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Q & A with Caleb Noble – Professional Triathlete & Ironman

Caleb Noble Noosa Triathlon Winner

Starting triathletes at the age of 15, Caleb Noble has found himself competing professionally around the world by the age of 24. For a few years he has been competing in elite ITU races and has only just started racing professionally in Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events.  Caleb has been an avid user and ambassador of CrampFix for almost 18 months and has since recently won the Runaway Noosa Marathon and had the opportunity to race in Challenge Almere in Amsterdam.

How did your triathlete journey begin?

C:  I grew up in a small country town (Ganmain) close to Wagga Wagga NSW and grew up around Aussie rules. I found triathlons when I was 15 doing the NSW all schools triathlon and from there moved onto ITU racing and then onto long course triathlons.

What does your training schedule look like?

C: I try to train for roughly 20-25 hours on a good week. On a bad week, maybe a little bit less depending on how much time I have. I try to do as much as I can, but I also work full time landscaping so I try to find the right balance.

What does your diet consist of before, during and after a race?

C:  I make sure I get my carbs in pre race and make sure I’m very well hydrated.

During the race I’m just trying to focus on getting my electrolytes and carbs in to sustain me for the duration of the race.

Post race I have a few drinks with mates and a good meal.

How do you use CrampFix in training and for an event?

C: I use CrampFix throughout my training pretty often. I make sure I’m taking it every hour and keep on top of it so no cramps come on.

What races do you have coming up this year?

C:  I’ll be racing the Noosa Triathlon up next in November. Then I will race Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney in November and I haven’t planned December yet.

What was your biggest learning curve?

C: Learning to adapt to the training load leading into a big event and to really rest and freshen up in taper week.

What is your greatest piece of advice?

C:  Train smart, not hard. You are better to go into a run slightly underdone then to over do it and burn out and over train.

 

If you want to follow Caleb’s journey, you can find him on Instagram @calebnoble95

 

We can’t wait to be there to support Caleb and everyone racing at Noosa Triathlon on November 3.

Keep your eyes out for CrampFix if you’re there and come say hello! We will have free samples and products to buy to help get you through the race

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It’s Never Too Late to Join the Running Game! Interview with Andrew Chau – Marathon Runner

Here at CrampFix, we want to inspire you with some of our amazing ambassadors in a new series of interviews to delve deeper into their sports and personal experiences. We hope that you will be able to learn something new or to connect with like minded people and to grow the CrampFix community!

Andrew Chau Marathon Runner

Andrew Chau @and_he_runs

The first running race that mattered to Andrew Chau was the Half Marathon in 2016. He had completed other fun runs like the Mother’s Day Classic earlier, but he had never dedicated 4 months of training to a specific event. After the Half Marathon, he completed the Blackmores Sydney Marathon that same year.

Since then, he has completed 8 Half Marathons, 7 Marathons, and 3 Trail Races, including the 45km Six Foot Track Marathon. Andrew has also completed a couple dozen shorter distance races that were less than the half marathon like City 2 Surf and the Sydney Harbour 10km.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: I’m late to the running game. I’ve never considered myself as a runner and I never imagined myself to run 30km most Sundays and race 4 marathons a year. I grew up as a swimmer, then became a cyclist, a skier, and now a runner.

I pass the time between my running by working full-time as a Landscape Architect, designing playgrounds and parks at Waverley Council. One of my current projects in construction are the fitness stations along the Coastal Walk between Tamarama Beach and Marks Park.

I have a Wife and two fur-children, a Kelpie and a Staffador, they keep us busy and occasionally join us on runs.

How did your running journey begin?

A: Before 2016 I’ve always avoided running – the most running I would do would be the occasional sprint for the train or tram. My sister for the previous decade would always try and entice me to run a marathon, and my response was always the same – they invented bikes for a reason.

In 2016, I finally folded, with my partner (now wife) hopping on the running advocacy band wagon, we all signed up for the Gold Coast Asics Half Marathon. I used the Asics online training plan to get me started, because I had no idea of how to train properly for longer distances. Even after completing the first Half and gearing up for the Blackmores Sydney Marathon, I still believed I was only running to keep myself ski fit over summer.

