sports nutrition – TriSports University https://university.trisports.com The place to learn about triathlon. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 16:44:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 https://university.trisports.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-tsu-button-32x32.png sports nutrition – TriSports University https://university.trisports.com 32 32 Plant-Based Nutrition https://university.trisports.com/2018/11/02/plant-based-nutrition/ https://university.trisports.com/2018/11/02/plant-based-nutrition/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:45:52 +0000 https://university.trisports.com/?p=8955 From protein powders to energy bars, it can be difficult to find the support you need as a vegan athlete. Even the most commonplace bars and gels contain animal products, making it a challenge to get fueled up during your workout. Luckily, we've got you covered with these plant-based nutrition offerings for every stage of activity. Tackle your day's run, bike, or swim with confidence and come out feeling better than ever.]]>

Shop all of our Plant-Based Nutrition here.

From protein powders to energy bars, it can be difficult to find the support you need as a vegan athlete. Even the most commonplace bars and gels contain animal products, making it a challenge to get fueled up during your workout. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with these plant-based nutrition offerings for every stage of activity. Tackle your day’s run, bike, or swim with confidence and come out feeling better than ever.

Like carbo-loading before your big race but without the meal, Pre-Activity nutrition is best used long before your workout. Whether taken the night before activity or just a few hours before,  these mixes have been specially formulated to give you the lasting energy you need to start your workout on the right foot. Some focus on maximizing the body’s ability to retain water, while others seek to jump-start your system for improved mental acuity and increased energy – without the caffeine jitters.

So, now you’re 45 minutes into your day’s workout and you’re starting to get hungry, what do you turn to? During-Activity products give you easily digestible nutrients that result in rapid energy uptake. These are best used regularly during your workout to keep your tank topped off all day long. There are many options here, from the near-ubiquitous energy gels to more substantial solid foods such as energy bars and even flavored hydration supplements. Some people find it difficult to chew while on the bike or running, while others prefer solid foods when they know they’ll be out on an all-day workout. Experiment and find what works for you and your needs.

Once you’ve wrapped up your workout, setting new personal records in the process, it’s time to unwind and recover so that you can do it all again tomorrow. Post-Activity nutrition products provide your body with the necessary ingredients to repair muscle fiber, ease pain and discomfort, and prevent cramping. A solid plant-based protein powder will get you back on the bike sooner and stronger, while some powders feature unique formulations or ideal electrolyte profiles and amino acid supplementations for targeted relief.

Now it’s time to mix up your new Pre-Activity drink, choose the day’s bars, gels or other During-Activity options, and plan for your next workout. Just don’t forget to save enough of your Post-Activity mix and queue up your favorite shows to watch once you’re back.


Shop all of our Plant-Based Nutrition here.

]]>
https://university.trisports.com/2018/11/02/plant-based-nutrition/feed/ 0
First Endurance EFS: The Most “Potent” Sports Drink. https://university.trisports.com/2012/08/31/first-endurance-efs-the-most-potent-sports-drink/ Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:30:50 +0000 http://university.tri-sports.com/?p=6001 A Sports Drink that replaces four other products? First Endurance EFS has Higher Electrolyte Content than any Sports Drink. EFS may be the "silver bullet" nutritional product missing from your long distance racing. See why here.]]>

By Tom Demerly for TriSports.com

EFS from First Endurance contains the highest concentration of electrolytes of any sports drink.

There are few absolutes in sports nutrition except this is one: First Endurance EFS has more electrolytes per serving than any sports drink.

You use a sports drink during training and racing for three reasons: Hydration, calories and electrolytes. While the principles of sports nutrition are simple, the practice is more complex. Some athletes make it so complex they use a “cocktail” of products during an event that is logistically complex and stressful to the digestive system.

If one nutritional product could combine purposes and replace the need for three or four additional products it would simplify race logistics, reduce the amount of products you need to buy, mix and carry and avoid problems with product interaction and gastric distress. First Endurance EFS is a candidate for that multi-role nutritional product. It provides enough electrolytes to replace electrolyte supplementation and delivers adequate calories and fluid to almost completely reduce the need for other calorie sources.

