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Participate in research involving supplements and cycling performance

In 2011, the Australian Institute of Sport identified two emerging supplements as part of their Supplements Framework (beta-alanine and beetroot juice) and proceeded to form a research network revolving the supplements. Beta-alanine is not banned by WADA and has been promoted to Group A on the AIS supplements program - http://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/nutrition/supplements/groupa. Other supplements on this list include sports gels and drinks, creatine, caffeine and Vitamin D.

Beta-alanine is present in fish and poultry (0.8 g of beta-alanine in 150 g of turkey breast). The evidence for beta-alanine supplementation is strong for short duration, high-intensity exercise but this project is more interested in the effects of beta-alanine supplementation in combination with high-intensity interval training on endurance performance.

All sessions are performed at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University in Footscray, Melbourne. Click here for more details and get in touch with the researchers if it grabs your interest. Feel free to spread the word to anyone that you think might be interested!

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