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“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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Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie Race Report

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).

 Swim

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.

 

Bike

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.

 

 Run

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.

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.

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CrampFix Literally Saved My Ironman 70.3 Event!

“CrampFix really was a lifesaver, you put a hell of a lot of training hours into those types of events as you know, so it was a massive relief to find a product on course that literally fixed the problem in a minute or so, and enabled me to complete the event.

Port Macquarie 70.3 last year was my first long course triathlon. I felt like $1million bucks coming off the bike, and

 

within the first km of the run I was struck with my first EVER leg cramp.

 

I honestly thought my day was over, I had no idea how I would run another 20k.

Then I was lucky enough to find CrampFix at the next aid station, and it literally saved my event.

I went on to achieve my 70.3 goal.

One year later, I am attempting my first Ironman, and

I won’t think of starting without a CrampFix sachet in my belt!”

Nick Hall, Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie 2017

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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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Jeri Chua – Ultra Runner – Saves Cramping Runners At Singapore Marathon

Meet Jeri Chua – An Inspiration for Runners – CrampFix Singapore Distributor

Jeri’s self description:
“Adventurer, ultrarunner, sports nerd. Constantly testing limits, taking inspiration from my incredible circle of friends and beyond. I’m not afraid to go against the grain, not in an aggressive way, just happy to think outside the box. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’d like to inspire people, to show that you can achieve what you first perceive as impossible, by having faith, taking a step out of your comfort zone, and learning from things that don’t quite go as planned.”

Jeri recently helped save cramping runners at the Singapore Marathon in December 2017 with CrampFix!

Running a full marathon herself, Jeri and her CrampFix team were also handing our bottles to cramping runners.

CrampFix works rapidly to treat muscle cramps. The all natural proprietary formula works by activating sensory nerves to control tired and over acting nerves which cause muscle cramps.

Easy to use, CrampFix was developed over three years with professional rugby players in Australia and was recently launched locally and in Asia in 2017.

CrampFix is “breakthrough cramp management” and is now being used widely, including Ironman athletes, marathon & trail runners, international netball players, AFL, Rugby Union & Rugby League players, basketball players, triathletes, open water swimmers, road cyclists and mountain bikers.

Simply drink straight from the bottle or convenient single serve sachet. No mixing or measuring. Use only as required when exercising for rapid relief.

 

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CrampFix – A Story For All The Skeptics Out There

Cristian Homoc, Age 53, First Full Marathon at the Melbourne Marathon.

Here is the email he wrote to CrampFix after the event:

“Hello,

I wish to share my story with all the skeptics out there, as I was a skeptic myself.

I recently participated in the 2017 Melbourne Marathon. On the day when I went to pick up the race pack, I saw the CrampFix stand. I had never heard of CrampFix before and honestly, I thought it was just another gimmicky product. I listened to what the the guy had to say about it and left.

Something prompted me to google CrampFix and I read the reviews from previous users. That made me decide that paying $10.00 for a bottle, was like buying an insurance policy. You hope that you never need to use it. As it was a reasonable amount, I bought a bottle.

On the race day, I put the bottle in my belt pocket, thinking that if I was to need to use it, it would be after the 30km mark.
I had a great start and everything appeared to go my way. Except that at about the 3km mark, I started cramping in my right calf (which I had never cramped in before!). I got seriously concerned and slowed down, worrying that I would not be able to finish the race. As I was running more slowly, I managed to put up with the discomfort until about the 12km mark. At that point I used approximately half of the content of the CrampFix bottle, not holding great hopes. It took longer for the effect to take place, than the 30-60 seconds mentioned during the description of the product, a couple of days earlier, but to my surprise, after 1-2km it started working.

By the time I passed the 15km point, I was not bothered by the discomfort in the right calf, anymore.
I continued the race and took another sip for good measure, at the 30km mark. The rest, which was about 10ml, I took at about the 37km mark.

I managed to complete the race slightly outside of my goal of under 4.5 hours, but I believe that CrampFix made the difference between completing and not completing the event. This was my first Marathon (at age 53) and without CrampFix, the event could have been a disappointing experience.
Now, I am thinking that for next year’s Melbourne Marathon, I will buy two bottles. I will use some CrampFix before the race (as suggested on the information card), as a preventative measure and I will keep one bottle with me during the race.

Thanks guys”

Cristian Homoc

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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“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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The First Time I Have NOT Cramped Over 42.2km!

CHRIS – 9 Time Marathon Runner – Gold Coast Marathon  2017

Hi Jan,

I wanted to thank you for being at the GC marathon last weekend. It was great to discuss your product at the expo and then see it on course.

I have completed 9 marathons, 8 of which I have cramped somewhere late in the race.

Much to my pleasure I completed marathon #9 with no cramps.

I had a bottle of cramp fix before the start and again at the 38km mark (from you – thanks) and it is the first time I have not cramped over 42.2km!

As per my call yesterday happy for you to use my comments.

I’ll be ordering again soon!

Thanks again and all the best with the business.

Cheers
Chris

 

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CrampFix “You Literally Fixed Me!” – GC Marathon 2017

“CrampFix Worked!!”

“Thanks once again you literally ‘fixed me’ at the lowest point of my race, I finished with a smile on my face with my family waiting for me, legend.”

 

DO YOU NEED RELIEF FROM MUSCLE CRAMPING? DO YOU NEED SOMETHING TO FIX MUSCLE CRAMPS? PREVENT MUSCLE CRAMPS?

CrampFix is an easy to use, fast acting, sports supplement.

CrampFix® works through the nervous system by stimulating the sensory nerves in the throat. Pretty simple really!

The CrampFix® formula has just the right ingredients (which are all natural, gluten free & vegan) to rapidly relieve and prevent muscle cramps.

USE CRAMPFIX® BEFORE, DURING & AFTER EXERCISE.

Simply drink 15 to 20ml of the concentrated formula – no dilution or mixing required – OR swirl for approx 30 secs around the mouth and discard.

The swirl and spit method is perfect for athletes who have sensitive stomachs or who do not wish to digest extra nutrition.

Each 50ml bottle has enough for 3 to 5 serves and can be ordered online now at www.crampfix.com.au/buy

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CrampFix Saves Ironman Athletes From Muscle Cramps!

“I ran the fastest time I have for years!” – Cairns Ironman Athlete, 2017

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Do you need relief from muscle cramping? Do you need something to fix muscle cramps? Prevent muscle cramps?

CrampFix is an easy to use, fast acting, sports supplement.

CrampFix® works through the nervous system by stimulating the sensory nerves in the throat. Pretty simple really!

The CrampFix® formula has just the right ingredients (which are all natural, gluten free & vegan) to rapidly relieve and prevent muscle cramps.

Use CrampFix® BEFORE, DURING & AFTER EXERCISE.

Simply drink 15 to 20ml of the concentrated formula – no dilution or mixing required – OR swirl for approx 30 secs around the mouth and discard.

The swirl and spit method is perfect for athletes who have sensitive stomachs or who do not wish to digest extra nutrition.

Each 50ml bottle has enough for 3 to 5 serves and can be ordered online now at www.crampfix.com.au/buy

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