What races do you have coming up this year?

A: I’m working towards my ‘A’ race, Melbourne Marathon. I bombed out my other race earlier in the year so this will hopefully be the redeemer. Following that I was lucky enough to secure an entry into the New York City Marathon, it will be my first World Major marathon. These races are only 4 weeks apart, so it will be interesting to see how my body holds up.

What is your motivation for running

A: I run because I want to know what my best can be. I also run to support other people achieve their goals and realise their potential – a fair few of the races I’ve completed have been as an official pacer, running down the finish chute and pushing others to finish strong is an amazing feeling, especially when those people go beyond what they had believed they were capable.

What does your training schedule look like?

A:  I integrate a lot of run commutes into my schedule, it kills two birds with one stone, I get to work, and I get my run done, in basically the same time it might take to catch a train. A normal week consists of 90 – 100km of running, made up of two interval sessions, a tempo session, a midweek long run 20km, a 10km tempo and parkrun on Saturday, and Sunday long run 30-35km. On top of this there would be at least one gym session, lots of foam rolling, and about 60-75km of bike commuting.

Do you have any rituals that you swear by before you compete in a race? If so, what?

A: I don’t have any weird rituals, no lucky charms, just a bagel with peanut butter, jam, and a banana, washed down with a coffee, double shot long black from my freshly ground Sample coffee.

Before racing a marathon, I like to get in 2-3km warm-up with some speed build up – before my PB marathon in Sydney last year, I ran almost 4km. Before my 10km PB, I ran 17km!

What was your favourite course/event you have ever done?

A: Adidas Paris 10km. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing! It is the biggest 10km event in France where you sign-up and represent a neighbourhood, you have whole cheer squads for a particular neighbourhood and the noise when you run past is next level! Ale Ale Ale! ODEON! BASTILLE! ODEON! Not only were the crowds amazing, imaging running full speed towards the Eiffel Tower!

What was your biggest learning curve?

A: Train slow to get fast. It isn’t always the best to train hard all the time. Your body needs to time to recover, and the gains from a quality workout will only occur if your body learns to adapt during that recovery. Training hard all the time just causes your body to fatigue, break down, and heighten the risk of injury.

What is your greatest piece of advice

A: Forget about times, race because you want to be there, race because you want the experience. If you’re constantly chasing times you lose focus of why you are there and you place extra pressure and stress on yourself to perform. You will lose the love of running.

 

If you want to follow Andrew’s journey, you can find him on Instagram @and_he_runs.

 

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The Best 5 Tips to Prepare for a Marathon

With the last few marathons coming up before the end of year and all the time and effort you have put in to your training, you should do everything you can to prepare for your marathon and maximise your race. Here are five tips to make sure you are ready for your big race.

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Let your Body Rest

Be kind to your body and listen to what it needs; after all, it’s the only thing that will get you over the finish line. Have a rest day before your race and don’t push yourself. If you feel like you need to do some sort of exercise the day before a race, stick to a very slow, short jog or a small walk to stretch your legs. You could even use this as an excuse to treat yourself and to get a relaxing massage! You have trained so hard for this event and having one day off will not impact your fitness.

Make sure you also get plenty of sleep in the lead up to the event. Depriving your body from sleep will not give it the time it needs to recover, leaving you feeling fatigued and unfocused. Fortunately, if you didn’t manage to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep the night before, the adrenaline usually overrides your symptoms and has shown that it is unlikely to effect your performance.

Increase your Carb Intake

To help prepare your body for a marathon, you should start to increase your daily carbohydrate intake a few days before your event. Eating complex carbs whilst you’re training for a marathon will increase your glycogen supply, which will assist you to improve your performance on the day of the race.

Try not to go to overboard with carbs the night before though, you don’t want your body to feel sluggish overeating food that it’s not used to. Eating a well balanced diet and slowly increasing your carbs is key so that it is not a big shock to the body. Make sure you stick to what you know and what makes you feel good.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated can’t be stressed enough in the lead up to a marathon! Make sure to drink plenty of water a few days before the big event, especially the day before to prepare for your marathon. Try not to drink excessively though, you just want to stay well-hydrated so you can just top up in the morning before the race.

