Sport-locker.net get stuck in to some top quality sports nutrition thanks to Etixx!

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Sport-locker.net have recently received a bundle which has got all of us in the office a little pumped with excitement…

Etixx Sports Nutrition comprises 23 products in five complete ranges, from nutrition gels, bars, shakes and powders to vitamins, minerals and supplements, which aim to develop and support five key areas of an athlete’s training:

  • Health
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Performance
  • Recovery

Etixx’s first product took six years of development, and every product in the range underwent at least three years of testing before hitting the shelves.

Unlike some sports nutrition brands, all of the products are Informed-Sport endorsed and tested against the World Anti Doping Agency list, as well as 160 further substances that the Etixx experts believe could be banned in the future, which means they’re tested, trusted and certified to contain no substances prohibited in sport.

To prove this point, Etixx keeps a sample of every product batch for two years post the expiry date.

And we were lucky enough to get hands on with some of the range…

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Health

As an athlete, health is your foundation to improve performance. Etixx supplements help you stay in shape by providing you with the vitamins and minerals to keep your defences up and your body in prime shape.

Magnesium Absorption + tablets

Perfect for people who think:

“After a training session I always find myself achy and sore.”

These tablets are designed to help the body cope with tiredness and support normal muscle function in athletes.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that many athletes may lack due to consuming low energy diets and losing vital minerals through perspiration while training. This can lead to reduced exercise capacity, impaired performance and poor post-exercise muscle recovery through problems such as cramps.

Taken daily first thing in the morning, Etixx Magnesium Absorption + tablets not only help reduce fatigue, but the added Vitamin C helps support energy production and protect cells from oxidative damage. Simply add the orange flavoured tablets to water and drink when dissolved.

RRP: £6.69 for 10 tablets, £19.99 – 30 tablets

Verdict: Noticeable difference in terms of fatigue reduction. Particularly after a game of football on a Sunday! Set us up for the day but also felt strong before training. Highly recommended!

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Strength

No matter your sport, strength plays a fundamental role. All athletes benefit greatly from gaining strength and building muscles and, to maximise the effect of their training, it’s vital to safeguard nutritional requirements before, during and after exercise. With this in mind, Etixx has created a range of products to complement and enhance your strength training.

Perfect for people who think:

“I’m keen to build lean muscle, but not for aesthetics – I want to be stronger.”

RRP: Complex Training Shake – £49.99 – per kg

Verdict: A very pleasant tasting shake which does exactly as it says on the tin. Well, sachet! We had ours after a training session but you could have before if you wish. We’ll definitely be buying in bigger bulk from now on!

Endurance

Endurance takes time to build, and even more time and attention to maintain and improve. Improving endurance involves continually pushing your limits and putting in the necessary hard work and effort – but the right nutrition is equally important. Etixx’s range of Endurance products aim to support athletes before and during training to help them surpass their goals.

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Iron Absorption +

Iron is used to support the formulation of red blood cells and haemoglobin and is essential for oxygen transport to the muscles, whilst helping reduce tiredness and fatigue, meaning athletes are able to keep going for longer and helps them get a fair edge over their competitors.

Athletes should take one capsule per day.

RRP: £19.99 – 30 capsules

Verdict: Difficult to really see / feel  tangible results on these. Maybe need to take for a longer period of time.

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Beta Alanine Slow Release 

Perfect for people who think:

“I want to keep going for longer and without slowing down.”

Beta Alanine plus Zinc helps maintain your muscles’ acid balance, therefore allowing you to dig deep when you need it. Beta Alanine is needed for the production of Carnosine, which is needed by muscles.

Along with Zinc, which acts as a buffer to control cellular. The product works by slowing down the formation of acid in the muscles, and by reducing this acidification athletes can maintain effort for much longer and on a higher intensity.

Athletes should consume 4-6 tablets a day and best results are obtained when the product is used for a period of 8 weeks. The product’s slow release formulation allows prolonged supply, along with zinc helping to maintain a healthy pH balance and the product helps boost power in body building athletes.

RRP: £24.99 – 60 tablets

Verdict: Granted, we didn’t take 4-6 tablets a day but these were amazingly useful for gym days. Felt stronger when lifting weights and very powerful. Recommended.

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Performance

Sometimes a boost is all you need to push you to your limits – regardless of your sport of choice. The Etixx Performance range offers a wide array of nutritional supplements to support the much-needed energy, alertness and focus athletes need to be at the peak of their performance.

Triple Action Energy Gel + Caffeine

Perfect for people who think:

“I want something that will give me a fair boost to reach my best level.”

Etixx Triple Action Energy is packed with three different carbohydrate forms that release energy at different times, therefore providing a sustained level of energy to give athletes the get-up-and-go they need to perform at their best.

The gel is particularly useful for endurance athletes like long-distance runners, as well as stop-start athletes like footballers and rugby players. One sachet should be consumed before exercise and one to two should be taken per hour during exercise to help maintain blood glucose concentration and help replace muscle glycogen.

The consistency allows the gel to be consumed without water and the addition of ginseng promotes alertness and energy, whilst the addition of vitamin C helps support energy production and protects cells from oxidative damage.

Flavours: Red Fruits, Peach

RRP: £2.49 – per gel

Verdict: Comfortably our favourite product in the range that we tested. We’ve used energy gels before at half time of football matches but these were next level. Although not the best tasting, the performance was unbelievable. Felt a second wind almost immediately and felt as strong in the 90th minute as the 1st. CANNOT RECOMMEND THESE ENOUGH!

For more information or to buy, visit www.etixxsports.com

Products are also available at www.wiggle.com and www.sigmasport.co.uk and www.chainreactioncycles.co.uk

What do you think of the Etixx Nutrition range? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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