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Win an iPad 3, New Fitness Boot Camps, Energy Myths--->, FF Insider#110
October 02, 2012
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Please enjoy another issue packed with evidence-based information about fitness and sports performance training and news about current events at Finish First Sports Performance. If you find value in this e-newsletter, please forward this message to your teammates, coaches, or other parents of hard working athletes so that they, too, may benefit from the information contained herein.

Finish First Sports Performance is the official training/performance coaching provider for the Youngstown Phantoms USHL Hockey Team, the Robert Morris Univeristy NCAA Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Team, and the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Organization.

Inside this Issue:

To bring you the very best information, this newsletter focuses on awareness of the training principles for young athletes, and how to use them to make sure your coach is on the right track. Enjoy!

1. Performance Article I: The Truth about Energy Drinks

2. Special Announcements

3. Motivational/Inspirational Quote

4. Thank You

The North Face

Energy Drinks or Eating for Energy?

By Heather R Mangieri, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN Finish First Sports Performance Nutrition Advisor, Visit Heather’s Website

“I want more energy!”

I hear it regularly from my clients, friends, family and even people on the street. Everyone is looking for a way to feel recharged, energized and more alert. So, let’s face it, with a name like “energy drink” who wouldn’t want to know more. The reality is energy drinks are hot! Here’s what you need to know.

Energy drinks are beverages that contain large amounts of caffeine and sugar, along with other ingredients such as B vitamins, amino acids and herbal stimulants such as guarana and ginseng. Names like Red Bull, Monster, Speed Shot, Full Throttle and Adrenaline Rush--The list is endless! They may contain up to 80 mg of caffeine which is equivalent to a cup of coffee.

While loads of sugar and caffeine may provide you with a temporary boost, that’s not all they will give you.

The excess caffeine in these beverages can cause nervousness, irritability, increased heart rate, blood pressure and even insomnia.

Though excess caffeine affects individuals differently, the mix of caffeine with other herbal ingredients can exacerbate the effects.

Further, the high concentration of sugar may slow the body’s ability to absorb water. This makes energy drinks a bad choice for athletes. Equally important, the uplifting effects of energy drinks are short lived. When they wear off you’ll feel anything but energized.

If weight loss is your goal, drinking the extra sugar is not only going to provide you with excess empty calories, but the extra caffeine may be counterproductive in getting proper sleep- something we know is important when working toward weight maintenance or weight loss.

Another serious concern is the mixture of energy drinks with alcohol.

Since energy drinks are stimulants and alcohol is a depressant, the combination of these effects may be dangerous. The stimulant effects from the energy drink may mask the effects of the alcohol, leaving you feeling less intoxicated than you really are.

Alcohol also acts as a diuretic.

Dehydration can hinder your body’s ability to metabolize alcohol and will increase the toxicity, and therefore hangover. The effects will affect you not only the next day but for many days after.

So, how do you boost your energy levels naturally?

The first thing is to evaluate what is causing the fatigue.

Perhaps you need to get more sleep.

We all lead very busy lives and often this is easier said than done. Nutritionally speaking, it is important to be getting enough calories- and the right kinds. Skimping on calories decreases metabolic rate as the body works to try to conserve energy. This is often the reason why those that skip out on needed calories feel fatigued. As metabolism slows, the body begins to burn fewer calories, possibly leading to weight gain.

One of the easiest ways to get the body going is to eat breakfast. Consuming a balance of carbohydrates, protein and a little fat helps to wake your body up and keep you satisfied until your next meal. Finding a healthy balance of nutrients through the day can make a world of difference in feeling energized.

OCTOBER REFERRAL RAFFLE: chance to win an iPad 3 and other great prizes!!!

Are you familiar with our Referral Raffle for October?

Simply refer friends, family, coworkers, etc and we will enter raffle tickets into a bin, with your name on it. On Saturday, November 3rd, we will raffle off a variety of killer prizes.

- GRAND Prize – Apple iPad 3!

- FREE Finish First Apparel

- Gift Certificates to Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, and more

- Big Bully Protein Bars

- USANA Health Sciences shaker bottle

- Nutritional Supplements

- Gift consultation with a dietitian (also licensed sports dietitian)

- Massage Gift Certificate

- Mary Kay facial Gift Certificate

8 TIPS for Winning the Referral Raffle

#1 Make introductions – Simple introductions via email, Facebook, Twitter, or in person can open up the door and create an opportunity for us to connect.

