Hammer Nutrition came into my life over the last year. As a sponsored athlete, I am honored to be part of their team. Hammer has allowed me to feel confident in my fueling and helped with multiple stomach issues I’ve had since I started running. I have been running and racing for the last 4 years. Have completed 10 marathons, 23 half marathons, multiple 5K’s & 10K’s as well as Ironman Triathlete. At every long distance race I run with a horrible upset stomach, finish with a dreadful tummy ache, or even worse… I don’t finish like Ironman Arizona due to severe stomach cramping. Being vegan, it is hard to find fuel and nutrition that works for me during training and racing – without sacrificing. Hammer has been that game changer.
Hammer Nutrition offers a variety of products from Recovery, Fuels & Energy, Essential Supplements, and Diet Enhancement. For me, I like to use as little as possible and have found a few “must-have” items I cannot live or race without.
Going the distance (Marathon and beyond):
– Race Day Boost Powder
– Hammer Gel
– Perpetuem Solids
– Perpetuem Powder
– Endurolytes Fizz
– Vegan Recovery Bars
– Vegan Protein Powder
RACE DAY BOOST:
I take this 4x a day for exactly 4 days before a long distance race! Gluten free and vegan friendly, boost in glycogen storage, better endurance, and increased performance at anaerobic threshold.
Take 2 level teaspoons of Race Day Boost 4 times per day, for 4 days prior to competition. We suggest mixing each 2-teaspoon serving in 6-8 ounces of warm/hot water. After the powder dissolves consume immediately. 4-6 ounces of fruit juice and/or ice can be added if desired. Do not take Race Day Boost the day of the event. (www.hammernutrition.com)
I love this because I honestly felt a difference at Ironman Oceanside 70.3. I never once felt fatigued along my 70.3 journey. I never “hit the wall”. It was my first time using Race Day Boost, and I am definitely putting this on my non-negotiable Race Day list! Just remember, this is a pre-race energy boost – DO NOT USE ON RACE DAY! 🙂
How do I even begin with Hammer Gel?? Hammer Gel is my lifesaver, and you can literally never have too many of these! I keep a stack in my cabinets all year round! A wide range of flavors – apple cinnamon is my favorite as it tastes like apple pie or apple and cinnamon oatmeal. Just delicious and the treat you need while putting in hard effort! Gluten free & vegan friendly, made with real fruit and wholesome ingredients, provides rock solid energy.
Use as a primary source of calories during exercise and competition lasting up to two hours. (www.hammernutrition.com)
I use Gel at multiple times during performance. I use 1 gel right before the 1.2 mile swim, for 2 gels before 2.4 mile swim. Along the bike for every hour of activity I have 1 Gel every hour, while chasing it down with water. Hammer Gel has been by my side the last year for long training runs and rides and on race day. It sits easy on the stomach, provides immediate energy without the crashing effects. Since using Hammer Gel with other Hammer products, I have NEVER hit the wall.
I found Perpetuem Solids when I started training for Ironman Oceanside, a little after Ironman Arizona. These solids come in an easy consumable tablet which provides LONG lasting and stable energy. I love the Caffe Latte flavor as it has added caffeine for that extra boost during long endurance events. Each tablet contains 100 calories, providing the calories you need to perform longer without going into cannibalization.
A solid source of calories designed to augment your use of Hammer Nutrition fuels, helping you reach your ideal hourly intake during exercise/competition lasting more than two hours. On occasion, Perpetuem Solids may be used as a sole source of calories if desired. (www.hammernutrition.com
I utilize perpetuem in different ways for Ironman events:
1) Take HALF a tablet every 60-90 minutes
2) 1 FULL tablet in transition before jumping on my bike – to regain calories after a long swim
3) 1 FULL tablet before the run in transition after my bike
I utilize perpetuem in different ways for training:
1) 1 FULL tablet for training up to 2 hours
For Perpetuem it is best to pair the Perpetuem Powder for long lasting stable energy. I use both for Ironman events and marathons to keep my nutrition leveled out – no crashing, no fatigue, no tired legs.
I loveeeee Perpetuem. I found Perpetuem along my 263 mile bike/run throughout Ohio. It saved my life. Easy to digest, gluten free & vegan friendly, and provides stable energy. Same product as the Perpetuem Solids, only in a powder substance. One scoop of powder = 135 calories. (Perpetuem Solids: 1 tablet = 100 calories)
Use as a primary source of calories during exercise/competition lasting more than two hours. (www.hammernutrition.com)
I use Perpetuem on race day in Ironman events and half marathon to marathon distances. I am also using this in my 50K training. Granted I run a half in less than 2 hours, but I like using a product that keeps me fueled all the way to the finish.
