5 Questions with Energy Endurance Lab
The Magic City has a vibrant fitness community with plenty of triathletes, marathoners and cyclists who call the city home. Training plays a huge role in just about every athletes’ life—especially if there’s a big race on deck. But what if you’re looking to get an extra edge on the competition?
That’s where Meghan Toemmes and Ari Weinstein of Energy Endurance Lab come in. In late July, they officially opened their doors in the A+E District with the goal of creating an indoor training solution for endurance athletes and coaches using some of the best equipment in the industry and scientific principles. From FTP and VO2 testing to running gait analysis and nutritional guidance, the ‘Lab is a one-stop shop for athletes looking to fine tune their training routine and outpace the competition.
With marathon training season right around the corner, we tapped Meghan and Ari for a round of 5 Questions, our bi-monthly feature that shines a spotlight on the local artisans and personalities defining the A+E District.
Whip up a protein shake and read on…What’s the best thing to eat/drink right before you begin training?
The short answer to this is to eat something small that your body is accustomed to prior to training. After training, eat real food and avoid processed food, unnecessary sugars and caffeine. The long answer is, it depends on body type, body composition and duration of training. Each athlete needs a customized nutrition plan specific to their body.
What’s the single best piece of preparation advice you have for athletes’ minutes before
they start a race?
Have fun and follow your race plan! Race day is all about executing a plan and not having to overthink so you can enjoy every minute of it.
What’s your favorite way to beat the Miami heat?
The pool at the Standard in Miami Beach. Or if you’re in the Gables, Venetian pool.
Biking, swimming or running. If you could only pick one that you’d have to do for the rest
of your life, which would you opt for?
Ari: Cycling. It’s the best way to see your surroundings, especially if you’re visiting a new place.
Meghan: Swimming. It’s a great workout, a great recovery tool and can serve as meditation
What is your favorite aspect of what you do?
Watching first time triathletes experience their first race along with coaching experienced
triathletes to new personal records.