Roctane FAQs

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When should I use Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink?

Roctane ultra endurance energy drink was specifically formulated for the demands of prolonged, ultra-endurance exercise.  Specifically, events lasting 4+ hours.  The drink is calorically dense, since consuming enough calories during these types of events can be a challenge. Caffeine is included to increase mental acuity, increase performance, and decrease perceived effort – all of which tend to go south during prolonged efforts. Taurine is included to help combat heart and skeletal muscle fatigue – as it has been shown to help increase contractility – which is especially important during long efforts where fatigue management is a big issue. The addition of beta-alanine and histidine help buffer acid caused by going over lactate threshold, and amino acids help prevent muscle damage and aid with muscle recovery.

While the drink was formulated for the demands of ultra-endurance exercise, this drink may be particularly useful during intense workouts as well such as a workout where an athlete will be performing 4 x 15’ threshold repeats for example. This kind of intense effort is one where caffeine may increase concentration and help the athlete push through the entire workout. Additionally, this type of workout is very intense and it can be a challenge to consume enough calories – making an energy dense drink beneficial and efficient.  Combine that with increased buffering capacity and helping to speed recovery, the Roctane ultra-endurance drink may ergogenically benefit many athletes during intense workouts.

Why does Roctane Drink cost more than Electrolyte Brew?

Roctane ultra endurance has many extra ingredients compared to electrolyte brew that increase production costs. These include most of the ingredients that make it like nothing else on the market – a special maltodextrin to increase energy density and improve consistency, caffeine and taurine, beta-alanine, histidine and branched chain amino acids.

What role does beta alanine and caffeine play in Roctane Energy Drink?

Beta-alanine is used to supplement the athlete’s diet to increase muscle buffering capacity. Beta-alanine is one of the limiting components of an abundant muscle protein called carnosine that help buffer changes in muscle pH during exercise. It has been shown that supplementing beta-alanine can help increase muscle carnosine content, and therefore increase muscle buffering capacity and the ability to minimize changes in muscle pH during intense efforts over lactate threshold.

Caffeine has been shown in many studies to increase exercise performance. Whether the performance task was short or long – caffeine helps athletes perform at their best.  It can help increase performance by decreasing perceived effort as well as helping athletes maintain focus and concentration.

Why is taurine good for endurance sports?

Several studies have shown that during prolonged exercise (half Ironman and Ironman events), the ability of the heart to pump blood (myocardial contractility) is decreased, which can lead to decreased exercise capacity.  Similarly, prolonged exercise also promotes skeletal muscle fatigue. Taurine helps to maintain heart and muscle function by helping with calcium handling and may help decrease fatigue in these tissues during prolonged exercise.  Additionally, taurine has been shown to increase muscle function with aging, and when combined with caffeine increases performance during a 1 hour cycling time trial.

How can I use Roctane Drink with Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel?

If you like roctane ultra endurance energy gel, you will probably like the Roctane drink.  On your big or intense days, Roctane drink can be used to provide a base of caloric intake that can be supplemented with Roctane gel.  Plus, while many ingredients are similar in the two products (carbohydrates, branched chain amino acids, histidine, and caffeine) each has unique ingredients which may also help improve performance (gel – OKG for muscle recovery, vitamin E as an antioxidant; drink – taurine to help heart and muscle function, beta-alanine to help increase muscle buffering capacity). Therefore, using both products will help provide every nutritional advantage possible to athletes who demand the best from themselves and their nutrition. For many athletes, all they may need during prolonged exercise is one 21oz bottle of Roctane drink and 1 Roctane gel per hour for 340 calories/hour and extra nutritional support to maximize performance.

Will I get dehydrated from caffeine in a sports drink?

A key question regarding caffeine in a sports drink revolves around the well known diuretic effect of caffeine to promote dehydration. Several studies have shown that caffeine ingestion during exercise does not influence weight loss, sweat rates, urine output and plasma volume compared to water alone. This may be due to decreased kidney blood flow during exercise which is proportional to exercise intensity, which minimizes urine production. Therefore, it appears that caffeine will not lead to diuresis if consumed during exercise – and will not contribute to dehydration.

Roctane Energy Gel FAQs

When should I use Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel?

Roctane ultra endurance energy gel was designed to help provide nutritional support for prolonged exercise.  Therefore, you will find Roctane especially beneficial during exercise which will require extra recovery time, and where you need help with preventing fatigue, increasing concentration, focus, and decreasing perceived effort. So when you are going big – use Roctane. During a more typical workout where you looking mainly for good tasting, easy to consume calories with added electrolytes – use original GU.

 

Why does Roctane have the same amount of calories as original GU?

In order to fit Roctane in a similar packet size as original GU, and include the added ingredients, there is no way to increase the caloric density of Roctane compared to GU.

 

Does one Roctane Gel equal two GU Energy Gels?

No. Roctane is designed to help provide nutritional support for prolonged exercise.  The extra ingredients help combat central fatigue, promote muscle recovery, help buffer a decrease in pH from exceeding lactate threshold, and help increase mental focus and decrease perceived effort.  Two original GU energy gels won’t provide this extra nutritional support.

 

How will the added electrolytes and amino acids in Roctane Gel help me in an endurance event?

Roctane contains more sodium than the original GU.  Sodium is the main electrolyte lost in sweat, and supplementation with sodium can help prevent cramping as well as minimize the chances of hyponatremia (low blood sodium from drinking too much plain water).  The amino acids in Roctane gel serve several important functions, including acting as a fuel source for working muscle, and helping promote muscle recovery following exercise. Importantly, the amino acids in Roctane gel are branched chain amino acids that have been shown to help prevent central fatigue by competing with tryptophan for transport across the blood brain barrier. So the electrolytes and amino acids in Roctane gel can help increase performance above and beyond what is possible with the original GU alone.

 

Why does Roctane cost more than the original GU?

Roctane provides nutritional support beyond the original GU to help maximize performance. In addition to what is in the original GU, Roctane contains branched chain amino acids, histidine, OKG and caffeine – each of which increases our production costs.

 

How can I use Roctane Gel with Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink?

If you already use Roctane gel, you can substitute some Roctane gel for Roctane energy drink. This will help tailor energy intake to your needs, and provide the beneficial ingredients found in both the gel and drink.  While many ingredients are similar in the two products (carbohydrates, branched chain amino acids, histidine, and caffeine) each has unique ingredients which may also help improve performance (gel – OKG for muscle recovery, vitamin E as an antioxidant; drink – taurine to help heart and muscle function, beta-alanine to help increase muscle buffering capacity). Therefore, using both products will help provide every nutritional advantage possible to athletes who demand the best from themselves and their nutrition. For many athletes, all they may need during prolonged exercise is one 21oz bottle of Roctane drink and 1 Roctane gel per hour for 340 calories and extra nutritional support to maximize performance.

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