If you’re wanting to use CrampFix in your next triathlon but aren’t sure just how to … read this race report by Ironman Triathlete & Ultraman Kristin Trappitt.
“For the Ironman 70.3 Geelong I took an Espresso CrampFix pre swimming as I can get quad and calf cramps during the swim. Not on Sunday thankfully!.
On the ride I had a Raspberry CrampFix at 20km and again at 65km. These help me as I have tight calves and it helps me stay looser into the run.
This was a tough run, especially with the warming conditions. A Lemon CrampFix at the end of Lap 1 of the run and NO CRAMPING issues at all during the day!
I continue to enjoy the benefits of CrampFix with all my extended days. Be it training or racing and I’m happy they work for me”
December 2018. Photo of Kristin Trappitt and Rod Miller.
A muscle cramp can stop you in your tracks–but with science on your side, you can fix it fast.
Your Facebook post about a midrace muscle cramp now has 32 unsolicited comments: Eat bananas! Salt tablets! Mustard! While the peanut gallery means well, the advice they’re dishing out may just be nuts. In fact, even experts can’t say with certainty what causes exercised-induced muscle cramps.
“Scientists have theories, but it’s hard to do research on cramps because they’re unpredictable and spontaneous,” says Kevin C. Miller, Ph.D., an associate professor of athletic training at Central Michigan University and devoted cramp researcher. In fact, one of Miller’s early career tasks was to devise a humane way to induce cramps. (The process he came up with involves electro currents and students’ big toes. He swears it’s not too painful.)
But even in a lab, multiple variables can be at play when a cramp occurs. “When I exercise, I lose sodium, I become dehydrated, and I become fatigued,” Miller says. “The problem is all those things are happening at the same time, which makes it difficult to say definitively what’s responsible.”
What experts do know is that many common treatments have been proven ineffective. Which means it’s time to rethink your treatment regimen.
Experts weigh in on two common theories.
Dehydration and Electrolyte Loss: The best-known theory is also the one with the least amount of scientific support. Timothy Noakes, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., a renowned exercise scientist from the University of Cape Town, calls the studies that link cramps to sodium loss and dehydration “bogus science.” In 2004, he studied the electrolyte levels of 43 ultramarathoners. Blood tests after a race showed no significant differences in blood sodium or magnesium concentrations between those who had and hadn’t cramped.
There were also no differences in body weight, plasma volume, or blood volume between the two groups, showing that dehydration had no real effect. Miller agrees: If dehydration alone could cause a muscle cramp, he theorizes that you could seize up in saunas or hot tubs, or even just walking around on hot days.
Muscle Fatigue: Dehydration, however, could expedite muscle fatigue, and that is what Miller believes is a likely cause of cramps. In that ultramarathoner study, 100 percent of the runners who cramped did so in either the last half of or right after the race. Anecdotally, this theory holds up: Most people who cramp seem to be covering longer distances; cramps seem more common at mile 20 of a marathon than, say, mile two of a 5K.
Additionally, speedier runners seem to be at higher risk. Two 2011 studies found that fast-paced ultramarathoners and triathletes had more cramps than their slower counterparts.
Here are the best strategies for avoiding spasms.
Run Long: Guarding against muscle fatigue is key, so don’t take any shortcuts in training. “Train more, do longer distances,” says Dr. Noakes, a former ultramarathoner. “You have to adapt to the distance you want to race.”
Strength Train: Miller recommends plyometrics (check out this article for an explosive plyometric workout)—explosive exercises that may improve the endurance of the receptors that are thought to misfire and cause cramps.
Pace Properly: If you trained logging 10-minute miles and you start racing 8:45-minute miles, your muscles won’t be prepared for that effort, and you’ll risk cramping, Miller says.
Keep Track: Miller thinks cramps are often caused by the perfect confluence of factors. “If you tend to cramp up at 20 miles, write that down,” he says. “Then write down the conditions: Was it hot? Was it humid? How much did you drink? What was your nutrition like the night before? Were you acclimated to the heat?” Track patterns over time, and you may be able to figure out exactly what makes you cramp.
Or – why not try a CrampFix QuickFix Shot until you figure things out?! even carry one with you for emergencies! You never know what can happen out there right?
One CrampFix Shot will get rid of any cramps in about a minute, so you can be back in the race. You can even stay in the race by using the product preventively. Consume it before the race or before the sticky stage and get through without cramping! Race cramp free.
This insightful article explains how hydration cannot be the issue:
“One of the most common reasons for failure in the marathon is suffering from muscle cramping. As many seasoned marathon veterans know, these muscle cramps can be one of most frustrating reasons for a poor performance. Typically, when you suffer from a cramp, everything else is going pretty well. The pace feels easy, you’ve got plenty of energy, and a new PR seems almost inevitable. Then bang! Your calf cramps and it takes everything you have just to crawl to the finish.
As we’ve been taught to do from the billions of dollars funneled into the sports drink market every year, most runners blame a lack of fluid or electrolyte intake for their untimely cramp. So, for their next marathon they work on drinking more often.
