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Old 03-18-05, 11:14 PM   #1
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When to use Endurox and Accelerade?

When do you use Endurox and Accelerade? I've been told Endurox is a
recovery drink used after a ride, and Accelerade is an energy drink
used during your ride. Other riders tell me they use Endurox during
their ride for both energy, and recovery. I'm wondering is there a
difference between the two drinks? Is one a recovery drink to be used
after the ride and the other a energy drink used during a ride? Does it
really matter which one you use and when?
Thanks for all your input.
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Old 03-19-05, 02:50 AM   #2
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When you've got a lot of money, or a sponsor.

Endurox is formulated using the somewhat "magical" 1:4 ratio of protein to carbs. Some studies suggest this is the optimum ratio for post-ride refueling of your muscles. According to this theory, your muscles recover best if provided with both carbs and proteins, shortly after exercise. Unfortunately, Endurox is bloody expensive, and tastes like crap (IMO). I much prefer a scoop of vanilla flavored whey protein in a large glass of orange juice, or a glass of low-fat chocolate milk. Both of these roughly equal Endurox for carbs and protein, and are a lot less expensive and a lot more palatable.

As for Accelerade - it contains some protein too. The few times I've used it, I found I didn't care for the taste, it tended to upset my stomach, and the protein seems to coat the inside of my water bottle (especially on hot days). Plus, it's pretty expensive when compared to alternatives (Gatorade, plus a turkey or tuna sandwich for protein if I'm doing a really long ride).
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Accelerade is also supposedly at the 1:4 ration of protein to carbs. I don't know anything about Endurox but I use Accelerade. It is not really yummy, especially compared to regular Gatorade. I mix mine the night before and put it in the fridge which helps. In my experience it is superior to Gatorade for endurance and it seems that my recovery phase is easier. I'm not sure it is really any more expensive that regular Gatorade. Here is some of Accelerade's propaganda:

http://www.accelerade.com/pages/product_compare.html

Here is a link to the research that suggests that protein ingestion during exercise helps:

www.accelerade.com/pages/studies.html
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accelerade works for me. the taste is horrible, but if i water it down enough it is tolerable. its like rocket fuel when compared to everything else. i like that it has magnesium, which helps with quick twitch muscle firing...
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i have always heard that the 4:1 protein carb ratio is best, so, couldn't you just put the appropriate amount of unflavored whey into gatorade to acieve the same affect?
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i have always heard that the 4:1 protein carb ratio is best, so, couldn't you just put the appropriate amount of unflavored whey into gatorade to acieve the same affect?
Sure...I've heard of folks doing just that.

The problem is that protein is not really water soluble, so all of those concoctions tend to become clumpy and coat the inside of your water bottle.

As for magnesium, you can purchase magnesium citrate powder (and other electrolytes) and add it to your water bottle. I'm currently experimenting with my own 'Ade that contains magnesium, Vitamin C, and some other goodies. I've been doing research on the causes of cramping (something I'm sometimes prone to), and my hope is that I can customize a drink that helps me to avoid it.
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I currently use Endurox after working out. I've been wanting to try Accelerade but none of the GNC stores here in town currently have the flavor I want in stock
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Accelerade is for use during the ride... it's higher in carbs and easier to digest than Endurox. Endurox as SSP said, has the magic 4:1 carb/protein ratio which is supposed to be optimal for recovery. Also, drink w/in 30 minutes of finishing your workout.

Drink what you want... the protein in Accelerade is probably useless on rides less than 2 hrs. Regardless of what they would have you believe, the two magic ingredients in ride beverages are water and easily digestible calories.
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I use accelerade during rides, you have to find the right flavor.. I like the Orange - the fruit punch tastes like medicine.. Here is a good supplier via ebay.. 26.50 shipped for a large can is a good deal.. He has all the flavors available, a better deal if you buy more than 1 can, they combine shipping..

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WD1V
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well, the protein may not be useless. i read an article in bicycle magazine about a study where riders and runners recieved a carb drink during exercise and a 4:1 carb to protein drink and under the 4:1 mix, the riders/runners were able to sustain 80% VO2 max for 40% longer than when they used the carb only drink. Also, after long periods of exercise, your body starts to consume muscle for fuel. the amount that the body consumes is pretty negligable (or so i believe), but consuming protein during a ride may help to combat this (i don't know about this,but it seems to make sense. maybe someone more knowledgeable could shed some light on it)
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socalrider: Thanks for the link on Ebay. I bought a small can of fruit punch from him. I wanted to try that flavor since I have Endurox in fruit punch.
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