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Workouts on Ketones!

I want to help you get the MOST out of your workouts!

You’ve already made the decision to exercise, are excited to see changes in your body, yet can’t find the energy or aren’t seeing the milestones! Not to worry. We are going to take some time today to talk about exogenous ketones and how they help your body have more ATP (adenosine triphosphate) available during your physical activity!

In the podcast cited below (1), let’s hear Ben Greenfield and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino address the following topics:

-Why extreme Navy Seals are using ketosis…

-Can you get into ketosis by eating ketones (and still consuming high amounts of carbohydrates) instead of eating a high fat, low carb diet?

-The mechanism by which ketones can “juice up your brain”…

-How ketosis can enhance blood vessel dilation and wound healing…

-Whether the consumption of ketones is actually safe…

-How to improve your oxygen efficiency with ketone intake…

-Why ketones can be used to enhance mental performance and not just exercise function…

-Practical ways you can use keto salts and ketones to enhance physical performance…

And this is just the beginning! Dr. Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery operate out of Applied Science and Performance Institute (ASPI) with a focus on how ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones help enhance athletic performance. A three-phase double-blind, placebo- and diet-controlled randomized intervention study was conducted in March 2014 in which Phase 1 was an 8-week-periodized resistance-training program; Phase 2 was a 2-week overreaching cycle; and Phase 3 was a 2-week taper.(2) The supplementation of exogenous ketones over twelve weeks increased total strength (bench press, squat, and deadlift combined) by 101%, increased in vertical jump power by 45% and increased lean body mass gain by 41% MORE than the control group.

What’s so cool about this study is that they also looked at cortisol, testosterone, and creatine kinase (CK) at weeks 9 and 10 of the overreaching cycle to address how the body can handle the stress of strenuous physical training! With the placebo, cortisol levels increased as training continued. However, cortisol levels were contained and even lowered as training continued and helped to heighten the perceived recovery score of the athlete! Below is the information for the research article containing all the discussion and data on this study. The researchers concluded “Moreover, when faced with greater training frequencies, as demonstrated with the overreaching cycle of training, HMB-FA (ketone supplementation) may prevent typical declines in performance that are characteristic of overreaching.” This is wondrous news for all athletes to know that your performance can be improved while your hormones can be moderated under strenuous training circumstances. For those new to exercise, this should motivate you to achieve your health and wellness goals with exogenous ketone supplementation!


Coral J.

  1. “A Deep Dive Into Ketosis” podcast
  2.  “The effects of 12 weeks of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate free acid supplementation on muscle mass, strength, and power in resistance-trained individuals: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study”. Wilson, J.M., Lowery,R., et al. Arbeitsphysiologie 114(6) · March 2014. <Read the abstract here!>


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