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  • Brand Ambassador Michael Drackert Getting Ready for Groundhog 10K

    Updates on Brand Ambassador Michael Drackert

    I received an unexpected free race entry to the Goundhog 10K. The whole route is located in underground storage caverns. While the outside temperature was below freezing, it was a warm 65 F in the caverns. I raced well on minimal training as I'm coming out of an off season. Not my fastest 10K, but I finished in the top 20 out of +1,000 people.

    brand ambassador Michael Drackert runningSpent a week in Hawaii for vacation. I got in touch with the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team for some trail running recommendations. Needless to say, the trails did not let me down. It was absolutely beautiful. I used the Tri-Phase endurance fuel pre runs and one packet of the Electrolyte Replacement for a couple long runs, including a tough 15 miler with close to 4,000 feet elevation gain.

    Training is ramping up with about 10 hours per week spread across the bike, run, and swim plus weight training. I'm frequently using the Complete Recovery for the amino acids as well as the chia bars. The rest of February includes a lot of base volume.



    Upcoming Events

    • March I'm racing the Tinman Biathlon... 10K run followed by 20 mile bike.
    • April I'm racing MaxTrax Duathlon (1.5 mi run, 15 mi bike, 3 mi run) and the GC Off-Road Duathlon (2mi trail run, 15 mi mountain bike)
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  • How to Find Natural Pre Workout Supplements

    Natural Pre Workout Supplements Available with VitaLyte

    Sometimes I don't feel up to going to the gym. It can happen to all of us. But as I get older, exercise becomes more important to my body. If I'm to enjoy life in my thirties like I did in my teens and twenties, I need to go to the gym four or five times a week. As my life gets more hectic, however, sometimes I need a boost to get over the hump. That's why I've been utilizing the natural pre workout supplements from Vitalyte. I've had some bad experiences with energy boosters before, it's no secret that some leave you feeling like you just drank too much coffee. I don't want that; I can't be shaky and sweaty three hours after my workout. That's why recently I've been using Vitalyte's Chia Surge Energy Gel as well as their Tri-Phase Endurance Fuel. I like the energy gel because it has actual nutrients in it like palatinose, which is a complex sugar that your body consumes for sustained energy, and beta-alanine, a branched-chain amino acid that helps deter lactic acid build-up in your muscles and lets you work out longer without feeling sore. It's reassuring to know that I'm putting real nutrients into my body instead of just dumping in cane sugar and fifty times my daily recommended value of vitamin B.

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    Vitalyte's Tri-Phase Endurance Fuel also skips out on needless sugars and sweeteners so your body gets what it needs without getting the garbage included in so many other natural pre workout supplements. That's not to say that the endurance fuel is hard to get down; I've really enjoyed the watermelon-flavored variety, and for those of you who, for some unthinkable reason, don't like watermelon, there is also a mandarin orange flavor. And both the energy gel and endurance fuel contain electrolytes in more finely-balanced quantities than you'll find in run-of-the-mill sports drinks. Your body requires electrolytes, which is just a fancy word for the salt ions in a solution, in order to replenish what it loses when you do physical work. Water alone won't do it - your body demands sodium and potassium ions in order to keep your circulatory and nervous systems in working order. And Vitalyte's products have just the right amount both for your pre-workout and post-workout drinks. Ultimately, that's what sets Vitalyte's products apart and why I prefer them before every workout, they contain the real nutrients your body needs without the filler. For more information on VitaLyte Tri-Phase Endurance Fuel or any other of our pre workout supplements contact VitaLyte at 800-283-6505 or shop online today.

  • Looking for an After Workout Recovery Drink

    VitaLyte: The After Workout Recovery Drink of Champions

    As a strength training enthusiast, getting in the right electrolytes after an intense workout is extremely important. It is common knowledge that failing to let your body recover after working it to its limit can cause all sorts of scary issues like dehydration and damage in the muscles and joints. For the first few years of strength training, I struggled with finding the right after workout recovery drink. This is when I found VitaLyte recovery sports drink and this is why I'm still using it to this day.

    after workout recovery drinkEverything I had tried from local supermarkets and health supplement stores just didn't do it for me, they all left me feeling more worn out than I did right after my workout. There are many products out there that have the ability to replenish the electrolytes, but VitaLyte is the one that works the best for me because it makes me feel completely replenished and back at full-strength right away. It has changed the way I look at post-workout or after workout recovery. Unfortunately, I had neglected my fitness recovery in the past and I found out the hard way that not giving myself the proper recovery nutrients can easily lead to injury and lack of progress. Now, if I have an especially intense workout planned, I will even take a short break in the middle and replenish with a VitaLyte to keep myself at peak performance.

