The Endurance Pack is designed by Greenfield Fitness Systems coach and sports nutritionist Ben Greenfield for optimizing workouts, events and races of 2+ hours while keeping the body in maximum fat burning mode and reducing intake of high sugar and high caffeine compounds.
The Pack contains all our recommended endurance supplements: 1 bottle NatureAminos, 1 Tub of UCAN Superstarch, a 12-pack of VESPA ultra-concentrate wasp extract, and one 24-dose case of X2 Performance – enough for up to several months of training and racing. Ben Greenfield discusses exactly how to use this pack in the article “Exactly What to Eat Before, During And After Workouts“.
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Whether you are using them for rapid recovery from exercise, for a potent nutrient to keep nervous system fatigue at bay during a tough training session, to help an injury to heal faster, to fall asleep faster, to build muscle at a more rapid rate, to get added amino acids if you’re aging, vegan, vegetarian or in ketosis, or to give your immune system added support, NatureAminos Essential Amino Acids Tablets contain a perfect amount of the eight essential amino acids your body needs to support and maintain muscular, skeletal, enzymatic, and hormonal systems.
You probably know that the amino acids you get from protein are crucial for getting to sleep faster, repairing muscle, recovery, healing of your gut lining, brain function, neurotransmitter formation and much, much more…
…and it sure is easy to assume you are consuming enough of these amino acids from the protein you find in food sources like eggs, cheese, seeds, nuts, meats, etc.
While it is indeed true that you get good quality proteins from these foods, the unfortunate fact is that much of the protein in the food you eat is NOT converted into protein – and instead it just makes nitrogen and ammonia waste that your body has to get rid of plus extra calories.
Yep, most of that expensive post-workout steak is just a ton of money you spend that winds up as a boatload of calories, stress on your digestive system, and not a terribly large amount of true actual amino acid absorption.
Because of this, almost everyone is protein deficient without realizing it, and this deficiency manifests as a nagging injury that won’t heal in an athlete, or brittle bones in a menopausal women, or constant colds in a child. The annoying symptoms of protein and amino acid deficiency is very often something you are aware of, but you (and most doctors) just can’t identify an amino acid deficiency without an expensive test like an organic acids profile. But not getting enough protein can mean low hormones, or a low immune system or risk of chronic disease or cancer, and much more.
However, whether you’re a hard-charging athlete, you’re injured, you need added hormone or neurotransmitter support, the essential amino acids in NatureAminos are in the exact ratios your body needs for maximum utilization by the body – with 99% absorption and utilization, giving you all the advantages of eating an entire steak, but with only 0.4 calories and a convenient, portable, instantly digestible tablet form that you can swallow or chew.
And yes, this means you get all the advantages of walking in from your workout and getting the equivalent of eating an entire steak, but without actually having to prepare, chew, digest or engage in any other stressful or inconvenient way to get your protein. Don’t take this the wrong way: of course, we’re all about eating high-quality, tasty foods like steak, eggs and nuts, but when you’re hammering on a bike, pounding the pavement on a run, have 10 minutes to figure out how to get all the protein you need, or you’re in any other situation that requires you get your protein fast and you get it absorbed even faster, NatureAminos is the perfect solution.
NatureAminos is an essential amino acids (also known as EAA’s) supplement that is 99% utilized by the body to make protein. No other form of protein comes close! The ingredients contain all eight essential amino acids, perfect for omnivores, Paleo dieters, vegans, vegetarians, and ketosis:
- Tryptophan to encourage the release of important neurotransmitters and hormones for mood and sleep, such as serotonin and melatonin.
- Lysine, which, if deficient, can result in a deficiency in niacin (Vitamin B), as well as slow connective tissue repair.
- Methionine to supply sulphur and other compounds required by your body for optimum metabolism and growth.
- Valine, which is needed for muscle fiber firing, tissue repair, and for the maintenance of proper nitrogen balance in the body.
- Leucine, which stimulates muscle protein synthesis and may be the major fuel involved in anabolic (tissue building) reactions.
- Isoleucine, which is important for blood sugar regulation, muscle development and repair and energy regulation.
- Threonine, which is important for antibody production, immune system activity, and can be converted into glycine and serine.
- Phenylalanine, which stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and hormones such adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are necessary substances for optimum activity of your central and peripheral nervous systems.
UCAN Superstarch Information
The fueling choice of Boston and New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi, UCAN Superstarch Low-Carb Sports Drink is a low-carb sports drink that allows you to tap into your own fatty acid stores during long exercise sessions. This unique sports drink mix is for anyone who wants 100% pure energy…without dumping a huge load of sweet and sugary carbohydrate into the body. This results in stable energy levels and the ability to take in half as many calories from carbohydrates!
UCAN is a pure, non-GMO corn based fueling product that results in a very low release of insulin and extremely stable blood sugar during exercise (or rest) compared to other gels, sports drinks, powders or bars. Drink 30-45 minutes before a workout with 8-12 ounces of water, and then consume 1-2 servings per hour during long workouts (resulting in about half the caloric intake compared to traditional fueling sources like gels and bars).
We offer UCAN in 30 serving tub in either a plain or a tropical orange flavor (both flavors are naturally sweetened, have added electrolytes, no added sugar, are gluten free and 100% pure SuperStarch). With no artificial ingredients or nasty fillers, Generation UCAN will put your body in the ideal performance state and make you more metabolically efficient, thus allowing you to burn more fat as a fuel.
VESPA Amino Acid Wasp Extract Information
The key to sustaining athletic performance for long periods of time lies in optimizing your body’s ability to metabolize fat. But the conventional wisdom of “carb-loading” has limitations.
