Jul 132011

Sometimes chatting on Twitter can pay off. A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with @GenUCAN about proper fueling for fitness. I was complaining about my struggle to find something that works, so they offered to send me a sample of their product. I recently received the care package full of goodies!

Lots of samples! Plus they sent a nice mixing bottle with a whisking ball inside:

I tried the recovery protein drink after my intense workout one Saturday morning. It was going to be about an hour or two before I ate lunch and I knew I needed to have something immediately after the work out. I’d done a great weight session. I tried the vanilla shake first:

I liked the water bottle a lot. The whisking ball inside mixed the powder thoroughly–which is often a complaint I have with protein shakes. I hate how hard they are to mix to get rid of the grittiness. I didn’t have that with he GenUCan product. The vanilla flavor was just okay. It tasted just like most protein shakes–nothing special but not bad. I might try making the protein recovery drink with milk instead of water next time to see if the flavor changes a bit.

The vanilla had 180 calories in it –a little higher than I’d prefer but 13g of protein. It’s a good recovery snack. I’m not sure if I can attribute my lack of soreness the day after the hard workout to the shake, but if it was I’m happy!

Recently Michael and I biked 38 miles around Portland. Immediately returning home I made one of the chocolate protein recovery shakes. Loved the chocolate! It was really good. It didn’t have a funky taste or gritty texture. The chocolate is definitely my favorite. The shake helped me get through unpacking, showering, and the drive to dinner without totally crashing. That’s a major plus in my book because I tend to “Bonk” after intense workouts. I also wasn’t sore for the hike the next day!

The next product to try was the energy drink. Last Sunday I filled one of my water bottles with the energy drink for the ride with Michael and his friend Mike. I was SUPER sore from the previous day’s workout and incredibly nervous about whether or not I could bike at all.  I don’t think the energy drink helped my sore muscles, but it did help my stamina as we rode to lunch.

A big thanks to GenUCan for sending me their product to try. I liked it a lot and I saw results!

QUESTION: Have you tried GenUcan products? How did they work for you? What are your favorite products to prevent “bonking”?

About Lisa Eirene
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

  6 Responses to “The Search for Anti-Bonking Products”

  1. I’ve never heard of this brand. I use dates and coconut water as anti bonking fuel during workouts. I also keep some ginger hard candy in my bike bag in case things get really bad.

    I just eat regular meals after workouts for the most part.

  2. I use GU chomps, PowerBar gummies, and Nuun electrolyte drink to keep me from bonking during training runs. I usually chow down on some leftovers post workout to refuel.

    I looove those Blender Bottles!

  3. Here in NZ, bonking means having sex. So your title made me confused and then made me giggle.

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