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New & Improved VANTAGE VO2 Max: BEAT THE BURN - buffer lactic acid, cleanse ammonia burden
New Improved VANTAGE VO2 Max(120 capsules) is a cutting-edge product, and is a unique, clinically profiled blend of safe and effective nutrients that BEAT THE BURN increase energy and endurance during periods of intense and extended activity, during training and competition.
VO2 Max is backed by a wealth of research to support its potent and immediate effects on performance. Its a nutrient dense ergogenic aid that brings immediate results! Ideal for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Its a must to prevent muscle soreness and cramping. It reduces lactic acid build-up,cleanses ammonia burden, thereby enabling intense exercise activity.
New & Improved Recovery Amino with AstraGin a unique protein enhancer, maximizing bioavailability AstraGin is the only natural food ingredient that can significantly improve the absorption of many essential life supporting and health promoting nutrients, such as amino acids, glucose, and vitamins.
SPORTQUEST Interphase Hypertrophy Revovery Matrix - SPORTQUEST Interphase Hypertrophy Recovery Matrix has reformulated. The Interphase Hypertrophy Recovery Matrix is great to use to help maintain, build, recover and train hard.
INTERPHASE Hypertrophy Matrix: use anytime to prevent delayed onset of muscle soreness, prevent inflammation caused by intense training, increase energy, support immune function, increase stress tolerance, improve fat burning, increase muscular strength & endurance.
CarboPro 1200 provides a balanced combination of different carbohydrates and sodium and potassium, to open all the gates and pathways, to use all the transport mechanisms to quickly and consistently increase energy levels and keep it up there for five to seven hours of any strenuous endurance activity.
RAP, brings the latest research in net protein/nitrogen utilization for improved recovery, muscle growth, and performance. It's an advanced scientific formulation of pharmaceutical grade Essential Amino Acids in their purest crystalline free-form, combined with Glutamine alpha-Ketoglutarate, Ornithine alpha-Ketoglutarate,Arginine alpha-Ketoglutarate, and Arginine-Ketoisocaproate. It helps improve and increase strength and stamina, maintain muscle growth, enhance performance, speed time-to-recovery increase energy levels, and support a healthy immune system.
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COMPARISON: There are products out there which contain one or two ingredients, at most, and yet have the audacity to make tall claims to provide energy, endurance, recovery, buffering lactic acid, and provide anti-oxidants, etc., etc. Beware of them. Compare each SPORTQUEST product in its category with the other product, and see for yourself the choice of variety, quantity, and quality of ingredients, and above all the best value. THERMOLYTE (best Salt capsule); INTERPHASE (best protein powder); CarboPro1200 (best energy sports drink / Gel); MOTIVATOR (best mental energy capsule); CALPLEX (best sports calcium complex); RECOVER Amino Power (best recovery product); VANTAGE VO2Max (best ergogenic aid/lactic acid buffering agent).
Its very important during long training or particularly during Half-Ironman, and IM distance, or any long distance event or competition to maintain both intra-cellular and extra-cellular hydration. This is only possible if you maintain a hypotonic solution during extended activity. Over the years we have observed that in long hours of training and competition, most athletes face dehydration, followed by cramps, heat fatigue, lack of energy, etc., before the finish. This, we believe, is mainly due to the accumulation of a hypertonic solution in the guts. A hypertonic solution is created by simple high fructose corn syrup, sucrose (dehydrated cane sugar), etc. in sports drinks out there. These drinks may be okay for activities of shorter durations, but may not be good for events which are longer than four hours.
WATER, calories (fuel) and electrolytes (primarily sodium) are extremely important for endurance events. Drink the amount of water you normally drink during training. If you are used to drinking 20 oz. per hour, then drink 20 oz. per hour. If you normally drink 32 oz. per hour then drink the same amount. Of course, you have to compensate for current weather conditions, if it is hotter, and you are sweating you need more water. If it is cooler you need a bit less. If you are eating a Power Bar or some solid food, such as CLIF Blocs, etc., then you need more water (at least an additional 10 oz.) to compensate for the bar or solid food. Just drink the required amount of water per hour, calculate it during training.
