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All beverages are now $3! We spent this week discussing all the different beverages we offer and how they might help you get through your workout if not day.

Today we’re finishing the list: we’re talking about the rest of the FitAid products! These are basically liquid multivitamins, each directed towards a specific purpose.

FocusAid Energy Blend in Melon Mate (5 calories: 1g/0g/0g) containing 100mg of green tea and Yerba Mate-derived caffeine.

This drink contains nootropics, one of the new hot words in the health & fitness industry, are substances that claim improvement in the cognitive brain function, “particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals”.

When should I drink it?

  • Mornings or afternoons when you need to focus and be alert for work, or for workouts.
  • On the weekends prior to your physical activity away from the gym: running, cycling, hiking, ball sports, house projects, hobbies, etc.

What’s in it?

GABA which aids with stress relief and mental clarity, Alpha-GPC to boost brain function related to learning and memory, Green Tea extract and Yerba Mate for overall energy, B-Complex to assist nervous system and immune system functions, Acetyl-L-Carnitine to nurture brain health through neurotransmitter support. Sweetened with bestevia and monk fruit extract.

ImmunityAid Support Blend (40 calories: 9g/0g/0g, caffeine-free)

You know why people give or get orange juice when they “are under”/have colds? Yeah, this is the drink with the right ingredients, not some sugary water (organic with fresh ingredients or not).

When should I drink it?

  • They’re probably my favorite drink when I just need a beverage and want to avoid caffeine. It helps that it’s not too tart like some of our other offerings.
  • I like these if I feel “off” (thanks Seattle!)
  • Also when I’m not consistently mentally and/or emotionally positive, which leads to a weaker immune system.

What’s in it?

Echinacea for an immune system boost,  Zinc also helps your immune system by jump-starting your recovery systems, Vitamin C because there are so many benefits to it, Magnesium since it’s literally in every cell of your body and is required for you to function as a human, tons of other vitamins (A, C, D3), L-aginine for blood flow, and root extracts (because plants). Sweetened with agave nectar and organic stevia leaf extract.

LifeAid Daily Blend (40 calories: 9g/0g/0g, caffeine-free)

They market this one as “a great daily soda or diet replacement.” With ingredients like Turmeric, Magnesium, Rosemary, Oregano, Cayenne, Ginger, and Vitamin C (that shit sounds like a combo of a medicine cabinet and a spice rack) + Vitamins it’s no wonder it’s better than a can of sugar water!

When should I drink this?

  • Think of this as their answer to Gatorade.
  • Literally anytime you want a slightly-bubbly drink.
  • I’ve had luck with it as something to go with lunch, but also mid and post-workout, especially if ya thirsty.

What’s in it?

Turmeric to reduce inflammation, Magnesium for your cardiovascular system, Rosemary extract for the immune system, Oregano extract, Cayenne extract, Ginger extract, vitamins (B-Complex, calcium), and a bit of sugar for carbohydrates.

PartyAid Recovery Blend in Berry Bliss (40g: 9g/0g/0g and caffeine-free)

Replenishes essential nutrients because you party as hard as you train. Can be used as a mixer, but I prefer the tastes of KILL CLIFF for that. If you’ve ever been to a Champagne Friday at the gym you’ve probably seen me put it in a red cup before the bubbly. Of the FitAid-brand drinks I prefer the taste of this or ImmunityAid.

When should I drink it?

  • Smart to have these before/during/after an evening of fun.
  • Also the day after said evening.

What’s in it?

Milk Thistle for liver health, 5-HTP which is a precursor to serotonin and melotonin, vitamins and minerals (B-Complex, C, D3, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium), Eleuthero Root which helps regulate stress response, L-Tyrosine which is beneficial to brain function when fatigued or sleep-deprived, Electrolytes for muscular function, L-Carnitine for energy production and metabolism.

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Just remember, none of these drinks we discussed this past week do much if you’re not already taking care of yourself through good nutrition, adequate rest and relaxation, and constantly-varied functional movement training executed at mild and high intensities!

CONDITIONING for Friday 3/5/2021

FREYR

max reps in 7:00
10-20-30-40-etc of
– penguin jumps
– crunches
– reverse crunches

Post score to comments!

