Strengths: Endurox R4 works. I have tried chocolate milk, protein shakes, Gatorade, water and just eating. Endurox R4 is the only thing that makes a huge difference in how sore I am going to be the next day.
Weaknesses: My dieting side hates to consume the 270 calories, 40g sugar, 52g carbs, and then you are suppose to eat within an hour of a strenuous workout. This is not a meal replacement.
It should be taken within 30 minutes of completion of workout which has me in parking lots making my drink.
I love it and I am addicted. After any long ride or run I make a straight line for my Endurox R4. Nothing I have tried comes close to it.
from Orlando, FL, USA
Date Reviewed: August 21, 2011
Strengths: - Muscle fatigue is delayed during workouts
- Muscle soreness is significantly reduced after long/hard runs
Weaknesses: - Requires consuming LOTS of water
- Does not mix well w/o stirring or shaking
I really didn't know what to expect because I'm very skeptical of product reviews, but Endurox R4 does work far better than CytoCarb, MuscleMilk or Gatorade for recovering from long runs. My long runs are all over 14mi, and when I'm taking Endurox R4 my muscles are not as fatigued as they used to be. It feels like the lactate threshold is increased during long runs, so it prolongs hitting a physical wall-of-fatigue. The real reason I'm sticking w/this product is because when I'm done w/a 20 miler, my legs don't hurt so so bad anymore. Previously, after a 20 mile run, I used to almost collapse and crawl to the refrigerator upon arriving home because of the damage done to the muscles, but now the pain in my legs is significantly reduced. And now I don't look like an idiot crawling around in the kitchen :-) So for those who may be undecided on spending the $$$ on this product, I recommend giving it a shot. Just remember, drink LOTS of water, otherwise you'll be cotton-mouth thirsty.
a Weekend Warrior
from Boise Id. USA
Date Reviewed: December 7, 2010
Strengths: Finally found a product that does what it says it will do.
No pain after many long runs and major work outs.
Finally found a product that does what it says it will do.
No pain after many long runs and major work outs. After being side lined for many months went out and over did it, but during and after the run/workout I sipped on an Endurox drink and the next day absolutely no muscle pain. Amazing
Eve the Runner not biker
a Cross Country Rider
from Riverview, MI
Date Reviewed: April 6, 2010
Strengths: I do not have the sore muscles I usually have after a long run. The recovery is terrific
Weaknesses: I really don't think I have blood sugar problems, but if I run long, drink EnduroxR4 and then wait longer than 1 hour to eat, I crazy. Almost pasted out in the store last week. I was having all the symptoms of very low blood sugar. Wish someone could tell me what that is all about. It has happened to me several times. I weigh under 110 and barely use 1 scoop. I have never experienced a blood sugar drop like that unless I'm on Endurox.
Great stuff and I'll continue to use it on my long runs, but I guess I just have to eat along with it.
a Cross Country Rider
from Greenville, SC, USA
Date Reviewed: November 10, 2009
Strengths: Good taste (Lemon Lime & Tangy Orange) encourages drinking
Right balance of carbs, protein, and electrolytes
Bottles wash out easily apres-ride
Weaknesses: Expensive @ MSRP; get a discount
Note that I am using this drink during rides, and often one right after. I've tried lots of approaches, and this one simply works. I often ride well past the point of glycogen exhaustion, so I am riding "on my stomach". Two bottles, a 12 oz. Nalgene flask full of powder, and water sources alogn the route are all I need to enjoy 6 - 8 hours on the bike.