Getting the required amount of CALORIES PER HOUR is extremely important. Each hour, on an average an athlete expends at least around 5 calories per pound of body weight; swimming, running, or biking. But it is impossible to ingest that amount. It is rather difficult to handle/digest more than 2.0 calories per pound of body weight, that too continuously, hour after hour, for several hours. With practice one can may be go up to 2 calories per lb., of bodyweight per hour. Which means that it becomes difficult for a 150 lb athlete to handle more than 300 calories per hour. Around 300 calories per hour should be easy to handle. Now it is extremely important that these calories come from an easily digestible source such as complex carbs. Solid foods are not only difficult to digest and be absorbed, but also demand that extra amount of precious moisture. Appropriate amount of CARBO-PRO (One heaping scoop = One ounce = 112 calories) mixed in the required amount of water is a perfect source of calories, it is easy to carry, and easy to digest and assimilate.
CARBO-PRO is neutral ??" has no flavor. Therefore, for flavor, if you are mixing CARBO-PRO in any other sports drink ??" calculate the total calories you are getting from the mix. The total should be around 300 calories per hour, if you can handle more than this during training then do so ??" if not be very careful ??" what you are getting from the other sports drink could be too sweet ??" too much simple sugar ??" and more calories than you can handle for 14 hours, continuously ??" also you have to look at the amount of sodium you are getting from the other drink; is it enough or is it too much. Please look into it.
OR you may use CarboPro 1200, in orange or berry flavor, which is a balanced solution of four different forms of easily digestible and highly absorbable carbohydrates. Which means CarboPro 1200 contains four different kinds of substrates (a substrate is a substance acted upon by a digestive enzyme). Its well known that a solution with more substrates stimulates the activation of more transport mechanisms in the intestinal lumen, than solutions with less substrates. Therefore, in the process more carbohydrates are transported out of the small intestine (absorbed into the blood). This process in turn enhances a greater absorption rate of water (optimized hydration) into the blood stream (through osmosis). Thus, the higher activation rate of transport mechanisms by the four different types of carbs in CarboPro 1200, in addition to the increased function of osmosis, facilitates faster energy release and increased hydration: great for performance.
Yes, there are 1,200 calories in a bottle of CarboPro 1200
One bottle of CarboPro 1200 = 8 bottles of other sports drinks or 12 gels
Each 16 oz / 480 mL bottle has SIX 80 mL servings
Each 80 mL serving provides 200 calories of pure energy
from 50 grams of carbs per serving
Each serving contains:
5 grams of Ribose
5 grams of Trehalose
5 grams of Dextrose
and 35 grams of CARBO-PRO
and 150 mg Sodium and 100 mg Potassium, as electrolytes
You need at least 300 calories per hour of training or racing, if you weigh 150 to 160 lbs. This means you have FOUR hours worth of pure calories in a bottle of CarboPro 1200. Good for a Century Ride, or a long training run. During the Race ??" each bottle will last for at least FOUR hours, on the BIKE or the MARATHON. You can use as much as you need for a training session and refrigerate the remaining for the next session. You may even dilute it by adding it in water and using it as required. CarboPro 1200 is concentrated, therefore drink the amount of water you normally drink per hour of exercise activity.
Electrolyte replacement, particularly Sodium replacement is a must during long training or racing. Therefore the sodium in most sports drinks. You see sweat contains between 2.25 to 3.5 grams of salt per liter, and the rate of perspiration under hot conditions can easily average 1 liter per hour. So for example, during a 5 hour race one could possibly lose approximately 11 to 17.5 grams of salt. So replacing water without the appropriate amount of salt can result in sodium imbalance, causing cramps, heat fatigue and in worst cases can lead to hyponatremia.
Unfortunately almost all leading sports drinks also contain the harmful simple sugars which are used to disguise the salty taste. For instance a leading sports drink contains 140 mg of sodium per 8 fl. oz. serving. Say you need 600 mg of sodium per hour, then you have to consume 44 fl. oz. of that product which will also provide 76 oz. of sugar, which as we have seen will definitely cause the build-up of a hypertonic solution in the guts.
