Energy Bits – Product Review

The time has come! Its finally time to review Energybits! Made from 100% organicallly grown, NON GMO spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients, ENERGYbits® algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) all for just one calorie per tab.” I have been talking with the very good and patient people at energybits.com since July and so much has happened since then. Originally I was l was looking for a nutritional supplement for the Ironman Lake Tahoe. It seemed like a few days after we spoke, I signed up for two months of rehabilitation for my spine. Not the most opportune time to test out a new product right? Needless to say, after a few weeks of tweaking my spine, I postponed my hopes of completing the Ironman Distance for at least another year. The rehabilitation went well and eventually all of the little pains dissipated and allowed me to be physically active again without making me feel like I was going to pull a muscle or leave me with an excruciating headache.

Towards the end of September I figured I had been holding on to this Energybits product long enough, so I went out for a baseline, caloric deficit ride.  About 10 days later I went out for the same ride in a caloric deficit (the only difference was I ate 30 of the 100% Spirulina Algae energybit tabs) and was able to ride the 20.9 miles 1 minute and 23 seconds faster. http://www.strava.com/segments/1411240/compare/NDgyOTAyMzY4MSw0NzIxMTI3NTcw The weather conditions were similar. Towards the last 30% of the second ride I noticed that my energy level was running higher than the previous ride but I started to get some algae burps. It wasn’t really bad, but definitely a noticeable issue. (I am assuming that with continued use of this product I can learn to adjust the dosage so as to minimize the this issue.) So I thought that this was good information to know. Eating these 30 tablets of Spirulina Algae at a whopping 1 Calorie a pop gave me added energy for just less than 1 hour’s worth of cycling. Now this information could have been slightly skewed because I had just started up another round of P90X2 and just finished the first week of Core Strengthening. (Oct 8. Blog http://wp.me/p2pRzM-EH ) So I was reluctant to show this information as I didn’t really feel it was doing any justice to the testing of the actual product. So again I sat on the remainder of the product, looking for the right time to try it out and scientifically show whether or not this product really gives you a boost in energy and performance as is claimed.

Then came Thanksgiving Break. I had a window of a few days where the weather was perfect and I could control my eating. I said to myself, “Its finally time to review Energybits for real!”

Recently I have been doing really well for 5 to 6 miles of sustained riding. There is a 5.8 mile segment on Strava from Beach Park to Derrells Mini Storage on Alfred Harrel Hwy. This is a technical ride but it has some good straight aways too. I though it might be a good segment to focus on while testing the product. You can see the comparison link at the bottom of this blog. In the interest of keeping the conditions of the testing similar, I tracked my food from the night before, only had my regular supplements prior to riding (except on Day 2 and 3 with the addition of Energybits) and ate nothing else until dinner before starting all over again the next day.

And here it is:

Tuesday, Nov. 25
Dinner: Tri Tip, Pasta, and Vegetables with Marinara Sauce, Dessert

Wednesday Nov. 26
Breakfast: ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Ride #1, Ride #2
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Tri Tip, Manicotti, Broccolli, Bread, and Dessert

This is the base line ride for testing without the energy bits. I rode the 5.8 mile segment in 14:50. This was my 3rd fastest time ever recorded on this segment and the fastest I had ridden this segment in over a year (Oct. 7, 2013). This is good because it shows that I am operating at a peak performance without limitation 🙂

Thursday Nov. 27
Breakfast: ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula and 30 Tabs EnergybitsWorkout: Ride #1Ride #2 Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 30 Tabs Recoverybits
Dinner: Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Yams, Bread, and Dessert

Today’s ride I added the energy bits. I pushed along this ride and put in a nice little sprint at the end to put myself 2 seconds ahead of yesterday’s time. I don’t monitor my time as I ride so I had no way of knowing how close I was to the time of the prior day. But, I usually just ride as hard as I can all of the time anyways, so I’ll take 2 seconds faster. I did notice towards the end of the first ride that I had a bit of the algae burps. Only real negative issue I have noticed with this product so far. Energy-wise, I think it helped me power out that little sprint at the end of the segment.

Friday Nov. 28
Breakfast: ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula and 30 Tabs Energybits Workout: Ride #1Ride #2 Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 30 Tabs Recoverybits

Today was just a little bonus ride. I had an extra bag of 30 tabs so I decided to finish them off and head out for another ride. The conditions were identical with weather and nutrition so what the heck! And Boom! A Personal Best by 30 seconds from the year before and I retook the KOM for that segment! 30 seconds over 5.8 miles is huge. I didn’t expect such a huge margin of change. I felt strong the whole way and knew that I was moving but to improve that much is not something I expected at all. I can only attribute the benefit to added energy after taking energybits and recoverybits. I can only imagine the added benefit of taking this product everyday and additionally when exercising.

