The only way I can describe this product is that it makes me feel capable of doing more in the workout.
I was introduced to Extreme Endurance at the 2012 CrossFit Games South West Regional. August Schmidt, owner of East Valley CrossFit, introduced me to the representatives at their booth. They gave me a few free samples and I packed them away skeptically.
After we returned home I had actually forgot about them. When I remembered I looked up what they had to say on theirwebsite. Their claims were definitely amazing (15% reduction in lactic acid and double digit increases in aerobic threshold), but not much different than other supplement manufacture’s claims. The one thing I did like though was that one of the researchers requested to conduct further studies on his own athletes after the initial double blind study. This researchers independent studies showed that the results improved over longer usage and improved VO2 Max and power output. All of his athletes wanted to stay on the supplement.
I started taking the 6 pills per day on a Monday. The pills are small and easy to swallow. They claim that it takes 72 hours to notice results. That Thursday I was able to put their claims to the test. Keep in mind that my diet, nutrition, and training had been off for several weeks so I wasn’t really expecting much in the form of performance.
The workout was a monster.
10 Overhead Squats
8 Hang Power Cleans
6 Shoulder to Overhead
4 Front Squats
2 Hang Power Snatches
The weight was 135 pounds for competitors.
I remember in the first two rounds thinking I knew when the BURN was gonna set in and my heart rate was gonna explode. I even rested when I really didn’t feel the need to. In the last three rounds I really pushed it and finished in a great time. I didn’t get the usual build up of pressure in the muscles that cause me to have to rest and I was also able to recover quickly and get back on the bar.
I feared this may have been a placebo effect or a fluke. But the subsequent workouts all went the same, no BURN that is usually the indicator to rest and increased VO2 max and recovery.
The only way I can describe this product is that it makes me feel capable of doing more in the workout. Reduced lactic acid, increased VO2 Max, and increased power output are three things that support CrossFit workouts. The goal is to produce the most power over broad time and modal domains, Extreme Endurance is doing that for me.
I contacted Extreme Endurance and became an affiliate retailer so we would be able to keep the product on hand. Look for it in the Box this week.
Michael Mosley owner of CrossFit Now in Tucson, Arizona.
Lesley Paterson remained a bit disappointed after her victory at Maui last year when friends and acquaintances asked her if long-time race leader Melanie McQuaid lost the race when she collapsed from overheating a hundred yards from the finish. “I felt Iearned that win,” Paterson emphasized. “I believe I ran hard and put the pressure on Melanie that caused her to blow up.”
This year Paterson was determined to erase any doubts about who was responsible for that win. After losing a sprint finish to Renata Bucher at XTERRA West, she won the ITU Cross World Championship, dominated the XTERRA U.S. Pro series, and won the XTERRA USA Championship handily.
Still, Paterson felt she had something to prove at Maui and trained hard to prove it. After a typically sluggish swim in the choppy waters, Paterson started the bike more than a dozen riders down to two ITU stars – Mari Rabie’s race-best 21:12 and Barbara Riveros-Diaz’s 21:43. Paterson didn’t pout – she simply put her head down and chewed up the course and the field with a race-best 1:36:02 split that gave her 3 minutes on Riveros-Diaz and another 3 minutes on Rabie.
While Paterson could have cruised, she revealed after the race that Riveros-Diaz’s ITU World Triathlon Series winning foot speed had put fear in her. So she responded with a race-best 40:51 10k trail run that was 1:50 better than the Chilean, who finished 2nd, and 4:23 better than Rabie, the South African Rhodes Scholar, who held off hard-charging XTERRA rookie Heather Jackson by 17 seconds for the final spot on the podium.
“This time I didn’t want any questions about who earned the win,” said Paterson, whose finish time of 2:44:12 was 1 minute 47 seconds faster than her 2011 winning time – and a definitive 4:07 better than 2012 runner-up Barbara Riveros-Diaz.
Canadian Melanie McQuaid, who came to this race eager to avenge her collapse while in the lead last year, simply had an off day, finishing an unlucky 13th.
1. Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:44:12
2. Barbara Riveros-Diaz (CHI) 2:48:19
3. Mari Rabie (RSA) 2:53:56
4. Heather Jackson (USA) 2:54:13
5. Jacqui Slack (GBR) 2:55:19
6. Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 3:01:11
7. Renata Bucher (SUI) 3:01:51
8. Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 3:02:24
9. Helena Erbanova (CZE) 3:03:48
10. Marion Lorblanchet (FRA) 3:04:21
11.Elizabeth Orchard (NZL) 3:04:59
12. Danelle Kabush (CAN) 3:05:17
13. Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 3:07:29