Therefore the need to manage sodium intake. Optimum intake of sodium can vary from 300 mg per hour to 1 gram per hour, or even more in some cases, based on sweat production and sweat sodium concentration. Two capsules of THERMOLYTE contain 300 mg of sodium, from 750 mg of salt (NaCl) along with the other three macro-minerals (K, Mg, & Ca) in the form of organic Krebs Cycle Minerals. Makes it easier to control sodium intake without the excess sugar provided by sports drinks and gels. Na, K, Mg, & Ca, complement each other for regular heart rhythm, transmission of nerve impulses, energy production and muscular contraction. THERMOLYTE is more than just a salt capsule ??" its an advanced ELECTROLYTE complex in a capsule, plus it also provides Selenium and OptiZinc, two very potent and effective anti-oxidants.
THERMOLYTE is safe and gentle on the stomach as it also contains standardized extracts of DGL Licorice, Peppermint and Ginger, which together help in toning and conditioning the GI.
The combination of CARBO-PRO and THERMOLYTE will help maintain a hypotonic solution during training and racing and also help with sustained energy, day to day recovery and endurance. In HOT CONDITIONS ??" you may take as much as FOUR to SIX capsules per hour of training or racing, and it can only help!
CARBO-PRO does not have any electrolytes in it. Its just pure calories. Therefore you have to consume THERMOLYTE for electrolytes. CarboPro 1200 has 150 mg of Sodium and 100 mg of Potassium. This amount of Sodium and Potassium is good enough for training or racing in normal conditions. However, its hot and you are sweating a lot then you need to consume the required amount of THERMOLYTE to offset the sodium imbalance which may occur.
VANTAGE VO2 Max (beat the burn and keep the legs strong) better than any product in its category and RECOVER-Amino Power (RAP) (day to day recovery), along with CARBO-PRO and THERMOLYTE will complement each other and help with increased endurance and also enhance the day to day recovery process, which is crucial for any distance competition. MOTIVATOR will help in keeping the mental energy and muscular coordination at higher levels during long distance training and racing. But first let us figure out your daily carbs and protein requirement.
Your PER HOUR Complex Carbohydrate requirement from CARBO-PRO:
Complex Carbs and calories per hour:
As you already know complex carbs are the most efficient source of fuel. The calories for training and racing should come mainly from complex carbs. For IM distance training regimen you need at least 1.67 calories per hour per pound of bodyweight; (150 lb) approximately at least about 300 calories per hour of training or racing. At least THREE heaping scoops of CARBO-PRO per hour of training and racing. Its easy on the guts and its regular use also helps in maintaining muscle glycogen levels, to about 450 grams which is a good average for an athlete of your weight and training regimen.
Your PROTEIN REQUIREMENT:
For your training regimen, and bodyweight 150 lb = 68 kgs) on an average you need approximately 1.25 to 1.5 grams of Protein per kilo of body weight, per day of training. At least about 85 to100 grams of protein per day. You should get this amount of Protein in several sittings, at the rate 35 grams per sitting. It???s a more effective way of handling protein consumption and maintaining nitrogen balance. Use INTERPHASE Hypertrophy Matrix to get at least 35 grams of high quality protein, at least once a day.
CARBO-PRO: for immediate and sustained energy
Complex carbohydrate - PERFECT FUEL - replenishes muscle glycogen. Use before, during, and after training for energy, endurance and recovery. Also perfect for Carbo-loading.
One heaping Scoop (One ounce or 28 grams) of CARBO-PRO provides 112 calories ??" also prevents the use of body protein (muscle) as fuel. For your training regimen you need approximately, at least 300 calories per hour of training / racing. About TWO to THREE heaping scoops of CARBO-PRO mixed in cold fluid (water, juice, milk, etc.), per hour.
DURING TRAINING - USE ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TWO METHODS:
1. BEFORE AND AFTER WORKOUT METHOD: Calculate the number of SCOOPS you need per day (based on total hours of training). TAKE ONE-HALF OF TOTAL DOSAGE BEFORE ACTIVITY AND THE REMAINING ONE-HALF DOSAGE AFTER ACTIVITY.
CONCENTRATION OF SOLUTION: You may mix up to TWO to THREE scoops (2 oz. to 3 oz.) of CARBO-PRO in 12 ??" 16 oz. of cold fluid (water, juice, milk, etc.) and drink before and after a training session to maintain optimal muscle glycogen levels.