Get Organised

Write a list of everything you need and lay it all out ticking it off as you go. Make sure to lay out what you’re wearing; socks, shoes, sunscreen, Vaseline or specialised cream to prevent any rubbing or chafing, and anything else you think is important. Don’t forget to bring your shots of CrampFix to avoid cramping on the day!

Organising everything before your event will reduce the stress of loosing or not being able to find something in the morning. Try to avoid using anything new such as new running shoes or food just in case it makes you uncomfortable and puts you off your game.

Race Day

The day you have been training so hard for has finally arrived! It is ideal to have breakfast 2-3 hours before a race so your body has had enough time to digest and absorb the nutrients and energy. Have a meal that is high in carbs to keep you energised and keep protein, fat, and fibre consumption low. Top up with water before your race to stay hydrated.

Keep your warm-up short. Get your blood pumping and your body ready to run at race pace, but don’t use all of your energy before the race has begun. Believe in yourself and trust your training and try not to get caught up in everyone else’s goals. Focus on your own goal and pace yourself.

Finally, have fun and remember why you are here and why you love running!

 

Keep your eyes out for CrampFix at the Melbourne Marathon.

Event: Melbourne Marathon Festival

Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground

When: October 13, 2019

 

If you have any other tips to prepare yourself before a marathon, we would love to hear them in the comments below!

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Spartan Gold Coast Obstacle Race Event Partner CrampFix

In September 2019, Spartan is bringing the world’s best obstacle race to the Gold Coast!
CrampFix is the Event Partner to ensure you have a cramp-free obstacle race!
Spartan Gold Coast offers the opportunity for all new and returning Spartans to find out what it means #BeMore Spartan this year. Get off the fence and experience firsthand what Spartan racing’s all about by committing to a real challenge at Spartan Gold Coast!
CrampFix and Spartan Gold Coast

CrampFix is an Event Partner with Spartan Gold Coast

Win a FREE entry to Spartan Sprint Gold Coast!!!

Follow our Facebook page and tell us briefly how CrampFix has or will help you to achieve your goals to go into the draw to win!
Look out for the competition announcement post on Facebook!
Entries close 5pm Saturday 31st August 2019. The winner is drawn randomly.
Please note that travel and accommodation costs are not included in the prize. The winner must make their own travel arrangements. Only 1 x Spartan Sprint entry included in the prize.

Do you think you’re not fit enough for Spartan?

Think again because Spartan Gold Coast’s got a race and a challenge for all fitness levels – from beginner to elite! In 2019, Spartan Gold Coast will deliver the 5km Sprint, 21km Beast, Combo, Kids Race, and Hurricane Heat 4 hours. New to Spartan? Smash out the 5k Sprint – a distance that is perfect for Spartan first-timers and has been designed so anyone can run it!

Choose your race category

Racers can choose from three categories; Open, Age Group, or Elite. Whatever path you choose, the Spartan family will be with you every step of the way! See yourself conquer obstacles such as the Olympus, the Spear Throw, the Hercules Hoist, the Rings and many more!

A location known for its glorious weather, hinterland views that that demand to be noticed, and an atmosphere like no other… Spartan Gold Coast never fails to deliver!

Cramping in Obstacle Racing

Cramping can be the thing that ends a race. Particularly during obstacle racing!

Obstacle Race Cramping

Cramping in Obstacle Racing is a common race destroyer!

 

CrampFix will keep the muscle cramps away! Drink just one CrampFix QuickFix Shot sachet to stop cramps immediately! Or if you’ve cramped in previous races use CrampFix preventatively. Drink one QuickFix Shot 5 mins before the start to prevent.

Each QuickFix Shot lasts about 40-60 minutes. If the cramps come back drink another one.

CrampFix in Obstacle Racing

CrampFix really is a lifesaver for cramping!

