Fuel During Training What To Look For

If you’re serious about your training, your pre-workout and post-workout nutrition are likely on your radar. But what about those times that you get an energy crash when you’ve still got miles or sets left in the session, or those occasions when your power or speed seems to fall off a cliff? That’s when you need something more than just water in your bottle. In this article, we’ll define what mid-workout nutrition should look like, which ingredients to look for on the label, and why the new Momentous Fuel could be the right fit for you. 

 

What is Mid-Workout Nutrition, and Would I Benefit?  

 

A mid-workout nutrition drink is one that you take during your ride, run, swim, lift, etc. The purpose of this kind of product is to keep you working harder and faster for longer, without the “bonk” that endurance athletes sometimes encounter or the sudden reduction in force production that you may have experienced during your gym sessions. 

Training for longer periods of time requires more than just carbohydrates for energy. Our new product, Momentous Fuel, was intentionally designed as a clean and effective way to maximize your performance by replenishing your body with quality carbohydrates and key electrolytes. With an added boost of nitrates to support maximum endurance, Fuel will help you achieve more than ever before.

 

When and How Should I Use a Mid-Workout Nutrition Drink?

 

Mid-workout nutrition like Momentous Fuel is ideal for sessions over 60 minutes in duration. In combining two different types of carbohydrates, Fuel provides the calories needed to sustain performance on a longer ride, run, swim, or other type of training while improving the rate of nutrient absorption and minimizing potential GI distress. 

For longer training sessions, your body needs more sodium and potassium to support muscle function with the addition of magnesium to stave off cramping and fatigue. Nitrate supplementation reduces the oxygen cost of submaximal exercise and can enhance exercise tolerance and performance.

 

How Can I Differentiate Between Different Options on the Market, and What Sets Momentous Fuel Apart?

 

The supplement industry is not regulated, and there are all too many products that have low efficacy due to their use of poor-quality ingredients. These are often combined in quantities that do not provide you with a clinically effective dose. Other supplements can become contaminated with banned substances and toxins during non-standardized production processes. 

In contrast, Momentous Fuel is produced to the strictest product quality and ingredient accuracy standards, and every batch is tested by a third-party before distribution to ensure it is free from PEDs, pharmaceuticals, toxins, and other contaminants. This is confirmed by the most rigorous evaluation protocols in the world, NSF Certified for Sport® and Informed Sport, which both give you peace of mind that Momentous Fuel and our other products are pure, high-quality, and efficacious, and will not lead to a failed PED test or compromise your health. 

 

What Ingredients are In Momentous Fuel?  

 

As with all other Momentous products, including those like PR Lotion that until recently were distributed under the Amp Human brand before the two companies merged, Momentous Fuel has been precisely engineered by a team of experts who scoured the globe for the finest ingredients and combined them in a unique formula in clinically effective doses – i.e., sufficient amounts to positively impact physical and cognitive performance per the results of multiple peer reviewed studies. The key ingredients in Momentous Fuel, along with the amount of each per serving, are as follows: 

Carbohydrates 28g

Sodium 300mg

Potassium 150mg

Magnesium 30mg

Beet Root 300mg 

Zinc 30mg

 

What are the Performance Benefits of These Ingredients? 

 

Now that we’ve explained which ingredients are in Momentous Fuel and the quantity per serving, let’s dive deeper into the function and purpose of each one.

 

Carbohydrates (Glucose and Fructose) 

 

What it does: Glucose and fructose support energy needs during exercise. 

Why it's in Momentous Fuel: Carbohydrate ingestion during longer exercise sessions is critical to supporting energy levels for exercise.

Deeper science: Glucose follows a relatively direct route from intestinal absorption to storage or metabolism in skeletal muscle where fructose has a lower oxidation efficiency. According to a 2017 study published in Nutrients, it’s important that fructose does not compete with glucose and is metabolized via gluconeogenesis for storage as glycogen, released as glucose, and is directed through glycolysis to yield pyruvate and lactate. Glucose-only solutions are associated with high GI discomfort and reduced performance, where combined glucose:fructose solutions support improved absorption and utilization.   

 

Sodium

 

What it does: A key electrolyte for muscle function, specifically the contraction and relaxation cycle. 

Why it's in Momentous Fuel: Sodium drives thirst and improves fluid absorption, retention, and restoration around the muscles as well as replaces the sodium lost in sweat to support muscle function. 

Deeper science: Sodium is one of the key electrolytes lost through sweat during exercise. During the hydration process, drinking water alone can lead to a drop in plasma sodium concentration that may increase urine production. Per a paper published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, putting sodium in whatever you’re drinking during your workout prevents this diuretic effect, increases the amount of fluid retained, and assists in the restoration of extracellular fluid in and around the muscle. 

 

Potassium

 

What it does: A key electrolyte for muscle function, specifically the contraction and relaxation cycle.

Why it’s in Momentous Fuel: Potassium, in conjunction with sodium, helps alleviate and prevent muscle cramps and support muscle contraction. 

Deeper science: Potassium is present in all body tissues and is required for normal cell function because of its role in maintaining intracellular fluid volume and electrochemical gradients. Specifically, potassium is involved in muscle function via sodium:potassium pumps that regulate the electrical gradient related to proper muscle contraction. Potassium also plays a key part of glucose and insulin metabolism, according to research conducted by a team of nutritional scientists from Harvard Medical School.  

 

Magnesium

 

What it does: Magnesium is involved in numerous processes that affect muscle function, including oxygen uptake, energy production, and electrolyte balance.

Why it’s in Momentous Fuel: Magnesium's role in muscle function and metabolism is crucial for performance, as it's also lost in sweat.

Deeper science: A review released via ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal stated that exercise induces a redistribution of magnesium in your body to accommodate metabolic needs. There is evidence that marginal magnesium deficiency impairs exercise performance and amplifies the negative consequences of strenuous exercise (e.g., oxidative stress). This kind of training apparently increases urinary and sweat losses that may elevate magnesium requirements by 10 to 20 percent.

 

Nitrate as Beet Root Powder

 

What it does:  Nitric oxide is an important physiological signaling molecule that plays a role in modulating blood flow, muscle contractility, glucose and calcium homeostasis, and mitochondrial respiration and biogenesis.

Why it’s in Momentous Fuel: Nitrate supplementation reduces the oxygen cost of submaximal exercise and can enhance exercise tolerance and performance.

Deeper science: During high-intensity, constant-work-rate activity, improved exercise tolerance at a given power output following nitrate supplementation has been reported to be in the range of 16 to 25 percent. The magnitude of improvement in “actual” exercise performance should be approximately one to three percent, according to a trial conducted by Andrew Jones at the University of Exeter in the UK.

 

Zinc

 

What it does: In skeletal muscle, zinc has been found to affect muscle growth and regeneration due to its effects on muscle cell activation, proliferation, and differentiation. 

Why it’s in Momentous Fuel: In the gut, zinc has been demonstrated to increase absorption and retention of fluids by improving small intestine integrity. 

Deeper science: Beyond aiding in water absorption in the small intestine, zinc supports the immune system and people with low levels of zinc are at risk for decreased bone mineral density, which can lead to bone fractures. A joint study led by researchers from Spain and Boston University School of Medicine found that zinc is also necessary to form collagen tissue, heal wounds, and prevent osteoporosis. The body does not have a storage site for zinc, so it must be consumed regularly in your diet.

You might not need mid-workout fuel for shorter sessions lasting less than an hour. But when you’re planning to be in the gym or pool or on the road or trail for more than 60 minutes, a product like Momentous Fuel can help you finish just as strongly as you started. 

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