Hammer Nutrition products only use ingredients that aid or improve an athlete’s performance. There are no additives, colourings, added simple sugars, or anything harmful to the athlete’s performance.
If you are looking for the leading proven Endurance fuel for Adventure Racers in the world, your search is now over.
“I have been travelling and racing around the world in all types of Adventure Races for the last 8 years. I can say that nutrition is the key to performance, without a great nutrition product I would never achieved what I have. Jarad Kohlar– Australian Champion Adventure Racer
If you are a long-distance Adventure Racer, the importance of your choice in nutrition is vital to success. Failure to address this from day one will no doubt be a recipe for disaster.
Many athletes focus on the relentless pursuit of training hour after hour, day after day and neglect the importance of nutrition. If they spent a small percentage of that time learning how to fuel they would ensure their training is not wasted through bad choices in nutrition.
At Hammer, we have had 34 years of success in advising Endurance Athletes with nutritional information. Hammer Nutrition has put together these 6 basic topics you should know about your nutrition. Take 15 minutes to read this information and you will be well prepared to make some crucial decisions that will improve your performance.
Most Adventure races go for a minimum of 2-3 hours and up to several days. Hammer focuses on Nutrition for events that last more than 2 hours.
These products only use complex carbohydrates and contain a small amount of Soy Protein. The major difference is that Perpetuem contains Lipids (type of fat). Generally, Perpetuem is our first choice and will suit most Adventure racers. Sustained Energy will suit the smaller leaner athletes which are able to maintain a higher heart rate.
Both these fuels can be mixed into a multi-hour bottle (3-5Hours). You can consume the relevant % of the bottle per hour which is the only nutrition you will require, plus your hydration (water) and added electrolytes per hour. If you are riding for more than 5 hours you can make a second bottle that can be handed to you.
These products are not sweet, which allows easy consumption hour after hour without the sickly sweet taste of gels.
TIP – separate your hydration from your nutrition to stop confusion. (Have 2 water bottles).
Both of these can be used. Our preference is the Endurolytes (1-3 per hour) as it does not have to be mixed with water and the dosage can be increased easily.
TIP – You have to be consistent with consumption every hour as electrolytes are not stored in the body.
Other fuels can be used such as Hammer Bars and Hammer gels. You need to ensure that if you mix fuels you do not over consume calories.
Liquid Fuels (preferred over solids)
Liquids are easily digestible. Solids will take longer to digest and will take blood away from the working muscles to digest. When taking liquids you can be almost 100% certain of how many calories you are consuming per hour (provided you don’t over-consume – less than 300 cal.) Taking solids you can never be sure how many calories are being digested per hour.
Flavour fatigue can be a problem if you are racing over 12 -24 hours. Consider a variety of different fuels i.e. gels, bars, liquids, and small meals etc.
A complete diet of liquid fuels is possible to complete most events.
However, some may feel the need to eat something solid.
Make solid food consumption the exception, not the rule
If eating solids, eat small amounts of solids at one time.
Avoid foods that are hard to digest, high in saturated fats and refined sugars etc.
What you put in your body greatly determines what you get out of it. Garbage in, garbage out
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