See, your body can only store a limited supply of glucose as glycogen in the muscles and liver. Furthermore, you are limited in the amount of carbohydrates and simple sugars you can ingest during physical activity – and this amount is not enough to sustain a high level of activity.
Fortunately, your body has a plentiful and highly concentrated supply of energy in the form of fat. Training for endurance develops large mitochondria, which increases your body’s ability to burn fatty acids for energy. And this is where VESPA Amino Acid Wasp Extract fits in – especially in our version: the 12 pack of the “Ultra-Concentrate” – the most potent form of amino acid wasp extract you can get.
The Asian Mandarin Wasp (Vespa mandarina) is one of nature’s most potent endurance animals. This wasp flies between 70-100 KM per day in search of food and carries half its body weight to its entire body weight in food back to the colony to feed to the larvae.
The adult wasp does not eat this solid food, rather, it receives a liquid secreted by the larvae in a symbiotic relationship called trophallaxis. In turn, the adult wasp feeds the larvae a food ball usually composed of other insects the wasp has preyed upon and subsequently chewed into a food ball using its powerful mandibles. KAWAHARA Co., Ltd. of Japan developed a method for isolating this food source, the VESPA Wasp Extract, found in every packet of VESPA.
VESPA’s key ingredient is an all-natural amino acid complex derived from the Asian Mandarin Wasp and it works by shifting your muscles to metabolize a higher level of fat during physical activity thus stabilizing and conserving glycogen – just like a wasp who flies all day long with nearly zero carbohydrate intake.
See, your brain and nervous system need to utilize glucose to function optimally, however, they require very little glucose. Your muscles, on the other hand, when using glucose for muscle metabolism, consumes storage carbohydrates (sugars) at an extremely high rate – which will eventually result in the commonly experienced state of “bonking” if those sugars are not replaced.
By using VESPA to shift your muscles to metabolize a higher percentage of fat as the primary energy source, your blood sugar levels are stabilized and conserved so that your brain and nervous system can function optimally, resulting in greater mental clarity and focus, and optimal motor skills and coordination over extended periods of time exercising (or working at your office, or partying!).
VESPA is not a calorie-based fuel nor an electrolyte replacement nor an “energy” drink – so you won’t feel a sugar high or a caffeine buzz (and you won’t feel the unpleasant crashes either). Instead, VESPA works by optimizing your muscles’ ability to derive its energy from a readily available and plentiful source – fats. This allows you to sustain a higher level of performance for a greater period of time. You’ll find that you are not “wiped out” and “craving carbs” after a workout or race and you recover faster with lower levels of muscle soreness.
While the direct effect of tapping in to your natural fuel stores is key to endurance, the indirect effects are just as critical. Stabilizing and conserving glycogen levels directly correlates to lower blood lactate levels. While there are a number of subtle positive effects on the body by reducing lactic acid build-up, the things you’ll notice most when you use VESPA during a hard and long workout are lower degree of muscle soreness, less muscle burning and faster recovery. And of course, rather than bonking, you’ll instead have more mental clarity, focus and enhanced motor skills as the workout or race progresses.
X2 Performance Information
X2Performance Liquid Energy Shot is a revolutionary new liquid pre-workout shot that offers you a safe and natural alternative to dangerous stimulants and performance-enhancing products. Rather than relying on high amounts of sugar and calories, the unique X2Performance formula works to naturally increase your body’s production of ATP and provide extra ATP in the shot itself, which boosts energy levels and focus, increases endurance and speeds recovery.
Professional and amateur athletes have long sought a healthy alternative to the excessive stimulants and questionable ingredients found in today’s most popular supplements. But after years of research and development, the X2Performance team of scientists and nutritionists have created a product that not only increases how comfortable you feel during intense and long workouts, but can also vastly decrease the time it takes you to get to the finish line.
So how does this stuff actually work?
The generation and regeneration of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the key to maximizing performance during any vigorous activity you do. ATP is the unit of energy created by your body’s natural biochemical processes, and when ATP becomes depleted, you feel physically and mentally fatigued and unable to increase your training intensity. X2Performance is the first supplement of it’s kind that contains the BIOIDS® advanced cellular compound, a combination which has been shown to be effective to increase energy, enhance endurance and improve recovery. ATP is also essential for amino acid activation during protein synthesis, which means X2Performance can help your muscles recover faster and more effectively. In other words – you don’t “hit the wall” during a workout or race when you use this stuff.
Other performance-enhancing supplements may use excessive amounts of caffeine or other stimulants to try and chase that same effect, providing a surge of energy that is ironically followed by an inevitable crash. Instead, each serving of X2Performance contains only 70mg of natural caffeine – less than a small cup of coffee – and works to support your body’s natural metabolism and protein synthesis on the cellular level. The result is no jitters, no crash and no unhealthy side effects.
In addition to the BIOIDS® advanced cellular compound and trace amounts of caffeine, in one shot you’ll get ATP Disodium, glucose, ribose, pinitol, coenzyme Q10, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and distilled water – a unique combination of ingredients that equip your body to stay in a state maximum fat burning efficiency – making X2Performance a perfect addition to a lower carbohydrate or ketogenic fueling protocol.
X2Performance recently received two widely recognized and coveted product quality certifications, so you can be confident that despite your body feeling absolutely amazing when you slam back a bottle of this, what you’re taking is clean, safe and effective – and you aren’t going to get “popped for doping” at the finish line of a race or event. X2Performance has earned the NSF CERTIFIED for SPORT® designation, demonstrating the highest levels of product quality and approval for use by professional athletes. In addition, X2Performance has received the INFORMED-SPORT certification, which is awarded through independent testing for banned substances in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADA).
Ben Greenfield discusses exactly how to use all the elements of this pack in the article “Exactly What to Eat Before, During And After Workouts“.