An episode of Science of Ultra Podcast by Shawn Bearden with Rafal Nazarewicz, founder of Spring Sports Nutrition. In this episode, Shawn talked with Rafal about the beginning of Spring and science behind Spring products.
Shawn is a full Professor of physiology at Idaho State University. His B.S. is in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia, he holds a M.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from George Mason University, PhD is in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University, and he completed three years of postdoctoral fellowship research at the Yale University School of Medicine. He co-authored the chapter in the American College of Sports Medicine graduate-level textbook on skeletal muscle blood flow control and has published many peer-reviewed studies. His research in exercise physiology has focused on bioenergetics, with an emphasis on gas exchange kinetics (oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production) and transitions in exercise intensity around physiologic thresholds.
Shawn has no affiliation with Spring Sports Nutrition but really likes the idea of eating real food, in realistic combinations, because that is exactly what our guts are used to and have evolved to handle.
He used Spring products exclusively during a 100-miler earlier this year and was able to eat well for about twice as long as usual before it became less appealing.