Unfortunately, as many marathoners know, this rarely solves the problem. It seems no matter how often we drink or how precisely we try to optimize our electrolyte levels, the same darn calf cramp returns late in the race.
This is because your marathon cramping isn’t likely a hydration or electrolyte issue at all. Rather, the problem is what we call a “muscle overloading” or a fatigue cramp. This occurs when the neural mechanisms that are supposed to inhibit muscle contraction are depressed and the chemical and electrical synapses that fire the muscle fibres are enhanced. The result is an intense, sustained involuntary muscle contraction”.
*How to beat marathon muscle cramps by Jeff Gaudette / October 24, 2018
Products such as CrampFix are able to interrupt these enhanced electrical synapses that are firing the muscle fibres. CrampFix was developed with professional Rugby players who commonly suffer cramps during a game. After three years of trialling the formula it was concluded that it can be used at the time of cramp AND/OR prior to getting a cramp. After drinking or swirling the product the response is almost immediate due to the neurological activation.
Studies by Dr Kevin Miller were considered as a basis for the idea of treating cramps in this way. Dr Miller conducted several studies where athletes were induced electrically with cramp after which they were fed varying formulas. Despite not being able to find out why athletes cramp, he was able to link successful treatment to consumption of low ph formulas.
If you are worried about the dreaded cramp, why not give CrampFix a try? It’s being used around the world by professional and recreational athletes across many different sports. Stay Brave, Stay Strong, Stay Focused, Stay Cramp Free!!
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie Race Report, by Ash Hunter
I was a little unsure about how the body would be feeling going into this race, considering I was half way through my final build leading into my first Ironman (Ironman Cairns).
Due to it being low-tide we weren’t able do a quick warm up swim. I decided to go for a 5-10 minute run in my wet-suit (bare foot) including an upper body dynamic warm up halfway. In hindsight, it wasn’t the best idea to go for a run without shoes because my feet went numb and I wore the material between my thighs on my wetsuit… oops! I felt warm and ready to go after this so I’m glad I did it. While lining up in zone 1 ready for the rolling start to get to me, Pete Murray was doing an awesome job at pumping the crowd up, for some reason, it made me reflect on the journey over the past 6 months on my comeback from surgery with a fractured collarbone. The competitor next to me said something like, “This is the worst part of the day, I just can’t wait to start.” I could barely reply as I was all choked up with emotion thinking about the journey to get to the start line.
OK it was GO time, the line was moving quite quickly and I only had a dozen people in front of me. All of a sudden, I was emotionless and only focusing on the task at hand. Thinking about my swim plan with the words of my coach running through my head from our phone call the previous night. I managed to follow my plan throughout the swim focusing on a couple of aspects of my technique which I tend to forget when I’m under pressure. I was able to find some feet after the first turn-around and settle into a nice rhythm. I was almost a little startled at the northern turn-around point when I could hear cheering… on a swim course! Shout out to the people who were out on their yachts giving support. With about 300m left I could hear the voice of Ironman as well as the wonderful Pete Murray’s voice getting louder. As I was running up the ramp I could see Korupt Vision laying on the ground in his wet-suit doing what he does best, I managed a quick “Hi Glen!” while running past placing my goggles on top of my forehead.
The BEST part of the day! I looked down at my watch and realised I came out of the swim with a PB! This gave me a boost of confidence as I knew that I wouldn’t have lost too much time to the girls up ahead. I was able to keep within the present moment by consistently thinking about my present power, rpm, position on the bike and getting nutrition/hydration in. I find focusing on these few things helped me stay within the moment.
My nutrition on the bike included two bottles each with 2 x CLIF Shot Gels + 1 x Nuun tablet. One bottle with Razz Raspberry CLIF Shot Gel and the other with Lemon Lime CLIF Shot Gel.
I had 1 x CrampFix sachet at the 65km mark for prevention purposes and sodium intake.
Even though I found this ride extremely bumpy and hard to stay super aero all the time, I seriously couldn’t stop smiling the entire ride and was just SO happy to be out there. I came into T2 with my power plan on point. I also learned that I was 5th female overall and first in my age group posting the second fastest female bike split of the day. I scoffed down 3 x strawberry Clif Bloks and got out of T2 as fast as I could with a huge smile on my face.
I seriously had zero expectations for my run considering the block of training we were in. My goal was to run a faster time for the first lap than my second lap. A male age grouper “Deano” and I left T2 together, he seemed to be running at a very consistent pace so I asked kindly if he didn’t mind if I sat behind him, offering him any Clif Bloks or CrampFix if he needed it. At the 8km mark he let me know he was going to start to slow down now and wished me all the best with the rest of the run. Thanks for the company Deano!
I was able to keep a consistent pace throughout the first lap and then dropped the pace back roughly 10 sec per km for the second lap. I didn’t have any issues on the run until I got to the 17km mark where I could hear my stomach slugging up and down due to drinking too much water which gave me a stitch in my stomach. It took me about 1km to breathe it out, finally I could pick up the pace again for the final few kilometers.
My nutrition over the run course included 4 x strawberry Clif Bloks, a few cups of alternating cola and electrolytes and 3 x CrampFix Sachets.
