TORQenergy ~ Endurance Fuel
I visited the lads in the
shop to stock up on my winter fuel for when I start putting in my big
rides. I need to be up to two five hour rides a week by Christmas,
so need some energy dense food to keep me going. This product I
bought with my own money. Here's what I think with some added
technical information for those interested in such stuff.
I've been using the Pink
Grapefruit version and I think that at last I've found a product that I
can drink all day that doesn't leave me wishing it wasn't sweet and
sickly. Because it's neither. It's really refreshing,
different and it works, for me at least.
What is it?
TORQenergy is made from an ingredient called maltodextrin,
often referred to as a glucose polymer. A glucose polymer's molecular
profile optimises the long-term energy properties of complex
carbohydrates, without the need to consume bulky starch-rich foods.
Bulky foods take longer to
digest because they contain fibre, an important, but sport-enhancing
useless nutrient. They also fill and bloat your stomach making
movement and sport in particular more difficult.
TORQenergy, when diluted
with the correct amount of water, delivers a sustained supply of glucose
to the working muscle. It contains no colouring, artificial
sweeteners, flavouring or preservatives. It's lightly flavoured,
refreshing and more importantly these days, natural. It comes in
Natural flavour (nothing) or
Grapefruit, Lime & Lemon, and Orange.
When should I use TORQenergy?
Use it as a supplement to your regular nutrition during heavy
training/racing periods. Sometimes it is just impossible to get
enough calories from a regular diet to fuel your performance. 4 level
scoops of TORQenergy dissolved in 750ml of water is equivalent in energy
to a medium sized bowl of pasta.
TORQenergy can also be added
to all sorts of regular food; preffrebally the Natural flavour! Sprinkle it onto your breakfast
cereal, or add to your favourite sweet or savoury recipes. You are
unlikely to notice that it has been added; yet it will enhance the
carbohydrate content of the food significantly. If you do use it
in this way, ensure that you
drink plenty of extra water as this is necessary for effective
Within 15 minutes of finishing exercise, while enzyme activity is
elevated, is the best time to get carbohydrate into your system.
Solid food isn't always appealing at this time so why not use a
recovery supplement or use TORQenergy.
For optimal recovery, aim to
consume 1gram of TORQenergy per kilogram body weight, or between 60 and
80g (4-5 level scoops (the scoops aren't that big)) immediately after exercise and repeat this
procedure every 2 hours for the next 4-6 hours. However, after the
initial recovery period, and you've had your shower, in my opinion solid food may be a
better and cheaper alternative.
Research has shown that if you elevate your carbohydrate
intake for the days leading up to an event, you will super-charge your
muscles with glycogen. Obviously, if you've done everything else
right you will enhance your performance and extend your time to
There are a variety of
carbohydrate loading methods, but as a guide, aim to consume 8-10g of
carbohydrate per kg bodyweight per day for the 3 days leading up to your
key event. During this time, every effort should be made to keep
fat intake as low as possible and exercise volume should be light.
Please note that these figures represent the recommended amount of total
carbohydrate, so use supplements such as TORQenergy to help you achieve
these levels. And don't do it for every
event every weekend!
Maltose 5%, Dextrose 1%)
Nutritional Information (per
Energy (Kcal) 384
Energy (Kj) 1605
Where can I get some?
Pedal Power £9 a 500 gram tub but
mention flamme rouge and get a discount.