Supplements. As an endurance athletes they are part of our daily menu, whereas electrolyte drinks, carbo drinks, gels, protein shakes, vitamins, performance/recovery pills, salt caps, and the list goes on.
I was approach by a start up company called Enduropacks and they ask me if I wanted to try their product. I did some research about them and I thought it will be cool to try it. The idea around the product is simple but makes sense. The will deliver a package every month, with the necessary nutrition for the endurance athlete.
Look closely… this is made for endurance athletes only. A professional cyclist founded the company, and through his career he knew what were the nutrition essentials for the endurance athlete. His idea is to help athletes focus on their training, while their product will focus on giving you the most effective nutrition in the most convenient formats.
The pack includes a 30-day supply of liquid multivitamin, glutamine capsules, amino acid patches, and concentrated electrolyte spray. All of their products are GLUTEN-FREE, made in the USA, contain NO GMO, only use ORGANIC ingredients, and are 100% vegetarian. Which a lot of people will like that.
I tried it for almost a month now. Let’s see what this is all about:
Concentrated electrolyte spray: Well this is quite simple. Your good old electrolyte drink, convenient in the palm of your hand for a whole month. Essential minerals for energy, muscle contraction, organ and tissue health, and mental acuity. Plus it helps you increase your stamina and hydrate properly without sugary sports drinks. 5 sprays in a 8oz bottle and you are good to go. The taste is a lemon taste. It is like if you put a cut lemon in water. The only thing that I didn't see was the amount of calories. So I'm assuming is 0 calories. I use it in my easy workouts, or workouts not passing the hour.
Liquid multivitamin: Instead of capsules or pills, they decided to have their multivitamin in liquid format. One tablespoon every morning as you wake up before going to your workout. Why liquid instead of capsules/pills you ask? Because the body will absorb it faster and easier, plus it has brown rice protein that stabilizes it for maximum bioavailability. People that know me knows that I always suggest people to take a multivitamin, to help you boost your immune system, after all those hard workouts you have. Without a multivitamin, you run the risk of getting sick, and miss some precious workouts. Plus it gives you the necessary nutrients your body needs to prevent exhaustion and avoid injury. The liquid multivitamin tastes like fruity berry… is very sweet, so if you have a sweet tooth like me you will love it. It not, trust me it will help you wake up in the morning.
Amino acid patches: Amino acids are crucial for maintaining a healthy body. They are obtained breaking down proteins to grow, repair and perform bodily functions. Amino acids are categorized in 3 groups: nonessential, essential and conditional. From these the essential amino acids are the most important because the body cannot produce them, so they come to us through diet. For us endurance athletes they are important because they prevent the muscle catabolism, which is the breaking down of muscle. The transdermal adhesives are the most advanced, convenient and effective delivery method of essential amino acids. You apply one patch to clean, dry skin on inner forearm, back or stomach post-workout and you leave on for 4-8 hours. Their function is to helps replenish muscles, increase lung function, and boost immune system performance. I wore this pretty much, until the end of work day, like from 9am to 6pm.
Glutamine capsules: Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, which are the building blocks of protein. It is important for removing the waste products of your body (ammonia), helps the immune system, supports brain functions and digestion. Grueling endurance training depletes the glutamine levels in your skeletal muscles, increasing the likelihood of injury. The glutamine capsules replenishes nitrogen loss due to intense muscle training and speed up recovery. You take to capsules before going to sleep, so your body will recover and be ready to tackle next morning session.
So what are my thoughts? I can say that I have been able to recover faster, and I do still have that extra kick to push on my workouts. As we are late on the season, around this time I was not able to push during the workouts, but now I for have that extra gear to keep in pace in this late of the season. I think the most important thing is that these products are more focused on recovery, which I think is highly important for an endurance athlete. As our bodies works out on these endurance challenges, it really needs the proper way to recover.
I did a quick comparison with other similar products from Hammer Nutrition that will supply one month worth of nutrition. It rounds as: a multivitamin $34, glutamine $19 and amino acids $30. For electrolyte I’ll compare to plain Gatorade, the 20oz bottle 8 pack (the smallest they have at Publix). Since the electrolyte drink has 60 servings of 8oz… we will need it to compare to 3 8packs of Gatorade that costs (a 8 pack $7.19 x 3 = $21.57). So the total of all these products separate is $104.57 and without tax.
The prices are depending on the package you get and all of them include free shipping. $75 for one month, $69/month for 3 months, $63/month for 6 months and $59/month for 12 months. So even if you try it for a month, you will be saving $29.5. For the 12 months package you will be saving $45.57 per month, that at the end of the 12 months would be $546.84.
So in a certain way, you are saving money in a “combo” style instead of getting all the nutrition products separately. If it saves you a couple of dollars off your nutrition needs, that’s gold right there.
The only down side (at least for me) is the packaging and labeling. They have a nice logo, and the could do so much more with it (sorry, I’m a designer… presentation is everything! :) )
For more information about them go to www.enduropacks.com. I loved the concept, specially since aimed for endurance athletes only.