2. DURING WORKOUT METHOD: Based on your calculations ??" you may mix ONE SCOOP in 10-12 oz of fluid (around 10% solution) in several bottles. You may have to carry several bottles.
CONCENTRATED FORM: Or, based on your calculations, you mix a concentrated solution up to TEN (10) scoops, 10 oz. of CARBO-PRO in TWENTY (20) oz. of water and sip the required amount of scoops to get the required calories per hour. Of course you will have to carry enough water or obtain enough water on the way to get your required amount of water per hour ??" which is at least 20 oz. per hour ??" may be more depending on your physiology and the current weather conditions.
After the exercise activity mix the remaining portion or required amount of CARBO-PRO in 10 ??"12 oz. of water or juice and drink it within the first hour of completing the training session to enable quick recovery.
REMEMBER! COLDER THE SOLUTION ??" QUICKER THE ABSORPTION!
CARBO-LOADING with CARBO-PRO: Carbs are also a great source of water. Therefore to maintain hydration - load carbs in the four days before competition. After digestion, carbs are converted to glycogen, and stored in your muscles and liver for use as fuel. But in order to store each gram of glycogen, the body also has to store 2.7 grams of water. Great for endurance athletes. Carbo-loading can double your glycogen store. In a 150 lb athlete, total stored glycogen increases from about 400 grams to about 800 grams. The extra glycogen pulls in 400 x 2.7 grams of extra water (36 oz), more than two pints. Then the metabolism of glycogen during activity forms another 0.6 grams of water per gram of glycogen used for energy. So using the extra 400 grams you have loaded, yields a further 10 oz of water. That yields a total of 46 oz of extra water, making carbo-loading as important to fluid status as it is to glycogen status. Start carbo-loading in the four days before competition: Each day use Two scoops (2 oz) in 12-16 oz. of water in the morning and two scoops in the evening. PRACTICE THIS DURING TRAINING FOR EXPERIENCE!
DURING THE RACE: Try the FREY-HUDDLE Method -
Roch Frey and Paul Huddle of Multi-Sports School of Champions have come up with a great method to address the problem of calories as well as maintain hydration. Mix the calculated amount of CARBO-PRO (@250 calories per hour) in water in a bottle or two to make a thick gel - powerful FUEL. Remember this is only FUEL, you have to drink enough water after each gulp of the GEL to keep hydrated. Therefore drink enough water after each gulp of the mix. DRINK AT LEAST 10 OZ OF WATER FOR EACH OZ OF CARBO-PRO IN THE MIX.
CarboPro 1200: Every Drop is Loaded!
(CarboPro 1200 has 1200 calories to go in a little bottle with CARBO-PRO, Ribose, Trehalose, & Dextrose with Sodium & Potassium)
OR you may use the CarboPro 1200 which is bottled with delicious flavors (orange or Wild Berry) ??" ready to go ??" and each bottle will easily pull you through for FOUR to FIVE hours of training or racing. Drink water as you normally drink per hour of activity.
You need 1.5 serving (120 mL or 4 oz) of CarboPro 1200 per hour of training or racing, to get 250 to 300 calories per hour. Promptly refrigerate the unused portion. You may mix the required amount of servings in the required amount of water and consume as needed.
Under normal weather conditions, the amount of Sodium (150 mg) and Potassium (100 mg), in each serving, may prove to be sufficient. However, if it is hot and you will be sweating profusely, then it would be better to consume the required amount of THERMOLYTE capsules, per hour.
THERMOLYTE: for heat fatigue and muscle cramps
TWO capsules of THERMOLYTE provide 300 mg of Sodium (750 mg of Salt - Sodium Chloride) per tablet, balanced with Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium in a proprietary blend of high performance Krebs Cycle mineral complex supplied in equal amounts as mineral citrates, aspartates, succinates, malates, fumarates and alpha-ketoglutarates. Its designed to prevent HYPONATREMIA, minimize muscle cramps or heat prostration due to excessive perspiration. Sodium imbalance usually occurs during long or ultra-distance events in the heat, but may also be seen in events as short as 3 to 4 hours. Sodium imbalance may either occur due to excessive water intake, or due to excessive sweat production and sweat sodium concentration.
Suggested Use: During extended activity take TWO capsules per hour with 8 to 10 oz of water. In extreme conditions take FOUR to SIX capsules per hour with appropriate amount of water.
