What is the deal with GU energy gel?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by xsmasher, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. xsmasher

    xsmasher Rookie

    Dec 11, 2009
    What is special in them and how do they differ from sport drinks?
    pros n cons
    Thanks in advance
  2. ASantana

    ASantana New User

    Nov 26, 2011
    Well I prefer to use them over sports drinks before and during the match because if i guzzled the amount of a sports drink that it would take to get that same energy boost, I would cramp up. The only bad thing is that if you get the wrong flavor, they taste terrible.
  3. dbusiness

    dbusiness Rookie

    May 20, 2009
    Unless you are taking the Roctane GU then the Gel is similar to
    the others. It takes about 10 - 15 mins for you to start feeling
    the energy boost. When I am pretty tired the boost only seems
    to last about 30 mins before you need another.

    As for the Roctane GU it contains caffeine, amino acids supposedly
    to help prevent lactic acid build up and Ornithine Alpha-ketoglutarate
    that is suppose to decreases muscle protein catabolism and promote
    healing according to the NCBI.
  4. DBrickshaw

    DBrickshaw New User

    Nov 15, 2011
    Depends what sports drinks you use. Gu energy gels use maltodextrin in them which is absorbed into your blood alot faster than sugars used in most sports drinks. And like business said, some contain caffeine and other stuff to increase performance. Ive only tried one gel and it was powerbar brand but i didnt like the taste and texture of it so im gonna stick with drinks
  5. TripleB

    TripleB Hall of Fame

    Sep 2, 2004
    North Carolina
    It gets the energy to your body a lot quicker than typical drinks.

    I started using them when I was training for my half marathon. They were easy to carry along and take about every 45 minutes during my long runs of the week.

    About three months ago I started putting them in my tennis bag. I usually play at least 4 sets of tennis at a time so I normally take them after the second set or whenever I start feeling like I'm dragging.

    About a game into my 4th set the other night I was really feeling weak. Consumed a GU and about 5 minutes later I was back to my old self playing strong.

    Definitely a great item to have in your tennis bag. Can't see myself ever taking the court without them now.

  6. DBrickshaw

    DBrickshaw New User

    Nov 15, 2011
    Tripleb, you ever try gu brew? Its a drink made by gu with the same stuff they use in their gel. Not the same kinds of sugars in typical sports drinks.
  7. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo Talk Tennis Guru

    Feb 18, 2004
    Any opinions of Accelerade, Cytomax, and FRS products? Local Big Lots sells all three among dozens of sports nutrition products.
  8. DBrickshaw

    DBrickshaw New User

    Nov 15, 2011
    Cytomax is great stuff.

    accelerade looks decent. not sure i want protein during exercise. its not much in it but it might be enough to slow you down a bit. also looks like worse sugars than cytomax. havent tried it though.

    FRS powder looks good if you're looking for a low calorie drink. im not a fan of no calorie sweeteners though. the chews im not sure about because it says sugar under the ingredients so that could mean a lot of different things.

    As a rule of thumb, you want to look for products that contain glucose, dextrose, and/or maltodextrin as the main sugars for fuel.

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