READ: The Breakfast Economy – Scientific American
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Next up on our list are the pioneers of this “clean energy” drink in the functional fitness space: KILL CLIFF Recovery and FitAid Recovery. These two types of drinks function the same way: you can have it anytime, but it probably works best immediately post-workout or on a rest day.

KILL CLIFF Recovery (Berry Legit Lemonade, the only flavor we currently carry)

This was the original canned beverage I saw in our functional fitness space. Cleaner ingredients like erythritol as the sweetener, and a vitamin and plant extract blend (see below) with tons of electrolytes for staying hydration and continued function, B-vitamins for pulling energy from food and creating more within the body, and enzymes for breaking down the macronutrients in food: Amylase for carbs, Protease for proteins, and Lipase for fats*. Kill Cliff contains all three and because of that, I drink these right before or during my post-workout nutrition.

Kill Cliff Recovery (20 calories: 12g/0g/0g) contains 25g of caffeine- a cup of plain coffee is usually around 95mg.

When should I drink it?

  • I think these are great literally anytime- before, during, or after. The amount of caffeine is negligible and some could argue that it is there simply so you don’t crash immediately after your workout.
  • I personally drink these during workouts. Also if I need a cold beverage after morning or afternoon workouts.

What’s in it?

Erythritol as the sweetener, Vitamin & Plant Extract Blend: taurine for nerve growth, D-glucuronolactone for joints, sodium citrate (electrolyte), ginger root extract for anti-inflammatory properties, monopotassium phosphate (electrolyte), green tea extract (plant-derived caffeine + L-theanine), inositol for metabolism and calmness, ginseng root powder for a strong immune system, Vitamins B3+B5+B2+E acetate+B12 for energy production, Citric acid for flavor and acts as a natural preservative, Enzyme Blend: Bromelain for digestion and soreness relief, Lipase, Amylase, Protease 4.5, Invertase is an enzyme that breaks down sugars, Beta-Glucanase is an enzyme commonly found in beer and wine, Serrazimes which does a similar job to Protease, Stevia as a sweetner, Fruit/Veggie Extract for color.

FitAid Recovery (Citrus Medley)

FitAid Recovery (40 calories: 9g/0g/0g) Vegan and contains 25g of caffeine- a cup of plain coffee is usually around 95mg.

When should I drink it?

  • Like its competitor above, I think these are great before/during/after your workout with that bit of caffeine from (green tea extract) to avoid the post-workout bonk.

What’s in it?

Sweetened with organic agave nectar, Vitamin C (an essential vitamin bodies don’t produce), Vitamin D3 for absorbing calcium and regulating immune functions, Vitamin E to prevent cellular damage, green tea extract (plant-derived caffeine + L-theanine), Vitamin B1(Thiamin)+B2(Riboflavin)+B3(Niacin)B6+B7(Biotin)+B12 for energy production, D-Calcium pantothenate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Green tea extract, L-Arganine hydrochloride, L-Glutamine for joints, D-Glucosamine hydrochloride for joints, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, Quercetin, CoQ10 for cellular energy generation, Turmeric root extract as an anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant, algae for Omega-3 fatty acids which help blood viscosity for better recovery.

FitAid Rx Zero Sugar (Sour Grape) and FitAid Rx (Sour Grape)

FitAid Recover Rx +Creatine Zero Sugar (5 calories: 1g/0g/0g)

These are basically the same as the FitAid above, but in a different flavor and with a small amount of creatine– a substance found naturally in muscle cells that assist in energy production during high-intensity exercise. Also cool: they don’t use sodium since we get so much in our food!

The white can has no sugar and is flavored by both monk fruit extract and Stevia.

The black can has a couple of grams of agave nectar for some simple carbs.

When should I drink it?

  • I think these are also great literally anytime- before, during, or after. The big thing I personally think is that if you are supplementing with creatine it should be taken at the same time every session. Also seeing as the preferred amount to take is about 2.5g/daily you would need to down two of these to reach that.
  • Otherwise basically all of the same answers as above

What’s in it?

