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Surecatch 08-15-2012 10:51 AM

Better for energy during a match...
 
A banana or an energy gel of some sort?

I've always taken a banana, but I was just reading an old "Tennis" mag' where Murray famously proclaimed a banana to be a "pathetic" fruit, and that it did nothing for energy because it takes longer to digest the fructose into the bloodstream.

Thoughts?

Also, can energy gels be gotten in a place like a Rite Aid or a Walgreens, if they have a GNC section?

sundaypunch 08-15-2012 11:53 AM

I don't have an answer for you, but there is a lot of info. on this in the "fitness" section.

Surecatch 08-15-2012 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by sundaypunch (Post 6808698)
I don't have an answer for you, but there is a lot of info. on this in the "fitness" section.

Good, I'll look. If this is a bit of a prodding that it's not the right forum, I apologize, I didn't think it was clear cut whether the fitness forum or the equipment forum was more appropriate. I chose this because energy gel has really nothing to do with fitness, just because it's ingestible, but could more be considered a "tool" to be used during a match....."equipment."

And thanks for the heads up.

Vlad_C 08-15-2012 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Surecatch (Post 6808499)
A banana or an energy gel of some sort?

I've always taken a banana, but I was just reading an old "Tennis" mag' where Murray famously proclaimed a banana to be a "pathetic" fruit, and that it did nothing for energy because it takes longer to digest the fructose into the bloodstream.

Thoughts?

Also, can energy gels be gotten in a place like a Rite Aid or a Walgreens, if they have a GNC section?


I've never been a fan of Murray, but I fully agree with him on this one.
Bananas are obsolete.
Yes, they are high in carbs and potassium, but they are relatively slow to digest and there are better alternatives these days.

I drink Gatorade regularly during a match. I also bring a protein bar with me, and if I feel I need some extra energy, I would take a bite of that at every changeover.
I am not familiar with the energy gels that I've seen mentioned around these forums, as they are not readily available here in Canada (at least I've never seen them in any stores). But I would imagine they contain the same stuff as the protein/energy bars, just in an even easier to digest form.

Chas Tennis 08-16-2012 09:45 AM

Fruits in general digest more slowly. During a match you could use quick calories. Bananas have potassium but not much compared to your daily requirement. Most important the body loses sodium in sweat at a much higher rate than potassium. Sodium levels also have to be maintained in the blood. You need quick calories and particularly sodium if you are sweating. So bananas are not optimal. I believe that Murray was also quoted as saying something to the effect that 'a pretzel is better.....'............. That might be true but sometimes when I bite a hard pretzel it feels as if some of the flour powders up and might cause a cough. They might be too dry for a tennis match.

If you have a link to the Murray interview or other source for the quotes please post.

There have been some recent threads on nutrition in the Health & Fitness Forum.

A good reference - Advanced Sports Nutrition. It has discussions of electrolyte needs during exercise.

stapletonj 08-18-2012 05:24 AM

Eat your banana, just not DURING the match, just about 15 mins BEFORE the match.

I'm a runner, so I've been doign the banana thing for years.

Lefty5 08-21-2012 05:15 AM

Honey Stinger Waffles. Seriously.

Justin71 08-21-2012 06:21 AM

I've just started playing tennis, so still learning the game. I come from the MMA world and used Jack3d to sustain high levels of endurance. Not sure if that's applicable to the level of tennis you play but for the high level of intensity training I do, it's very helpful. Take it 30 mins before a game. Also BCAA's before and after.

canny 08-21-2012 06:37 AM

Greek yogurt protien shake with a banana 30mins or so before my match has me nice and full and ready to go.

Jay_The_Nomad 08-21-2012 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Justin71 (Post 6822801)
I've just started playing tennis, so still learning the game. I come from the MMA world and used Jack3d to sustain high levels of endurance. Not sure if that's applicable to the level of tennis you play but for the high level of intensity training I do, it's very helpful. Take it 30 mins before a game. Also BCAA's before and after.

Jack3d and all those Supplements containing DMAA are very bad for your health.

seb23 08-26-2012 12:50 AM

Take bananas and other slow releasing carbs before you play. How long before will depend on you, I personally don't like to eat just before going to the gym or tennis but other people can eat 10 mins before and not feel ill. During the match if you need energy then consume something like glucose which will go straight into your system and to your muscles. I wouldn't recommend a protein bar during a match but it's not a bad idea after. Also remember good hydration is essential if you want to have peak performance

WhereIsMacMac 08-27-2012 09:12 AM

Jack Daniels

jonnythan 08-27-2012 09:18 AM

Roughly equivalent.

zorcy3 09-11-2012 06:10 AM

With diabetics, they warn against orange juice as it spikes the blood sugar very fast and very high. That should give you a boost in a hurry.

bcart1991 09-11-2012 06:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Lefty5 (Post 6822671)
Honey Stinger Waffles. Seriously.

This. Or cocaine. Either one will treat you right.

PimpMyGame 09-11-2012 06:46 AM

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Originally Posted by bcart1991 (Post 6891644)
This. Or cocaine. Either one will treat you right.

I have become a massive fan of cocaine when my consultant suggested I give up bananas due to gout. In my opinion it works nearly as well. However, I'd take it during and after rather than before and during.

zorcy3 09-11-2012 06:59 AM

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Originally Posted by bcart1991 (Post 6891644)
This. Or cocaine. Either one will treat you right.

The secret to cocaine during, it to replace your rosin bag with it.

[d]ragon 09-11-2012 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by zorcy3 (Post 6891684)
The secret to cocaine during, it to replace your rosin bag with it.

To opponent: "I just like the smell of rosin bags"

floide 09-11-2012 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by stapletonj (Post 6815597)
Eat your banana, just not DURING the match, just about 15 mins BEFORE the match.

I'm a runner, so I've been doign the banana thing for years.

+1. Bananas right before a running really gives you energy, as well as those carbs that come in sachets.

Sharky-San 10-01-2012 04:42 PM

Check out Hammer Nutrition products, I like the Fizz tablets in a water bottle, no corn syrup crap like most energy drinks...The Hammer gels are the best! There are also other Hammer products for the type of workout you are doing (HEED), longer days, weight room days, etc. Also they offer recovery drinks.

I'm not affiliated with Hammer at all, been using these types of products for the last 30yrs or so, Hammer are some of the best I've tried...

http://www.hammernutrition.com/produ...-energy-drinks


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