Dive into a world of endless energy possibilities with our wide range of energy gels, available in an array of shapes, flavours, and sizes. Designed to replenish your depleted carbohydrate stores during intense workouts, races, or whenever you need that extra boost, our energy gels are a game-changer for your performance.
Energy Gels: Insights
How do energy gels improve your performance?
The best way to stay energized during your workout is by taking on an energy gel, a great source of carbohydrates.
5 Ways to Choose the Right Energy Gel
Whatever your distance is, understanding how energy gels work with your body is key.
Energy Gels: How & When Should You Use Them
Energy gels have become a popular choice for providing a quick and convenient source of energy to sustain performance.
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Why should you use Energy Gels?
Possibly the most convenient and effective way to fuel your body on the go is with energy gels. Whatever your distance from 10k to the marathon and beyond, understanding how energy gels work with your body, and knowing when and how to use them for maximum performance benefits is key.
WHY USE AN ENERGY GEL?
Your body uses two sources of fuel to feed your muscles; fat and carbohydrates. Whilst fat is widely available it’s slower to break down into usable energy making it more ineffective when competing in an endurance event over 2-3 hours.
This means your body will rely on carbohydrates as its primary fuel source. But your body can only store a limited amount of carbohydrates in the muscles, known as glycogen.
For example, when you are performing at half marathon pace or TT efforts this equates to approx. 90 minutes of effort, for a marathon pace run or sportive you are looking at about 120 minutes (2 hours) effort. These are the key facts to understand when and why you need to start fuelling.
SO, HOW CAN AN ENERGY GEL HELP?
In its simplest form, energy gels provide simple sugars that are first absorbed into your bloodstream as glucose giving you a spike in energy. It is then absorbed by active muscles and organs.
Each gel provides between 15 minutes to 45 minutes of energy with approximately 25g carbohydrates, in the form of simple sugars, an accessible energy source for your body to process.
However, it's not all about the carbohydrates, depending on the energy gel, other ingredients have been induced to to help boost your performance:
CAFFEINE - Can Improve Alertness & Concentration, Reaction Times and the ability to push harder for longer by lowering the perception of effort.
SODIUM (ELECTROLYTES) - Lack of sodium can cause - Muscle cramping, Heat illness, Inability to properly rehydrate, Increased risk for hyponatremia.
AMINO ACIDS (BCAAs) - Amino acids are the building blocks of muscle - Low levels of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) may contribute to fatigue or the perception of fatigue through a process called ‘central fatigue’.
Note: As caffeine is a stimulant consider alternating between caffeine and non-caffeine gels to ensure you don’t take on too much.
This is a very common question, and everyone has different tastes to what they like. Although usually water-based gels vary in consistency from chewy and thick to a drink-like consistency and with varied strength in taste.
With so many flavours on the market from citrus fruits, to the most decadent in desert flavours or your favourite espresso. The only way you will really know is to test a few different brands to see what consistency and flavour is for you.
SHOULD I TEST DIFFERENT GELS?
Practice, Practice, Practice. With all nutrition, you want to make sure you have a tried and tested method to get your required fuelling on-board long before race day and this is no different with energy gels.
Throughout your training you will be upping the miles and the best time to test products is on the long runs or rides to ensure you know when and which energy gels work best for you.
SHOULD I CONSUME WITH WATER?
It's always best to take energy gels with water, but it's not necessary with some energy gels.
Without water, some energy gels will take longer to digest and enter the bloodstream causing a delay in performance. Additionally, don't take energy gels with a sports drink unless you are consuming as part of a planned intake, the combined intake of energy gels and an energy drink puts you at risk of taking on too much sugar at once.
ENERGY GELS OR ENERGY CHEWS?
Energy gels and energy chews are both popular choices among active individuals looking for a quick and convenient source of carbohydrates to boost energy and endurance. Both products have their own benefits and drawbacks, and choosing the right one for you will depend on your personal preferences and needs.
Energy gels offer a quick and easy way to consume carbohydrates and electrolytes, but may not be suitable for those who dislike the texture or taste.
Energy chews, on the other hand, offer a more appealing taste and texture, but may take longer to consume and may not be suitable for those with dietary restrictions.
To find the best option for you, it's important to keep track of your experiences with different products, take note of what works and what doesn't, and make adjustments as needed. You can find out the major differences between energy gels and energy chews in our article here.
Energy Gels: Brands
- Active Root
- GU Energy
- Hammer Nutrition
- Healthspan Elite
- Kendal Mint Co
- Mountain Fuel
- Muir Energy
- Precision Fuel & Hydration