Using EFS from First Endurance may replace the need for additional electrolyte supplementation during hot events.

No nutritional review is complete without a disclaimer of sorts, although not the one you may expect. The doctrine that “no nutritional product works for everyone” may be one of the greatest cop-outs of the popular endurance sports culture. A better relative truth may be “You can train your gastro-intestinal system to use any product during physical stress”. While this doctrine eschews popular lore it becomes closer to consensus as athletes become more experienced- and faster. Gastric distress is a common limiter in long distance endurance events among newer athletes. Much of it can be attributed to a lack of digestive acclimation under stress.

You can train your digestive system to perform under stress and train it to specific products. Like every metabolic process, digestion is adaptive. If your race preparation includes an emphasis on nutritional adaptation to specific products under race-like stress and duration you will adapt. It’s a personal question as to whether you prefer to adapt to a given nutritional doctrine, or you prefer to find a set of nutritional products that work without adaptation, a laborious and random process. Your best nutritional doctrine may be somewhere between those two extremes, leaning toward adaptation as finishing time becomes a greater priority to just finishing.

First Endurance EFS is also sold in a highly viscous energy gel that can be diluted in a water bottle or taken straight during an event.

In a survey of nutritional products a light bulb appears over First Endurance EFS. You could nearly do an entire long distance race using mostly this product with only minor additional supplementation. That notion is logistically elegant. Less bottles, less concoctions, less to keep track of during an event.

Another advantage to EFS is its variable concentration. Fluid and caloric needs change with weather. As it gets hotter athletes need more fluid and generally tolerate lower concentrations of carbohydrate in sports drinks. As it gets colder they will use more calories to maintain body temperature and require less fluid relative to hot conditions. Knowing that, the best sports drink would be “modular” and have a variable electrolyte concentration depending on how it is diluted. First Endurance EFS is “modular” since it can be diluted to a lower carbohydrate and electrolyte concentration by simply adding water on the fly. Athletes can mix a “master bottle” of EFS at high concentration in a regular over sized bottle carried on their downtube and squirt that into a TorHans handlebar mounted aerodynamic hydration system filled with water from aid station bottles and tossed back into the aid station.

First Endurance also added malic acid to EFS. Found naturally in foods like apples, malic acid is attributed to assist recovery after aerobic exercise. Studies also suggest malic acid reduces muscle soreness and fatigue during aerobic exercise.

Another endurance component of EFS is AjiPure’s Amino Acid Blend. Each single scoop serving provides2,000 milligrams of amino acids L-Glutamine, Leucine, Iso Leucine and Valine. AjiPure is the world’s largest supplier of amino acids and has a background in endurance sports. The benefits of amino acids in an endurance drink include enhanced glucose replacement and better immune function.

There is a strong argument to using the nutritional products served in aid stations at your “A” races. You carry less fluid on your bike, reducing weight and streamlining logistics. You paid for the aid stations so you may as well use them. First Endurance EFS still figures into the mix since it can be used during ultra-distance training in addition to the products used in the aid station of your “A” race which may not be as readily available in your area. You can also carry enough EFS on your bike in concentrated form to easily get through a 70.3 distance event while only taking water at aid stations for dilution.

First Endurance EFS is worth understanding and experimenting with because of its modular mixing capability and its high electrolyte content, especially if you are using capsules to supplement electrolytes. Incorporating EFS into your nutrition plan may allow you to go farther with less products even faster. That potential benefit is worth exploring.

]]>
Ironman Perform, Restore and PowerBar Performance Bar. https://university.trisports.com/2012/07/10/ironman-perform-restore-and-powerbar-performance-bar/ Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:37:14 +0000 http://university.tri-sports.com/?p=5556 When you go long nutrition can become your Achillies Heel. What should you eat? Drink? Will your stomach tolerate it? PowerBar's Ironman Perform and Performance Bar are two products to consider when going long: It's what's on the course. ]]>

By Tom Demerly for TriSports.com

Ironman Perform by PowerBar is on the course in North American Ironman events and is supported by Ironman Restore recovery drink and the PowerBar Performance energy bar, the classic energy bar that started the category.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC8Nen9wbX4&list=UUNsFQ1vURrsS4QlJyAL_KTg&index=8&feature=plpp_video[/youtube]

Long distance triathlon breaks into four events; Swim, bike, run and race nutrition. It’s usually the last event that sabotages race plans.

