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First Endurance EFS Liquid Shots do much more than replace the carbs and electrolytes that we burn while we work out. They work to balance these nutrients to help your body work more efficiently.
EFS Liquid is packed with carbohydrates, amino acids, and electrolytes to keep you much more than hydrated during your ride. One serving, according to First Endurance, is 5 ounces of liquid. Each serving packs 400 calories. It contains 100g of carbohydrates in a mix of glucose, maltodextrin, and sucrose for a blend of fast-acting, slow-acting, and easy-absorbing carbs. The bottle also has 1000mg of amino acids, which break down into glutamine and the branch-chain amino acids isoleucine, leucine, and valine. It also contains a heavy-duty electrolyte blend of 400mg sodium, 290mg potassium, 150mg calcium, 120mg magnesium, and 600mg chloride. We sweat salt, and the lack of sodium can lead to cramping. You don’t however, just want to replace salt, as First Endurance knows. The liquid Shot keeps your electrolytes balanced while you ride to help with absorption and reduce lactic acid build-up.
- 400 calories
- 100g carbohydrates
- 1000mg amino acids
- 400mg sodium
- 290mg potassium
- 150mg calcium
- 120mg magnesium
- 600mg chloride
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had stuck with another popular brand but after about 4 gels my stomach would start to complain. I would switch to something else and gut the rest of the ride out. I decided to try EFS Liquid Shot after a nutritionist said that it was her only source of calories during a road race. Pretty strong words.
I tried the Vanilla and the taste is awesome! On 70+ mile rides the gel is easy on the stomach and I actually have to slow my self down so I don't over consume before the end of the ride.
I've also noticed that I don't feel cooked after a long ride. I'm guessing it could be from the electrolytes that are mixed in. Or since I'm still wanting more right up to when I get off the bike I'm actually fueled up to keep going. Either way, you will love this gel!
Primary race fuel
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've tried about every jell out there. EFS pretty very sweet, almost disgustingly so, but it just keeps going down with giving me any bad reactions. Following a shot of this with a good swig of water helps with the sweetness. I was recently out for 40 hours, and this stuff was still palletable. In most outings of 12-24 hours I can make this my only fuel intake without bonking. It has never given me an upset stomach (although I can't wait to brush my teeth when I am done!). It's is more liquid than most jells and goes down easy. It also has a lot of electrolytes. Great product for any distance, in my opinion.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great product for more intense exercises/races. I down a gel nearly every time I work out, but for longer and more intense workouts it is obvious to tell how much more effective these shots are over a regular gel.
Pack one of these babies and you wont need to bring a bar or a sandwich since one shot has 400cals. After an intense run/ride, your legs will be thanking you the next day.
The downside that I have found with these is that since I use it on long runs to replace solid food, my stomach seems to not like it so much a few hours afterward.
I much prefer the kona mocha flavor over the wild berry. Too bad it isnt currently available here.
These dont have very many gelling agents so they are absorbed quickly and can also be watered down easily into water bottles or camelbaks and they still taste good.
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I went to EFS in an effort to combat cramping during 70.3 races. I wanted my nutrition to have a little more bang for the buck. Overall I feel that it's a tool in the toolbox that's had a positive impact. As I've started to get a handle on cramping I attribute it mostly to controlling fatigue by not going too hard on the bike. However, EFS definitely works well as a sugar replacement for long endurance events. It's easy on the stomach and chalked full of goodness.
This fuel is great, in a blog post once I called it rocket fuel.
What I like most about this gel is the consistency, it's more like water than a gel, the flavor is somewhat sweet, but not gagging sweet...I also like the fact that I'm not only getting calories, but electrolytes and amino acids while consuming it. One flask is about equivalent to 4 gels, so you can carry it in your hand and take a small chug every 30-40 minutes. Try it, you'll like it!
Best Fuel You Can Buy
During five years of training for Ironman triathlon races I've used dozens of gels, sports drinks and other fueling products. EFS Liquid Shot is probably the best I've have ever used. It's technically NOT a gel. The consistency is thinner which helps it be consumed and absorbed faster. The Vanilla taste is great and it's packed with tons of calories and electrolytes to help you keep moving. I use EFS Liquid Shot during all of my long training sessions as well as during 70.3 and Ironman triathlon races. It's easy to carry, the flask is efficient and quick to open and it tastes better than any liquid fuel on the market.
I do a lot of cycle training so I've used just about everything out there in every possible flavor. 98% of the stuff out there isn't good and some of it is downright terrible. Well this is just about the worst, at least the vanilla flavor, energy gel I've ever had. I just got done with a race where this was given out at the aid stations. It's like getting a mouthful of honey. Waaaaaay too sweet(I'm not one of those diet drink, sugar hating people either). So much so that it had my jaw twitching until I could get a drink to wash it down. I polled others in the race and they all said the exact same thing. My favorite energy gel by the way is GU Cherry Lime, it actually tastes kind of good.
EFS Liquid Shot
Robert Kunz from First Endurance explains the benefits of the EFS Liquid Shot.