Similar Products Used: Gatorade (too sugary & thin tasting; needs some protein)
Water + dry carbs or gels/blocks (disrupts ride flow & slow to digest)
Accelerade (reluctant to mix; trashes bottles)
Podium (even more expensive)
Bike Setup: 26" single speed MTB
Touring bike for the road
a Weekend Warrior
from Tempe, AZ, US
Date Reviewed: December 26, 2008
Strengths: Less sore on the morning after, feel good right after drinking
Weaknesses: Expensive for what the ingredients are
Remember using it the first time and was surprised. A friend laughed and said you could just take Gatorage with a Vitamin E and B pill. I've tried various substitutes and it does not seem to work quite the same. However, the price is quite high for the ingredients involved. Everyone is different, but mixed with one scoop of AKG powder ($10/bottle Vitamin Shoppe, yellow box) and don't remember anything feeling so good after a long ride. Bananas are really good for the $$ during rides, Endurox is a really good recovery drink, but seems too expensive for the ingredients, but it works fairly well. Great if you are highly devoted to riding.
Similar Products Used: GU, Clif, Powerbar, Monster, Various home mixes, Protein mixes, etc.
Bike Setup: 2006 Enduro
a Weekend Warrior
from Orcutt, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: October 25, 2008
Mike rated this product 1 star
Sat, October 25,2008:
I would have taken the old Lemon Lime formula to my grave with me and I am only 36. Yet the new formula has me looking elsewhere as it doesn't mix well unless you blend it and I don't feel mentally there for several hours as I did right away with the old formula. Why change a good, OK great product? :-(
Weaknesses: Formula has been change (slimy money-grubbers), tastes awful.
At long last, I found a product with genuine glucose. And sure enough, often I would find my pace picking up and then think to myself, "Hey, that's right, I mixed up a batch 1/2 hour ago!" Biking 130 miles day after day on a tour, Gatoraid and food just don't give enough energy because of the processing the body has to do at a finite pace. Not so with glucose. And the protein is a plus with my multi-day tours. BUT THEN, I went to buy more and spied that they've dropped the glucose, damn! So now I'm making do with Hammer Perpetuem that works okay.
The taste was awful and I found cutting it 1:1 with Gatoraid fixed this and also made for a less costly mix. I did not find this hampered its effectiveness for me and my type of very long but non-racing paced rides.
a Cross Country Rider
from champaign, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2006
Strengths: The powder mixes more easily with water than some others I've tried. I read bad reviews about fruit punch flavor so I haven't tried it. I've only used Vanilla because I tried that first and absolutely love the taste. No kidding - I would choose that taste over many desserts. I just ordered my first chocolate but haven't tried it yet.
Weaknesses: Most places grossly overprice this stuff. Online you can find 28 serving canisters for under 30 bucks. In most big name stores they charge that much for 14 servings. My high chili rating in Value category only assumes you get a good price. The more common high price is way too much.
As far as I can tell it works as advertised - though hard to prove that. The vanilla at least tastes awesome. Might take a little online research to find a good price.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 15, 2005
Strengths: Awesome recovery, and less soreness for sure!!!
Ok, the orange tang flavor is definitely the best! However this isn't powerade ( I mean cool-aide)and taste ok, not great but ok. But compared to it's results I think it's worth it. Since this is made and tested by exercise physiologists, sponsored by the track coaches association, hockey coaches association etc..., and it's been around before most recovery drinks I think it's pretty proven in effectiveness. My personal experience has been nothing but good...I've done long intense workouts, and expected to be laid up for a bit...but it significantly reduces soreness. It's amazing... I'll continue to buy it.
Strengths: works well, go down easy, nevr upset my stomach.
Weaknesses: taste, yak
My body feels good and my stomach never had problem with it. To drink it is the tough part- taste too chemical and I need to mix 1/3 of juice for drinkablity. it's very easy to mix with water and kept powder in moisture environment better than others. Good product over all, only if I can get it down to my throat.... Worst taste I have tried.
Similar Products Used: Powerbar serious, Twinlab fuel, fillet mignon
Bike Setup: Sugar
from Waterford, MI
Date Reviewed: December 23, 2004
Strengths: Makes my recovery time better - less fatigue, not burnt.
Weaknesses: Can't stand the fruit flavor, yech. Have to mix the product just right in order for it to taste good.
Good stuff. I only use the Lemon Lime. I've switched over to HammerGel's products now as they have a complete line and their recovery drink isn't as fickle to my tastebuds. Had to knock it down a chili because of this.
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