You can safely consume up to 5 x 20ml Shots per day.

 

SPARTAN GOLD COAST LOCATION

The race will be held at in Numbinah Valley, our famous Gold Cost site, and parking is available! Refer to the Race Schedule below for timings.

Address:  2524 Nerang-Murwillumbah Road Numinbah Valley, QLD 4211

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 11:59PM 10TH SEPTEMBER AEST

LEARN MORE:

What is Spartan?

OBSTACLES:

A true Spartan must be ready for anything. We never share our full list of obstacles, we will only give you a sneak preview when we release the course maps before the race. However, you can view our obstacle hacks and other videos so that you get a good idea of what you’re in for!
View Obstacle Videos

TRAINING:

The 5k Sprint requires just a base level of fitness, and how hard you go is up to you. However, if you want to challenge yourself in the Elite or Age Group waves, or tackle the Beast or Combo, we do have a couple of resources available to help you take yourself to the next level:
Download Training Guide
View Training Videos
Follow us on Facebook for Weekly Workouts

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Cramp Free Marathon for Winner of Noosa Marathon 2019

Cramp Free Marathon for Winner of Noosa Marathon 2019

Caleb Noble, Winner of Noosa Marathon 2019

 

Caleb Noble –  ran a cramp free marathon and personal best at Noosa Marathon with CrampFix!

Winning the marathon in a time of 2 hours 31 minutes 32 seconds, a personal best and cramp free marathon for Caleb.

The secret weapon Caleb used was CrampFix, an effective new alternative for cramping used by recreational and professional athletes worldwide.

“I drank one Lemon CrampFix Shot just before the race and had an Espresso CrampFix Shot about the 33km mark. My quads normally start to cramp about the 36km mark so this time I was able to hold on until the end”

Caleb has been using CrampFix for over 12 months to help overcome annoying and disruptive muscle cramps in the pool, on the bike and when running. During long training sessions and on race day.

CrampFix can be used by runners of all levels, not just winners!

  • Use on race day to prevent or at time of a cramp
  • Shot sachets fit easily into belts and pockets
  • No mixing or measuring
  • Lasts up to approx 40mins
  • Works within 30 seconds to 2 minutes
  • Max daily 100ml or 5 x Shot sachets
  • 2-3 Shots or 1 Bottle sufficient for a full marathon distance
  • Prevents as well as relieves
  • All natural
  • Gluten free & Vegan
  • Tested for banned substances
  • Made in Australia in our own manufacturing premises

 

CrampFix was developed for professional football players who commonly struggle to stay on the field for an entire game. The players needed a solution and so after 3 years of trialing the CrampFix formula, the brand was launched onto the market so that other athletes could manage their cramps.

Cramp Free Winner Noosa Marathon

Cramp Free Marathon for Winner of Noosa Marathon 2019

Caleb Noble, Winner of Noosa Marathon 2019

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I Ran The Marathon Cramp Free Thanks CrampFix

I ran the marathon cramp free

Raspberry 50ml CrampFix

I ran the marathon cramp free. Thanks CrampFix!  Another happy, cramp free marathon runner has used CrampFix Raspberry 50mL bottle to run a full marathon without experiencing any muscle cramps.

“Hey CrampFix – just wanted to let you know that I ran the marathon yesterday CRAMP FREE!! Yee ha!! …

I used 1 bottle of the 50ml Raspberry flavour – a bit at start and then at 20 kms, 27kms and 35 kms – at no stage did I feel like cramping so felt good throughout- and I have certainly pulled up well today – thanks CRAMPFIX ! Cheers Adrian 😊👍🏻

Adrian emailed us after he ran the O’Keefe Rail Trail Marathon in April.

CrampFix can also get rid of cramps straight away. Handy to have on you just in case, if you don’t know whether you’ll cramp or not!
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Multi Serve Fliptop Bottle OR Single Serve Shot Sachet
We have options!!
Lemon, Raspberry or Espresso with caffeine.
Drink or swirl & discard. Up to you … both ways work well!

