ACCELERADE is the most significant advance in sports drink research in 35 years. Developed by leading exercise physiologists, ACCELERADE is the first sports drink that provides rapid hydration plus the added benefits of all natural protein to re-energize muscles during exercise and help muscles recover faster after exercise. Only ACCELERADE contains the patented 4-1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein to speed the movement of carbohydrate energy into muscles. Studies at leading sports science labs show that protein-powdered ACCELERADE extends endurance up to 24% compared to a conventional sports drink and up to 57% compared to water. If you're serious about your exercise, advance to ACCELERADE.
Strengths: I have been coaching high school, age-group, and Masters Swimming for over 30 years. Including into our training program at every level has had incredible outcomes. First of all it simply alleviates cramping altogether, secondly it does provide for greater endurance (especially for my elite & muscular male and female athletes) lastly at the training level that my elite athletes endure it is almost impossible for them to get the amino acids, carbohydrates, and protein they need in order to perform at the highest level (without having a dietician on staff). For me, a successful Open Water competitor, it is the only supplement that I have ever used and the only supplement I would ever recommend to other swimmers. Plus the Orange tastes great, like an Orange Julius.
Weaknesses: I get it, if the product doesn't work for you, then don't use it. But really, to recommend against others using it is ludicrous, there is no product that works with 100% of athletes. My recommendation is to try it, if it doesn't give the expected outcome then pass it on to someone else. 100% of the elite athletes that I have given the product to have had miraculous results.
Great product. Use it and you discover for yourself.
Date Reviewed: July 22, 2012
Strengths: I use to ride bikes competively and would always hit a wall after an hour or so....I had to push myself to finish...I heard about this product and I purchased it....Not only did I feel the difference immediately but, I was able to extend my the distance the day after.....I didn't want to believe this was the reason.....So, I stopped using it for awhile only to start having constant pain in my quads....Sometimes unbearable....So, I went back to ACCELERADE and I have seen the difference again....I will KEEP using it....
I LOVE the product and will continue to use it....
Date Reviewed: July 16, 2012
Strengths: Recommended by my daughter, a former olympic XC skier, I have found this to be great for long distance (100-200 km) rides. No digestive problems. Find it can even help to bring me back if bonking or cramping on those rides.
Dissolves well if shaken with bottle half full
Weaknesses: All sports drinks taste funny. This is the most tolerable I have found.
Date Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Strengths: Recover is great. Have tons of energy throughtout the day
I cant understand these bad reviews this stuff gets. I am a extremely picky person when it comes to things like this (especially with the taste) but me and my wife both love this product. No stomach issues at all...love the taste (Orange). Definitely recommend this product
from drogheda louth ireland
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2012
Strengths: it might have some but i couldn,t use long enough to find any.
Weaknesses: i couldnt use at all,,, like others said i got terrible cramps tried it on 4 different training session,,, same results stop running after 3;4 miles with sever cramps
dont use it... two many people getting similiar problem unless you have iron tummy
from Running Springs, CA
Date Reviewed: January 21, 2011
Weaknesses: Consistently caused a terrible gut ache.
I tried this product a few times, but each use put my stomach in knots. I initially thought it could be an anomaly, but the results were always the same -- a terrible gut ache. I threw the rest in the trash.
Similar Products Used: Cytomax, Gu Electrolyte Brew
a Weekend Warrior
from Norristown, PA 19403
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2010
Weaknesses: Taste, Hard to digest, GI track issues
I tried these products do the promise of improved recovery, however just like the last guy I could not tolerate them. The smell and taste was really bad and they made me feel sick.
Try Formula X Sport, this product provides energy and high quality Isolate protein that is soluble and very light in taste. This product is a little expensive but no problems with GI track issues and the taste is very mild; like drinking flavored water.
Complete junk. I bought these due to their marketing for an endurance race. My first mistake was not trying it out before the race.
This stuff gave me very bad gastrointestinal...distress all during the race. Not until I switched to gatorade did it stop.
