been put in one place for easy access.

If you have any questions relating to the content of these publications, do drop us a line at our enquiries email and we’ll get back to you after 3rd January when the technical team are back in the New Year:

Training The Digestive System: Just as we spend weeks, months or even years training towards our goals to improve our physical strength and endurance, should we also consider training our digestive system so that it delivers the nutrients we need more comfortably and efficiently?

Periodisation & Peaking Series – Planning Your Training: We provide you with the tools and education needed to plan your training so that you peak for your key events next year – a concept known in the world of Sports Science as ‘Periodisation & Peaking.’

Periodisation & Peaking Series – Peaking For Competition: We focus here on the final part of the perfect endurance preparation puzzle, which is to capitalise on all the hard work you’ve put in over the autumn and winter months. We walk you through how to bring your best performance to the start line and provide you with practical tips to ensure that you ‘peak’ correctly, based on years of scientifically supported evidence.

How Can Caffeine Boost Performance?: What is caffeine, what does it do, how does it enhance sporting performance and when should you consume it for optimal benefits?

Carbohydrate Loading Update: If you’re going on a long journey in the car, you have to make sure your fuel tank is topped up before you leave. The more fuel you have in the tank, the longer your range will be. This concept is exactly the same with exercise, instead the fuel we add to the body is carbohydrate from the food we eat.

Do Hydrogels Improve Performance?: Those marketing ‘Hydrogel Technology’ claim that their products relieve gastro-intestinal complaints and offer a better delivery of carbohydrate to the muscles. We review the limited scientific literature and give you our opinion.

Hydration – The Definitive Guide: Once again we leave no stone unturned as we comprehensively review the subject of hydration, evaluate the implications for sporting performance and consider how this all applies to you.

Maltodextrin: Maltodextrin is a form of carbohydrate used extensively in TORQ products. In this article we explain what it is, the significant performance benefits it offers and dispel any myths surrounding this often misunderstood functional food ingredient.

Fuelling Your Marathon Training: We explain the importance of consuming a diet rich in the right kinds of nutrients, the timing of the consumption of those nutrients and how to fuel your training sessions. All of this so that you hit the day of your marathon with the highest level of fitness and best possible form.

Once again, on behalf of all the staff here at TORQ, have a fantastic Christmas and New Year…