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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gu Energy Review & Giveaway

I've been using Gu Energy (HERE) products for the past eight years.  I primarily have been using their energy gels, but have also enjoyed the chomps and occasionally the Gu Brew.
 

GU Energy Gel
GU Energy Gel provides athletes with a dose of 100 calories to deliver high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes in every sport and at all levels. Everything inside each packet of GU is engineered to do one simple thing: provide your body with the essential nutrition it needs to keep going for miles and miles and hours and hours. It goes down easy, and it goes to work fast so you don't have to slow down.
 
What's in it?
  • Carbohydrates - GU provides athletes with a dose of 100 calories in the form of 70-80% maltodextrin and 30-20% fructose (The ratio depends upon the flavor.). Why the mix? It’s a complex carbohydrate, and studies have shown that some complex carbs are actually digested faster than simple sugars like table sugar and honey.
  • Amino Acid Blend - GU features a unique blend of amino acids to combat muscle fatigue, accelerate the conversion of carbohydrates into usable energy, and maintain mental focus.
  • Electrolytes - Sodium and potassium to replenish what is lost during strenuous activity.
  • Caffeine - Some GU flavors are caffeinated while others are not. We add caffeine for two reasons: It acts as a stimulant and it lowers the perceived effort.
How's it different?

An optimal blend of carbohydrates, the proprietary GU amino blend, and a full serving of Vitamin C & E. Oh yeah, did we mention taste? GU Energy Gel has the time-tested consistency and delicious taste that athletes have come to expect from the original energy gel.


How do I use it?
GU should be consumed 15 minutes before and then every 45 minutes thereafter.

 
My favorite Gu Energy Gels include Orange-Vanilla, Vanilla Bean - and the all time favorite, Mint Chocolate.  The mixture of carbs, electrolytes and caffeine give you the exact boost you need every 4-5 miles during a long run.  Not to mention, they are treat tasting.  I LOVED trying the Espresso and Peanut Butter flavors.  I don't think I could down 3-4 of them during a marathon but they are a nice change from the typical flavors during shorter workouts.  The Gu Chomps taste great and are easy to chew - and don't stick to my teeth like other energy chews.  These are similar to the kiddos' fruit snacks, but are packed with all of the good stuff that you need for your long workouts.  Fruit snacks for adults or active student athletes.  They actually make me feel like I have something in my tummy after I consume them - unlike the gels that I down, that don't aid my hunger.  The Gu Brew tablets give your water a slight fruity taste and fizz, without being over-powering.  I prefer the orange flavor over the lemon-lime and other flavors.  They are very easy to toss in your gym bag or purse.

 
Which Gu Energy products have fueled YOUR workouts??
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(US ONLY)
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113 comments:

  1. I've had the gels, and like some of them. They were offered at a few recent races. I don't like the chomps (some have something in them I'm allergic to, and I'm not a fan of chews). I'd love to give the brew a try.

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  2. I think its fabulous that GU offers so many flavor options. I love to try new ones!

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  3. I liked Gu on facebook and let them know you sent me :)

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  4. I vanilla bean Gu looks fabulous.

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  5. I'm a fan of Gu Energy on Facebook.

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  6. I checked out all the fabulous new flavors on Gu's website. I'm definitely going to have to give the passion fruit Roctane a try.

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  7. I follow you on Bloglovin. Great reading about a fellow Madison runner!

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  8. I'm loving the Salted Caramel GU Energy Gels! :)

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  9. I'm a fan of GU Energy on Facebook!

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  10. I tweeted about your giveaway! :)

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  11. Oooo the Salted Caramel GU sounds SO good I want to try that!

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  12. I think that Gu Roctane's are fabulous! Love getting that extra boost of caffeine.

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  13. I was already a fan of GU on facebook but I let them know you sent me!

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  14. I am a follower of your blog! I have only tried GU a couple of times and would love to win!

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  15. Shared giveaway of my fb wall
    https://www.facebook.com/jonesee31?ref=tn_tnmn#!/jonesee31

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  16. Love my Gu's. I usually take the Chocolate Outrage, but I just tried the Peanut Butter and it was good.

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  17. I'm a blog follower and would love to win. I'm training for a marathon so this would come in handy.

    Amy Lauren
    proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Also, I like you on Facebook.

    Amy Lauren
    proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. And, I like Gu on Facebook as well.

    Amy Lauren
    proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. One thing I liked was that the Roctane blends contain branch chain amino acids (BCAA) which help recovery. That's really important so you don't feel as sore after the workout and you get the full benefits for your muscles.

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  21. I really love the Gu Vanilla bean.

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  22. I have tried the Gu Brew and like it. Hard to find in Utah.

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  23. I liked to Store Locator on the Gu Website. Just what I needed.

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  24. Became a Fan of Gu Energy on Facebook

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  25. I am (have been) a GU follower on FB!

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  26. I shared the give away on my FB page

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  27. I have to say I have never visited the GU website but have to say that I will visit it often now, it has event, product and retail information as well as the ease of use, love it!

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  28. I like the taste/texture of the chomps better than the gel, but the gel keeps my legs moving. Looking at their website, I will have to try some new flavors.

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  29. Follow your blog by email, rss, and GFC.

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

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  30. Follow you on FB. Matt Schmunk

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

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  31. I really like the GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets and the fact that they are sweetened with stevia.

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

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  32. I like Gu Energy on FB and left a comment. Matt Schmunk

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

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  33. Tweeted. https://twitter.com/matt0701/status/350030311377215488

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

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  34. I love all the different flavor options GU offers

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  35. Ooh i want to try salted caramel...

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  36. Liked GU Energy Labs page and told them you sent me!

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  37. I've never tried the GU Energy gels yet - just the shot bloks. I would love the peanut butter or salted caramel flavors, though! Yumm!

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  38. I think I have to try Roctane. I've used reg. Gu, and I'd like to see if there is a profound difference!

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  39. I follow your blog via feedly.

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  40. The Peanut Butter Gu sounds fabulous. Yum Peanut Butter!

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  41. I like Gu on Facebook, and I left a comment on their wall.

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  42. I shared the giveaway on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/katie.rose.581/posts/10102634928334310

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  43. I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/carrotrunr/status/350603179769085952

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  44. Liked them on facebook and told them you sent me!

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  45. I use the gels and the chomps for all of my half marathon training. I really like the chocolate outrage gel!

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  46. I like the peanut butter Gu but I'd love to try the chomps!

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  47. I visited the GU website. I LOVE GU Roctane!

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  48. I went to the GU website! Strawberry Chomps are my favorite!

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  49. I follow you and GU on Twitter @leahbfrazier

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  50. I LOVE Gu Brew right now!!

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  51. Liked and commented on Gu Energy FB page

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  52. the watermelon chomps sound delicious!

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  53. I'm a fan of Gu Energy on facebook

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  54. I follow via email ilovepool28@gmail.com

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  55. I follow you on Facebook (Dani Freeman).

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  56. I think Chomps are fabulous! I love the Orange and would like to try the Blueberry Pomegranate.

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  57. I liked GU on Facebook and let them know you sent me. https://www.facebook.com/GUEnergyLabs/posts/10151575562813371

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