Herbalife athlete wins global gold

Herbalife-sponsored athlete Caterine Ibargüen won the gold medal in triple-jump competition at the recent IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Ibargüen jumped 14.85 meters in the world competition. The Colombian also represented her country by winning the silver medal in the triple jump at the Olympic Games in London 2012 (with a jump of 14.80 meters).

Learn more about how Herbalife24 fuels world-class athletes.

Learn more about Caterine Ibargüen.

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Leadville 100

Team Herbalife completes the 2013 Leadville 100 MTB endurance race.

Herbalife is the official Nutrition Sponsor of the fabled Leadville 100 mountain bike endurance race held a couple of weeks ago. 

The Leadville Race Series is among the most scenic and challenging races in the world. Nicknamed the “Race Across the Sky,” it boasts an incredibly challenging terrain that climbs to nearly 15,000 feet in altitude. Thousands of endurance athletes from across the world compete in various running and cycling events, including the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race. In this grueling 100-mile course across the Colorado Rockies, Herbalife® products like Rebuild Endurance serve as the Official Recovery Drink.

Rebuild Endurance and Rebuild Strength, two Herbalife24 recovery drinks, are a staple in my own marathon training. I’ve learned that how I recover from a workout is just as important as how I run during the workout. (See my earlier post, Bouncing Back.)

It’s not uncommon to see Herbalife Chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson and Team Herbalife among the event’s world-class competitors.

Learn more at http://sports.herbalife.com/en-US/Events/Leadvill100.htm

Not to be outdone, there were also Herbalife athletes competing in the legendary Leadville Trail Run last weekend. Over 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain, elevations rise from 9,200 to 12,600 feet.

Here is ultra runner Nathan Longcrier coming into the Twin Lakes aid station.

In other football news …

A certain quarterback is sporting a Broncos jersey and making headlines from Denver to Kansas City. Actually, I was more interested in some other breaking news about the sport  the rest of the world calls “football” and we Americans call “soccer.”

Also making headlines this week …

Herbalife partners with LA Galaxy

Herbalife announced a record 10-year contract extension with MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy. Herbalife will not only continue as the team’s official presenting sponsor and official jersey sponsor, but will also remain the Galaxy’s official and exclusive nutrition partner, with all of our products available to the club’s players and coaching staff.

This is the single largest and longest sponsorship agreement for an MLS club in league history, running through the 2022 MLS season, and is valued at over $44 million.

Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson adds: “There’s another part of this agreement very dear to all of our hearts – making our communities better places to live and work. As part of the agreement, $2.5 million will go toward supporting charitable efforts between the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation and the Herbalife Family Foundation to benefit vulnerable and underserved children.”

You can read Herbalife’s press release here.

 Leo scores big (234 goals)

Leo Messi — a world-famous Herbalife-sponsored athlete and perhaps the greatest soccer player in history – became FC Barcelona’s all-time top goal-scorer on March 20, 2012. The game against Granada will be remembered for this extraordinary feat: a hat-trick by the three-time Ballon d’Or winner that took his all-time tally to 234 goals.

At only 24-years-old, Messi is a living legend. Did I mention he is an Herbalife-sponsored athlete?

According to Time magazine, Messi is “the greatest player in the world” and perhaps the “best of all time.”

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Michael Johnson is the Chairman and CEO of Herbalife, the new title sponsor of the LA Triathlon. More importantly, the guy is a hard core endurance athlete who has taken his passion for mountain biking, triathlon and cycling and made it a huge part of his life and his business.

Michael Johnson – Competitor Radio.

Listen to Michael Johnson on Competitor Radio

Health is Wealth

“You work out, you eat right, and you believe you are doing all you can to stay healthy. But what if you are missing a critical component that could help you take your health, fitness, and athletic performance to the next level?”

So starts the blurb on the back jacket of a forthcoming book from Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Louis Ignarro. I’m going to be blogging through his new book, “Health is Wealth: Performance Nutrition for the Competitive Edge.” I’m not sure when the book will become available for purchase. If you just can’t wait, I encourage you to purchase the original title from Dr. Ignarro, Health Is Wealth: 10 Power Nutrients That Increase Your Odds of Living to 100 . His upcoming book is based on the earlier work, but updated and revised specifically for athletes. You can purchase online from Amazon by following the link over in the right-hand column of this page, if you want the paperback version. Or, you can download the Kindle version for five bucks here: Health is Wealth (10 Power Nutrients That Increase Your Odds Of Living To 100)

I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as the latest version of “Health is Wealth” is released. In the meantime …

Dr. Ignarro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998 for his discovery of the importance of nitric oxide to the cardiovascular system. Our bodies naturally produce nitric oxide when we exercise, but we can stimulate the production of nitric oxide to further enhance fitness and to improve strength, endurance, energy and recovery. We’ll learn more about nitric oxide as we review “Health is Wealth,” but in a nutshell, this nutrient causes our blood vessels to dilate, allowing more blood, oxygen and nutrients to reach the tissues. Nitric oxide not only improves cardiovascular health, which improves athletic performance and endurance and enhances overall health, it also enables our bodies to combat disease more effectively.

Dr. Ignarro is revolutionizing sports nutrition and performance. Sports nutrition companies are now trying to capitalize on Dr. Ignarro’s research by offering products they claim boosts the body’s nitric oxide production. Some of those may be fine products; however, many of them fall short of the claims because they try to cut corners (and costs) and neglect key elements of Dr. Ignarro’s findings.

Dr. Ignarro, who has completed 13 marathons and is an avid cyclist, has translated his groundbreaking scientific research into some very practical steps that have benefited me and, I’m convinced, will improve your athletic performance as well. In “Health is Wealth: Performance Nutrition for the Competitive Edge,” he explains (in a very reader-friendly style) the role of nitric oxide in boosting athletic performance. He also writes about the 10 power nutrients (from his earlier “Health is Wealth” book) that will jumpstart your body into peak performance.

Here’s a brief video from Dr. Ignarro, answering the question, “What is nitric oxide?”

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