45mg caffeine. Vegan. Creatine to develop/maintain power and speed during exercise, B-Complex for the nervous and immune systems, caffeine and theanine from Green Tea Extract, Omega 3s & CoQ10 for cardiovascular health, Glucosamine to support joint health, Quercetin for inflammation, BCAAs to maintain power in muscles, and Glutamine to reduce muscle breakdown during exercise.

FitAid Recover Rx +Creatine (40 calories: 9g/0g/0g)

45mg caffeine. Vegan. Creatine, BCAAs, Glutamine. Vit C, D3, E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium. Proprietary Blend (1848mg) of creatine monohydrate, green tea extract, L-arganine hydrochloride, L-glutamine, glucosamine hydrochloride, leucine, quercetine, L-isoleucine, L-valine, CoQ10, Tumeric extract, Docosahexaenoic acid

*Those who are lactose-intolerant can do better with dairy by increasing the amounts of lipase they have, through food and supplementation.

CONDITIONING for Wednesday 3/3/2021

“The WINGMAN”

Grab a bumper plate and it must stay on your person the entire time.

2 rounds for time:
20 burpee-swings
30 pushups
40 situps
50 walking lunges

Start and end with a 470m waiter’s walk (that’s around the block for us). Check us out doing this over 11 years ago!

READ: The Athletic Benefits of Caffeine – The Box Magazine

New beverage lineup for 2021

We expanded our drink offerings in the gym to cover the needs of our athletes for pre-workout (before), intra-workout (during), and post-workout (after). Most of the beverages we carry can be had at any time of the day- just be mindful if it contains caffeine.

To celebrate the expanded options we’re now selling each can for $3 each! Simply go up to the fridge, sanitize your hands, grab your preferred option, then write your selection down on the charge sheet!

Before we begin discussing these supplements remember that none of these things provide you any benefit whatsoever if you don’t have a good foundation of nutrition based on quality proteins and plants, adequate hydration, and good amount of sleep.

 

 

PRE-WORKOUT

Kill Cliff IGNITE

25 calories: 15g/0g/0g. 150mg caffeine, no sugar (10g erythritol). B-Vitamins, Electrolytes, Naturally sweetened. Made in USA.

 

INTRA-WORKOUT / ANYTIME

O2 Oxygenated Recovery

15 calories: 4g/0g/0g, caffeine-free. Electrolytes modeled after an IV bag: 280mg sodium, 270mg potassium, non-carbonated.

FOCUSAID Energy Zero Sugar

100mg caffeine. Nootropics, Gaba, Alpha GPC.

IMMUNITYAID Defend

40 calories, caffeine-free. Echinacea, Vitamins A, C, D, Zinc.

PARTYTIME Revive

40 calories, caffeine-free. 5-HTP, Milk Thistle, Electrolytes.

FITAID

40 calories: 9g/0g/0g. B-Complex, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Tumeric, Cayenne, Rosemary.

 

POST-WORKOUT

Kill Cliff Recovery

20 calories: 12g/0g/0g. 25g caffeine. Taurine, B-Vitamins, Green Tea and Ginseng.

FITAID Recover

40 calories, 45mg caffeine. Vegan. BCAAs, Glutamine, Omega 3s.

FITAID Recover +Creatine

40 calories (9g/0g/0g), 45mg caffeine. Vegan. Creatine, BCAAs, Glutamine.

FITAID Recover Zero Sugar +Creatine

45mg caffeine. Vegan. Creatine, BCAAs, Glutamine.

Throughout this coming week we’ll break down EACH drink in its entirety.

CONDITIONING for Monday 3/1/2021

VILI

As many reps as possible in 12:00 of
60 penguin jumps (or double unders)
40 weighted lunges
20 hang clean & jerks

If you can, let’s get familiar with your jump ropes again! Whatever weight you use for the hang clean & jerk (we were thinking of a single dumbbell or kettlebell), use that for the lunges in either rack or hang position. Make sure you step long and wide each rep! Can be in place (forward/backward) or walking.

Post results to comments or your journal!

SKILLS CLASS begins today
– RSVP for them at 8am, 11am, and 4pm. Today’s skill is the Deadlift!

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