We are excited to introduce Paleoethics as our new nutritional supplement offered at MBS CrossFit. If you recognize the name, it may be because Paleoethics was recognized as the official nutritional sponsor of the CrossFit Games this year. They are a newer company that offers supplements made of 100% natural ingredients and free of space-wasting fillers and heavily processed substances. I am thrilled to be able to offer such a high quality product at our gym at a reasonable cost to our members. Additionally, I look forward to partnering with Paleoethics in all our future events such as the Turkey Challenge, in house competitions, nutritional challenges, etc., where we will be able to sponsor great prizes for our athletes.
As a new product to the gym, I wanted to break down the products and give some feedback on my experience with them so far. I am sure you’ll be as pleasantly suprised with the taste and quality as I have been!
Super Serum Protein
So, I’ve had beef proteins in the past, and let’s just say I wasn’t impressed with the taste or mixing qualities. So, I was very skeptical of mixing this up initially. But, to my surprise, this protein mixes very easily in water or your choice of alternative milk (coco or almond) and tastes great! I prefer the chocolate (always) over the vanilla and I have had zero issues with taking it multiple times a day and having any gas or bloating afterward. The most noticeable thing for me, as a 20-year user of protein supplements, is how ‘light’ and ‘clean’ I feel after taking it. It’s not so sweet that I develop sugar cravings after using it, and it gets me just enough (18 grams) of protein per serving to make sure I’m fueling my body appropriately.
I am NOT typically a user of pre-workouts because of an experience I had with taking a pre-workout before the 2009 CrossFit Games Chipper. Ever since my brain melted and partially resumed shape after sitting in an ice-bath for 45 minutes after the workout, I decided I would chill on taking pre-wods. So, I usually stick to coffee, or taking 1/4 to 1/2 scoops in dire time of a pick up. But, being that this was a natural product that contains things like maca root, beet powder, billberry extract, and has no artificial ingredients, I decided to give it a shot. This is by far my far my favorite product! I have taken Surge in scoops of 1/2 to full servings (depending on tired feel) and feel a consistent energy that gives me just enough boost for lifting and workouts. Best part, I don’t get the jitters and heart-racing that normally accompanies a pre-workout. I definitely recommend this product to folks wanting a little pick-me-up before the workout. Note – if you’re a pre-wod snob that is used to the sugary sweet tastes of other pre-workouts, you mind find the taste to be pretty bland (earthy if you will). Sorry, that’s what you get when you don’t add tons of artificial sweeteners.
Rebuild Recover (Post-workout)
So, like many of you, I’m trained in thinking that a post-workout must contain a decently HIGH number of carbs along with a decent amount of protein and must be chugged immediately after the workout. So, when I saw that this ‘Rebuild recover’ product contained only 2 grams of protein and 6 grams of carbs, I was like “what the heck?” But, being that I was giving these products a full go, I went ahead anyway and supplemented with this after every training session that would normally warrant the high carb/protein complex I would do in the past. To my surprise, I haven’t noticed a lack in performance or recovery in taking it vs. my usual 20 grams of protein and 20-40 grams of carbs. Which, has really made me question some of my PWO high carb/pro habits. And, one thing this product contains that other post-workout complexes usually don’t, is an electrolyte profile that helps with re hydration, which, according to a lot of newer research, might be something that is more important than pro/carbs to consider for recovery. Honestly, I’m still on the fence about this product from a professional exerciser stand point because I’m not sure if it offers enough for someone doing multiple training sessions a day to even be worth it (I feel like I’d down a bag per week if I were trying to get in an equivalent amount of pro/carbs as I’m used to. But, maybe I’m missing the point and I really don’t need as much as I am used to?) cost-wise. End of the day, I’d say it’s worth giving a spin if you have 3-4 weeks of consistent training time ahead of you and can monitor things to see what effects it has with you.
Recovery Matrix (nighttime formula)
Probably the most overlooked way to recover your body from the previous session and make the best of your next session is your sleep. The Recovery Matrix provides a small amount of protein (vegan uses pea protein, and non-vegan uses beef protein), chamomile, magnesium, zinc, and other extracts that will help you get a better sleep. It comes in a nice tea formula that you mix with warm water and sip 45-60 minutes before bed. Whenever training is in full mode for me, I have always taken a zinc/magnesium complex, so I was happy to see the product in their lineup. I have been using this 3-4 times a week and really like it!
If we all ate as many vegetables as grandma put on our plate when we were kids, then we wouldn’t have to be taking this product at all! Or, would we? I’m sure you’ve heard the facts that the nutrient density of our fruits and vegetables has drastically decreased over the last 100 years with increased farming on the same land and the soil just doesn’t contain the same amount of micro nutrients as it once did. So, this is my verision of a vitamin/mineral supplement. It contains all the good stuff like kale, wheat grass, spirulina, broccoli powder, and much more. All organic and with NO fillers. I mix this with my protein shake typically because I don’t have the same taste preferences as an ungulate! I would definitely recommend this product to someone that tends to eat the same foods over and over again and doesn’t have a lot of variety in their food choices, which tends to mean they miss out on many vital micro-nutrients that help out with immunity, recovery and repair, and a ton of other things.
Branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s) are used to promote muscle growth and prevent muscle breakdown. They are fast-absorbing essential (meaning, they must be taken from food or otherwise and cannot be produced within the body) building blocks for muscle growth and repair. Typically, BCAA’s are taken as a flavored powder that mixes with water and taste super yummy, but these are just pills. So, I know some folks will be off the bus immediately when they can’t get their healthy-ish sweet-tooth fix via BCAA drink. But, if you’re looking for a natural, non-insulin promoting way to get your BCAA’s and promote muscle growth and repair, this will fit nicely. I take 6-8 pills either right before or immediately after the workout.
As I’ve always said in the past, I am a big believer that you should first be tapping into the benefits you can get from eating a nutrient-dense diet made up of meats, vegetables, some fruit and starch, and little sugar (Glassman style). And, you should be doing everything you can to get enough sleep and maintain a low-stress lifestyle. That being said however, if you are above the 80% mark on eating clean consistently and feel that you want more out of your performance, supplementing is a great way to do it. Additionally, using supplements that you don’t have to question regarding their quality or impact of overall health (ie containing artificial sweeteners that have been linked to cancers) if you’re going to be using them repeatedly over years, is a good idea. But, at the end of the day, I am only offering my opinion and I HIGHLY recommend that everyone do their own research and feel comfortable making their own decisions. If you have any further questions, I am happy to answer whatever I can! As a benefit for MBS members, we have discounted all our Paleoethics products 10% off and hope that you can give them a shot.
PS – Paleoethics will be on site offering FREE SAMPLES in Broomfield from 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26th and MBS II in Arvada on Wednesday, September 27th from 5:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.! Anyone is welcome to come try samples and ask additional questions about their products!