I tried a new thing recently – the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer. It’s a powder that you mix into a cup of water, then drink 20 minutes before a workout for energy, endurance, and mental focus. Intrigued? I certainly was.
You might be surprised to know that I’m not actually the Energizer Bunny. I can’t stay up late writing this blog, take care of three kids, work a full-time job, run half marathons, train for a half Ironman, and hold it all together without some sort of boost. I need my coffee. Need it. But my “coffemaker” (aka my husband) isn’t usually up at the time I get up to workout. And often my workouts are late at night after the kids are in bed.
So what’s a girl to do when she needs a kick in the pants to get her legs moving?
Confession #1: Lately I’ve been staying in bed an extra 15 minutes under the guise of “I’ll just wait until I’m more fully awake” before I go workout.
Confession #2: My other recent method is to head downstairs to spend time on my computer while I “start to wake up”.
You wanna know how these two methods are working out?
Not very well!
I have been taking so much time to “wake myself up” that I’m still prepping for my workout when the kids wake up, need breakfast, and then whine about something or other. Sigh, life as a mom of small children.
So when Sweat Pink offered Ambassadors the opportunity to try the Vega Sport products as part of the Fuel Your Better campaign, I jumped at the chance and immediately selected the Pre-Workout Energizer. I had been curious about it for a while, thinking it might be just what I need for morning workout energy.
I was already familiar with Vega – I had tried the Vega One in January, and enjoy it in smoothies. You may recall that I didn’t love it mixed only in water – the texture wasn’t as smooth as I’d like. It’s awesome in smoothies so that’s how I use it. But this Pre-Workout Energizer was a totally different powder situation. Unlike the Vega One, the Pre-Workout Energizer stirs into water smoothly and doesn’t leave chunks or a gritty texture. I could still see some of the powder floating on the top of the water, but it didn’t feel like anything – it was not chunky or gritty. Here’s a pic of when I first poured the packet into the glass, then after I stirred it.
I tried it before an Open Water Swim – I mixed it in a water bottle and drank it in the car on the way to the lake, which was an hour away. They say to drink it about 20 minutes before exercise, so I timed it perfectly on my drive to 20 minutes before I would be starting my swim workout. I most definitely found an energy boost, but it was about a half hour later, during my first lap around the lake course. Laps two and three were awesome and aside from tired arms from swimming 2200 meters, my body had tons of energy.
The taste is bright and clear, light and fresh – I’m not sure how else to describe it. I’m really pleased with the taste and it’s easy to down the 8 ounces quickly and want more.
My only mistake was drinking it one day when I thought I was about to hop on the bike trainer, then a child distracted me. So I was all revved up to workout, but not able to – I felt like I was totally wired! I don’t remember this racing feeling during the other times I’ve used it, so it was definitely not designed to be taking effect while you are standing in the kitchen buttering a kid’s waffle 20-30 minutes after drinking it!
Things to know:
It’s dairy, soy, and gluten free. This was handy since I was doing the Whole 30 when it arrived, and avoiding dairy and soy were a priority for me during that time.
Also, it contains no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners, which of course I’m thrilled about since I’m eating a pretty clean diet these days.
It’s plant-based, which I think is great – I’ve been eating so many animal products on the Whole 30 and frankly I’m thrilled with a vegan product to add to my fueling.
The packets make it really easy to use – no measuring, just open it. I can’t tear the package open like I expected (using the notches at the top), but I pull it from both sides and it works.
It definitely helped me “Fuel My Better” for morning workouts - I was able to get a great workout with sustained energy each time I drank it before morning exercise. Also, I often work out late at night – you’ve likely seen my bike trainer selfies at 10pm after the kids are in bed. I am going to try the Pre-Workout Energizer the next time for some late-night energy to get the workout done so I don’t rely on a late-night caffeine boost that keeps me up half the night!
It’s a keeper for me.
Do you eat or drink anything before a workout?
Disclaimer: I was provided the Vega product for free in exchange for the review, but all opinions are my own.