How Many Grams of Sugar in a Teaspoon?Sugar has a very controversial role in the nutritional industry. Healthcare providers advice healthy sugar sources to maintain steady energy levels; yet on the other hands, according to latest recommendation of AHA, sugar is hazardous to health and all individuals should watch their total daily sugar intake. Currently AHA suggests all adult females to consume no more than 100 calories from sugar; likewise, considering a higher metabolic rate of males, the recommended daily intake should not exceed 150 calories from sugar. With teaspoon being the major tool to get sugar, you must wonder, how many grams of sugar is in a teaspoon and how many teaspoons of sugar should one eat (or not exceed) per day?
How Many Grams of Sugar in a Teaspoon?
Health conscious and those who have certain metabolic conditions are often interested in knowing easy methods that can help in suggesting the number of grams contained in a teaspoon of sugar. This is helpful in a number of ways; since most processed or packaged foods list the total number of grams of sugar in the package and not the total number of teaspoons of sugar.
Dietitians and nutritionists have established that 4 grams of white sugar (granulated) is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar.
This can explain simple sugar composition of most beverages and foods; for example, one can of coke contains approximately 44 grams of sugar. You can easily get the total number of teaspoons of sugar contained in one can by (44 divided by 4). This measurement is much more realistic and somewhat eye-opening too (did you ever realized that a can of coke gives you 11 teaspoons of sugar with absolutely no nutritional advantage?)
How Many Grams of Sugar Should We Eat Per Day?
A lot of people today are fully aware of hazardous effects of sugar on the physical and metabolic functioning of the body. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released in 2005 helped in suggesting the ideal recommendations of sugar intake in lieu of rising trends of obesity and metabolic syndrome. According to 2005 guidelines, based on a 2000 calories/ day diet, an adult individual must not consume over 32 grams of sugar per day (that corresponds to 8 teaspoon of sugar); likewise, it also constitutes 6% of your entire caloric intake per day.
Based on the total or concealed sugar in a variety of processed or packaged foods, the recommended intake of sugar has been revised. Here are the latest and most up to date recommendations from American Heart Association, according to which:
What Are the Good Sugars and Bad Sugars?
1% milk, low fat milk, skimmed milk, yogurt
You can consume fresh fruits as well as frozen fruits (canned fruits is definitely not a good choice). This include all the berries (blue berries, black berries, strawberries, acai berries), apples, banana, citrus fruits like lemon, orange, tangerines, pineapple, cantaloupes)
With fruits and fresh vegetables, you don’t have to count the calories or sugar in grams (because high fiber intake utilize the calories during metabolism and digestion).
Most vegetables are healthy and can be consumed in high amounts without much worry (excellent sources include carrot, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, spinach and broccoli.
Bad Sugars (1 teaspoon = 4 grams sugar)
It is highly recommended to minimize the intake of these foods to minimize the risk of metabolic c omplications.
6 oz. Flavored yogurt (low fat) supply 7 teaspoons of sugar
1 cup of fruit loops supply 3.75 teaspoons.
¼ cup (or 1 serving) of pancake syrup supply 8 teaspoons of sugar
4 teaspoons of ketchup supply 4 teaspoons
but actually unhealthy
2/3 cup (1 serving of granola) supply 4 teaspoons of sugar
1 cup of dried fruits supply 21 teaspoons of sugar
8 oz orange juice supply 5.5 teaspoons of sugar
16 oz. of Lemon iced tea or Snapple supply 11.5 teaspoons of sugar
20 oz, Passion Fruitopia supply 17.5 teaspoons of sugar.
Snacks & desserts
Balance Bar supply approximately 5 teaspoons
21 oz of McDonald's Vanilla Shake supply 24 teaspoons
8 oz of frozen yogurt supply 8.5 teaspoons
8 oz of restaurant chocolate cake supply 13 teaspoons
By Nicole Coffey
Maintaining a steady rhythmic breath is the single most important aspect of your yoga practice. By controlling your breath, you calm your mind and bring awareness to the present moment. This awareness is the heart of yoga and it is further enhanced with the application of bandhas (muscular and energetic locks) and drishti (focal points for directing the eyes).
There are a range of pranayamas (breathing exercises) most of which are practiced while seated or lying down. Ujjayi pranayama/breathing however is typically performed throughout the yoga practice until the final pose, savasana.
What is Ujjayi Breath?