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MADE IN AUSTRALIA by us. (No contract packing here)
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We just want to help you achieve your goals. Learn more about how CrampFix can help you run a marathon cramp free!

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Causes of Muscle Cramps and How To Get Rid of Them

Potential Causes of Muscle Cramps

What causes muscle cramps and how to get rid of them?

Unfortunately, not too many people can answer this! But we can offer a few insights and theories:

Fatigue

You rarely see cramps at the start of a game or race. However, it is common to see athletes cramp at the end which leads us to believe that fatigue is a likely contributor.

Dehydration & Electrolyte Imbalance

For many years some researchers have long suggested dehydration and electrolyte imbalance (such as decreased salt content) as a cause. But recent reviews have downplayed this theory, as the evidence is mostly observational. This means while there may be an association between dehydration, salt depletion, and cramps, we can’t prove one caused the other.

In these studies, people who were prone to cramps did NOT have differences in hydration or electrolyte content compared to people who were not prone to cramps!

Furthermore, all the muscles in the body would cramp if electrolyte imbalance was implicated. Cramping is usually experienced in actively used muscles.

Salt tablets and magnesium have been commonly used for cramps, but because electrolyte imbalance and dehydration don’t appear to be the cause, their usefulness is debatable.

Other Causes of Muscle Cramps

Other causes of muscle cramps include side effects from some medications, diet or perhaps have a family history of cramping.

Lack of strength and conditioning may also play a role in exercise-related muscle cramps.

How to Get Rid of Muscle Cramps

Science is now proving there is a fast way of getting rid of muscle cramps

The latest science in relation to getting rid of muscle cramps relates more to a neurological connection. Particularly in terms of rapid relief during activity. Studies conducted with professional rugby players have shown that despite hydration, strength, conditioning & nutrition being monitored, cramping can often still occur. Hence the effectiveness of using a product that stimulates a neural response.  Products like CrampFix are able to quickly activate sensory nerves in the mouth, triggering the overactive nerve signals to release the cramp – quickly.

Swallowing and digesting is not required! Cramps disappear just by swirling the liquid around the mouth and discarding it! This is how to get rid of cramps quick enough to stay in the game.

Cyclists commonly suffer muscle cramps.

 

https://coach.nine.com.au/fitness/muscle-cramps/1f96eff6-7968-436e-b8af-4410634827e8

https://theconversation.com/health-check-why-do-we-get-muscle-cramps-93493

Discover how you can get rid of muscle cramps fast!

 

 

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Triathlon Leg Cramps CrampFix “Be it training or racing, I’m happy they work for me!”

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.

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Oh, cramp!

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. 

Cramp Culprits
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.

Preventive Steps
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.

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What causes cramping?

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!!

CrampFix is available in multi use Fliptop lid bottles and single shot sachets.

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Cramping in an Ironman 70.3 Race

Many triathletes experience painful and annoying cramping in an Ironman 70.3 race. Commonly, not long after the second transition. Or, some triathletes get cramps during the swim or bike leg.

It’s also common for triathletes to experience cramps during all of their races or just some of their races! Everybody is different! Cramping can occur during any of the Ironman 70.3 race stages.

That is why having a ‘get out of jail card’ can be useful. When a cramp strikes it can be hard to get rid of quickly. So carrying a cramp specific product that you know will work fast can be a very wise decision!

What about using Salt Tablets?

Traditionally triathletes have used salt tablets to help keep cramps away. This is very much old school. By the time the salt tablet makes it’s way through your digestive system you’ve already lost the race! Science is now telling us the fastest and safest way to get rid of muscle cramps is by activating sensory nerves in the mouth. This triggers a very quick reaction to get the overactive nerve signals under control and release the cramp. If you can activate the sensory nerves, the cramp will be gone much quicker.

Following a strict nutritional plan is also a wise option. There are tons of wonderful hydration and energy products on the market and as long as you have trained with these you could get through your race without experiencing any cramps.

The reality is though that some people will still cramp. There are just so many variables that can throw any race plan off course. Maybe the weather is warmer, more humid or perhaps your energy levels are not as you anticipated.

