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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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Targeting Nerves to Treat Muscle Cramps Shows Promise Over Hydration and Electrolytes

The sports medicine community and athletes often contribute exercise related muscle cramping to dehydration or an imbalance of electrolytes. However, in an astonishing study performed by a professor of sports medicine and the director of Ironman South Africa in 1997, the conclusion was drawn that exercise-associated muscle cramping due to dehydration or electrolyte imbalances is a misconception. [1] This conclusion was drawn after the director followed 1300 runners during the competition.

The Science Behind Why Electrolytes and Hydration Don’t Help Muscle Cramps

Electrolytes and hydration must make their way through the bloodstream in order to have an effect on muscle cramps. This process takes much too long to provide relief. In fact, it takes one hour for electrolytes,[2] 30 minutes for bananas, [3] and five minutes for water. [4] For athletes, this amount of time can hinder performance due to the lack of relief of their muscular cramps.

But what about using these methods to prevent cramps rather than using them to stop cramps once they start? Even as a preventative, these measures are still not an effective choice. Researchers performed sweat testing of laborers in shipyards and mines 100 years ago. What was found was that the sweat contained high levels of chloride, which makes up half of the salt content in your sweat. This resulted in leading scientists to believe that it was the absence of this electrolyte causing muscles to malfunction rather than dehydration. [5]

Neuromuscular Fatigue and Muscle Cramps

The reason behind why electrolytes and hydration has little to no effect has to do with the neuromuscular fatigue theory. This theory believes that the issue is not with the muscles; it has to do with the nerves that control the muscles. Furthermore, the theory states:

●       Muscle contractions are initiated by a nerve, referred to as the alpha motor neuron.

●       This neuron receives messages from your brain, known as conscious movements, and also from your spinal reflexes (unconscious movements).

●       Spinal reflexes stop muscles from stretching or loading in excess.

●       Neuromuscular fatigue causes an elevation in firing from the reflexes that protect against stretching, which results in excessive muscle contractions (cramps).

Treating Cramps Through Nerve Targeting

If you’ve ever experienced a brain freeze from drinking or eating something cold, you know it’s uncomfortable. This reaction is caused by the nerves in the mouth and esophagus being topically stimulated. CrampFix uses a unique blend of ingredients which targets these nerve receptors in a person’s mouth and throat, which provides near immediate relief to your body’s neurological response. In addition, since CrampFix does not go through the bloodstream, the product relieves muscle cramps and also prevents them within 60 seconds of taking it.

Treating muscle cramps

  • [1] Beresini, Erin. “How Can I Avoid Muscle Cramps?” Outside Online, 13 May 2013. Web. 24 Dec. 2015.
  • [2] Miller, Kevin C. “Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps: Debunking Five Myths.” Mom’s Team, 19 July 2013. Web. 24 Dec. 2015.
  • [3] Miller, Kevin C. “Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps: Debunking Five Myths.” Mom’s Team, 19 July 2013. Web. 24 Dec. 2015.
  • [4] Hutchinson, Alex. “How Quickly Is Water Absorbed After You Drink It?” Sweat Science, 19 Oct. 2011. Web. 24 Dec. 2015.
  • [5] Tucker, Ross, and Jonathan Dugas. “Muscle Cramps: Part I.” Www.sportsscientists.com. The Science of Sport, 20 Nov. 2007. Web. 24 Dec. 2015.

 

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