The English translation of the Sanskrit word 'ujjayi' is 'victorious'. To practice ujjayi breathing you need to first be able to comfortably practice the Yogic Full Breath. In the Yogic Full Breath the inhalation and exhalation is through the nose. As the name suggests, this breath requires the full use of both lungs. The average person has approximately 5 to 6 litres of lung capacity yet the average breath is only half a litre. We barely breathe enough to stay alive much less to be filled with vitality.
The Full Yogic Breath consists of 4 parts:
The intention is to expand the breath so the inhalation and exhalation are lengthened to your comfortable maximum. Once you reach this the next step is to bring the breath into balance by matching the length of the inhalation and exhalation and the pauses in between so that the breath is smooth and even. Ideally the breath consists of a 5 second inhalation + a 1 second pause + a 5 second exhalation + a 1 second pause which equals a 12 second breath cycle.
To practice ujjayi breathing we take the Yogic Full Breath and add a contraction in the glottis (vocal chord area of the throat) which allows us to gain more control over the breath and use it more efficiently and effectively. The application of this contraction creates an audible sound similar to the ocean which is why Ujjayi Breath is sometimes referred to as 'Oceanic Breath'. The sound helps to focus the mind and should be soothing. Ideally it can be heard from a metre away in a quiet room.
The best explanation I have heard for how to contract the glottis and achieve this sound is to make a HAAAAH sound on an exhalation as if you're trying to fog up a mirror but with your mouth closed. When you feel like you have the hang of it on the exhalation, apply the same action on the inhalation. I have found it helpful to think of the sound SAAAA on the inhale.
The more comfortable you get with ujjayi breathing, the longer and smoother your breaths will be which will allow you to better align your movements to your breath for a more powerful and integrated yoga practice.
Benefits of Ujjayi Breath:
After years of involvement in sports that put incredible pressure on knees (and other joints) I have developed an obsession for bike reading, particularly exercise bikes in an air conditioned Gym! But it’s not just about the cool comfort and big screen TV. There are a number of factors that make stationary bikes a great option for rehabbing knees’.
Controlled Environment. As opposed to being out on the road stationary bikes are not subject to the variables of weather, pot holes in the road, trucks and cars, wayward dogs etc, etc and if you struggle with balance you’re not going to fall off easily! Getting out on the road (or bike track) is great fun but the stationary bike offers a stable base that allows you to focus on intensity and form with less distractions. What I particularly like about the Keiser bikes we use is your ability to set the bike up to suit out of saddle work where you can transfer your body weight to the handle bars and really get the “drive train” (Calves,Quads,Glutes,Hammys’) working.
If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it . Great old adage and where building strength is concerned it really needs to be front of mind all the time. Stationary bikes generally come with a monitor of some sort that will allow you to track resistance, time, watts etc. The Keiser bikes allow for quick adjustments to the magnetic resistance and are great for setting up intervals and varying the intensity of your session. The monitors let you track what you’ve done and repeat (or upgrade) the session next time so you know if you are improving or not. That’s’ not as easy to do when you are out on the road.
You’re never too far from home. With all rehab work I highly recommend that you get directions from a medical professional before you get underway. One of the tricky guidelines that medicos will give is to stop if it (your knee) gets painful or starts to swell which is a problem if you’re out on the road and 20km from home. A stationary bike allows you to push that little bit harder with each session and stop when you need to.
Depending on what you are looking for from your session there are any number of approaches to take on the bike with a long easy to moderate resistance session designed to reduce swelling and nourish joint cartilage through to 30 second on/30 second off interval sessions aimed at increasing strength, power and endurance.
While nothing beats a
good morning ride out around the beaches and the low impact non weight bearing
nature of any cycling makes it a great medium for increasing range of motion and
strengthening there are distinct advantages to using an exercise bike at the Gym.
See you in the Gym!
Strength and Conditioning Coach
By Nicole Coffey
There seems to be many people with the misconception that they can’t do yoga due to a lack of flexibility. Although participation in a group class may indeed be limited for someone with significant mobility challenges, a lot of people would be surprised by the extent to which they can participate in a yoga class thanks to the use of props.
B.K.S. Iyengar introduced props into the modern practice of yoga to allow all practitioners to access the benefits of the poses regardless of physical condition or length of study. The use of props not only allows even more experienced yoga practitioners to enter certain poses that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to but to also assist in finding correct alignment in a pose. For example, in paschimottanasana (western stretch) which is a seated forward bend (pictured) the use of a belt around the feet allows a practitioner who is, as yet, unable to comfortably take hold of the feet with the hands to still access the full benefit of the pose while maintaining a straight back.