Ironman Events (70.3 & 140.6)
2 bottles with Perpetuem – 8 scoops in each bottle (this would last me up to 4.5 hours with EACH bottle). I nurse the bottles sipping every 15-20 minutes, which Hammer Nutrition recommends. I learned this tip by Pro Triathlete – Meredith Kessler. 2 bottles should last you up to 8 hours on the bike. I keep an extra Perpetuem single serving at the transition, and refill my bottle to fuel me along the run.
I use a Perpetuem bottle for long runs and long rides. Remember each scoop is 135 calories that can fuel around half an hour of activity. Each body type if different. My body requires 2 scoops per hour.
Endurolytes replace ectrolytes during performance. They are not to be used as a source of nutrition for caloric intake – as they are very low calorie. Endurolytes Fizz tablets are refreshing, quick dissolving, prevent cramps during performance, gluten free & vegan friendly, and have no added sugars or artificial flavors.
Use prior to, during, and after workouts to satisfy the body’s electrolyte requirements with maximum precision.
Use as needed, but primarily when:
- Exercise lasts for more than two hours, regardless of temperature or humidity.
- Exercise lasts less than two hours and:
- Temperature is above 80 degrees and/or 70% humidity or
- Temperature and humidity is ten degrees or more above what you are accustomed to. (www.hammernutrition.com)
Fizz Mixing Instructions
Add one or more Endurolytes Fizz tablets to your water or fuel bottle(s), allow tablets to dissolve completely, and consume as needed to maintain proper hydration and electrolyte levels.
I use Endurolytes Fizz as a source of electrolytes. I drop 3-4 Fizz tablets into my Speed Fill container that sits on my aero bars. I place the remaining capsules in my tri top or on my case on my bike. These tablets help restore any electrolytes lost during activity. I sip this container every 15-20 minutes.
VEGAN RECOVERY BARS:
Vegan recovery bars are my staple to recovery after any training session or race. No matter the distance I use this as a quick recovery tool. They are easy to chew, gluten free, have 14-15g of immediate protein, healthy fats, and of course – vegan friendly!
Eat immediately after prolonged activity to recover and refuel. Consume up to 30 minutes after activity.
When in a bind I always carry this bar with me. I consume in the event I cannot find a meal or I need immediate protein in the day.
I have been struggling to find a vegan protein powder that I could easily consume. The idea of a perfect vegan protein seemed impossible. I would try to hide the chalky substance in smoothies, oatmeal, and other dishes – but it never tasted right. I found Hammer’s Vegan Protein mix in vanilla and was instantly changed. I always have this around my house. Gluten free and soy free, rich source of amino acids, vegan friendly, and tastes delicious!
Mix 1 scoop of Hammer Vegan Protein in 6 ounces or more of cold water. Hammer Vegan Protein is ideal for use after exercise or anytime throughout the day to bolster your daily protein intake.
I use this immediately after a training workout. I make smoothies, vegan ice cream, pour into a bowl of oatmeal, etc.
My favorite YET simple snack is below:
1 grapefruit cut in half
Take 1 half of grapefruit – sprinkle Hammer Vegan Protein mix to cover the grapefruit
1 teaspoon of honey
ENJOY a sweet and satisfying snack! 🙂
Overall, my experience with Hammer has been life changing. My GI tract is on point during performance – no more worries about the next bathroom stop. I can feel confident in my performance – without the crashing or hitting the wall feeling. Hammer has allowed me to hammer on until the very end. No fatigue, no exhaustion – just the ability to focus on the finish line. No added sugars or artificial flavors, easily digestible products, and majority of them are gluten free and vegan friendly!
For any athlete wanting to step up their game with Hammer, check out their website www.hammernutrition.com for more information. They also have a customer service line you can call to get a consultation based on your performance needs. 1-800-336-1977.
Look forward to seeing you on the race course! HAMMER ON!
*For any athlete looking to start up a new workout routine, please consult a doctor first. Also, partner with a nutritionist for effective performance results. All posts here are from my own personal experience, and do not come from Hammer Nutrition, unless quoted as such.