When I started triathlon a few years ago I tried most of the name brand sports drinks on the market. In doing so, I learned something very quickly. I'm quite sensitive to almost all sports drinks while exerting any type of effort, and easily find myself dealing with GI issues. As a result of this I really only drank water while training. I would often use salt tabs or solid food to try and keep my electrolytes in check while training in the Las Vegas heat, but it was hit or miss. Luckily for me I've been primarily a short course athlete and my workouts were all usually 3 hours or less meaning I could get away with it. Lately, I've been ramping up the miles and time on the road and needed another solution.
I had the opportunity to have a nutrition consultation with Stacy Sims at the beginning of this year. Stacy is one of endurance sports top nutritionists and not only did she square away my diet, but she convinced me to try her new sports drink. Below I've given a brief overview of the product and my review after using it for a couple of months.
OSMO Active Hydration
Osmo Active Hydration has been developed to maximize the rate of fluid absorption into the body and uses only the highest quality natural ingredients like organic fruit. It comes in two flavors, Organic Blackberry and Orange. Osmo Active Hydration is designed to do the following:
- Increase Power Output
- Improve Endurance
- Reduce Cramping
How on earth does it do that? Well... Stacy does an excellent job of explaining that here.
Taste - The taste of OSMO Active Hydration is relatively mild compared to some of the other drinks I've had. I would say the product has a good hint of flavor instead of that over sweetened kick you'll often get from others. All in all I really like both of the flavors. Orange is my favorite but I like orange everything so that is no surprise.
Mixing - Mixing OSMO Active Hydration is as simple as it gets. Add the recommended amount of power to water and stir or shake. It dissolves quickly without any clumping.
Claims - In the past month I've done four 80+ mile rides with people who are much faster than I am. In order to stay with the group I've had to really push myself. Rides of this distance and intensity are a first for me and I had absolutely no issues with cramping or endurance during any of the rides. Did I get an increase in power? I think it's hard to prove that since there are many variables that could equate to a ride with good power. I did however have the best 4 hour ride of my life (power wise) while using OSMO. I averaged a wattage 10% higher than a regular hard 2 hour ride.
GI Compatibility - I have the most sensitive stomach of all the people I train with and I had absolutely no issues using OSMO Active Hydration. In all honesty, I was pretty surprised. Stacy, you've outdone yourself here. If you are like me and have a tough time keeping your GI system happy while training, I highly recommend you give OSMO Active Hydration a try.
Summary - All in I really can't find anything about OSMO Hydration that I don't like. It tastes good, it's easy to prepare, my stomach is finally happy, and I had some of the best rides of my life while using it. I know that hydration and nutrition can be very personal but I'm pretty sure OSMO Active Hydration will be a great option for many athletes. If you are interested in ordering it you can do so at OSMO Website. While you are there, be sure to also check out Stacy's other products "PreLoad Hydration" and "Acute Recovery". I've yet to try those products but if they are anything like Active Hydration, they'll be winners.
As always, please leave your comments and question below. If you have also tried OSMO products, let us know what you think!