There are a range of different yoga props, most of which are used in the Iyengar method of yoga which has a strong focus on precision and alignment. Probably the most commonly used yoga props are blocks, belts and the wall, all of which we use in our classes at Coast Fitness. Blocks are very versatile and can be used to bring the floor to you such as in Virasana (hero pose) in which a block or two can be placed under the sit bones (pictured) if the practitioner is unable to bring the sit bones all the way to the mat or perhaps they can come right down to the mat but they know they won’t be able to stay in the pose for long. As in the case of the latter, a prop can allow a pose to be held for longer.
Given the range of yoga props that are available including chairs, bolsters, blankets, even swings, someone with particularly restricted mobility can still experience the benefits of yoga through a tailored one-on-one class with an experienced yoga teacher. This tailored approach is used in yoga therapy when there is a specific issue to address such as rehabilitation of an injured body part. If this is something of interest to you feel free to come and have a chat to me and I can make a recommendation on where to go for this. Otherwise, if you’re mostly put off yoga because you don’t think you’re flexible enough then please do give one of our classes a try because you are likely to be surprised by how much you can do.
It also has to be said that we have such a great crew of people attending our yoga classes. There’s no judgement, everyone just does their best, we have a laugh and learn more about ourselves in the process. Most of our regular yogis started off as complete beginners and were willing to give it a go. Now they are really finding their stride in the classes and I can see they have made a lot of progress.
I look forward to seeing you on the mat.
By Steve Morrisson
Strength and Conditioning Coach
The Keiser Air Resistance circuit was our first experience with Keiser as a fitness equipment manufacturer and air pressure was a whole new world as a resistance medium but I have to say I've become a Keiser Fan particularly for the versatility that it offers for all levels of training. If you've had years of weight training experience there might be a tendency to treat Keiser as a "soft option" but the reality is you can work very hard on this equipment without excessively loading joints and connective tissue, and the quick adjustment allows for an enormous amount of variation in the types of programme that can be developed. Head to this article
if you'd like to read more on the difference between weight and air as resistance mediums
The Keiser spin bikes are an incredibly smooth ride and the magnetic resistance adjustment and feed back console make for a great training experience particularly if you take the time to set the bike up to suit you. Like the Keiser Air resistance machines these bikes also have a fast response "gear" change that is exceptionally good when you are doing high intensity interval work and need to be able to change workloads quickly.
If you're looking for a variation on circuit training designed to get you working more explosively try this workout with the Keiser equipment upstairs at the gym.
1 Warmup for 5 to 10 minutes on the Keiser M3 Cycles
2 Head in to the Keiser Air Circuit room and perform 1 circuit of 1 to 2 warm up sets at light resistance. 10 minutes max
3 Back to the bikes and perform 5 to 10 minutes of moderate to high intensity interval work. 1 good set of Tabata's is a great way of reducing your time for this part
4 Back to the circuit room and work with 1 circuit of 1 to 2 explosive sets at a moderate resistance designed to get you working on power development. 10 minutes max.
5 Warm down and stretch
This is a relatively simple circuit that allows you to take advantage of one of the great features of Keiser equipment which is the ability to quickly change resistance, up or down, at any time with fingertip controls.The ability to incorporate different speeds of training into a workout allows for speed and power (the combination of strength and speed) training. It also provides a much safer resistance for older adults and rehabilitation patients by decreasing the risk of injury and shortening recovery time.
In short, Keiser is very hard on muscle (because you can’t cheat) and very easy on joints and connective tissue (because of the low impact loads). With Keiser's Pneumatic Technology anyone can train at any speed at any given resistance. By developing speed as well as strength, you are developing power and research has shown that power is the key to human performance; whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior or an older adult like me.
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By Nicole Coffey
When I first tried yoga at the age of 17 I found it quite awkward and wasn’t interested in continuing. It wasn’t until many years later I began to acquire a taste for yoga asanas (poses) while learning aerial acrobatics at a circus school where asanas were often used as part of the warm up. Once I joined a yoga studio and began to realise how much yoga has to offer there was no turning back. When practiced correctly, intelligently and regularly, yoga can provide a wealth of benefits including increased flexibility, increased strength and muscle tone, reduced stress and strengthening of the nervous system, improved posture, increased blood flow and circulation, improved digestion, weight loss and improved balance.
