Energy gels and sports

Any physical exercise requires an energy expenditure that needs to be compensated for. Energy gels contain nutrients and micronutrients to meet the needs induced by exercise. The objective is to delay the depletion of energy reserves and therefore delay fatigue during workout. The gel should be chosen based on the type of workout and/or the time of use.

Nutritional needs during exercise

Regular and adequate food intake during exercise provides rehydration, sodium intake and delays the depletion of energy reserves to avoid feeling drained.

Hydration is a priority. However, energy intake during workout should not be overlooked and can be provided in a variety of ways:

  • Isotonic drinks have the advantage of providing all the elements needed during exercise in one single product.
  • Energy gels and bars provide a high carbohydrate intake to limit the depletion of energy reserves. However, they should be associated with fluid intake to meet all the needs induced by exercise.

What is an energy gel?

Just like energy drinks, gels are designed to meet the needs induced by exercise. They are usually made of carbohydrates such as glucose, fructose and maltodextrin. They often contain other substances: vitamins and minerals for their antioxidant properties, caffeine for a stimulating effect and amino acids for a protective effect.

They are interesting because they are easy to eat and convenient to transport. Energy gels must be used with water because they are very concentrated and may cause digestive upsets in some people.

How to choose your energy gel?

The recommended intake during workout for any activity exceeding 1 hour is 30g of carbohydrates / workout hour. Beyond 3 hours of exercise, this intake increases to 60g of carbohydrates, or even more when the body is trained.

The priority is to stay hydrated. The recommended intakes can therefore be provided by energy drinks.

But some athletes give priority to solid food during workout, and associate it with water. You should choose your gel depending on your objective:

Ultra gels 300, 500 et 700 are ideal for use during sports sessions, competitions and long, intense workouts. They contain a carbohydrate base combining glucose, fructose and maltodextrin. This combination of carbohydrates guarantees optimal energy supply during workout.

Ultra gels are also enriched with vitamins, minerals and caffeine to support you during various workouts.

Ultra Gel 300 is enriched with

  • Vitamin B1: it promotes the proper assimilation of carbohydrates

Ultra gel 300 is ideal to support you during long workouts

Ultra Gel 500 is enriched with

  • Vitamin B1: it promotes the proper assimilation of carbohydrates
  • Vitamins B6 and B12: it helps reduce fatigue,
  • Vitamin E and Zinc: they have an antioxidant effect and protect the cells from oxidative stress
  • Caffeine: it helps you stay focused throughout your workout, even in an advanced state of fatigue.

The ultra gel 500 (product) is ideal to support you during long workouts and competitions.

Ultra Gel 700 is enriched with

  • Vitamin B1: it promotes the proper assimilation of carbohydrates
  • Vitamins B6 and B12: it helps reduce fatigue,
  • Vitamin E and Zinc: they have an antioxidant effect and protect the cells from oxidative stress
  • Caffeine: it helps you stay focused throughout your workout, even in an advanced state of fatigue.
  • BCAAs: Studies have shown that BCAAs may have a protective effect on muscles during very long workouts.

The ultra gel 700 is ideal to support you during very long distance competitions.

Marie Fauchille
Dietician | Nutritionist
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Adopting a food strategy during exercise allows you to maintain your energy reserves for as long as possible. This means combining hydration with carbohydrates. Focus on the 4 essential elements for performance.

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