|The good stuff|
I have rarely been into supplements in my lifetime. Yeah, the occasional protein powder when I was in college to bulk up (like that worked), but other than a few things here or there, I haven't really been in to the whole supplement game. I do take a multivitamin and fish oil daily, and then with the exception of Beet Powder for long workouts, that's really it. Since joining Big Sexy Racing team, one of our great supporters is PhD Nutrition. As a result, I have been introduced to some amazing products, so I wanted to write a quick review of some of the products I have been using, which I can say they have really increased the intensity of my workouts and training.
The first thing I do in the morning is make a glass full of the Pharma Greens. You're supposed to take these on an empty stomach and wait about 20 minutes before eating or drinking anything else, so I make a mixture, drink it, then go walk thunder and by the time I get back, I am ready for my morning coffee. The Pharma Greens acts by balancing PH levels in the body, helps in post workout recovery, and cleanses the digestive system, which allows your body to digest important nutrients throughout the day.
Pharma Greens is also about 7-8 amounts of vegetable servings for an entire day, so you know that if you take this, you are getting the nutrients you need every day.
What I can honestly say is that within a few minutes of taking my Pharma Greens, I can feel my body getting healthier. I know that sounds weird, but while I'm out walking Thunder and I don't have anything in my body, I feel a jump of energy and a clean feeling throughout my body. It's hard to explain, but I definitely feel my body is better after eating these.
I recommend the Green Apple flavor, but have also had the Lemon-Lime which is good also
Battery is an all natural sports drink mix. It replaces the electrolytes that you lose while working out. I readily admit that I don't use it for the recommended usage. What I do is add the Battery to my other drink mixes to help increase the electrolyte and salt that I am losing while working out. I have my drink mix that I have been using for years and love, so the Battery is a really nice compliment and has helped solve some of my cramping issues that I had trouble with last year.
Glyco-Durance is a drink mix as well, but different than the Battery. The Glyco-Durance is more of a carbohydrate mix to help deliver these plus calories during workouts. It is a lot thicker than most other drink mixes that we're used to, but that's a good thing. The Glyco-Durance gets absorbed in to the body faster than anything else on the market so you're not going to get the crash during long workouts/races as often happens. In fact, you can freeze the Glyco-Durance overnight and then it will be a perfect mixture by the time you get to the bike leg during a race.
What I do is mix the Glyco-Durance, the Battery, and my other electrolyte mix (HoneyMaxx) and this is the best tasting mix I have had and actually look forward to it on the bike leg. I know I'm getting the calories, carbohydrates, electrolytes that I need so I can continue my training strong and get to race day in one piece.
I recommend the Strawberry Kiwi flavor
This is a protein mix that I use after my workouts. I won't go into much detail into the Pharma Pure since everyone has their own feelings about protein powders, mixes, what they like/don't like etc. What I will say is that the taste is great, especially the Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel. It is like eating a great milkshake.
And we saved the best for last. The Ultra Durance. This is possible the greatest supplement known to man. The purpose of Ultra Durance is many. It reduces Lactic Acid by 18%, increases VO2 Max, speeds recovery, reduces muscle soreness, or basically everything that a distance athlete would want.
In about 20 minutes after you drink Ultra Durance, your body gets this tingling sensation. That means its "go time". There is no caffeine in this, so I mix it with my Crystal Light Energy for the perfect cocktail of caffeine and awesomeness.
I can honestly say that when taking the Ultra Durance, my workouts are seriously kicked up though I don't feel it. They feel easier to me. I'm able to sustain a better pace for longer on the run, I swam the farthest I ever had last weekend, and I'm able to hold higher watts on the bike. I cannot recommend the Ultra Durance any more. I know that when I take it, I am going to have a great workout and be able to really take my training to the next level
I recommend the Orange Flavor
So that's really the gist of some of the new supplements that I have been taking. I also want to share that every product at PhD is tested and are in compliance with every testing agency so there are no questions that what I am putting in my body is up to standard and legal.
I can go more into detail about any of the above products but I wanted to give a quick recap of some amazing products and keep this post relatively short
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