I think there is a general perception that yoga is very gentle and mainly involves stretching. While there are certainly some styles of yoga like that, yoga can also be the most challenging workout you’ve ever experienced. There is now, more than ever, a huge range of different yoga styles from the physically demanding power yoga and Ashtanga to the deeply relaxing yoga nidra, also known as ‘yogic sleep’, and everything in between.
I had the great privilege of completing my yoga teacher training with master yoga teachers Nicky Knoff and James Bryan who have developed Knoff Yoga. Knoff Yoga combines the anatomical alignment and intelligence of Iyengar Yoga , with the energetic principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga , resulting in the 5 Pillars of Practice. The 5 Pillars of Practice are applied every time we step onto the yoga mat. They are:
ASANA – Focusing on the physical structure using correct anatomical alignment.
VINYASA – Connecting techniques synchronizing movement with breath.
BANDHA – Muscular and energetic locks to transform internal energy creating heat.
PRANAYAMA – Controlled expansion of the breath/life-force.
DRISHTI – Specific focal points for directing the eyes and composing the mind.
Upcoming yoga classes at Coast Fitness
We’ll be kicking off yoga classes at Coast Fitness from Monday 28 August. We’ll be trialling two class levels, a foundation yoga class and a class we’re calling ‘yoga workout’. Both classes will be traditional yoga, incorporating all the Pillars of Practice and with a balanced focus on developing flexibility and strength. Both classes will also finish with at least 5 minutes of relaxation. The foundation class will be ideal for people who are either completely new to yoga or would like to practice at a slower and gentler pace. The ‘yoga workout’ will be, as the name suggests, more of a workout where we’ll move at a slightly faster pace and incorporate more vinyasa sequences (connecting poses) and stronger poses to get a sweat up! As a rough guide, if you can do a full push up you’ll have enough strength to give this class a go.
These yoga classes will provide a great compliment to your existing strength training regime. For more information on the benefits of combining yoga and strength training, check out this short article .
In addition to the classes, I do offer private one-on-one yoga classes and small group bookings where we can work on improving your technique and speed up your progress.
If you have any questions about yoga and the classes we’ll be running or if you’re looking for a new stretch or body weight exercise to try please come and have a chat. I love talking about yoga and sharing my passion for it with others.
Losing stubborn body fat and getting into one's best possible shape may require at least some aerobic activity. The range of aerobic methods available and the different ways in which to engage in cardio are many - enough to cause confusion for those wanting to shed excess weight to reveal their hard-won muscles.
Question is: what are the best methods of aerobic exercise? Is there a perfect way to lose fat through cardiovascular means, and if so, what is it? Aerobic activity by its very nature requires fat to be used as a primary fuel source, with carbohydrates and protein being used to a smaller extent. Therefore it is obvious that in order to lose fat , some degree of aerobic work will need to be done.
Benefits Of Aerobic Exercise
All forms of aerobic training will provide many similar benefits, while high intensity and low intensity methods (although both within the so-called fat burning aerobic zone) have benefits specific to their respective functions.
To determine the exact intensity needed to benefit from a specific aerobic method, first it is important to determine lower and higher end target heart rates (THR). The low end of the target zone is 55% of your MHR. The high end of the target zone is 80% of your MHR. Use the calculator above to determine these numbers (or just subtract your age from 220, then multiply the result by .55 and .80, respectively.)
Aerobic exercise (regardless of intensity) will help to:
Lower-to-moderate intensity aerobic activity ( 50-75 percent of MHR) will:
Higher intensity aerobic activity ( 70-85 percent of MHR) will:
Aerobic Training Methods & Their Advantages
Once the appropriate aerobic intensity has been decided upon (depending on one's training goals ), the type of aerobic exercise to be used can be chosen. Some types are naturally of a higher intensity, while others are lower in intensity; some are suitable for specific sporting goals, while others are best for achieving low body fat for physical definition.
The keys to choosing a good aerobic activity include finding one that is enjoyable and effective to ensure it is used consistently to good effect.
1. Walking (Burns 300-400 Calories Per Hour)
Once thought of as a perfect aerobic exercise for fat burning and overall health, walking is now considered one of the least effective of the aerobic methods.
Although great for beginners or those with injury or who are obese, walking probably is not the best form of exercise for losing weight and achieving fitness, as it is of a much lower intensity compared to other methods.