Gastric distress is so common in long distance events from the 70.3 to 140.6 Ironman distance that it may be the second largest limiting factor after inadequate training. In reality those two deficiencies are related. If an athlete did adequate mileage and used the same endurance nutrition products in training as they did in racing their limitations from those factors would be reduced. They would have a better race day.

An important part of a training plan, especially for long distance triathlons like 70.3 and 140.6 Ironman distance is rehearsing your race nutrition plan and getting acclimatedto the nutritional products that will be available on the course in the event. PowerBar’s Ironman Perform is the official sports drink of Ironman 2012 and will be on the course in global Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Series events in North America. Ironman Perform will also be on the course in the Ford Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii this October. Since PowerBar has done substantial research and development in sports nutritionals and virtually invented the sports bar category it’s worth evaluating their products well before race day and becoming familiar with how they work for you.

PowerBar's Ironman Perform was used on the course at Ford Ironman Arizona by thousands of athletes in rising heat and wind with overall excellent results. It makes sense to learn to use what is on the course to keep your bike light and aerodynamic.

Another certainty is that, no matter what nutritional product is offered in aid stations at a given event, some athletes will want something else. In the back to the middle of the pack it is common to see “custom” nutritional strategies that are seemingly as well researched as they are well intentioned. That gastric distress is still such a common limiter even with so many “custom” nutrition plans seems unusual. It’s worth considering that, no matter how diligent your research about endurance nutrition is, PowerBar has done more research and development with their products.

It makes sense to learn to use what is served on the course as race nutrition. There are three compelling reasons to use what is on the course: 1. It’s been developed and tested by a leading sports nutrition brand. You probably can’t do better on your own. 2. It’s convenient. You don’t have to carry extra weight on the bike. You use the aid stations and keep your bike light and aerodynamic. 3. You paid for it in your race entry fee, you may as well use it.

Three Reasons to use the aid stations: 1. It’s been tested. 2. You don’t have to carry it. 3. You paid for it.

PowerBar’s Ironman Perform uses the C2MAX Blend, a 2:1 ratio of glucose and fructose. PowerBar asserts this combination of glucose and fructose speeds the absorption of carbohydrates and reduces bloating and gastro-intestinal distress. You absorb calories faster and with less chance of gastric distress. PowerBar claims an 8% better rate of absorption than regular glucose based calorie sources with their combined C2MAX blend. Additionally, this mixture is potentially more versatile across wide temperature ranges that can influence the rate fo fluid absorption. When you consider an event like Ford Ironman Wisconsin has been held in high humidity and temperatures in the high 80’s, but also been held when the temperature was in the high 50’s and it rained consistently, the importance of a temperature adaptable sports drink is significant. The PowerBar C2MAX 2:1 glucose/fructose carbohydrate blend is available in PowerBar Performance Bars, PowerBar Ironman Perform, PowerBar Energy Bites and Blasts and PowerBar Energy Gel.

If you paid for a lightweight bicycle with a carefully designed, aerodynamic frameset it doesn't make sense to tape gels and hang bags on your frame to carry nutrition. It is better to acclimate to what is in the aid stations on race day. With PowerBar's C2MAX formula it is easy to get the fluid, electrolytes and calories you need without carrying extra weight at Ironman events.

A key feature to PowerBar’s Ironman Perform is either no or easy acclimation to the product. While reaction to flavor and taste is individual at first, key factors to remember with endurance nutrition are: Products taste differently in a race environment than in a casual trial setting. Because changes in temperature and your level of fatigue affect how you perceive taste letting taste dictate your nutritional strategy is a short sighted agenda. Almost everything will either loose taste or not taste optimal in the 10th hour of a 13 hour Ironman when it is at atmospheric temperature, served from a plastic container and you are extremely fatigued.

