SportLegs Nutritional Supplement
- European Lactact Compounds
- Vitamin D
Reviewed by The Storm
Competition, no other word gets our adrenal glands secreting droplets of pure octane into the bloodstream. Since the first Olympic Games athletes have been searching for even the slightest advantage over their competitors. Ointments, pills, powders, shots and liquids have come in various forms, shapes and colors. Most of these have been banned or have side effects the likes of which would send
Mr. Hyde into a corner crying for his mommy.
With controversy swirling around the ugly head of professional cycling, we grasp at any legal snake oil product looking for an edge. Proteins, carbohydrates, electrolytes, small cartridges of oxygen, liniments, embrocations... the list goes on and on. While most of these products are flush with promises, they tend to fall short on performance.
I was presented a bottle of SportLegs, which came with my buddy ranting about how well they worked, and decided, "What the hell, I'd give them a shot".
SportLegs has a very short but specific ingredient list. Mostly composed of European lactate compounds of calcium and Magnesium with some Vitamin D thrown in there. SportLegs is basically a lactate capsule, 86.4% composed of lactate. (other ingredients include gluten free modified corn starch, sucrose, sodium ascorbate, dlalpha tocopherol, vegetable oil triglycerides and silicon dioxide)
Why lactate you ask, isn't Lactate, aka lactic acid, bad for athletic performance? Once thought a waste product of anaerobic exercise, science now shows that lactate is an important carbohydrate muscle fuel. Turns out your muscles produce, consume and pass around this new found petrol whether you are riding in the Tour de France, or sitting on your ass watching it on t.v.
So SportLegs works like this... First you pop the pill of 86.4% lactate, this in turn tells your body to not over produce lactate. So your body changes from lactate production to lactate consumption,(remember we just said it's a fuel) which improves lactate transfer from muscle to muscle, giving you a higher lactate threshold. Follow that? O.k. it's like Thanksgiving, the slower you eat, the more you can eat, pace yourself. SportLegs is pacing the lactate in your muscles.
But did it work? When I first started taking SportLegs it was during my base training month, long slow miles. During this time I did not notice any huge difference in training or recovery. As time progressed and I started to ramp up my training, I stuck with SportLegs to see what would happen. I noticed that I could ride 3-4 consecutive hard day's in a row without much muscle fatigue. I also discovered that I could get a good steady pace going and hold it for longer, until my legs would finally feel like jello. It does feel like SportLegs has made training easier, especially during hard efforts.