A couple months ago, I was contacted by EnduroPacks, asking if I would be interested in testing out their products. I checked out their site, and it seemed like a great concept. It’s a four-part system that includes a liquid multivitamin meant to be taken in the morning before workouts, amino acid patches to be used post workout, concentrated electrolyte spray used to mix a sport drink during exercise, and glutamine tablets taken before bed.
I always forget to take my multivitamins, and I’m sure I could benefit with some additional supplements with all I put my body through. I wanted to give it a try! I was sent a 30-day supply to test. It was perfect timing — I started taking them just before my 6-hour run, and had quite a few events lined up in the weeks that followed.
The four-part process actually made it a little easier for me to remember, though I did have a few days where I would miss a step. Still, I was much more successful than I usually have been with vitamins.
The multivitamin tasted OK, and most of the time I tolerated it well. A few times, though, it felt like it just didn’t sit right. I didn’t feel sick, just a little off. I think I just prefer tablet vitamins. There’s also the convenience factor. I had just finished my supply when I went out of town for a few days … but had I still been taking it, I wouldn’t have been able to bring it with me.
I always took it in the morning with breakfast, but during my trial I was working out at 6 a.m most days (yoga or swimming). I don’t eat before those workouts, so I wasn’t getting the vitamins until after a workout most of the time.
Amino Acid Patch
This is a sticker that you wear post workout. My instructions didn’t specify where to put it, but a newer version EnduroPacks will be using says to apply to the inner wrist or forearm. Oops! I put it on my stomach the first day, but it irritated my skin. After that, I used my less-sensitive butt, LOL. I’m not sure if that affected the efficiency of the product or not. I don’t think I would want to wear this on my arm, it looks like a nicotine patch!
I usually use a 20-ounce water bottle, so I made my mix with 10 sprays. It’s not sweet, and has a light lemony taste. I like it. For longer races, though, I would have to take Gatorade or whatever else they were serving if I needed to refill. And I couldn’t use it it for a 25K trail race when I carried my 70-ounce hydration pack (well, I could have, but would have used several days worth!). I did do a test on a 10-mile race where I carried the electrolyte drink and took only water at the aid stations, and I felt good.
Two tablets before bedtime wasn’t too hard to remember. A little strange that the bottle says serving size one capsule yet the instructions say to take two. I took two.
In general (with or without supplements), I usually feel pretty good. It’s a little hard to judge. But I do definitely think the glutamine was doing its job. From the EnduroPacks website, glutamine:
Replenishes nitrogen loss due to intense muscle training and speed up recovery (so you can get back out there tomorrow!).
I was pretty much pain-free the day after my six-hour run (on an asphalt path!). I remember feeling pleasantly surprised as I casually walked down stairs the next day. That was the event that stuck out the most. But I didn’t realize until my supply ran out that I had also been less sore after boot camp workouts as well. Our instructor mixes up the workouts so much that even when going to class two or three times a week, I always can tell what muscles were used the next day or two! My co-worker and I like to commiserate about what hurts after each class. My soreness was a lot milder with the glutamine. Not gone completely … but just barely noticeable.
I liked the electrolytes too. It tasted good and most likely wouldn’t cause any stomach issues, even if I did manage to replenish my supply during a longer event. It would be nice if this was available separately and/or in larger bottles so I could be hydrated for all my workouts. 20 ounces a day isn’t enough!
I’m not as sold on the vitamins and amino patch. The effect didn’t seem noticeable, and they weren’t the most convenient products to use.
It’s a bit of an investment to purchase EnduroPacks, and I’m not sure it’s the right fit for me. But it is a high-quality set of products, made with organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, non-GMO ingredients. That I can get behind.
I’ve got big plans for 2014 and want to make sure I give my body what it needs to fuel and recover from workouts. Despite the negatives, I may have to keep EnduroPacks on my list of products to consider.
Disclaimer: I received a 30-day supply of EnduroPacks for free in exchange for my review. I was not compensated any other way. Opinions are my own.