CytoMax Sports Performance Drink Review

by Her Happy Balance on March 5, 2013

Monday is officially in the books and we are one day closer to the weekend! Please don’t forget to enter my Fit Four workout glove giveaway!ย I’ll be picking a winner on Thursday night, so get your entries in by then ๐Ÿ™‚

A look at both sides of the gloves

A look at both sides of the gloves, I’m loving my pair!

This week is going to be a busy one for me as I’m attempting to really rev up my workout routine to include 6 days of working out instead of the usual 5 and a lot more of the Insanity DVD sessions. On top of that, I plan on adding an additional mile of running each week to my long run. This weekend past I did 6 miles in 60 minutes. A 10 minute pace is still a little tough for me so I’m proud that I have that one under my belt.

Our treadmills kick us off after 65 minutes, so I got in 5 minutes of a walking warm-up and my hour run and then I was booted!

Our treadmills kick us off after 65 minutes, so I got in 5 minutes of a walking warm-up and my hour run and then I was booted!

So with all this working out, it’s important to make sure I’m fueling up my body and staying hydrated. So I was very excited when I received a package from CytoSports in the mail! CytoSports makes Muscle Milk, a protein drink which I’m sure most of you have seen or tried before. But what I was most interested in trying was CytoMax, a sports performance drink. Cytomax is not a typical pre-workout supplement, this is a drink that you can sip on both before AND during a workout to help keep you energized and hydrated as well as improve your endurance.ย Here’s the lowdown on the drink:

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Pros:

  • Made up of complex carbs (22g) and essential electrolytes like sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. These ingredients are supposed to help you feel hydrated and energized for longer than just drinking water or taking in plain ol’ glucose.
  • One drink gives you 100% of your vitamin C intake for the day.
  • A study was done (you can read about it here)ย that concluded that one of the complex carbs in the drink called Alpha-a-polylactate, “[can] efficiently [be] used as a fuel faster than other carbohydrates and provides energy […] In addition, it enters the blood stream and tissues faster than a single carbohydrate source, and is utilized more efficiently.” What I get from this is that the drink contains carbs that can be used more productively than just normal sugar.
  • One serving (a single scoop/or pouch into 10-12oz of water) will only set you back 90 calories.
  • Contains Guarana Extract, a plant-based caffeine stimulant, which may have you feeling more energized. I didn’t feel jittery or notice any odd sensations from the stimulant.
  • Does not contain any artificial colors or sweeteners.
  • Available in 5 different flavors: tangy orange, grape, tropical fruit, pomegranate berry, and cool citrus.
  • Reasonably priced, 24 single-serve pouches cost only $20.95. ย I also think pre-portioned pouches are a lot more convenient than scooping out drinks from a big tub. However if you like scooping your heart out, they also sell the big containers.
Here's the stats on the Tropical Fruit drink

Here’s the stats on the Tropical Fruit drink

Cons:

  • The powder dissolved well, but the drink seemed a little foamy. It wasn’t a big deal, but I was expecting a completely fluid drink.
  • I thought the taste was a little watery, so I would probably stick to 10 oz or a less of water instead of 12oz. Other than that, the flavors were light and tasted fine.
  • I didn’t feel a huge surge of energy while taking it, but then again that’s not really what it is marketed towards. I just have these unreal expectations of workout supplements where I want them to give me crazy bursts of energy. That being said, I really enjoyed having a flavored drink to sip at the gym in place of my usual water. And I’m sure the electrolytes and carbs were helping my muscles on an unconscious level.

I’m excited to start incorporating these drinks into my more strenuous workout days, like on a day where I do a long run and then follow it up with some strength training. I could see these drinks being a refreshing addition to those days. And if you’re a die-hard supplement user, I would probably take a normal pre-workout supplement before your workout and then drink this shake throughout to maintain that level of energy.

*I was given CytoMax to try, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not a physician.*

Thoughts??

Have you ever tried a workout supplement aimed at being taken while working out?

Which flavor would you want to try?

What’s your favorite type of run: short and easy, long, or speed/interval?ย 

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nycfitgirlt March 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

I have never tried CytoMaz. I think I would want to try the tropical one.

Her Happy Balance March 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I’ve only had the chance to try the orange flavor so far but the tropical one will be next!

Running In Heels March 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

Sounds like a great product! I think I would like to try the tropical one ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on the good run!

Her Happy Balance March 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Thank you! And that’ll be the one I go after next ๐Ÿ™‚

Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen March 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

Cool product and nice job on the run! My favorite types of runs are intervals or short and hard runs. I like to get the run over with ๐Ÿ™‚

Her Happy Balance March 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

haha I hear that! There are just some days when I could run my heart out and others that I’m literally trudging through, ugh!

jsresults March 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Nice review. These definitely sound helpful for someone running distance then lifting! Cytosport is a great company in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

Her Happy Balance March 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thanks! And this is the only product I’ve tried by them so far but I’m liking it!

maureenbreakingfree March 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I want so badly to be a long runner but I get bored so easily! I tend to do intervals and sprints

Her Happy Balance March 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

That’s so great for your heart though, power to you girly! interval runs are hard stuff!

Cindy March 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Wow, that’s a great run. I love Insanity, such a great workout ๐Ÿ˜€

Her Happy Balance March 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Ugh it’s so intense! But the workouts pack a punch in a short amount of time and for that I am a fan.

Brittany March 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

My boyfriend used to drink cytomax on his longer runs in Cuba. I like medium runs..does that count? HA. Somewhere between 6-8miles is ideal.

noshingonasphalt March 7, 2013 at 11:47 am

I’m a big cytomax fan, beats the heck out of Gatorade. I use it post long runs to restore my carbs/glycogen and I always drink about 6oz of it before marathons (and some 1/2 marathons). Fruit punch is the bomb flavor! (And you get used to the foaminess…I just mix it the night before.)

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