Does anybody use these? How well do they work?
Tried the stuff last year before a couple of my hardest rides. Actually did feel less lactic, and no cramping at end, but still haven't decided if it was doing everything else right and/or placebo effect or the real deal. No help, I know...
I used to use them and I think they helped. But, after finding out that they are basically calcium and magnesium, I started buying suppplements at the pharmacy for about 1/10 the price!
thinline, I've taken a cal/mag/zinc sup for years. Sport Legs claim is that their cal/mag is different. My question is does it work better than standard cal/mag?
Might work for some people, but not for me.
I tried them for the long, mountainous rides - 100 to 150 miles, up to 15K climbing. I was trying to reduce post ride soreness. I've never gotten leg cramps while cycling but when using sports legs I got cramps big time in the quads and other upper leg muscles.
I thought it might be a coincidence so did several rides over a few months alternating using and not using and tried different dosages (less and more than recommended). Every time I used the Sports Legs I got major cramping. so, stopped using it. No cramps since."The stone age didn't end because the earth ran out of stones, and the oil age won't end because the earth runs out of oil" -- Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, rmi.org
Not sure. I would asume you absorb the Sport Legs faster due to the capsule, which looks like it would dissolve right quick once wet, and the powder. I just use the basic supplements and take one a day. If I am doing a long ride I may take one or two more during the ride spacing them out accordingly.
That's good to know. Have you ever taken a regular cal/mag sup (for comparison)?
Their claim is the compound of the cal/mag is different. It 'tricks' your body into not producing as much lactic acid. I'd like to see some science to support that though. I was posting here to get "real life science". ;}
Haven't tried them. My preference is bananas, bananas, and more bananas. My riding buddies make fun of me on long rides because I usually have one or two sticking out of my jersey pockets but or me they're a great potassium and magnesium kick and I find myself suffering from less cramping on long, hot, sweaty rides. And the packaging is biodegradable so I don't have to lug trash in my pockets after eating them either. Have you tried vitalyte? That stuff works pretty well for me as well in replacing critical minerals.
I've used them. The first time I used them, it was bizarre how good my legs were. The odd part was my legs felt like they were "buzzing" the whole time. Felt like I could do anything, which resulted in me trying to bridge to a 3 up break with one former relatively good (Navigators) pro. I didn't make it, but I got awfully close, and three years later I still think about what my legs felt like that day. It was exactly what they advertise - there was no burning, no pain, and I'm really susceptible to the burn. There was just this persistent, not unpleasant buzzing sensation.
I've used them on and off since, and have had similar experiences with them, although the day above was beyond anything I've felt since. Have tried cal/mag supplements in various protocols since (varying dose, continuous use versus race day only, etc) and have never had similar sensations as with SportLegs.
They didn't sponsor my team, but somehow we wound up with like a case of bottles. I still have some from that stock, so I've never actually paid for them and have no idea what they cost. I think they are available in trial size pouches, so it can't hurt to try.
The only other thing I can think to add is that every time I've had a strongly positive experience with them, I've been in very good shape. They never turned "average to meh" me into anything special, but their use has been coincidental with "just about peak" me having an "I just never knew it could be like this" day a few times. The last race I did, which I won somewhat easily, for which I was in great shape, I used them. I was also out until 4am the night before, at my wife's office Christmas party and ate my weight in sushi and drank about a gallon of sake. Sometimes weird coincidences happen.For disclosure purposes, I am a partner in November Bicycles. This fact probably colors everything I say. I'm clearly not to be trusted.
jmdirt: "That's good to know. Have you ever taken a regular cal/mag sup (for comparison)?
Their claim is the compound of the cal/mag is different. It 'tricks' your body into not producing as much lactic acid. I'd like to see some science to support that though. I was posting here to get "real life science". ;}"
I haven't tried anything else except a daily multivitamin and a calcium/vitamin D daily (BTW an article in the recent Outside magazine says that about 50% of olympic athletes tested at the olympic training center are deficient in vitamin D).
The salts in sports legs are Calcium lactate and magnesium lactate (as opposed to salts like calcium carbonate or magnesium carbonate used in the usual supplements). They claim this provides lactate in the blood to essentially supercharge the lactate metabolism system and thereby clear lactate faster. All muscles use lactate for energy while you exercise. That is how it is cleared. This product is supposed to make it happen faster.
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