PowerBar Ironman Perform is lemon-lime flavored and highly flavor-tolerable. Another advantage is that, at most events, the product is served from a pre-mix container. This means consistent concentrations throughout the day. It’s also faster to simply grab a bottle of pre-mixed drink in an aid station and either drink it from that pre-mixed bottle, which fits a standard bottle cage, or empty the contents into your own handlebar mounted drink system such as TorHans and discard the empty in the aid station where you are allowed to deposit trash.

Pre-mixed PowerBar Ironman Perform in the Lemon-Lime flavor is handed up at this aid station at Ford Ironman Arizona as the official drink on the course.

PowerBar Performance: The Original PowerBar, Still one of the Best.

Another PowerBar product used on the course of Ironman events is the Powerbar Performance energy bar. You could call this the original energy bar, the product that started a category. The original PowerBar packs 230 calories with the C2MAX caloric energy mix and 200 mg of sodium along with 8 grams of protein to help stave off hunger.

A key feature of the PowerBar Performance bar from its introduction has been solubility. While the formula for the bar has evolved from the original version it is still more easily dissolved and digested than many competing energy bars.

I’ve used the PowerBar Performance energy bar since it was introduced in its original formula and flavors years ago. Since the bar is dense and chewy it requires water to speed digestion. It is also calorically dense and seems to provide a steady level of blood sugar over time for me. Some users suggest it is hard to chew, especially on the run. PowerBar Energy Gels, also with the C2MAX  formula, may be a better solution if you find the PowerBar Performance energy bar too solid in some situations but each gel only contains 110 calories as opposed to the 230 calories in the PowerBar Performance energy bar.  It’s easier to eat solid food bars on the bike, so I like to use PowerBar Performance bars during the bike leg of a long race.

While not at all scientific, this casual example of how competing energy bars dissolve in water over time suggests the PowerBar Performance bar (top bar in this series) breaks down more quickly in fluid. This suggests it may be easier to digest during an event.

PowerBar Ironman Restore: Recovery Nutrition for After the Event.

Most endurance athletes are familiar with the “glycogen window”, the critical 30 minutes following training and racing where getting calories into your system greatly facilitates recovery and the training effect. PowerBar Ironman Restore drink is specifically formulated as an after- exercise recovery drink with a different formulation to speed absorption and recovery. Ironman Restore is slightly more calorically dense than Ironman Perform and contains more sodium. There are 90 calories per serving in Ironman Restore compared to 70 calories in Ironman Perform. Restore also has more sodium, 250 mg. per serving compared to 190 mg for Ironman Perform. Restore contains 3 grams of protein per 1 scoop serving while PowerBar Ironman Perform has no protein. There is a small difference in carbohydrate concentration with Restore having 20 grams of carbohydrate and Perform carrying 17 grams of carbohydrate per scoop. finally, the caloric concentration in Restore is higher to facilitate recovery, with 1 scoop of Restore carrying 90 calories and 1 scoop of Perform delivering 70 calories. Restore is available in Orange flavor.

It’s unlikely one nutritional product brand will ever be agreed on by all endurance athletes as the de facto“best” but the dedication, history, development and availability of PowerBar Ironman Perform, Restore and the PowerBar Performance Bar mean its important to be familiar with them especially if you are doing events where they are served from the aid stations. I’ve used the products long enough in training and racing to suggest they are among the very best nutritional options.

Buy This Product Now on TriSports.com

]]> Honey Stinger Waffles. https://university.trisports.com/2012/06/25/honey-stinger-waffles/ Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:29:07 +0000 http://university.tri-sports.com/?p=5430 Born as the "Stroopwafel" in the Dutch city of Gouda, this confection is old school sports nutrition used by top pro cyclists in the classics for decades. See why this old world confection makes new age sports nutrition sense. ]]>

By Tom Demerly for TriSports.com.

The Honey Stinger Waffle is palatable, easy to carry, functional and proven sports nutrition used for decades by top pro cyclists.

Amino acids, polycose glucose polymers, balanced electrolytes… The chemistry project of modern endurance nutrition often loses sight that athletes need two things, fluid and calories, and they need them fast. Race and training food needs to be palatable when eaten warm out of a jersey pocket four hours into a five hour ride. It needs to be packed with calories for quick absorption and no stomach upset. Cyclists learned this in the 1920’s and during the post war era before there was a category called “sports nutrition”.