    VitaLyte has the right amount of electrolytes and glucose to aid in recovery. Some drinks on the market have way more sugar than they do electrolytes which left me still feeling sore and added a jittery feeling on top of that, not fun! I could tell the first time I drank VitaLyte that I had found my after workout soulmate. I instantly felt the soreness in my muscles ease up and the slight dehydration dissipate. I liked the effects of VitaLyte so much that I started telling my gym buddies about it and now everyone is drinking them! One of them completed an entire marathon armed with just a couple bottles of VitaLyte to keep his energy up and finished with his best time. I had been considering lowering intensity on my strength training simply because of the extreme muscle soreness I was experiencing, but since switching to VitaLyte for my after workout recovery drink needs, I no longer have them. Participating in excessive fitness can be bad for your body, but preparing correctly is the key to getting maximum results and minimal negative impact. VitaLyte has changed my fitness ambitions so much, I feel like I can do anything!

  • Brand Ambassador Katarina Marks Completes XTERRA World Championship Race

    Katarina MarksKatarina Marks is a passionate athlete and proud Vitalyte brand ambassador who never backs down from an intense challenge, as evidenced by her recent success in the 2015 XTERRA World Championship. For those who don’t know, the XTERRA is one of the world’s most grueling off-road triathlon events, which includes a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim, a 32-kilometer (20-mile) mountain bike, and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5 mile) trail run. Based in breathtaking Maui, Hawaii, the event has been described as “a tropical roller-coaster ride through pineapple fields and forests.”

    This year, Katarina was one of about 800 athletes from all over the world to take part in the event, and she truly left her mark. Not only did she finish (which is an incredible feat in itself), but she was the 6th fastest participant in the world for her age group, and the 2nd fastest American. According to Katarina:

    This was the toughest race I have ever done. They test your mental, physical, and emotional limits and push you to reach out of your comfort zone to be a better you! First time swimming in the ocean, and I swam 4 minutes faster than Nationals. The bike course was brutal! 3,500 ft of elevation gain in 20 miles and yet I still had a faster bike pace split than nationals! The run was intense and ran faster than nationals and it was further!

    Katarina also had plenty of people to thank for her remarkable success:

    A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped me get to this point (especially my wonderful husband)! Thank you to my wonderful sponsors: Osmo Hydration, Durango Running Company, Pagosa Mountain Sports, Vitalyte, Raw Revolution, Timex Factory Team, Purely Elizabeth, Veggie Go's, MD Sox, Visigo Sport, Teaologists, & Oiselle Volee team! And of course to God, for blessing me with these abilities and to be able to glorify Him with it! Multiple times during the bike and run I kept repeating some Scripture to keep pressing on -- especially Hebrews 12:2: “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

    Katarina’s success is a testament to her tireless commitment to excellence, and we expect to see even more great milestones from her in the future. We feel honored that Vitalyte was able to play a role in her achievement, and it inspires us to see game-changing athletes maintaining peak performance with help from this truly one-of-a-kind blend. According to Katarina, “In order to prepare for my race this morning, I took Vitalyte Pre-Workout before the start of the swim, stayed up on my electrolytes during & after the race, and took Vitalyte complete recovery after the race, so that I can insure to recover quickly!”

  • Brand Ambassador Luciano Ros Completes Triathlon for Huntington's Disease

    Brand Ambassador Luciano RosWhen it comes to athletic performance, Luciano Ros is a machine who will not be stopped. As a passionate sports lover who has competed in several triathlons, he truly is an inspiration to us all. His most recent achievement was his completion of the 24th annual Huntington’s Disease Triathlon, which took place on July 26th, 2015, in Miami, Florida. All proceeds are being allocated toward research to find a cure for Huntington’s Disease, a degenerative brain disorder which affects roughly 30,000 Americans. Vitalyte is extremely proud to have Luciano Ros as a brand ambassador, and we congratulate him on his recent achievement.

    The event had two distance options: Sprint and Olympic. The Sprint distance is the shorter option, but Luciano -- being the insatiable athlete that he is -- opted for the longer Olympic distance. The entire event consisted of a 0.7-mile swim, followed by a 21-mile bike ride, followed by a 6-mile run. Not only did Luciano complete each challenge, but he finished 3rd in his age group, in a total time of 2 hours and 6 minutes.

    So what’s his secret? There’s nothing magical about it, and in fact, anyone can achieve this impressive milestone with the right attitude and the right amount of self-discipline. Luciano has only been competing in triathlons for a few short years, and has found the experience to be quite addictive. He trains year-round, and has learned a lot about himself in the process of constantly challenging himself. He firmly believes that with the right training, nutrition and mindset, there are no obstacles your body cannot overcome.

    As a Vitalyte brand ambassador, Luciano also relies on Vitalyte sports drinks to keep him hydrated during those long athletic endeavors. Athletes everywhere trust Vitalyte electrolyte drinks because they’re specially formulated with the ideal isotonic exchange rate, releasing important nutrients into the body more quickly and effectively. Additionally, Vitalyte doesn’t contain all of the unhealthy additives found in other sports drink. You simply get the ingredients you need to perform at your absolute best. Explore our wide selection of delicious sports drinks, and see for yourself why Vitalyte is a cut above the rest.

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