2. Running (Burns Around 600 Calories Per Hour)
A higher intensity method compared to walking, running (not sprinting , which is anaerobic) is an efficient, although high impact way to lose body fat and improve cardiorespiratory fitness.
The main benefit to running for weight loss purposes is that it is sufficiently high intensity to burn a greater number of calories, while stimulating the metabolic rate for a longer period afterward.
3. Cycling (Burns Around 600 Calories Per Hour)
Cycling involves the same muscles as does running, but has the added advantage of being lower impact, therefore making it ideal for virtually anyone (with the exclusion of those with certain injuries).
It can be done on either a stationary bike (the preferred option for those wanting to specifically burn body fat, as there might be fewer distractions with this method), or on the road.
4. Rowing (Burns Around 840 Calories Per Hour)
Rowing on a machine provides an excellent total body workout , in addition to being a great high intensity way to strip body fat. It could be considered the perfect exercise as it works all the main muscles of the body, is of higher intensity than walking and of lower impact than running, and burns more calories per hour than any other commonly used aerobic exercise (around 840 per hour).
5. Swimming (Burns Around 600 Calories Per Hour)
Like rowing, swimming provides a great total body workout, while burning a high number of calories. It is also very low impact as the body is working in a weightless environment (water), and, as a result, there is little risk of injury.
Using the common freestyle stroke will work well for most people, but if at all possible use a variety of strokes in order to place an emphasis on different muscle groups—this change in intensity will help to burn more calories.
6. Jumping Rope (Burns Over 1000 Calories Per Hour)
Although a very high impact activity, jumping rope can provide a great aerobic workout if done correctly. It can also add definition to the calves and shoulders , as it works these muscle groups quite vigorously. Probably one of the harder aerobic methods, correctly jumping rope involves a tremendous amount of skill, strength, focus and patience.
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of the newer and more effective ways to burn body fat. As many have experienced, HIIT provides an intensive aerobic option, which takes a fraction of the time to complete compared to the more traditional cardio methods.
As the name suggests, HIIT incorporates both high intensity aerobic work with a very high intensity component to provide a maximal fat burning effect, and an increased metabolic rate that can last for over 24 hours after training.
To get into great shape, it is generally accepted that some aerobic training will be needed. However the type of training and the methods used will differ from person to person, and to achieve superior results it is important to select an activity that will work to ones best advantage.
It is hoped this article will have made clear the benefits aerobic training holds and the methods available.
Improve Cardiovascular HealthA healthful diet helps lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Eat clean to support long-term health -- a healthful diet helps lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Fruits and vegetables, for example, come packed with vitamin C, a nutrient that helps maintain the strength of your blood vessels. A diet rich in fruits and veggies lowers coronary heart disease risk and also protects against stroke and high blood pressure. A clean diet rich in healthful fats -- the type found in nuts, avocados and olive oil -- lowers harmful cholesterol levels, which also fight cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, an unhealthy diet rich in saturated fat increases your blood cholesterol, which threatens your cardiovascular heath.Prevents Cancer
Eat a clean diet, and you'll also help fight cancer growth. Following a diet rich in processed foods puts you at an increased risk of cancer, explains the Colorado State University Extension, and saturated fat, processed meat and fried foods all up your cancer risk. On the other hand, a clean diet, rich in fruits and veggies, boosts your intake of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight cancer growth. Colorado State highlights cruciferous veggies -- a family that includes broccoli and kale -- and tomatoes as especially beneficial.
Support Mental Health
A healthful diet not only benefits your physical well-being, but it supports your mental health. Some of the nutrients from your diet -- such as vitamin B-6, help make dopamine, a chemical involved in feelings of pleasure. Omega-3 fatty acids also support good mental health, while a deficiency can cause moodiness and depression. Limiting caffeine can also improve mental health -- the Norris Cotton Cancer Center notes that it can increase anxiety -- and not skipping meals can avoid stress headaches or stomachaches.
What Are the Benefits of Eating Clean?
We've all been there. You know, that dark place where it feels like nothing short of a personal invitation from George Clooney will get you off the couch and into the gym. But whether you're battling workout boredom, weight loss plateaus, or injuries, you don't have to let any obstacle sidetrack your fitness. All you need is the right motivation. These 10 instant motivators will rekindle your passion for working out—which, let's face it, is the greatest motivator of all.
1. Obstacle: You're too tired to exercise
Solution: Make a date.