The Honey Stinger Waffle, an adapted version of the stroopwafel, has a flavored filling like this chocolate flavored version.

Riders in the early Tours de France would carry small meat sandwichs with cheese and miniature casks of wine to sustain themselves during mountain stages that were often over 200 miles long. Famous photos show cyclists using tobacco cigarettes to “open their lungs” for better breathing and ingesting strong espresso coffee as a stimulant on the bike. As recently as the iconic Eddy Borysewicz book of the 1980’s, Bicycle Road Racing, the famous author/Olympic coach told cyclists in time trials to carry a “small flask of coffee” to drink at the turnaround of a 40 kilometer time trial.

Sports nutrition has come a long way but one pleasant confection invented before the sport of bicycle racing and triathlons continues to compare well against the most recent, advanced sports nutritionals; the “Stroopwafel”.

The "stroopwafel" or "siroopwafel" was born in the Dutch city of Gouda and remains a popular confection there where the waffle sections are pressed in hot irons before lamination with their fillings.

I discovered stroopwafels in the Belgian city of Liberchies where I lived while racing on the amateur Nike/Velo-News/Gatorade cycling team. The stroopwafel was a staple of the endurance cycling diet. It packs dense and readily available simple carbohydrates in an easy to carry format that survives in a jersey pocket on freezing, rainy days as well as boiling hot summer afternoons. Stroopwafels were packed in mussette bags handed up to us a few hours into a race over the Belgian Ardennes or the Dutch lowlands. It was common for a rider to grab the Stroopwafels from their mussette and discard the rest to fans at the side of the road. We knew the stroopwafels worked. A few stroopwafels and a “bidon” or water bottle of strong, sweet tea was all we needed for the next 100 kilometers.

Traditional stroopwafels are often sold in northern Europe as gifts in souvenir decanters with intricate embellishment particular to the region they were made in.

That the stroopwafel never made the leap from boutique patisseries or pastry shops in the U.S. to the cycling and endurance sports market was largely a matter of communication than practicality. That, and a U.S. propensity to make sports nutrition more of a science project with gels and bars and powders, kept the stroopwafel in the confection category and out of the “sports nutrition” category. Lance Armstrong is largely responsible for changing that.

Armstrong grabs a musette bag in a feed zone. Armstrong introduced the stroopwafel to Honey Stinger and assisted in improving packaging, contents and portioning for the U.S. endurance sports market.

Armstrong recognized the utility of the stroopwafel within the U.S. cycling and endurance sports nutrition industry and spearheaded the effort to market a stroopwafel product to the U.S. endurance sports market. The Honey Stinger Waffle is a hybrid of the original European stroopwafel and shows Armstrong’s obsessive attention to detail. The waffles are individually wrapped to fit preciously in a jersey pocket. The Honey Stinger Waffle is USDA certified “Organic”. Even the package is engineered to be opened easily with one hand (and your teeth) quickly on the bike.

The Numbers:

The Honey Stinger Waffle is about 83 millimeters in diameter, a size that is common with the top of most coffee cups. For pre and apres cycling nutrition the waffle can be placed over a common diameter tea or coffee mug where the vapour from the warm drink melts the flavored filling turning this practical sports nutritional into a luxurious confection. The package fits jersey pockets easily and lays flat so you can carry up to a half dozen waffles easily in a jersey pocket.

Honey Stinger Waffles actually compare well to gels as an on-the-bike calorie source. The package is lighter and more calorie dense than many popular energy gels.

A Valid “Punch” of Quick Calories: Even Better Than Gels.

A Honey Stinger Waffle packs an impressive 160 calories of energy into an easy to carry and light weight 28 gram packet. Compared to a common/popular energy gel that is 48% more calories in a package that is 18% lighter weight than gel. A Honey Stinger Waffle packs 5.7 calories per gram of weight into its package while a common energy gel only has 2.9 calories per gram of weight.

The Honey Stinger Waffle retains the size to fit over most coffee and tea cups so the filling can heat over the warm vapour. The Honey Stinger Waffle is lighter weight than most gels but packs more calories making it an efficient energy source.

