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Sportsleg Supplement-Any Good?

post #1 of 23
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I've heard about a supplement called Sportslegs that is suppose to assist in muscle efficiency in removing lactic acid. The plus side of this being less leg burn during the activity and less soreness after the activity. Has anyone out there tried this supplement?
post #2 of 23
I haven't tried it for skiing yet (just bought it), but I did go for a long road bike ride and I noticed a difference.

Don't get me wrong, my thighs still burned, but the burning went away much faster and I recovered MUCH quicker from the high output sections (sprint intervals, and hill climbs) than I usually do.

An added bebefit was that my legs weren't as sore the next day as they usually are.
post #3 of 23
Read the Australian Institute of Sports report on sports supplements

supplements
post #4 of 23
Wouldn't Advil (ibuprofen) have the same effect?
post #5 of 23
Snowskins DO have that effect.

Training lactic acid threshold higher does too.
post #6 of 23
Gill-

Just came across your 12/02 post. Your experience on the bike was precisely why nearly every member of the 2004 U.S. National mountain bike race team is a SportLegs user. So how'd they work for skiing? Just heard from our Colorado reps that the U.S. Ski Team has a couple of their team testing the stuff...
post #7 of 23
I still got leg burn by the bottom of the run, but it dissipated quicker on the lift ride back up and I wasn't as sore the next day.

Yes, lactate threshold training would have a similar effect; but, regardless of how much lactate threshold training I do here in the Mid-Atlantic, when I go to a ski resoprt at altitude, I'm gonna suffer more. I'll take just about anything (legal) that will help regulate or minimize the quad burn.

Good, although expensive, stuff!
post #8 of 23
It's by no means a scientific study, but my wife had some excellent results from Sportlegs.

She rode in the LOTOJA bike race this past September. 188 miles in one day with 7,000 vertical feet of climbing over the length of the course. She was riding nearly continuously for 13 hours and hadn't really trained as much as she should have.

She drank Sportlegs and Cytomax through the day, along with lots of water and a fair bit of food. She had almost *no* leg or thigh burn during the race or even the next couple of days.

I have no idea whether that's partly a result of the supplements, but something sure worked well.

Bob
post #9 of 23
I got some samples of SportLegs one time, and subsequently bought a jar of the stuff. Mostly I've used it for long-distance bike riding, centuries and whatnot, and found it really does have a positive effect. Especially in the recovery phase -- take the recommended dosage immediately after the event, and the soreness is radically diminished.

During the activity there's still some of the usual ache and burn; you can't expect miracles, physical activity is what it is. For that I think high-quality energy drink products like Cytomax or Extran, with high levels of potassium and other lactic acid buffers, work better.

But I'll definitely keep SportLegs in my kit for use after endurance events... including long ski days. I think it would be most helpful to get through several sequential ski days.
post #10 of 23
Bolide-

Thanks for your honest, positive words. Equally honest advice, based upon feedback from hundreds of Pro, World-Cup-class athletes: It's better to use SportLegs as part of your PRE-sports regimen. They work for recovery, too, but less well. Here's why. Formal randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials have shown taking SportLegs an hour before helps elevate Lactate Threshold, the point where you run into the "burn", HUGELY. (We're doing more testing to corroborate eye-popping double-digit percentage gains.) It's like re-programming the rev-limiter chip in your car, if you're a modern drag-racer. Once you do that, though, you need more fuel; you need to anticipate higher nutrient flow rates. Long-term SportLegs users say that the higher "rev limit" encourages you to go harder, so you need to supply more conventional electrolytes- and hydration. So definitely keep the Cytomax or Accelerade handy. Just make sure you start the ball rolling with SportLegs.

FYI, this is info that 90% of 2004 U.S. National Team mountain bike racers know for sure, based on their own experience. Use it wisely.
post #11 of 23
does anybody know about the safety of SportsLegs

I took green tea pills last year as an antioxidant supplement and it caused my heart to go out of rythm (caused premature ventricular contractions - PVC's), so I am very cautious about taking any supplements without checking on what's really in them

what's the actual ingredient list, their website does not say
post #12 of 23
I used SportLegs at ESA '05 in Big Sky. My recovery was quicker than I expected, but I can't be sure it was only the SportLegs. in any case, they surely didn't tire as quickly when the SportLegs was in my system.
post #13 of 23
Personally, I wouldn't use it. This product is simply a buffering system to raise the pH of your blood. Essentially, the pH drops in your body as you exert yourself to such levels that lactate (lactic acid) is being produced more than pyruvate, it's aerobic counterpart. As the pH drops, hemoglobin carries less oxygen than at a normal pH. Therefore, you get less oxygen transport throughout your body.

Surely, the raise in pH has negative consequences throughout, but it is a negative feedback that is helpful to the body rather than hurtful. This feedback is telling the body something is wrong, and in this case, it means that you are overexerting yourself. Denying your body's natural responses might damage yourself further since you are masking your fatigue. Think of it as injecting yourself with a cortizone shot to hide the pain from an injury. The pain might be gone, but the weakness remains.

But then again, I'm the kind of person where the only supplement I've ever taken in my life was a daily multi-vitamin and a daily vitamin B complex. Maybe supplements help, but I would much rather do it the "hard" way. And if that means getting tired quicker, so be it.
post #14 of 23

re: Sportsleg Supplement-Any Good?

green tea is good... I take some xxxxxxxxxx I am player in south McKinney collage...
post #15 of 23
Good lord, what a lazareth of a thread. Starts off in 02, dies for 2 years, comes back to life, goes dormant for 6 months, hibernates for 3 years and pops up again when it's revived by someone who is making their first post. Go figure.
post #16 of 23
Lonnie, it was just your everyday spam pusher.

Didn't have anything to do with the thread.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Lonnie, it was just your everyday spam pusher.

Didn't have anything to do with the thread.
So..Sportlegs is the same as Spam? Yummy. :


Actually, try cal-mag-zinc. you can get it at any place that has vitamins and costs 1/4 of "Sportlegs". I have tried both and both reduce lactic acid in the legs.
post #18 of 23
Like the fancy tights, the pills have a great placebo effect. You are Superman the first time you use them. I take one every morning with a Multi-Vitamin and a Glucosamine/Chondrotin just in case, but my guess is none of the three is doing much. I can't afford the recommended dosages, I just take three pills after breakfast. I have no time for green tea. I drink 5 mugs of half decaf (two french presses), take the pills with water, then hit the road.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
So..Sportlegs is the same as Spam? Yummy. :


Actually, try cal-mag-zinc. you can get it at any place that has vitamins and costs 1/4 of "Sportlegs". I have tried both and both reduce lactic acid in the legs.
Cool, because I'm running out of the Sportslegs.
post #20 of 23
Kind of amazing that this forum is the top on Google for this supplement.
post #21 of 23
I've used SportLegs for both bicycling and skiing. I have found them very effective for bike rides over about 3 hours long. Also very effective for long days of hard skiing. They are not a miracle cure but geatly reduce the burn. You need to take several doses over a long day per the directions on the bottle.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Lonnie View Post
Good lord, what a lazareth of a thread. Starts off in 02, dies for 2 years, comes back to life, goes dormant for 6 months, hibernates for 3 years and pops up again when it's revived by someone who is making their first post. Go figure.
Its back
post #23 of 23
Priority One Cal-Mag is a great option. 2 teaspoons each a.m, add 2 more in the evening on hard work days. Easy to tweak for individual needs. Better price. Works good for me.

Hey gotta have a first post somewhere
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