Most endurance athletes are familiar with the convenience and usefulness of energy gels by now. They are liquid and therefore easy to ingest and immediately give a solid energy boost! The isotonic gels in particular, with which you do not have to drink, are very popular among cyclists, mountain bikers, gravellers and runners. But also in football, handball and tennis you are starting to see more and more use of gels.
The 5 major benefits of Maxim Energy Gel Drink
- They are isotonic and therefore easy to take while cycling, mountain biking and running.
- They contain the perfect ratio of carbohydrates (maltodextrin:fructose = 2:1).
- They immediately provide 20-30 minutes worth of extra energy.
- They taste nice, are less sweet and are easy to drink.
- They contain no artificial sweeteners and colourants.
When to use Maxim Energy Gel Drinks
Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the human body. During exercise you have to make sure that the carbohydrate level in your body remains at the right level. Not too low, but not too high either! For a long time the maximum carbohydrate absorption was believed to be around 60 grams per hour. However, scientific research (*) has shown that products containing different sources of carbohydrates in a ratio of 2:1 (maltodextrin:fructose) can contribute to a higher carbohydrate absorption of 80-90 grams per hour. Many professionals in the Giro, Tour, World Championship and Olympic Games made optimal use of sports nutrition with a carbohydrate ratio of 2:1 again last year. But these products are available to everyone, so there is still room to improve for many athletes. Maxim can help with this, because all Maxim Energy products have this unique carbohydrate composition.
During exercise you want to vary between solid and liquid foods and/or between sweet and less sweet foods. Varying is very easy with Maxim, so you don’t have to eat or drink the same thing every hour. For optimal absorption, it is important to drink enough (a minimum of 500 ml per hour). This also promotes the absorption of carbohydrates in your body.
A Maxim Energy Gel Drink gives a quick energy boost and is therefore very suitable to use on the way to the finish line, with 15-30 minutes to go. A Gel Drink is also ideal as liquid food at times when chewing is difficult.
In order to absorb 80-90 grams of carbohydrates per hour, you should drink 500 ml of Maxim Sport Drink and eat 2 Maxim Energy Gel Drinks per hour.
Available in 3 different flavors
The Maxim Energy Gel Drinks are available in 3 flavors: Citrus, Cola and Raspberry. The Cola and Raspberry flavors also contain caffeine for an extra energy boost!
New, improved packaging
All isotonic Maxim Gel Drinks have a fixed tear strip, so that the tear cap no longer ends up in the environment as litter!
(*) Jeukendrup, A.E. (2008), ‘Carbohydrate intake during exercise and performance: review’, in: Nutrition, July-August; 20(7-8), p.669-677