The original stroopwafels we used in Europe were wrapped in foil by our soigneurs when the mussette bags were prepared for racing or training days. The Honey Stinger Waffle is a more convenient adaptation with better packaging and more stringent control on ingredients that complies with the “organic” standards of the USDA. The Honey Stinger Waffle is sold in five flavors; Lemon, Honey, Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry. While the other flavors including the new chocolate are excellent, its hard to get past the delightful taste of the original organic Honey flavor. Honey Stinger is known for their organic Honey energy gel and their new waffles are a welcomed addition to their organic sports nutrition line up. These waffles are also a pleasant break from gels and bars. They pack valid sports nutrition into a confection that even goes well with ice cream. When was the last time you ate energy gel with vanilla ice cream?

Euro-man Hans Whitefield (left) and Marty Mares rave about the new Honey Stinger Chocolate waffle in the Winter Training Capital.

Buy This Product Now on TriSports.com

]]>
First Endurance: Sports Nutrition for Measureably Better Results. https://university.trisports.com/2012/05/11/first-endurance-sports-nutrition-for-measureably-better-results/ Fri, 11 May 2012 18:21:47 +0000 http://university.tri-sports.com/?p=4845 In the crowded sports nutrition category First Endurance differentiates themselves with unique products, packaging and delivery and industry best quality control. If you aren't using First Endurance you could be going faster. See the unique and proven First Endurance products here. ]]>

By Tom Demerly for TriSports.com

First Endurance's products feature unique formulations manufactured to the highest standards in the industry. They produce measureably better performance.

A safe, effective and legal sports nutritional supplement that gives you a competitive edge: If it existed, would you use it?

First Endurance has been innovating sports supplements for ten years. They make some of the most unique and effective formulations in the sports nutrition category. Three things differentiate First Endurance: Clinical grade research to test and verify the effectiveness of formulae in compliance with clincal testing standards, unique formulae that fill needs unique to the endurance athlete and levels of manufacturing, packaging and delivery technology that exceed competing brands.

In this crowded category a product has to be measurably different and provide an easily noticeable advantage. Athletes have to know it works or they won’t buy it again. That has been one of the strongest sales cases for First Endurance, especially their Optygen HP product.

Optygen allows your body to make more effecient use of oxygen. If you use any type of heart rate enabled GPS or power meter to measure your performance you’ll have all the proof you need to see the results. Look at your heart rate and speed data. You will see they begin to diverge when using Optygen; at a given heart rate you will be faster. Your pace goes up, your workload stays the same. The results are significant enough that it’s unusual the product hasn’t been regulated by sports governing bodies.

“Rhodiola helped athletes adapt to physical stress better.”

A key ingredient in Optygen is Rhodiola. Rhodiola is proven to enhance the body's adaptation to stress stimulus by improving oxygen use efficiency.

The unique ingredient in Optygen is Rhodiola, a cold weather plant that grows at high elevations. There are widespread clinical and university studies on the effects of Rhodiola on fatigue resistance and oxygen use. Rhodiola is not a stimulant. It is an “adaptogen“. Adaptogens regulate an organism’s metabolism in response to damaging stimulus such as fatigue and stress. It is a relatively simple chemical adaptation within the body, another thing that makes Rhodiola use attractive. The recognition of adaptogens such as Rhodiola began in 1947 under the direction of pharmacologist A.V. Lazarev. Subsequent research in the former Soviet Union verified findings of physiological benefits. It wasn’t until 1998 that the word “adaptogen” was accepted as a technically valid descriptive term for the performance of a substance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This acknowledgement validated the concept of a specific substance chemically augmenting specific physiological adaptations to the stresses athletes experience. It proved Rhodiola helped athletes adapt to physical stress better.

First Endurance combined Rhodiola with chromium and the amino acid beta-alanine in Optygen. These supplements perform different functions in the Optygen mix, with beta-alanine assisting in lean body mass development as revealed in university studies.

Delivery and storage technology from First Endurance enhance the effectiveness of their ingredients. An anti-UV blue tinted glass bottle and special opaque capsule preserve the effectiveness of Optygen contents.