Strava Segments for Comparison:
Beach Park to Derrells 5.8 Miles
http://www.strava.com/segments/1749733/compare/NTI5NzIxNTg4OSw1MjkwMjU3OTAwLDUyODQ4NzEyNTQ= BC Rush .5 Miles http://www.strava.com/segments/6346316/compare/NTI5NzIxNTk3MCw1MjkwMjU3OTcxLDUyODQ4NzEyOTA=

If you would like to try out EnergyBits, you can go to the www.energybits.com website and enter the PROMOcode: BLOG and you will get 10% off of your order! Also on Cyber Monday they are having shipping deals!

Focus T25 Beta Phase Day 25 of 35 – Dec 5, 2013

Focus T25 Beta Phase Day 25 of 35Dec 5, 2013

Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast: AcidCheck Caplets, Activit, Slimming Formula, Cordastra, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Lunch: 1/2 Turkey and Cheddar Sandwich and Small Pasta Salad
Workout: No work out today – Call it a Recovery Day 😉
Dinner: Thai Food! Yummy!
Desert: 4 Oreos and Glass of Milk

Another busy day and no workout 🙁 I’ll make up for it tomorrow!

Focus T25 Beta Phase Day 24 of 35 – Dec 4, 2013

Focus T25 Beta Phase Day 24 of 35Dec 4, 2013

Morning Weigh-in: 169
Breakfast: AcidCheck Caplets, Activit, Slimming Formula, Cordastra, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Lunch: Italian Meats Submarine Sandwich, Baked Potato Chips
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Swimming 1000 Yards added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Assorted Mexican Food Items from Taco Bell (Not my best meal of the week)
Desert: 4 Oreos

Busy day today! I wanted to get my Focus T25 workout as well as a swim but I barely had time to make to get in the pool time. I still had a good quick workout and enjoyed getting in the pool for a little bit.

Focus T25 Beta Phase Day 23 of 35 – Dec 3, 2013

Focus T25 Beta Phase Day 23 of 35Dec 3, 2013

Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast: AcidCheck Caplets, Activit, Slimming Formula, Cordastra, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout:  Focus T25 Dynamic Core and Cycling 26.7 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Lunch: Coffee, Ham and Cheddar on Wheat
Snack: Coffee
Dinner: Steamed Rice, Teriyaki Chicken, Steamed Vegetables
Desert: A Few Oreos and Popcorn

Hecka-crazy workout this morning! I completed a tough Focus T25 Core session and then got on the bike and rode out to meet with the Tuesday Lunch Ride. Turns out that there were only going to be two riders today. I can honestly say that I almost puked today towards the end of the ride. My guess is that I was coming off a caloric deficit from yesterday and really didn’t have much besides Shakeology and Supplements and Coffee in my system. I was bonking hard so my best guess is it was basically a blood sugar thing brought on by the high caloric demand of sharing the lead pulling duties (we leap-frogged as much as possible so neither of us were resting all that much). It was a rough ride for me personally and I never really got into a rhythm. One productive workout though!

Focus T25 Beta Phase Day 22 of 35 – Dec 2, 2013

Focus T25 Beta Phase Day 22 of 35Dec 2, 2013

Morning Weigh-in: 172
Breakfast: AcidCheck Caplets, Activit, Slimming Formula, Cordastra, and Vanilla Shakeology
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout:  Focus T25 Rip’T Circuit added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Snack: Coffee
Dinner: Salad with TriTip and a Handcrafted Root Beer.
Desert: Frozen Yogurt with Heath Bar and Chocolate Sauce over a Small Fudge Brownie

Back from the Thanksgiving Weekend. And yes I did workout on Thanksgiving. And no I did not workout on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, thank you very much. And I never posted because I was having too much fun with my family. My brother, his wife, and their kids were in town, so it was great to be together with them and share in festive times!

Back to the training —- I think today I was responsible in my nutrition right up until Dessert. However even that was executed with care. I substituted frozen yogurt for the ice cream. Unfortunately I also was given the duty of eating the leftover yogurt. Because frozen yogurt just is not as good after its been in the freezer for a significant amount of time. Right? Good thing I ate salads today! Regardless, I had a great workout. The exercises were executed well and I feel great mostly just to be moving again! I get restless when I don’t train. Hope to go for a bike ride tomorrow!