#2 Check in via Facebook, Foursquare or Yelp. Seems simple, but check ins show your digital friends where you are, who you trust and expose brands consistently over time.

#3 Post pictures and comments from your workouts – pictures are worth a thousand words and sometimes it’s hard to explain what we do at Finish First. Click a few pics with friends or doing exercises and show the world what we’re up to.

#4 Share helpful articles from the Finish First blog or newsletter (if you’re not signed up, get online and sign up now!).

#5 Bring friends/teammates as guests to your workouts.

#6 Write reviews on Google Place, Yelp, Foursquare, or comment on Twitter or our Facebook Page – In a digital world, online reviews and comments can help build trust with a potential customer. If you would take 5 minutes and write an honest review, we would greatly appreciate it.

#7 Revitalize your own efforts – Have you fallen into a routine lately, that doesn’t include training at Finish First? Lost track of your goals a bit? We all get distracted from time to time. Talk with your performance coach or trainer and let’s get you back on track, working towards a specific goal again.

#8 Share your successes and improvements with your friends – nothing says results louder than what you’ve accomplished while training with us. Tell and show your friends and teammates what you’ve gained, and they can’t help but notice.

Names, number, email………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1 ticket/name

Introduction via email……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3 tickets/intro

Guest workout attendance……………………………………………………………………………………….. 5 tickets/person

New client (introductory membership)…………………………………………………………………….. 10 tickets/person

Entire Team contract……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 20 tickets/team

Earn tickets, increase your chances of winning and help others become healthier and improve performance! We will have a drawing on Saturday, November 3rd to determine the winners.


**Other prizes include: FREE Finish First Apparel, Gift Certificates to Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, and more, Big Bully Protein Bars, USANA Health Sciences shaker bottles, Nutritional Supplements, Gift consultation with a dietitian (also licensed sports dietitian), Massage Gift Certificate, Mary Kay facial Gift Certificate and more!

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• The best way to exercise to shed unwanted pounds and inches all over (hint: It’s not what the major media would have you believe!)

• Why eating less (calorie restriction) and exercising more is a prescription for failure (“Yo-Yo Dieting” comes from this.)

• Why too much cardio training or just doing cardio training is a bad idea (Over 30 years of research and proven trials show us why this doesn’t work.)

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If you’re ready to start reshaping your body in a FUN, No-Judgment, Non-Threatening, Supportive Environment – we’re ready to help!

Okay, I’m ready. Now, what do I do next? Call 866-468-2231, visit www.finishfirstsports, email, or stop by one of our training centers to reserve your spot. Space is limited to the next 20 registrants, so sign up now! Not ready yet? Visit our website and check out our FREE videos and other resources, sign up for our FREE newsletter and stay tuned in for upcoming programs and success stories from people just like YOU!


  • The Finish First Sports Performance Harmarville Training Center is NOW OPEN! We have over 2400 square foot of specialized training area with all the equipment you need (and nothing you don't), plus access to 3 turf fields fo advanced speed, agility and quickness training, plus locker rooms and showers, plus 11 acres of outdoor space for FUN! Stop by and check us out and get a workout in the new space. Or tell a friend and get rewarded (Finish First Referral Program). We are hosting adult fitness classes, boot camps, and speed and agility training camps. Contact us for more information.
  • The new Gourmet Cookbooks (2nd edition updated)by Precision Nutrition are now in stock at both of our training locations...pick up yours asap---this is the best cookbook you will EVER own. For more info about the cookbook, check out:The Gourmet Nutrition Website.

  • We just received a new shipment of our black Finish First Sports Performance logo shirts in all sizes---and we have them in stock at both of our locations. Get yours for $15.00 while supplies last! Stop by, call, or email to get your shirts!

Motivational Quote

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”
-- Thomas Jefferson

Thank You for Your Support

Thanks again for subscribing to this free e-newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. I look forward to your feedback as I continue to research to bring you the most current scientific training information available.

Should you have any specific article requests or questions, email me at Please visit for detailed sports performance training information and programs offered exclusively by Finish First Sports Performance.

Yours In Training,

Coach Jeremy S. Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

Finish First Sports Performance

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