To make the active ingredients in Optygen work better First Endurance designed a special ultra-violet resistant glass bottle and opaque capsule for delivery. These sheild the active ingredients from ultra-violet light that degrades their performance over time. Because of this attention to detail and quality assurance the effective ingredients work more effectively.

[youtube]m9I8jqSze1g[/youtube]

First Endurance Liquid Shot EFS.

Another unique First Endurance product is Liquid Shot EFS. EFS stands for Electrolyte Fuel System. Liquid Shot EFS is in between a sports drink and gel. The consistency is like syrup. There are three flavors: Wild Berry, Vanilla and new Kona-Mocha flavor. Our testers agreed the Vanilla was their favorite flavor.

“The unique, thick liquid consistency and high electrolyte content differentiate Liquid Shot EFS from its competition”

Be sure to remove the packaging from the top of the Liquid Shot EFS container before you get on the bike or start running. The unique consistency delivers ingredients more easily than a gel since it is a thick liquid.

The 5 ounce gel flask container of Liquid Shot EFS contains 400 calories and over 1500 mg of electrolytes. This is a potent solution for ultra-distance events where calorie intake and electrolyte maintenance are critical. There is a large refill container for Liquid Shot EFS to replenish the reusable 5 ounce flask container. You save money and packaging. During testing we had success diluting Liquid Shot EFS with water also, opening up more possibilities for use of this versatile product. The unique, thick liquid consistency and high electrolyte content differentiate Liquid Shot EFS from its competition in the sports drink and gel categories. Liquid Shot EFS is effectively the “missing link” in sports nutrition.

First Endurance Multi V.

First Endurance used the same packaging, quality control and delivery technology as seen in Optygen in one of the most important nutritional categories to every endurance athlete, the multi vitamin. Multi V is First Endurance’s athlete tuned, high potency multiple vitamin complex. This formulation includes high levels of bioavailable iron to improve oxygen transportation. It is also loaded with anti-oxidants. Not all anti-oxidants are the same and consistent with the First Endurance level of quality the anti-oxidant in Multi V has a very high ORAC score, a measure of quality of anti-oxidants.

Multi V uses the same attention to quality and performance as Optygen and other First Endurance products. It is highly soluable and easy on the stomach with a performance tuned, athlete specific compound of supplements.

It’s hard to tell when a multivitamin is “working” but easy to tell when it isn’t. This tester used Multi V for extended periods during substantial endurance training, including Ironman preparation and, along with good eating habits, adequate rest and other common sense recovery techniques had no illness or unusual health incidence.

The ingredient list for Multi V is tuned for endurance athletes. Note the levels of anti-oxidants to facilitate recovery and the iron at 100% RDA, which is a good start point for an endurance athlete since Recommended Daily Allowances aren't tuned for endurance athletes.

Another unique product from First Endurance is Pre Race. Numerous studies have documented the benefits of legal stimulant supplementation in athletic performance. One of the most effective stimulant amino acids is 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid, most commonly called “Taurine” and know widely as the active ingredient in Red Bull energy drink. For athletes who want a mental and cardiac “jump start” (according to First Endurance) Pre Race is a solution.

Pre Race contains stimulants and metabolic optimizers to assist specific physiological functions and sharpen mental acuity. It's a better solution than sugary energy drinks.

A few things differentiate Pre Race from stimulant soft drinks. The content list is specifically configured to enhance aerobic performance and mental acuity. The product is a flavorless powder that contains no high concentration of simple sugars. The advantages are no taste interference so it can be mixed with other products easily and no blood sugar spike as with sugared energy drinks. Concentration can also be controlled through mixture and dilution. An interesting possibility is adding it to a pre-race liquid fuel source or a fluid replacement drink consumer early in an event or during an ultra-distance event to maintain mental focus.

First Endurance has established a well defined niche for clinically proven sports nutritionals with the industry’s highest quality control during manufacturing combined with unique storage and delivery technologies. Research and results prove the products make athletes perform better. If you haven’t included trials with First Endurance products in your training and incorporated them in your race nutritional plan, well, you could be going faster with First Endurance.

Buy This Product Now on TriSports.com

]]>