Running Out of Steam

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So it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve done a supplement review, so I thought I’d treat your eyes to one. Today I’m trying a product from one of the big boys, CytoPower HP from USN. If you ever have any doubt as to who the big boys are, you should’ve seen the queue at their BodyPower stand!

As an everyday gym goer, it seemed like a good product to try out as I tend to vary my workouts and cardio routines fairly regularly. I play a fair amount of football (at a terrible standard in case you’re interested), go on long-ish bike rides, and cycle as often as I can too which includes my 7 mile round trip to and from the office. That, on top of weight training 4 days per week is enough to keep this young (I’m definitely young) man busy.

As always, my review is honest and completely unbiased. Plus I don’t get paid to do any of this – one day Lewis, one day.

Stand

The Science-y Bit…

Now as much as I’d love to ramble on about the importance of electrolytes and optimal ways of fuelling your workouts, I thought to myself “why duplicate work?” So, over to the chief professors at USN:

CytoPower HP has been scientifically formulated to provide athletes on various levels with a refreshing and hydrating sports drink packed with electrolytes and other nutrients aimed at fuelling your workout sessions. Be at your optimum performance level during training or competitive events and try our great tasting sports shake. The reconstituted drink replenishes electrolytes, minerals and fluids in sufficient quantities during activity.

CytoPower HP combines both high molecular weight Waxy Maize Starch and sugars. Phosphatidylserine, as well as Glutamic Acid and L-Tyrosine, both in the very stable N-Acetyl form, have also been added. The Vitamin B6 provided contributes to normal protein and glycogen metabolism, as well as the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, which can be essential to those longer endurance training regimes.

Couldn’t have put it any better myself!

Field Test 1…

A very literal test at the first use was in a field – the amazing South Parks (no, not that South Park) in Oxford. At the weekends when I don’t have football, I’m one of those weird people that loves to wake up early and head to a field with a set of cones and my football boots to do some sprint work. In a fasted state, these are a real killer. Ordinarily I only have water during the sprints so drinking the CytoPower this time around gave me a fair comparison.

Sprints

The workout compromised of 15 x 70m sprints, resting on my walk back to the start. I found that CytoPower not only gave me that extra bit of energy from set 12 onwards, but also helped to suppress my appetite too. Normally from around set 10 my body starts to remind me that I’ve not eaten yet, but didn’t get that feeling this time around, which definitely helped me improve my focus rather than thinking about how many eggs I’ve got left at home.

Field Test 2…

Not in a field this time, although I passed many. If you live in Oxford, or if you’ve ever been, you’ll know that the only way to get around is on your trusty bike. The great thing about the location is that within 10 minutes riding, you can be in the middle of the countryside. On today’s workout menu was a ride of just short of 28 miles, with plenty of hill climbs, and as always, a lot of swearing at the wind, pot-holes, long straights and BMW drivers.

Cycle

Often I’ll try and take an electrolyte drink with me, or a whey protein shake, but I found the CytoPower to be equally as effective. At no point did I feel hungry or depleted of energy, and with the addition of a few ice cubes, it was actually really refreshing.

Verdict…

Firstly, I’ve established that I’m hungry and/or greedy.

Secondly, I found CytoPower helped me to maintain focus and energy throughout each session, so would recommend it for high intensity workouts as well as longer periods of cardio. The fact that it tastes nice, and not like chemicals – we’ve all had them – make it even better.

If you already use an electrolyte or carbohydrate based drink during exercise, then I’d certainly give this one a try.

Big thanks to Zoe at USN for all her help. Make sure you get following USN on Twitter and Facebook.

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