I had the CrampFix sachet’s at the 8km, 12km and 16km mark.
I rinsed them down with water but in hindsight I think using only cola to wash it down would have worked better than drinking both water and cola.
A massive shout out to another male age grouper “Dave Walsh” who pushed me along for the final 1km (which turned out to be 1.5km… we got more than we bargained for searching for that finish line feeling). I love that there is a comradery like spirit out on race day, even though this is an individual sport.
I was over the moon to be able to place 1st in the female 25-29 AG and third female amateur overall.
My splits for the day: Swim – 00:30:19 Bike – 02:36:350 Run – 1:38:430 Overall time – 4:49:29.
A massive thank you to the following for all your support leading into this race: CrampFix, T:zero Multisport and my amazing coach Richard Thompson, my swim coach – Lisa Spink, Team Clif Bar Australia, Unique Health Products , 17 Hours Tri Clothing and Di’s Fitness & Massage.
Back to work for me for the final build leading into my first Ironman! See you all at Cairns.
Congratulations to Jason Sim on his recent Age Group WIN in Hawaii at the Haleiwa Triathlon!!!
AND 4th Overall
“I just want to say a huge ‘thank you!’ I flew over to China last week to roll the dice for a spot for Kona at the Qujing 70.3. With the massive obstacle of altitude and heat given I’m training in winter (Bendigo, Vic) I knew cramp would be an issue.
I used Crampfix throughout the event and didn’t look back!
Crampfix will definitely be part of my Kona race.
I recommend Crampfix to a lot of athletes I met, so don’t be surprised to see a few more orders from Germany and South Africa to name a few”.
Drinking CrampFix stimulates sensory nerves in the throat which send a signal to inhibit overactive nerves wherever muscles are cramping OR about to cramp.
This theory and it’s safety has been proven in scientific studies. (If you would like to learn more about the studies, please ask us!)
It’s currently being used successfully by professional and recreational athletes around the world, including:
Plus numerous Ironman and Marathon athletes in Australia. Check out our Facebook page for reviews https://www.facebook.com/staycrampfree/
The QuickFix SHOTS are available in 3 great flavours: Lemon, Raspberry & Espresso.
The Espresso included 7mg Caffeine per Shot for an extra HIT!
CampFix is available online at https://crampfix.com.au/where-to-buy/
Also in selected sports stores.
The First Time Using CrampFix
by Ash Hunter, Ironman 70.3 Triathlete
Ever since starting triathlon in 2015 I’ve experienced muscle cramps in almost every race, usually on the run and was finding I’d start to cramp on the bike in a half Ironman too.
While walking through the Cairns Ironman Expo in 2017, I came across CrampFix and asked how their product works, what athletes have used it before and what have the athletes said about it. After having a chat to Jan and Michelle, the owners, I decided to buy a couple of bottles. I don’t usually like to try new things on race day but thought I’d just have it there as an “in case of emergency” situation.
I carried a bottle in my bento box on the bike and put the other one in my back race suit pocket when I got into Transition 2 for the run.
I ended up having a mouthful on the bike around the 60km mark when I could feel the very start of a muscle cramp going on. The cramps stayed at bay until 12km on the run when I could feel another one about to start so I had another mouthful and the cramps disappeared again.
I always keep a CrampFix sachet or bottle on me for training and racing now and haven’t looked back.
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Jason Sim took won the Bendigo Bank Half Marathon earlier this month “… thanks to CrampFix.”
This was only a few weeks after racing in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Jason is a regular user of CrampFix “(At Kona )I battled an injury all day that slowed me down but I didn’t battle Cramps thanks to CrampFix!”
While in Hawaii still, one week after the Ironman Champs, Jason won his Age Group in a 30k running race!! Amazing achievements!
“After I placed 4th outright and won my age group at the 30km running race in Hawaii the week after the Ironman I am contemplating going back for the Honolulu Marathon as I’m confident I can win my age group”.
CrampFix provides athletes a valuable tool to manage muscle cramps. It works neurologically.
After taking CrampFix the sensory nerves in the throat are activated to send a signal through the spinal cord to control the overactive nerves where the muscles are cramping. It works rapidly to prevent as well as treat muscle cramps.
It is recommended to take CrampFix just 10 minutes before exercise or before expected cramp stage. This will work well to prevent any impending cramps.
If cramp does strike CrampFix can be taken to provide rapid relief, allowing athletes to continue to perform.
CrampFix is an all natural proprietary formula with a specific Ph level and combination of minerals. It is Gluten Free and Vegan.
For more information visit https://crampfix.com.au/?p=8
At the 2017 IM OZ, Port Macquarie, CrampFix was on course to provide rapid relief and prevention to Ironman crampers!
CrampFix partnered up with Ironman to offer cramp suffering athletes a fast acting, easy to use solution right on the run stage of the course.
Single doses as well as full bottles were made available at R1, on both sides of the aid station.
Feedback after the event was overwhelmingly positive. Many competitors saying that “CrampFix saved my race!”
CrampFix will also be available at the upcoming Cairns Ironman on 11th June 2017.