VANTAGE VO2 Max: to BEAT the BURN, for Power, Strength and Endurance
CS2, Rhodiola, vitamins, minerals, phosphates, electrolytes, and amino acid complex. Enhances cellular metabolism, optimizes the ATP/CP, Lactic, and Oxidative Systems (over 12% increase in oxygen availability), BEATS THE BURN reduces ammonia burden, and cleanses metabolic wastes to continue exercise activity, to increase endurance and help with quick recovery.
1. For hard/fast/tempo workouts at high intensity at or above Heart Rate Zone 4, take FOUR capsules at least 30 minutes before activity.
2. For endurance or recovery training take FOUR capsules at least 30 minutes before activity. THIS WILL HELP CLEANSE DAY TO DAY AMMONIA BUILD UP, AND OTHER METABOLIC WASTES - HELPING RECOVERY.
TAKE TWO CAPSULES OF MOTIVATOR WITH FOUR capsules OF VO2 MAX FOR EXTRA POWER AND PUNCH.
RECOVER Amino Power (RAP)
Full Spectrum Essential Amino Acid Complex with BCAAs, Glutamine-AKG, Arginine AKG; Arginine-Ketoisocaproate & OKG Pharmaceutical grade Amino-Acid / protein complex - with essential, non-essential and branched chain amino acids which maintain nitrogen balance and enhance the body's natural recovery process. Prevents lean muscle breakdown, maintains an anabolic condition during exercise and accelerates post exercise recovery. Increases stamina and power, reduces ammonia build-up and delays physical and mental fatigue.
On workout days take 12 (TWELVE) capsules per day split into (4:4:4) dosage: FOUR capsules before workout; FOUR capsules after workout; FOUR capsules immediately before going to bed at night. A perfect combination of anabolic and anti-catabolic nutrients to enhance the process of day to day recovery, and maintain and increase muscle growth.
INTERPHASE Hypertrophy Matrix
Protein Powder for Recovery and Muscle Maintenance
A bio-engineered strategic sport food, clinically designed to meet the highest metabolic demands of endurance athletes, can be used anytime: before, during and immediately following periods of extreme physical stress. 34 grams of excellent Protein (enzymatic digests of whey and egg, and casein, and amino-acids) per 50 gm serving, balanced with complex carbs, co-factors, co-enzymes, and other nutrients, that enable fast muscle gains and quick recovery. The perfect food for maximizing anabolic drive.
TO MAXIMIZE ANABOLIC DRIVE: TRAIN TWICE A DAY AND SLEEP AFTER EACH TRAINING SESSION - TAKE INTERPHASE Recovery Matrix AND RECOVER Amino Power, AS SUGGESTED, BEFORE EACH TRAINING AND SLEEP PERIOD.
INTERPHASE Hypertrophy Matrix can be used as a powerized "energy" shake before exercise, or as a "recovery", or "maintenance" shake after exercise. MIXES EASILY ... ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS: Add TWO (2) scoops (inside container) 50 gms of INTERPHASE into a large glass. Add 8 to 10 fl oz of very cold water, skim or low-fat milk. Stir well and enjoy. For a thicker and more nutritious shake, in a blender, add INTERPHASE, mix water or milk, add fruit (banana, berries, apple, etc.), add some ice, and mix in blender for 30 seconds.
MOTIVATOR: Mental Energy Formula
Motivator is a new energy formula with CAFFEINE from Guarana seed extract and is better than MONSTER, COKE, or REDBULL during a Race. It can enhance mental and physical performance. It contains a scientific blend of energizing herbs plus neurotransmitter precursors. It can be used to ???perk up??? before exercise, or ???fire up??? during exercise, or take it as a pick me up??? anytime for an increased sense of alertness.
It delays fatigue by improving mental and muscle power through the synergy of choice natural ingredients such as Gingko Biloba; L-Tyrosine; DMAE (precursor to Choline a B Vitamin); Other Vitamins and Caffeine from Guarana. It contains 66 mg of caffeine per capsule as an extract of Guarana seeds which is released slowly ??" over as much as four hours ??" so the energy boost that is experienced continues for hours. Has been successfully used by triathletes, runners, and adventure racers.
