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1 / How To Track & Maintain Peak Athletic Performance w/ Shawn Arent

There are so many options out there when it comes to keeping athletes at peak-performance that it’s hard to know where to start. Balancing exercise and nutrition with all the other factors of an athlete’s life is complicated. Luckily, we’ve brought in Shawn Arent, the expert on this topic to share some of his extensive knowledge and experience with us.


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Dr. Shawn Arent is a professor of kinesiology at Rutgers University, where he is the Director of the Rutgers Center for Health and Human Performance. He’s also the president of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He’s been training young athletes for years and joins us today to tell us all about it.

On this episode, we talk about how to measure an athlete’s performance and prescribe exercise and nutrition regimens that keep them healthy and at the top of their game. We discuss several topics that are often misrepresented to the point of confusion and dive deep into the cutting edge of sports fitness.

How do you keep track of athletic fitness? What trends in fitness do you subscribe to? Let us know in the comments!

In This Episode

  • What are the best foundational strategies for athletic exercise and nutrition
  • Methods for monitoring an athlete’s exercise, nutrition, and stress and how to use that data effectively
  • How to specifically help college athletes with their unique and complex requirements
  • Why focussing on optimal levels isn’t useful and why it’s better to look at an individual’s particular circumstances
  • How to use biomarkers and performance markers to keep athletes at their peak and prescribe the best training and nutrition regimen possible
  • Which supplements are best for athletes and how the research supports the data


“When you fix an athlete’s diet and their recovery strategies, they quickly realize that they have been existing in a world where they were tired but they just thought that was a natural product of their training. All of a sudden they feel good. It’s a completely different revelation.” [6:02]

“We don’t necessarily look at what’s the ideal level but what’s the relative change for that athlete as well.” [18:55]

“There is certainly an aesthetic concern [to training] and I find that the sooner you acknowledge that, help educate on it, don’t dismiss it, but take it into account with everything else you’re doing it’s easier to get the athletes to follow along” [39:00]


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Rutgers Center for Health and Human Performance

International Society of Sports Nutrition

Blueprint for Athletes

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