Now that you’ve committed to run in a Ragnar Relay, it’s time to get serious about your training! Ragnar is a unique challenge for runners due to the three runs of 3-7 miles spaced over 24 hours. These races put a premium on recovery, and PROGENEX is the world leader in Recovery supplement products.
Most of us only have time to run once a day when training (and maybe only 3-5 times a week), so it’s vital to make every run count. PROGENEX offers five particular supplements that will help you maximize your running and training: Force, Recovery, Burn, Build and Cocoon.
Force is an exceptional pre-workout product designed for athletes. Most pre-workout products are designed for the gym, and primarily for bodybuilding workouts. PROGENEX Force was created with the athlete in mind: Olympians, runners, strength athletes, professional sports, etc.
Force combines these essential ingredients to help you have a better run:
- BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine) taken pre-run supply your muscles with fuel, decrease muscle breakdown, and enhance recovery post-run.
- Beta-alanine increases the carnosine in your muscles, which helps stave off muscle fatigue.
- Creatine provides energy to your cells and helps create more strength and better bursts of speed.
- Surge NOS Activator™ is a proprietary whey peptide that enhances nitric oxide production which increases blood flow and oxygen transport, maximizes VO2 Max, reduces blood pressure and rapidly delivers the other ingredients in Force.
- Citrulline increases muscle endurance by eliminating ammonia in blood.
- Caffeine promotes mental clarity and focus, endurance and fat oxidation.
- Electrolytes, potassium and sodium, in an ideal ratio, enhance your endurance activity.
Take one packet of Force with 12oz of water 10-15 min before your training or run. For longer runs, you may want to put Force in your water bottle or Camelbak to give yourself some force during the run. Learn more.
Muscle recovery post-run is one of the most overlooked needs of runners. There are two aspects of recovery: force-loss recovery (our muscles losing strength) and glycogen recovery (loss of muscle fuel). Most endurance supplement products focus on the glycogen or energy component of recovery but miss out entirely on the muscle recovery aspect.
As a muscle building exercise, running induces muscle fatigue that can take as long as 72-hours to be restored to its baseline strength. So if you want to maximize your training on multiple runs per week, then you need to make sure that you are addressing this muscle fatigue. PROGENEX Recovery contains a high-quality, hydrolyzed whey protein isolate which delivers critical Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) and essential amino acids (EAAs) to your fatigued muscles. Studies have shown that this can restore muscle strength in as few as 6 hours as opposed to three days. Learn more.
As for glycogen recovery, most of us get plenty of carbohydrates in our diet, and if we have a routine for our workouts (i.e., running each morning), we have ample time to recover our glycogen levels. However, some training days can leave us feeling depleted and hamper the enjoyment of our daily lives. PROGENEX Build contains two carbohydrate sources: honey and sweet potato powders, a fast and slow carbohydrate. Additionally, it has two unique peptides that help transport these carbs into your muscle glycogen stores. Adding Build to your Recovery post-run will leave you feeling fresh and ready to hit your next run. Learn more.
One of the most overlooked aspects of our training and recovery is sleep. PROGENEX Cocoon combines a slow-releasing micellar casein with a special tryptophan peptide which fosters deep, sound, restorative sleep while essential amino acids help your body recover while you sleep. Most people will realize tremendous benefits from the sleep improvement alone (and believe us when we say that’s reason enough to use Cocoon), but don’t underestimate how much your body benefits from the protein while you sleep. Cocoon will help your tired muscles feel refreshed and ready for your next run. And to top it off, Cocoon is non-habit forming because it contains a natural amino acid that our bodies used every day. Take Cocoon every night 15-30 minutes before you want to fall asleep. Learn more.
Using Fat for Fuel
No matter how lean you are, your body has an enormous capacity to hold calories as fat. An endurance athlete will benefit tremendously from being able to better tap fat stores for energy during a run. PROGENEX Burn is a pop-rock candy containing a compound known as dihydrocapsiate that is naturally found in sweet peppers.
Studies have shown this ingredient to:
- effectively increase fat oxidation
- shift the body’s energy utilization from carbohydrates to fat
- reduce anaerobic respiration in favor of aerobic respiration
- stimulate thermogenics, and, ultimately
- help users lean out and burn fat
That’s a whole lot of goodness for a product that will remind you of one of your childhood favorite candies. For best results take Burn 3 times a day: 5-10 minutes before a run and two other times whenever convenient. Learn more.
These five products will transform your training and completely change the way that you feel every day. As if that’s not enough, our latest product Hype will thoroughly change the way you hydrate during your run. In addition to tasting amazing and having much-needed electrolytes, PROGENEX Hype contains LNAAs (large neutral amino acids) and BCAAs. These components can reduce your perception of exertion and mental fatigue, helping you go harder, longer. And finally, it can also be used to fight fatigue and doesn’t contain a stimulant while tasting great! Learn more.