Set up a standing apppointment with a friend whose fitness level matches yours—your mutual motivation lulls will cancel each other out. Research shows that having a dedicated workout partner makes you more likely to stick with an exercise program.
2. Pile on the rewards.
Women tend to save rewards for distant, huge goals, like a 20-pound weight loss or three lost dress sizes, says Howard Rankin, PhD, psychological advisor to the national Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) organization in Hilton Head, SC. Rather than make goals destination-oriented, make them behavior-oriented. Set a goal to work out three times this week, and when you achieve it, give yourself a nonfood reward, like a glossy magazine or new nail polish—little indulgences you wouldn't ordinarily give yourself.
3. Invest in a trainer.
A certified personal trainer can fine-tune your workout for extra results without wasted time and effort. Find a trainer you like, and then schedule follow-up visits four times a year—those dates will give you built-in goals to strive for. One hour of training costs $50 to $70—buddy up with a friend to share the cost.
4. Try intervals.
Interval-style exercise—spinning classes, for example—raises your metabolism both during and after the exercise. Steady activity—say, 30 minutes on a treadmill—burns about 6 to 8 calories per minute. A brief, 30- to 60-second burst of intense interval activity burns about 10 calories per minute and stimulates your muscles to burn 20 to 30% more calories within the same workout.
5. Make a mix.
Listening to music eases exercise in three ways: It distracts you from fatigue, it encourages coordination, and it relaxes your muscles to encourage bloodflow. If music doesn't work, try a book on tape. "Anything pleasurable you can link to exercise will help motivate you."
6. Cover all your bases.
Do you include each of the triumvirate—cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility—in your workouts each week? A combination of all three keeps your metabolism burning high, your energy level up, and your body injury-free. "It's best to have a variety of plans so you can do something 5 out of 7 days a week,"
7. Obstacle: Your workout isn't working
Solution: Change anything.
Change the intensity, frequency, or duration of your exercise at least once a month—try a harder step class, add one more walk a week, or pause your DVD and do 5 extra minutes of lunges and jumping jacks. This level of variety challenges your muscles to keep "learning" and meeting new challenges so they can burn more calories and fat
8. Reclaim control.
Instead of getting stuck in the "poor me" mind-set, focus on something you still have total control over: your eating. Now is an excellent time to evaluate your eating habits and look at ways you can minimize this minor roadblock, says Anding.
9. Check your expectations.
"Within three workouts, the heart already becomes more efficient," says Olson. Congratulate yourself for running upstairs without losing your breath; celebrate when your thighs no longer rub together. Changes in weight, fat percentage, and muscle development may take a little bit longer, sometimes up to 2 months.
Hang your wash outside instead of throwing it into the dryer, open the garage door manually, and switch the channels on the TV without the remote. It's estimated that in the past 25 years, laborsaving devices have decreased the number of calories we burn by 800 per day—that's 1.5 pounds per week.
*Article adapted from Fit Not Fat at 40-Plus (published by Rodale, which also publishes Prevention )
No changes at the top of the leader board after the 1000m DASH in the 2017 Rowing Series but the peloton is making it's move and race leader Dione Reed has to be concerned about the Neanderthal and Maria Koerner making good gains. Jackie Butler has stormed into the top 10 with a 7 second improvement in her 500m time and a fast 1000m, while new comer John Hamilton performed well in his first attempt to secure 9th spot.
After recording the best 500m time in stage 1 the Neanderthal also registered the fastest time for the 1000m event posting 3.30 sec neat and all reports indicate that he is in serious training mode hoping to overcome the handicap and take home the Jelly Beans at the end of Stage 3.
With the 2 sprint distances completed our attention turns to the more endurance based 2000 metre challenge that's likely to really show who has and hasn't been training! There's no room for complacency amongst the front runners with some really competitive training times being recorded on the BRAG Board including Joel Richardson's first attempt at 7.18.1 sec while Tom Guckenberger and Eric Atkins continue their top 10 tussle, both recording low 8 minute times in training.
There's also quite a lot of interest at the back of the field with the likes of Matt Henderson, Paul Bradtberg and Dean McCarthy who all scored well in the 500 metre event but are yet to post times for the 1000 metres.
So it all comes down to the final stage in the last week of July and there’s plenty of time for competitors to fine tune their training, and for new starters to get underway.
Be sure to register at reception if you are
interested in joining in for the last stage.