This year is shaping up to be a busy year for me: I am training for my first sprint triathlon and half-marathon this spring and summer, I’m hosting a fitness challenge, I’m trying to drop a couple body fat % points (gained from stress eating…), and I’m heading to California for the IDEA World Convention in August. Plus, we are planning on doing more local races, hiking, climbing, and camping outside this year so we are going to be super busy!
I heard about X2 Performance and I was curious if it could help me stay energized during my training workouts this spring, so I signed up with X2 Performance as a brand ambassador for a month and a half. Since I was writing about the supplement and sharing it on social media, I really wanted to try it myself, and I didn’t want to wait for my blogging sample so I signed up for the X2 free trial. I did have to pay for shipping ($5.95) so it’s not technically free, but I got 4 bottles of X2 Performance to try out. Here’s the break-down of what X2 Performance is and how it worked for me.
X2Performance is the official supplement of the IronMan U.S. Series
What exactly is in X2 Performance? Here is a breakdown of the main components and what they do:
- ATP DiSodium – Vasodilation of blood vessels for improved blood flow during exercise
- Glucose – Fuel/energy source
- Ribose – Fuel source and ATP building block
- Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) – Antioxidant and co-enzyme in electron transport chain and ATP production
- Caffeine – Decreases perceived exertion and increases fatty acid metabolism
- Distilled water – Pure water
- Electrolytes – Prevents muscle cramping and muscle degeneration
- Pinitol – Aids glucose uptake into cells
What’s NOT in x2 Performance:
- Artificial sugars
- Artificial sweeteners
- Illegal stimulants
- Substances banned by sports organizations
If you want to check out the independent research behind the ingredients in X2 Performance, check out their Science page.
Fortunately the trial pack shipped pretty quick! Since I am new to pre-workout supplements, I decided to drink just half the bottle before working out. The taste isn’t great, I would recommend keeping the bottles chilled before drinking them. Fortunately the bottles are small and it doesn’t take long to chug them so it’s tolerable. I figure this is to be expected though since it’s not loaded with fake flavors and sugars.
My first workout after about 2/3 the bottle was a short one, but intense: I did a full weight and strength workout with little rest between sets. I was in a hurry to get my workout done so I could help my sister move into her new apartment. I did a 40 minute total body weight workout, stretching, then I grabbed a quick, healthy lunch before heading to my sister’s place. Then the real workout began: moving boxes and furniture up and down stairs, then dusting and vacuuming, all for about 3 hours. I was surprised at how much energy I had during the moving, but I started to get tired and cranky toward the end when my body needed fed again.
I used the half-bottle again the following Monday and Tuesday before workouts. Monday I did a spin class and then ran 2 miles, and even though my legs were tired from a Sunday burpee workout (150 total) and the spin class, my 2nd mile pace improved from what it normally is (typically 9-10 min miles). On Tuesday, I lap swam 1/4 mile more than I had originally planned for a total of 50 laps (@ 3/4 mile) – not too shabby for only having done lap swimming 2 times ever. The next morning my neck and shoulders were pretty stiff though! Even though my muscles had been tired and fatigued the following days, my performance has remained the same or improved (this could also be attributed to my improved workout consistency as well).
My 2nd mile pace improved by about 1 minute
Except for the taste, I like X2 Performance pretty well. I have only been using half a bottle for typical workouts so far, so I’m curious how well I would do on a full bottle. For me, I would probably use a full bottle of X2 Performance as a pre-workout supplement for a long endurance workout or for a super-intense shorter workout (like sprints or Tabatas). I would recommend starting out with half a bottle at first unless you are already used to pre-workout supplements or you metabolize supplements very quickly, then you could drink an entire bottle or split it up during your workout.
UPDATE 3/19/14: I have used X2 Performance several times since writing this post and I have noticed that it is bothering my stomach. I am very sensitive to dairy and dairy derivatives, so I suspect the calcium lactate and the magnesium lactate in the X2 Performance is what is bothering my stomach. X2 Performance is a great product, but may not be suitable for people who are super-sensitive to dairy-derivatives.
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