Steve Stannard is a research academic and Professor in Exercise Physiology at the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University. He has a PhD in Human Applied Physiology and also a Masters of Nutritional Science, both from the University of Sydney.
He conducts research at the interface of exercise science and human nutrition, and his work on fasting, endurance training, and nutritional impact on muscle recovery, is well regarded.
Prof. Stannard is often sought by the media for public comment about issues relating to sports nutrition, and in particular, supplements in sport.
In his younger years, Prof. Stannard represented Australia as a road-racing cyclist. Steve is still a keen masters competitor in bicycle racing, but mainly in the wake of his children. His daughter recently represented NZ in the World Elite Triathlon Championships, and his oldest son represented NZ at the World Road Cycling Championships, both held in the USA.
In this episode, Dr Stannard cover a large number of sports nutrition and performance related areas from his cutting edge research.
The difference between how men and women burn fat. What the liver does and how you can train your liver to get "fitter" and to act as a better resevoir of energy when you are performing your sport.
The effects of starvation on elite endurance athletes.
How endurance athletes use fat differently and how training your body not only trains the muscle and cardio systems but also the efficiency of how you burn fat. How you can keep exercising even when you've had no food for 3 or 4 days.
How important the brain is to your sports performance and how it effects the body, and much much more.