Review of First Endurance Pre Race Caps & Powder

Pre Race is not meant to replace that pure joy of your morning pre-training coffee or espresso.

What Pre Race is designed to do is bring you an engineered precise blend of ingredients. One that you would dream of as an endurance athlete when performance matters. Pre Race does this without the harshness of coffee.

This is a product that has gone aggressive and industrial and gets right down to the task of doing what it says it does: stimulate the nitric oxice (NO) system, help increase time to exhaustion and improve performance.

With each serving of Pre Race you get 200 mg of caffeine, which helps set up the environment to kick start the intensity of your workout.



Taurine, another product in Pre Race, and also found in the drink Red Bull is a neuroinhibitory transmitter. Taurine is quite a product in itself, helping anxiety control & stress management because it lowers cortisol, a hormone our body releases under stress. It is also extremely effective in helping motivation and fighting inflammation.

Of interesting note due to its effects on calming, if you have any experience with fat loss, you’ll know that the body is most agreeable about giving up its fat stores when it is calm and not stressed.

Before I list some other key ingredients and benefits, one thing I will add that has always interested me and I like when using Pre Race is: I haven’t had that jittery over-anxious feeling you can get with other caffeinated products. I really like this fact. Because of the absence of this hyped up or jittery feeling you can wonder if it it is even working. However, once underway Pre Race can turn a not so good day in to a VERY good day.

Citrulline malate, another product found in Pre Race has always been a long time friend of mine. This product has been shown to stimulate nitric oxide, remove toxins and reduce lactate acid and ammonia levels in the body.

These are all important things to a body and muscles under load when going full gas.

While taking Pre Race before your big workout-s/race the effects can sound more than a bit fantastical, but these ingredients are solidly bound to nutritional science.

If you are like myself, our days and weeks can be frought with daily challenges and some added fatigue that can take our intensity down a notch regardless of how committed we are for our key sessions. Pre Race is my Go-to product 1-2 x per week for my breakthrough sessions.

Pre Race comes in a powdered form and in capsules. When using the powder it can be added in with any pre-exercise or during-exercise drink like EFS consumed 30-1 hr before workouts. Best not mix with plain water as it does not taste good as I experienced once.

First Endurance have not changed the formula for Pre Race simply because it continues to deliver what they set out for it to do. Provide endurance athletes with a product that increases mental stamina, increase time to exhaustion along with mental clarity and oxygenation of muscles.


Review of Optygen HP Supplements

Say good bye to the nasty inflammations and fatigued immune systems with Optygen HP from First Endurance.

This is the go-to-product for athletes if you are looking to reduce stress and inflammation from training hard along with helping take your performance to that next level.



You do not need to be an elite athlete to use Optygen & Optygen HP. Stress comes from many directions in our lives, not just training everyday. Many athletes think that if they are not a pro-athlete, they are not training enough to need this type of support. I have always felt it’s the exact opposite. If you are holding down a job and training 1-2 x per day along with managing everything else that life encompasses, your body is under a lot of load. Possibly even more than if you were a pro-athlete.

Optygen Hp is a product specifically designed to help manage the damaging effect of this load/stress. It's a synergy of ingredients designed to address a number of needs of endurance athletes and those looking to help with physical and cognitive vitality.

Take for example, Rhodiola, one of the engredients in Optygen & Optygen HP. Tibetan sherpas use this to help them climb Mt Everest.  It is a highly reliable product in reducing fatigue from prolonged stressful situations as associated with endurance & endurance sport. 

You could call it your anti-fatigue agent. It is slightly stimulatory, but not like caffeine.

Optygen and Optygen HP also contain adaptogenic herbs with long names, the like of Panax Notoginseng extract, Eleutherococcus senticosis extract & Rosa Roxburghii fruit extract. These herbs effectively go towards helping you control cortisol levels when under stress along with extending time to exhaustion. When cortisol levels are reduced it helps you train at highly stressful levels without going into overtraining states. A place you do not want to go as an athlete striving to be the best you can be.

So you are ready to head out the door and train the house down, pushing new limits? The good news is we are not finished yet. Optygen & Optygen HP also contain another key engredient: Beta-alanine. This is a non-essential amino acid that efficiently synthesises lactate thresholds so you can push to higher levels of output. The ability to push new boundaries and sustain a higher heartrate before the debilitating effects of lactic acids slows them down has to be good news. Over time the athlete molds their ability to improve endurance capacity for training and racing, leaving their old training buddies in the dust with new found levels of fitness.

Last but not least, Optygen & Optygen HP contain a molecule that is known to help red blood cells dump oxygen into the muscle cells: phosphate. Optygen HP has this ingredient phosphate, which forms part of a compound called 2,3-diphoshoglycerate (2,3-DPG).

