We all have different favourites in our sports nutrition however, your discipline and training can help you understand what kind of nutrition you may prefer. HIGH5 have three different types of Energy Gel, so we’re sure they have one that works for you...
UNDERSTANDING ENERGY GELS
What are energy gels?
People who exercise need to take on energy during their training as our muscles can only store enough energy for around 90 minutes of exercise. The most convenient and simplest way to do this is usually through taking on an Energy Gel or two!
Energy Gels are small, convenient bursts of carbohydrate energy in a gel format. There are a range of textures, flavours and packaging on the market, but Energy Gels are certainly the most popular form of nutrition to take on energy during endurance sport. This is because they’re sometimes easier to take during movement than a bar, plus they are smaller than carrying a drink with you. However, many athletes will use a combination of nutrition to top up their energy levels to the optimum amount.
When should you take a energy gel?
Energy Gels give you an instant energy boost, and when you take an energy gel it is dependent on your discipline or training needs.
If you are planning for a longer workout, then you should take energy gels regularly, up to three per hour. Less if you’re also taking other energy products, like an energy drink or bar.
In general, it’s best to take one around 60-90 minutes into your workout. This is because our muscles can only store enough carbohydrate energy for around 90 minutes of exercise, but depending on your body or when you last ate, this might be less. You can also benefit from taking an energy gel before a shorter training session for an added boost.
How do you take an energy gel?
Simply tear off the top of the sachet and drink the gel.
If you’re new to energy gels, you don’t need to take it all at once. Sip and take it in stages if you’re getting used to taking energy gels. Some thicker energy gels might require you to take on extra fluids after, but this is personal preference. Remember to take your wrappers home with you and avoid littering!
Can you mix energy gels with water?
You can mix energy gels with water.
WHAT HIGH5 ENERGY GEL IS BEST FOR YOUR SPORT?
What HIGH5 energy gel is best for running?
Thinner, lighter consistency energy gels (such as Energy Gel Aqua) are the best for running, as you don’t need extra fluids after taking them. This can be more convenient for runners who don’t want to carry a bottle with them, especially if you’re running shorter distances. They're also available with caffeine, for an extra boost of energy.
What HIGH5 energy gel is best for cycling?
Traditional energy gels are great for cycling. The HIGH5 Energy Gel will fit perfectly in your jersey pocket. As cyclists usually carry bottles with them on their bike, consistency isn’t as important as running where you might not have fluids with you.
WHICH HIGH5 ENERGY GEL IS BEST FOR YOU?
Original Energy Gel
Their original Energy Gel is formulated with natural fruit juice for a light and refreshing taste, and is a smooth, light consistency – no lumps to be found here! You can also opt for the Energy Gel with added caffeine for an extra boost.
It packs a punch with 23g of fast-acting carbohydrate energy per 40g gel, which goes straight to your muscles during exercise. Its smaller pack size means that it’s easier to carry, whether you’re tucking it into a gel belt or a jersey pocket, and it’s easy to open and swallow on the go.
Unlike other gels in our range, Energy Gel has a slightly thicker consistency, meaning you might need to take on additional fluids at the same time. For this reason, it’s often preferred by cyclists who will be carrying a bottle on their bike.
Energy Gel Aqua
The Energy Gel Aqua is formulated with natural fruit juice just like their original Energy Gel, but with added water for a thin, extremely light consistency – just like a sports drink. This makes it a great option for beginners to gels!
Because of its consistency, it’s a favourite of runners as you don’t need to take on extra fluids afterwards.
It offers the same 23g of fast-acting carbohydrate energy as Energy Gel, but in a bigger, 66g pack. It’s still easy to carry or slip into a jersey pocket but is slightly heavier and bulkier due to the added water content! We also stock Energy Gel Aqua with a caffeine boost.
Energy Gel with Slow Release Carbs
From HIGH5's Slow Release Energy Range, Energy Gel with Slow Release Carbs is perfect to help you sustain energy levels during exercise. It’s formulated with a multi-carbohydrate source – both fast-release carbohydrates and slow-release isomaltulose – meaning it supplies a longer-lasting energy boost.
HIGH5's Slow Release Energy Range also contains their most advanced electrolyte complex – Ocean Minerals. This provides you with an invigorating hit of magnesium and over 70 minerals and trace elements, to balance your electrolytes during sport.
The slowly digested carbohydrates used in the range make it perfect for use at the beginning of a training session or race, when the intensity is lower. This helps you avoid ‘hitting the wall’ from using fast release energy products before the more intense part of the race later.