Black Friday – Performance Essentials

By on November 20, 2018

As Black Friday Week continues you are probably scouting the internet for all the best deals, but don’t forget to do you research. There’s no need to buy every product claiming to help you reach your goals…so shop smart!

We have put this blog together for all those people trying to improve their physical performance, whether that’s running a 5k, or hitting a PB in the gym. Performance is not focused on weight loss or weight gain, it is solely focused on becoming more efficient which will likely lead to a change in body composition (decreasing fat & increasing muscle).

This blog will give you the 3 most effective and proven supplements out there in the market to give you that extra push you need!

No1 – Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin

Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin (HBCD) is a carbohydrate source that is relatively new to sports nutrition. It is produced through the breakdown of starch and a unique enzyme is used to form clusters of sugar molecules. Further branching enzymes are then used to form the Cyclic Dextrin into longer chains. HBCD has a relatively high molecular weight and low osmolarity which speeds up gastric emptying. This means that the solution of HBCD will spend less time in your stomach compared to traditional carbohydrates and will therefore reduce discomfort when ingested during exercise (sloshing around in the stomach). Furthermore, the increased rate of gastric emptying will mean it reaches the small intestine faster, enabling absorption into the bloodstream to begin. Another bonus of HBCD is that it provides a sustained release of energy, unlike traditional carbohydrate sources such as dextrose which cause a sudden spike in blood sugar and a large insulin response. HBCD is absorbed more gradually and ensures that there is a continued uptake into the bloodstream, this can help to keep you training harder for longer.

No2 – Recharge 2:1

To be able to keep setting PR’s on the track or in the gym, it is vital you can rest and recover as quickly and efficiently as possible. Recharge 2:1™ does just that  contains a mixture of carbs, protein, amino acids, vitamins, electrolytes and digestive enzymes. We have included 23.7% waxy maize starch, 23.7% maltodextrin and 10% dextrose, which work synergistically to quickly replenish muscle glycogen stores, whilst driving the other essential nutrients to the working muscles. Recent studies have shown that High GI carbs such as waxy maize starch, maltodextrin and dextrose taken post workout improves recovery rates and protein synthesis compared to protein alone.


UPYOURGAME contains an optimal blend of 14 heavily researched and explosive ingredients to deliver a surge in physiological and cognitive performance. One of the most vital ingredients is Beta Alanine which buffers acid in muscles, increasing performance in the 60-240 second range. Great for increasing lactate threshold, many people will be able to squeeze out them last couple of reps because of the buffering mechanism of beta alanine. In addition to this, Citrulline Malate reduces fatigue and improves endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Citrulline malate has also been seen to reduce perceived soreness by 40% 48hrs after a workout. Another key component of the formula is theacrine, which stimulates the central nervous system but unlike caffeine it doesn’t affect blood pressure.



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