Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hammer Anti-Fatigue Caps (review)

I've been using Hammer Nutrition products for several years, and their Anti-Fatigue Caps off and on during that time, but for one reason or another I've never reviewed them, and until this past week (race report) I'd never used them in a race situation.

In the past I've periodically used Anti-Fatigue Caps before and after hard workouts, but after using them 'in-race' just once (one or two per hour) I'm convinced that this is where their real usefulness is.

The main ingredient in Anti-Fatigue Caps is Potassium/Magnesium Aspartate which is purported to scavenge ammonia from the blood and increase stamina.

I won't pretend to understand the science, but what I do know is that each time I took one on Saturday I felt an otherwise explainable reduction in leg fatigue. I've run many races from 1 mile to 62, including a few dozen tough mountain races like the Hyner View Trail Challenge on Saturday. I've experimented with numerous ways of fueling and supplementing, but this is the first time that a product has ever seemed to "roll back" the fatigue mid-race, and keep me Hammering up the climbs.

I'll definitely be experimenting with Anti-Fatigue Caps during my next 50k to see if the product's apparent usefulness is a placebo or the real deal.

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