Take TWO capsules of MOTIVATOR before a training session.
CALPLEX: calcium complex for athletes
Calcium and Magnesium as Krebs Cycle Minerals (superior organic minerals). With Manganese, Boron, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Vitamins D, B5, B6 K, & C - for increased assimilation. For optimal bone mass and bone strength, and to prevent stress fractures. Calcium also relieves neuro-muscular tension, controls conduction of nerve impulses, contraction of muscles, and is important for many other physiological functions. CALPLEX is a must for an endurance athlete.
TAKE FOUR TABLETS IMMEDIATELY BEFORE GOING TO BED - EVERY NIGHT
(provides 1,000 mg of Calcium - 100% USRDA)
Conditioning for power, strength and endurance demands supplements that act in synergy. Its not just the fuel from carbohydrates and fat for energy, for general fitness and well being one also needs the building materials, as proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which are used long-term to grow a better body.
SPORTQUEST products have been designed to provide almost everything the athlete needs as fuel and building materials. Our safe and efficacious products provide a perfect balance of highly effective bio-active pharmaceutical grade ingredients, each ingredient at its Optimal Clinical Nutrition Value, in an efficient delivery system. Supplements work synergistically to complement each other increasing energy, endurance and recovery, in order to maintain optimum performance during training and competition.
CARBO-PRO: An athlete (male or female) who weighs between 120 lb to 150 lb, should consume at least 250 calories per hour of the race. For instance for a race of NINE hours you need at least 2,250 calories. Some consumed before the Swim for the Swim, the rest on the Bike, and Run. Of course you can condition your system, during training, to consume more. We know some pros who can easily handle up to 400 calories per hour. See details below.
THERMOLYTE: At least TWO capsules per hour on the bike, and if required on the run. If its hot and humid and you are sweating too much you may increase it to FOUR or SIX capsules per hour - will only help, cannot hurt. Remember THERMOLYTE is providing all the electrolytes you need and CARBO-PRO is providing all the calories you need! You may break and mix the capsules to your CARBO-PRO solution. Some PROs have taken 45 to 60 capsules of THERMOLYTE in IM Arizona, IM Coeur De lane, and IM Hawaii where its get very hot and humid.
RECOVER Amino Power (RAP): RAP is far superior to other aminos out there as it contains all the essential amino acids, including the BCAAs, and Keto Glutarates, and Keto IsoCaproates. This combination is important. OKG and KIC help in cleansing ammonia build-up, very helpful to "RECOVER as you Race" a/c David Goggins (Ultra Runner). Definitely use RECOVER Amino Power. Explained below.
VANTAGE VO2 Max: Phosphate loading before the Race, as well as VANTAGE VO2 Max during the race -- clearly explained below.
OTHER SPORTS DRINKS AND GELS: If you are used to taking other sports drinks and Gels and they work for you, you may do so. Our only concern is that some of these products contain too much high fructose corn syrup and or other sweeteners. By the time you get to the RUN part of your race, your body core temperature is elevated, you are sweating profusely, and you need water to cool it down; hydration becomes your top priority. Also the body is working hard to preserve moisture. Products with sweeteners demand extra water (hypertonic solution in the guts), therefore do not consume too much of these products, and also make sure you drink enough water. However, if you choose to stick with only CARBO-PRO that would be great. CARBO-PRO is very low on osmolality does not create a hypertonic solution. You may calculate the number of calories you may need on the RUN, and carry the amount of CARBO-PRO in a GEL form in little flasks on your belt as explained below in the protocol.
OR you may use the CarboPro 1200 which is bottled with delicious flavors ??" ready to go ??" and each bottle will easily pull you through for FOUR to FIVE hours of racing. Remember, CarboPro 1200 is concentrated, therefore, drink the amount of water you normally drink per hour of exercise activity. You may may mix the required servings in several bottles of water and carry it diluted.
