In an industry full of purple and blue coloured drinks that are full of all sorts of heaven knows what I was looking for something more natural. I am becoming increasingly aware of what I put in my body and have made a conscious effort to try and reduce the amount of processed nonsense full of preservatives that I consume.
Cue TORQ nutrition. It just landed from the UK and it is something that I am very excited about. I was drawn to it instinctively because they use natural flavours and it contains no colours, preservatives or artificial sweeteners. TORQ also provides detailed peer-previewed evidence for their unique blend of carbohydrates, something which I haven’t come across before.
Oh, and did I mention that the Topeak-Ergon professional MTB team and Sally Bigham used TORQ at the Cape Epic?
TORQ offer a wide range of products and a huge assortment of awesome flavours. If you don’t like the apple crumble gel then why not try the banoffee flavour? Bars, gels, energy and recovery drink – they’ve got you covered for however you prefer to take in your calories during training and racing.
TORQ have also made it very easy to work out and stick to a fueling strategy. One TORQ unit is equal to 30g of carbohydrate – or 1 gel or 500ml drink or 1 bar. Your carbohydrate intake should be between 60g and 90g carbs per hour and as such, TORQ recommend consuming 2 – 3 TORQ units per hour. It is suggested that you start with 2 TORQ units per hour and experiment with a third. I like the way they think because it makes it easier for me not to think while out training or racing. The maths is simple. Just do it.
The best thing about TORQ gels is that they don’t taste like energy gels. They are absolutely delicious and there wasn’t one flavour that I tried that I didn’t like (and I tried all the flavours). The texture is light and easy to get down while racing hard – I actually looked forward to taking my gel at AfricanX (there’s a first for everything!). They contain electrolytes and a 2:1 combination of maltodextrin and fructose for increased energy uptake. Two of the gels also contain 89mg of natural caffeine which comes from natural guarana. I am a big fan of caffeine during racing and loved these! Flavours include:
- Strawberry Yoghurt
- Rhubarb & Custard
- Raspberry Ripple
- Apple Crumble
- Forest Fruits (with Guarana)
- Banoffee (with Guarana)
I took a TORQ gel 10km in to Two Oceans Half, finished strong and ran a PB on the course by 3min. It is hard to attribute a good performance to any one thing, but I was definitely happy with the amount of energy it provided and how easy it was to consume when my heart rate was sitting at around 187.
The TORQ bars are moist and chewy and are packed with fruit and oats. It doesn’t feel as though you’re chewing on plastic, but rather eating real foods. They provide a mix of simple and complex carbs for instant and sustained energy and contain less than 1g of fat The flavours available are: pineapple & ginger, raspberry & apple, tango apricot and organic mango. My mouth is watering just writing this!
One of these bars taken halfway through a long ride sustained me long past when my riding partners started looking for an emergency Coke stop.
TORQ performance energy drink
I can not handle sports drinks that are too sweet and changing the recommended mixture to reduce the sweetness is definitely not the way to go. I really liked the lightly flavoured and refreshing sports drink. They definitely tasted naturally flavoured to me. The flavours available are: lemon & lime, pink grapefruit, orange and vanilla pod. In particular I liked the pink grapefruit flavour, but wasn’t wild about the vanilla pod flavour, although I am sure that this will appeal to some athletes.
It delivers TORQ’s unique blend of carbohydrates and 5 electrolytes.
The nitty gritty:
If you’re looking for great-tasting, no-nonsense, scientifically formulated sports nutrition then you’re looking at TORQ.
It gets a big thumbs up from me!
For now you can order online at: http://www.torqfitness.co.za and soon you’ll be able to find the products at your local bike shop.