The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of FRS.
It’s interesting how many products used by athletes were originally designed for medical use. Take, for example, the ubiquitous compression sock, now standard attire at every marathon. Compression socks were originally designed to promote bloodflow in diabetes patients. I recall working in a pharmacy as a teenager and selling a lot of compression hose. Then Paula Radcliffe started sporting flesh colored compression socks and, IMO, that’s how it all got started.
Similarly, FRS was developed to deliver sustained energy to chemotherapy patients whileÂ supporting their immune systems. Packed with vitamins and green tea extracts, FRS contains the powerful antioxidant quercetin, which is found in the skins of blueberries, apples and grapes and has been shown in clinical trials to provide sustained energy, increased endurance and immune system support. Some bright spark realized that this would also be beneficial for anyone looking for natural, healthy, sustained energy without the crash, particularly athletes.
My free sample package of FRS conveniently arrived right after my Half Ironman in Raleigh. I say conveniently because post-race tends to be a time when my immune system is at its lowest. Also, while I took a couple of days off any type of workout and an entire week off running, I needed to keep training as I still have several races coming up. Plus, believe it or not, it’s almost time to start Fall marathon training, and I needed to start rebuilding my mileage base for that.
So I was intrigued to see if FRS could give me the energy boost I knew I’d need to recover from one race and keep training for the others.
The products I tried were:
– Chews – very tasty, pomegranate blueberry flavor, disappeared immediately
– Ready-to-drink beverages – variety of flavors, all of which I liked, although I did find the apricot nectarine a tad sweet. Just poured it over ice to water it down. My favorite flavor was citrus pomegranate. Got some jealous looks when I pulled that out at swim team meeting, while everyone else sipped on their sodas! Note that most of these drinks are low cal, with just 20 calories and 2 grams of sugar.
– Powdered drink mix – I think these are my favorite. They come in single servings which are easy to add to my water bottle. The orange flavor tastes great and I found myself reaching for this more than the other products.
So, how did I feel? Well, I had no trouble getting up at 5:20am three times last week – twice to run and once to swim – and, given that I usually struggle to do this once a week, I think that was a good sign. I was just doing easy runs since I was increasing mileage, but my 32 mile week after a series of weeks in the 20s didn’t feel hard, I definitely had more energy in the evenings, and slept better, too.
FRS is available at GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Kroeger, Whole Foods, Rite Aid, Meijer, Walgreens, Harris Teeter and FRS.com, where you can sign up for a free 10 day supply. You can also download a couponÂ for $1 off 2 cans or bottles of FRS.
I’m also giving away an FRS trial pack with a retail value of $30! Just visit FRS.comÂ and tell me in your comment which product you would like to try! I’ll randomly select a winner on Monday, June 24th.