When we train and race there is a whole unloading system that unlocks oxygen from the hemoglobin of your blood cells and delivers it to your muscle cells. In other words, it is not the muscles that limit the oxygen use, but rather the amount of oxygen that gets into them. The more oxygen you can deliver to your muscles, the higher your capacity in both training and competing.

Multi V - Multivitamin Mineral For Men And Women

Multi V is like no other multi-vitamin mineral.

It contains the highest quality, most bio-available vitamins and chelated (equals faster absorption) minerals available, designed for endurance athletes and those looking to maintain a high level of health support.

This is important because you want to know that what you are buying is the best and will perform for you. First Endurance take this very seriously and do not compromise on quality. Their goal is to produce the best endurance products in the world.

Multi V has a very unique enzyme blend (carbogen) that breaks down carbohydrates into simple glucose. This is a real boon for athletes because it means the glucose is readily accessible and available to working muscles, which will have you firing on all pistons. Also special is the fact that this process does not affect insulin while keeping blood glucose levels high for many hours. Great news for athletes and those wanting to stay on top of their energy levels.

Talking numbers, a clinical trial conducted at the University of Dayton Human Performance lab found a 23% increase in blood glucose levels under high intensity exercise and lasting up to 5 hours. Furthermore, a massive decrease in blood lactate by some 58% along with a reduction in time to exhaustion and your perceived effort when exercising.

Antioxidant support comes by way of ingredients like bioflavanoids, tumeric extract, grape seed extract and alpha lipoic acid. These antioxidants are considered to be the best antioxidants available.

But what are antioxidants and why do we need them? Antioxidants are compounds in food that stop or delay damage to our cells. They are naturally found in many foods helping ward off cell damage by “cleaning up” or removing waist products in our cells called “free radicals” before they can do any harm. Exercise generates free radicals and causes muscle damage. Endurance athletes and those under stress need extra antioxidant support which we cannot get from food alone. A very reason to have in a multi vitamin if you are an endurance athlete.

Ginkgo Biloba, a product in Multi V, warrants mentioning as well due to its many uses that the scope of this article could not possibly cover. What I will say is that clarity of thought along with circulation are two very important benefits of this product.

Worth mentioning is that there is no calcium in Multi V. However, First Endurance is generally used as a system of products, i.e. athletes also use EFS & Ultragen on a typical day of training and they would then consume 600mg (60% RDA) from EFS and 900mg (90% RDA) from Ultragen of Calcium.

Multi V is designed to be taken every day just like any other multi-vitamin tablet. If you are an endurance athlete, then First Endurance recommends you take it one to two hours before training or racing with your pre-exercise meal. I personally tend to train first thing in the morning, so I take them in the morning. Even if I end up not training in the morning, I still take them then because I feel it helps my mood and allows me to stay on top of my day, allowing me to cope with all sorts of stresses.

I am oftened asked if people can split the dose of 3 tablets per day. It is however best you take all 3 tablets at once in order to get the required dosage of carbogen which is the patented blend in Multi V that maximises your carbohydrate utilization.

Summing up, First Endurance's Multi V is a serious multi-vitamin mineral that works for both men and women who are looking to stay healthy and improve their performance in endurance sport.



Review on first endurance EFS liquid shots

The EFS liquid shot is like no other. No more tearing off the top of a sticky gel and having to consume it all at once. No more dealing with the refuse of wrappers that come with some other products.


The EFS liquid shots come in 130 ml reusable hand held flasks. Just pop the top & take a small sip. What you don’t use you can pop it back in the fridge and keep it for the next training session or race.

The Liquid shot outperforms other gels in all areas. One reason is it does not contain gelling agents or gaur gum. These are the last things an endurance athlete wants to use. Gelling agents and gaur gum slows down absorbtion and can cause stomach issues.

The lack of these gelling agents is also the reason the EFS liquid shot is consumed more easily: you can mix it in your drink bottle or sip on it every 15-30 minutes along with fluids separately

Each shot contains one 400 calorie serving which far outdoes other gels, which generally contain little over 100 calorie servings. Further to this, in each EFS shot you get a whopping 1000 mg of amino acids made up of 500 mg luciene, 250 mg isoluciene and 250 mg valine. BCAAS are very important in endurance exercise. The body burns a lot of aminos/proteins under intense exercise. By training with a formula that combines these amino acids you are replacing what is being burned and setting the body up to absorb the work you are doing and recover faster for your next training session or race.

EFS liquid shots have all five electrolytes to keep the system functioning. This is important to keep the body in balance. It is no good to just have high sodium and one or two other electrolytes in the belief sodium is all you need to avoid cramping. It isn’t. Each shot contains 150 mg calcium, 120 mg magnesium, 600mg chloride, 400 mg sodium and 290 mg potassium to have you firing on all pistons.

Best of all, First Endurance have done a great job with the flavours. My favorite is the Vanilla.