If you have never raced an Ironman 70.3 and are after some tips, read this detailed Race Report by Ash Hunter, Ironman World Champ qualifier. Cramping has always been a huge concern for Ash during an Ironman 70.3 and full Ironman race. Ash commonly experiences bad quad cramps during the bike leg.

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 halfway through my final build leading into my first Ironman (Ironman Cairns).

 Warm Up Swim

Due to it being low-tide we weren’t able to do a quick warm-up swim so I decided to go for a 5-10 minute run in my wet-suit (barefoot) 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.

Swim Leg

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 and was able to find some feet after the first turn-around and settle into a nice rhythm. Soon enough I was 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.

 

Bike Leg

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. Keeping 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. Racing 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.

 

 Run Leg

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

4 x strawberry Clif Bloks,

a few cups of alternating cola and electrolytes

3 x CrampFix Sachets:

I had the CrampFix sachet’s at the 8km, 12km and 16km mark, 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.

It was great to trial CrampFix as a preventative in a race situation and a replacement to salt tablets.
One sachet of CrampFix has roughly the same amount of sodium as one salt tablet.

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: CrampFixT: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.

Read more about Ash Hunter and her training for Ironman.

 

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No Worrying About Muscle Cramping Thanks To CrampFix!

“Haleiwa Triathlon, age group win and 4th overall.

No worrying about cramping thanks to CrampFix!”

Congratulations to Jason Sim on his recent Age Group WIN in Hawaii at the Haleiwa Triathlon!!!

AND 4th Overall

 

Jason used CrampFix for the first time in 2017 “… and didn’t look back!”

“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!

I have no doubt if it wasn’t for CrampFix not only would I have not made the podium I wouldn’t have qualified for Kona!

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”.

Kind Regards,

Jason Sim

 

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!)

  • WADA/ASADA compliant
  • Low dose
  • No mixing or measuring
  • Relieves AND Prevents muscle cramps
  • Works RAPIDLY!
  • Gluten free, Vegan
  • Convenient packaging – 20ml Sachet OR 50ml Bottle
  • All natural ingredients
  • Made in Australia in our own HACCP accredited manufacturing facility
CrampFix is especially developed to help athletes to achieve their performance goals.

It’s currently being used successfully by professional and recreational athletes around the world, including:

  • UK Commonwealth Games Athletes
  • Serena Guthrie, UK Netball, GWS Netball
  • Kayla Cullen, Silver Fern, NZ Netball
  • GWS Giants AFL Team
  • Gold Coast Titans NRL Team
  • Cronulla Sharks Rugby League Club
  • Tweed Coast Raiders, NRL Team
  • Parramatta National Rugby League Club
  • Highlanders Rugby Club, NZ
  • Leinster Rugby, Ireland
  • Korean Cycle Teams – Team Brave, Team Sooty Smith, Team Liv
  • Korean Basketball

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.

 

 

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“I always Keep A CrampFix Sachet or Bottle On Me”

 

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.

CrampFix saved my race and I ended up with a 15 minute personal best time over the Ironman 70.3 distance and 3rd in the Female 25-29 Age Group.

I always keep a CrampFix sachet or bottle on me for training and racing now and haven’t looked back.

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NEW CrampFix SHOT – Single Serve Sachets with NEW Flavours!!

EXCITING NEWS!!!
Hot off the machine today are our NEW Raspberry and Espresso QuickFix Shots!!
Yes! The Raspberry tastes great!!
Yes! Espresso has Caffeine!!

Same effective CrampFix formula, rapid reliable relief for muscle cramps!

New 20ml single serve, tear open sachets!
Perfect for runners, cyclists, triathletes or anyone on the move.

No mixing, measuring – fits into small pockets.

Buy now online www.crampfix.com.au

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“Another Win Thanks To CrampFix – Bendigo Bank Half Marathon”

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

 

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At Ironman Port Macquarie, CrampFix Saves The Race For Muscle Crampers!

“The best run I’ve ever had!” – Eleven time Ironman, IMOZ 2017

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.

 

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