My second mistake was not reading the ingredients before using it. After the gastrointestinal problems, I look at the label and the number 1 ingredient is....regular table sugar. Not dextrose, or maltodextrin, regular old sucrose.
The type of protein that is used in it (highly touted as a benefit) is the lowest grade of protein available (concentrate) which is probably what caused the gastrointestinal distress.
This in an expensive premium athletic supplement and there is no excuse for these pathetic ingredients. Dont buy this garbage.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Juan, Puerto Rico
Date Reviewed: September 19, 2009
Strengths: 4:1 Carb to Protein Ration
Weaknesses: King of heavy for bottels and hard to clean. Taste is no that good either, but I can live with it.
Actually I switched from using this product while riding my bike to using it at the gym. I train at the gym 3 times a week, resting one or two day and then riding 2 straight days on weekends, and it has really helped me during heavy and intense training. I can push myself longer and harder at the gym and that has translated to faster and longer rides on my bike. On my bike I'm using now water and Accelerade Gels and this combination is doing wonders for me. Definitley a must if you have a routine like mine, since muscles get way too fatiged.
Strengths: Lives up to its promises. Provides endurance enhancement and rapid hydration.
Weaknesses: On race day I cannot use its complimentary Accel Gel, not enough sodium and my legs feel like lead weights if I don't compliment it with Power Bar Gels,
Great product. However, it really is a pre-ride and during ride drink that needs to be paired with Endorox for recovery post ride. I am a big system guy and the Acell Gel's poor production quality (half my box was paste like in consistency) and lack of sodium has me thinking about going Power Bar products all the way. But to be honest, so far it has more than lived up to its claims and that is something.
As for taste, are you kidding me? Buy a Snickers bar and drink a coke. If it works, deal with it.
a Weekend Warrior
from Rainier, OR
Date Reviewed: July 8, 2007
Strengths: none that I can tell...doesn't work any better than cheaper and better tasting sports drinks
Weaknesses: Lemon-Lime? It doesn't taste anything like lemon-lime!
Nasty flavor, texture, and it upsets my stomach
in a word "BARF!"
This is the nastiest tasting sports drink I've ever tasted. Instead of promoting me drinking during a ride, it kept me from drinking. Thick consistency doesn't help either.
But the bottom line is this...I saw absolutely zero performance increases over other more tasty sports drinks...none. Why would I want to drink this crap when others like the GU product are soooo much more palatable?
Similar Products Used: GU2O, Cytomax, Twin Labs Ultra Fuel
Bike Setup: does it matter?
a Weekend Warrior
from Holland, MI. USA
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2006
Strengths: I have always used the Lime Flavor and I like the taste. Doesn't upset my stomach on long rides, no acid reflux like when I tried Gatorade and Powerade. Give me good energy and recovery on rides.
Great product and price is very good. Products works great..
I like the taste a lot. I do not like the fruit punch, but I like tangy orange the best, but I also like lemon lime. When I am riding I like drinking accelerade as much as water, it tastes that good, but don't put it in camelbak. Bottle cage only.
Similar Products Used: normal stuff--gatorade etc.
Bike Setup: Ellsworth Truth
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2006
Strengths: Decent electrolyte with not bad flavor.
Weaknesses: Isn't more effective than Gatorade.
I don't recommend Accelerade for these reasons:
1. Over priced. The product itself isn't bad, but Gatorade (powder form in canister) is a better choice for the dollar. I found that Gatorade hydrated me at the same rate as Accelerade on 90-95 degree 3-4 hour rides. I'm an avid cyclist that logs all my rides, and I definitely noticed that Gatorade=Accelerade, so I'm going to save some money and use Gatorade. 2. Protein? Accelerade's big thing is protein, but I really don't think that your body would metabolize protein in the middle of a ride that quickly. Eat protein during your recovery. 3. Doesn’t mix well. I have a CamelBak, and Accelerade doesn't mix very well - it leaves "globs" in the worst places (tube, corners of reservoir). 4. Mucous. Because of the globs, this forms mucous and that's irritating when breathing hard during exercise (has to be spit out). Note: I don’t drink milk, so it can’t be blamed on my diet.