Friday, December 11, 2015

minotor review: 'performance you can feel'

Disclaimer: I received three bottles of minoTOR to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!

You guys know I love to test products. It's one of the many perks of being a BibRave Pro. I already have a hydration product I like to use, but I think it's good to continue the search, to see if there's something I like/works better for me. Every one is different, so what works for some might not work for others. Also, maybe your hydration needs are different – what do you look for in an athletic hydration product?

I personally like to avoid drinks that have a super sweet/sugary taste/flavor. Light flavor is my jam. There's a certain high-profile drink that is WAY too sweet/sugary for me. It's often on race courses, and if I don't bring my own hydration (I love using Orange Mud for storage and hydration during training runs and races - especially in the summer, but sometimes leave it at home), I have to water it down.  

minoTOR has a sweet taste, but it's more in line with coconut water taste than that super sugary taste, if that makes sense. The smell is cool and crisp, and there is no aftertaste, residue or coating, which are big in my book. I hate when other drinks leave a weird feeling/taste, don't you? Having teeth that feel dirty is a pet peeve of mine (I brush my teeth no less than 3x a day). So, drinking something while running that leaves an aftertaste or coating on my teeth is a deal breaker. minoTOR passed the test. My first try with it, I drank half the bottle pre-workout, and then the next day the other half post-run.

Other important factors for me, is whether it gives me more energy and helps in my recovery. minoTOR does both of these. 

It increases your energy: a synergistic (when supplements enhance or multiply each other’s effects when used together (by “cooperating” in the body).) formula increases energy through improved rate of perceived exertion, making activities 'feel' easier. 

It accelerates recovery: Sustamine™ helps to replace lost electrolytes and fluids, repair damaged muscle proteins, and refill the body's energy stores.

Other highlights? It delays muscle fatigue, improves endurance, promotes strength gain, and boosts your metabolism. 

I personally noticed higher levels of energy during my workouts (running and Jillian Michaels Body Revolution DVDs). Muscle fatigue and improved endurance were also seen. 

I generally don't have stomach issues, but just to note, minoTOR didn't upset my stomach at all. It's recommended to take 15–30 minutes prior to exercise (you know, to help with the endurance, energy, and muscle fatigue), but I also drank it post-workout to get those electrolytes back in and to help with the muscle recovery. I liked it both ways, but I'm sure if they recommend it beforehand, that's when it should ideally be consumed.

I really respect the foundation of their company and product: built upon passion, innovation, hard work, and proven nutritional science. They wanted to create a new health and fitness product with an effective formula that got results. Their core values include integrity, community, health, fitness, and education. That's the kind of company I can support.

They weren't happy with what sports drink products were on the market – they didn't help supplement their active lifestyles with effective, quality products (that they wanted to drink, at least). They had three keys they wanted to follow for success: great taste, effective, and it had to have mass appeal and intrigue. Mission accomplished, I'd say.

How did they come up with the name? It's a combo of two words - mino (from Amino Acids) and TOR f(from mTOR) = minoTOR. You can read more specifics here.

The creators of minoTOR were very into the science of it all. There's a TON of information on their website regarding all of this, so I suggest you check it out, but I'll give you a brief breakdown.

minoTOR delivers sustained energy through better body functionality. O2 is utilized more efficiently, lactic acid is buffered and reduces, and overall RPE is improved making activities 'feel' easier, promoting lean muscle gain and spurring fat loss. All of this combined allows you to train harder, longer, accelerate recovery, and get you back to the things you love faster.

They hand selected ingredients to make minoTOR. But what about the ingredients make minoTOR so great? It's created with BCAA's, Beta-alanine, B Vitamins, Caffeine, Chromium, Sustamine™, Taurine, and Zinc. Again, you can find a ton of information regarding the ingredients – definition, summary, science, research, benefits, and references are all there. It's quite interesting.

There are 4.2G Amino Acids, 50 calories per serving, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. 

Another cool thing for minoTOR was that it was recently chosen to represent Arizona for New Beverage of the Year at BevNet 2015 in Santa Monica, CA earlier this month. Chosen to represent AZ for it's innovation and ability to disrupt the current market. Impressive! 

You can purchase minoTOR on Amazon for $35.99 for a 12 pack (roughly $3 a bottle). It's an Amazon Prime item, so if you are a member of AP, then you get that awesome, free, 2-day shipping. Even if you aren't, no worries. I have a code for you!

BONUS: Use code BIBRAVE1 for 10% off + free shipping

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