Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer #fuelyourbetter Review

I don't know about you, but there are days where I wished I had just an ounce of the energy my 8-year-old does.  I often get asked "how do you have the energy to do all of that"?  Well....it ain't easy!  I just repeat my dad's mantra "get 'er done" and just try to *look* full of energy doing so!

I recently had the opportunity through the Sweatpink community to review the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer for the #fuelyourbetter campaign.  Here's a lil' something about this product:

Vega: Sport Pre-Workout Energizer is a pre-workout drink mix sporting a unique blend of 13 synergistic plant-based performance-improving ingredients, like green tea, yerba mate, coconut oil and rhodiola, specifically selected to

  • Provide immediate and sustained energy
  • Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
  • Enhance mental focus and recovery

  • Featuring two complementary carbohydrates, Pre-Workout Energizer is balanced to provide both instant and slower-burning fuel for your workouts. Organic sprouted brown rice syrup has a high glycemic index (90), entering the bloodstream quickly, while organic palm nectar has a low glycemic index (35), providing slow, steady energy that will not spike or crash.
    Take Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer 20 minutes before your workout to help you get in the zone with energy to burn!
    Available in Lemon-Lime and Acai Berry flavors (VegaSport. 2013).
    I received a box of Acai Berry for review. 

    To be honest....I had actually won a small sample of these a couple of months ago.  I tried to take one before a race and couldn't get over the smell.  I guess it just wasn't what I thought Acai berry smelled like?  

    So when I was chosen for this opportunity, I was ready to approach trying it with a fresh and open mind.  
    The instructions are pretty easy....mix it with some water  (8 oz. if you're into details like that)!

    Stir it up well.  I like to add A LOT of ice.  I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor, it wasn't terribly "berry" like, but it wasn't awful either.  It leaves kind of a bland (but not bad) taste in my mouth, but it's easily corrected with a water chaser.  I'd also like to experiment mixing it with a berry flavored juice  (low sugar, of course).

    Everything is better with a bunny straw!

    Anyway....on to the important stuff....the energy!

    I tried this product before 3 different workouts as I didn't feel as though 1 was a big enough sample to give a well rounded review.

    The first workout/run was a speed workout.  I was getting faster again this spring and have kind of slowed down again, so I was curious how this workout would go.

    Nailed it.

    I felt energized the entire run and even did much better towards the end.

    Second workout - long run for the week.  Once again, I killed it.  My goal was marathon pace + 30 seconds and it was more like 15 seconds.  I'd been having problems with my longish runs the past couple of weeks, so I was wary of this one too.  Of course it helped to have beautiful MN weather and peaceful road in front of me.  I felt energized the entire run!

    Third workout - tempo run.  This run wasn't the best, but I think my legs were just tired from the long run the night before, yet I still felt like I had energy to spare, my legs just weren't feeling it.

    I did a fourth workout on Tuesday night (another long run) without it, just to see if there was a difference.  Same route, nearly same mileage as Friday.  My pace was a good 25-30 seconds a minute SLOWER because I didn't feel like I had the energy to complete it.

    My thoughts?  IT WORKS!

    Overall, despite my beginnings with this product, I've actually come to like it.  There is no crash and burn effect, but it also doesn't make you feel buzzed and jittery like caffeine does.  I like that it is plant based energy, including some big energy producers such as beet (maybe that would account for the bland aftertaste?).  Another bonus is that you can purchase it in sample sizes.  This way you aren't committed to a 30 serving supply of something you may or may not like.  The samples are very affordable as well (around $2)!  I also LOVE that it contains *real* food products.  There are no chemical concoctions.  They actually provide you with nutrition, versus just energy and mega doses of vitamin B12 (it also comes in sugar free!).

    More nutritional goodies....

    Vega Sport also has a wide variety of other products, for both during and after your workout.

    I will continue to use Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer as part of my routine.  I'd really like to try the lemon lime flavor next, but will continue to experiment with the acai berry for now!

    Have you ever used Vega Sport nutrition products?

    What is your pre-workout routine?

    Disclaimer:  If you haven't already noticed, this is a blog.  All opinions stated here are my own.  I am not responsible for opinions or outcomes should you decide to use this product (aka, I am not liable).  Vega Sport nutrition provided these samples for me to review free of charge in exchange for my thoughts.  


    1. I love Vega Sport! I tried the Sugar Free Pre-workout Energizer for my T25 workouts and it helped a lot! :)

    2. I've been hearing a lot about Vega Sport. I may have to try it out! Thanks for the review :)

    3. I've only tried the Vega Sport bars. I'm very interested in the pre and post workout items though!

    4. I will have to try this as I'm needing a little more oomph during my running. I've tried coffee a few times and although it does help, too much caffeine and I have problems sleeping.