Published August 10, 2021
PRODUCT REVIEW: FITAID
They’re often handed out at the finish line of a Spartan Race, but what do you know about the product itself? Is this something you should be spending your money on to consume outside of race day?
What you get at the finish line is typically the FITAID Athletic Recovery, and that’s what this post will focus on; however, they have an entire line-up of products including: Restful Sleep, Clean Energy, Immune Support, Weekend Recovery, Daily Essentials, Daily Balance, and Athletic Performance (geared toward golfers).
The FITAID seen at OCR events is packed with vitamins and nutrients that are geared to help you recover faster. This is especially important if you are tackling more than one event in a weekend! One thing I like about them is that they are not loaded with sodium– in fact, there’s NONE. This is important if you are already consuming products on the course meant to replace your electrolytes, because sodium itself is an electrolyte, and you simply shouldn’t be overdoing your sodium intake.
They’re also vegan, paleo-friendly, gluten free, Non-GMO, Kosher, minimal calories (40), natural caffeine (45mg), and no sucralose (which means it’s not artificially sweetened).
ATHLETIC RECOVERY INGREDIENTS:
- Green tea extract (leaves)
- L-Arginine hydrochloride
- D-Glucosamine hydrochloride
- Coenzyme Q10
- Turmeric extract (root)
- Docosahexaenoic acid (algae)
There are some other ingredients as well depending on the flavor you’re drinking, such as: Carbonated water, Organic agave nectar, Natural flavors, Citric acid, Malic acid, Organic stevia leaf extract (Reb A).
HOW DOES FITAID TASTE?
I personally like the taste. The first time I tried it I was indifferent to be honest, and I skipped by it at the finish line a handful of times after that. But, I tried it again and again, and then found myself liking it and haven’t skipped taking my finisher FITAID a single day it’s been offered since.
They also just came out with a Strawberry Lemonade flavor that I can’t wait to try (it’s currently sold out!)
I’m most used to the citrus medley flavor, and I think it has a sort-of Red Bull characteristic to it, but yet at the same time it tastes way better than Red Bull and is not really sweet. There’s just a hint of citrus to it, and it is extremely drinkable, especially when it’s super hot out. I give it a gold star on taste.
BUT, DOES IT WORK FOR RECOVERY?
Good question. While I haven’t sat down and crunched the numbers on performances from day 1 to day 2 on a back-to-back Spartan race weekend, I will say that I always tend to perform better on day 2. Coincidence? Perhaps. (Or I’m just better at shorter distances… which is likely).
In all honesty, I do feel that I typically recover pretty quickly on race weekends which include consuming FITAID immediately post-race. I’m not generally sore, achy, or too tired the next day. I do also stretch, rehydrate, try to eat well, and go to bed early enough on night one to help with recovery, but I absolutely wouldn’t doubt that FITAID helps speed the recovery process along. There’s never one answer for everything, but I believe this is an important piece of the puzzle!
So, yes, it’s worth your money to buy outside of race weekend to help out after your hard training sessions as well.
(Nothing in this post is intended to be medical advice, and you should not use it as such. Please consult your doctor for that!)
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