CARBO-PRO: Carbo-loading with CARBO-PRO
Your first step to maintain hydration is to load carbs in the four days before competition, because they are also a great source of water. After digestion, carbs are converted to glycogen, and stored in your muscles and liver for use as fuel. But in order to store each gram of glycogen, the body also has to store 2.7 grams of water. Great for endurance athletes. Carbo-loading can double your glycogen store. In a 150 lb athlete, total stored glycogen increases from about 400 grams to about 800 grams. The extra glycogen pulls in 400 x 2.7 grams of extra water (36 oz), more than two pints. Then the metabolism of glycogen during activity forms another 0.6 grams of water per gram of glycogen used for energy. So using the extra 400 grams you have loaded, yields a further 10 oz. of water. That yields a total of 46 oz. of extra water, making carbo-loading as important to fluid status as it is to glycogen status.
Four days before competition, you will start CARBO LOADING, with CARBO-PRO. Take TWO SCOOPS (Two oz) first thing in the morning in 10-12 oz of water, and TWO SCOOPS in the evening or immediately before bed at night. If you are not used to this method you can always try at least ONE SCOOP (One oz.) each time. Follow the same on Day 4, Day 3, Day 2 and Day 1, before RACE DAY.
TRY CARBO LOADING FOR A LONG HARD TRAINING RIDE ??" BEFORE YOU LOAD FOR THE RACE.
VANTAGE VO2 Max: Phosphate loading
For SIX days leading up to the race, take FOUR capsules of VANTAGE after lunch each day.
RECOVER Amino Power: Amino loading
For THREE days leading up to the race take NINE (9) capsules of RAP, each day, as follows:
# THREE capsules first thing in the morning with ONE scoop of CARBO-PRO (during loading) in a glass of water
# THREE capsules between lunch and dinner
# THREE capsules immediately before going to bed at night
For the RACE:
At the Start of the RACE:
At least 30 minutes before the start of the Race take FOUR capsules of VANTAGE VO2 Max; FIVE capsules of RAP; and TWO capsules of MOTIVATOR.
For each hour on the BIKE and the RUN:
Take TWO capsules of VANTAGE VO2Max; TWO capsules of RAP; at least TWO capsules of THERMOLYTE (you may need to take more THERMOLYTE if you sweat heavy and also have high sweat sodium concentration. Also, you may break the THERMOLYTE capsules and mix the ingredients with the CARBO-PRO solution).
NOTE: If you have not consumed the suggested dosage of tablets on the BIKE then ??" make sure you take at least FOUR capsules of VO2Max immediately after the BIKE, for the RUN. This could be very helpful, particularly during the second-half of the RUN. At the same time take TWO more capsules of MOTIVATOR.
HOW TO CARRY THE CAPSULES DURING RACING???
We have come across different methods: plastic pouches; those little photo film canisters (one for each hour) Pill box (with sections for each day of the week) taped to the bike handle; duct tape, etc. Its worth the trouble as they really help ??" they give the edge you need. We promise you a PR if you do exactly as we suggest. Keep the capsules DRY!
CARBO-PRO: during the race
MORNING BEFORE THE RACE:
TWO SCOOPS OF CARBO-PRO in 10-12 oz. of water, First thing in the morning, as soon as you wake up - on an empty stomach. Take RECOVER (FOUR capsules) at the same time.
Mix TWO SCOOPS in 24 oz. of water or any electrolyte drink you are using (around 7% concentration of solution) - keep sipping up to the start of the RACE.
CARBO-PRO: (DURING THE RACE)
The Frey-Huddle Method
During racing (or training) you definitely need at least 1.67 calories per lb of bodyweight. If you are 150 lb you need 250 calories (TWO heaping scoops of CARBO-PRO). We know some PROS who can handle up to 3.0 calories per lb of bodyweight ??" but you have to condition your system to handle this amount during training. On an average most athletes need at least approximately 250 to 300 calories per hour of the Race. That is approximately TWO or THREE heaping scoops (2.5 to 3 oz.) of CARBO-PRO per hour of the race.
There are many ways of getting these calories: Bars, Gels, Protein powder mixes, etc. Whatever you choose it has to be gentle on the stomach - requiring very little water for their digestion and absorption. Because after an hour on the bike on a hot day your body core temperature is going to increase beyond normal levels, and hydration will become your top priority. Sports drinks with sugar, fructose, glucose, or galactose, create a hypotonic solution in the guts. This hypertonic solution actually pulls body fluids into the guts and temporarily dehydrates you. This can be detrimental to performance. The same is true of Bars and Gels which require at least 20 to 32 oz. of precious water - if not they suck up your body fluids.
