Thursday, August 22, 2013

Which GU Is For You?

Fall training season is among us, and whether it’s a 5k, 10k, 14k, half, or full marathon, having the right nutrition is extremely important. Most runners have heard of the GU products. It used to be easy, when only the gel was available, but now you walk into a running specialty store and see up to 7 different GU products to choose from. So the question is, which GU is for you? What's the difference among all of them? Benefits?

Here is where you’ll find out the differences of each a so you can figure out which one, or ones, you should be using!

GU created the world’s first energy gel. It’s fast and simple, providing athletes fuel with none of the other extras that slow them down.  It is 80% complex and 20% simple carbs. It contains vital electrolytes to ensure the right amount of sodium and potassium to keep athletes hydrated. GU Energy Gels contain Histidine which is a Branch Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) that neutralizes lactic acid build up in muscles. They contain 10x more of BCAA than any of its competitors. When training, it is recommended that athletes eat one packet before activity. While racing, it is recommended to eat one packet 45 minutes before the race, and again 15 minutes before the race, then one every 45-60 minutes during the race.


Roctane is GU to a higher power. It has 3x more amino acids, more caffeine, more sodium, and more potassium. It also includes a new amino acid complex that reduces muscle damage, lessens fatigue, speeds recovery, and helps maintain concentration. Roctane speeds conversion of carbs into energy and it is used for intense multi-hour adventures and races. Use Roctane the same as Energy Gels.


GU Chomps are the chewable version of GU Energy Gels. They have 55mg of sodium and 40 mg of potassium per serving. They are the only energy chew on the market with Branched Chain Amino Acids. Chomps contain 100% of your daily value of Vitamins C & E. To use: eat 1 serving (4 pieces) for every 45-60 minutes of activity. One packet contains 2 servings.


Roctane Endurance Energy Drink is carbohydrate intensive and is mainly for ultra-distances and intense efforts. It contains electrolytes, caffeine, Taurine, Beta Alanine, and Histidine amino acids which help buffer capacity of muscles and maintain heart performance.


GU Electrolyte Brew has been formulated with key electrolytes and carbohydrate calories to hydrate and fuel athletes at the same time. It is made with simple ingredients so it’s easy on the stomach and it has the lowest sugar content among leading competitors. For best results, start drinking Electrolyte Brew before starting a workout and continue drinking 20-30 oz for every hour of activity. One packet makes 21 oz.


GU Recovery Brew is specifically designed to be used in that magic “glycogen window”, the period immediately after a workout or race where the body is primed to quickly replenish glycogen stores, allowing athletes to train or race hard the next day. It is made up of 80% complex/20% simple carbohydrates, amino acids, and a bit of high quality whey protein to aid in quick absorption and better muscle recovery.

Electrolyte Tablets have only 10 calories per serving, so they are a great way to replenish electrolytes and hydrate effectively without all of the calories. They’re simple, lightweight, delicious, and lightly sweetened with Stevia extract.


·         Gels- carbs, calories, electrolytes
·         Chomps- carbs, calories, electrolytes
·         Electrolyte Brew- liquid, calories, electrolytes
·         Brew Tablets- liquid, electrolytes

Happy Running!

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