Roch Frey and Paul Huddle of Multi-Sport School of Champions (multisports.com) have come up with a great method, using a thick solution of CARBO-PRO, which has worked very well for many of their athletes. Each heaping scoop (one oz) of CARBO-PRO provides approx. 112 calories. Mix as much CARBO-PRO you need, (calculate based on 250 calories per hour of racing) in bottles, with water in a GEL form. You may add a scoop or two of your favorite electrolyte powder for flavor, if required, and you have a thick solution loaded with calories. POWERFUL FUEL!
You may use the required amount of CARBO-PRO in Gel form during the RUN as well, by carrying it in little flasks around the belt.
The osmolality of CARBO-PRO even at 15% concentration is lower than body fluid osmolality - and it makes it relatively easier to be absorbed. With each gulp of the CARBO-PRO GEL - drink at least 10-12 oz. of water. An easy, safe and convenient method of getting those calories.
REMEMBER! the CARBO-PRO gel is only fuel, you need water with it. Therefore, drink at least 10-12 oz. of water with each gulp of the CARBO-PRO gel. Drink as much water as you need.
Try the Frey-Huddle method during training ??" before the RACE!
CarboPro 1200: EVERY DROP IS LOADED!
OR you may use the CarboPro 1200 is bottled with delicious flavors ??" ready to go ??" and @ 300 calories per hour, each bottle will easily pull you through for FOUR to FIVE hours of racing. Remember, CarboPro 1200 is concentrated, therefore, drink the amount of water you normally drink per hour of exercise activity. You may dilute the solution by mixing in separate bottles. Its amazing when it is diluted, it will taste like flavored water and yet provide you with umpteen calories.
THERMOLYTE: maintain electrolyte balance
In hot, humid conditions a large amount of sweat is lost and this can disturb sodium and water balance. Adequate hydration and sodium intake -- either via sports drinks, food or salt tablets -- becomes vitally important during long races.
It is estimated that on average an athlete sweats at least a liter per hour. This liter of sweat carries approx. 2 grams of salt (sodium) and other electrolytes. Most sports drinks provide only 140 mg to 170 mg of salt per serving (8 fl. oz). In order to get more salt you will have to consume more of these sports drinks. Say you need 600 mg of sodium per hour, then you have to consume 44 to 50 fl. oz. of these drinks which will also provide around 76 oz. of sucrose, glucose, fructose, or galactose. This excess sugar can create a hypertonic solution in the guts, which we talked about in the preceding section.
To be safe its good to at least consume 300 grams of salt per hour (at least TWO capsules of THERMOLYTE) per hour of the race. You may take at least FOUR capsules (600 mg of Sodium per hour) particularly if the conditions are hot and humid. Some take as much as 1 gram of sodium per hour (about SIX capsules) to counter the effects of hyponatremia. Of course it all depends on the weather as well as your physiology. THERMOLYTE also provides the right amount of Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium as Krebs Cycle superior organic minerals which will also increase energy and endurance. THERMOLYTE also contains key antioxidants which will help during extended activity.
MOTIVATOR: sustained mental energy and focus
MOTIVATOR is an excellent and very safe source of caffeine from Guarana Seeds. Guarana is a trusted and powerful stimulant. The caffeine is released slowly ??" continues to escalate over the hours without the sudden rush and quick drop off. MOTIVATOR also contains Gingko Biloba, DMAE (Choline), Vitamins B-5, B-6, C, and Synephrine, which act in perfect synergy to maintain mental energy and focus through out the RACE. A great alternative for caffeine pills which hurt the stomach and those flavored drinks which also upset the stomach.
Take TWO capsules at the start of the RACE and TWO capsules at the end of the BIKE to power up for the RUN.
AFTER THE RACE: CARBO-PRO and RECOVER Amino Power
Within the first hour of completing the race (when the enzyme glycogen synthase is at its maximum level) mix Two scoops (Two oz.) of CARBO-PRO in 16 oz. of water and drink it to replenish muscle glycogen.
Continue taking CARBO-PRO, at least (FOUR SCOOPS) a day for the next few days. Also do not forget to take your RECOVER (THREE capsules) immediately before going to bed for the next few days.
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