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Fuel Your Run Part 3: The Top 5 Performance Boosters

Today, I'm excited to introduce the Top 5 methods to enhance your performance for high-intensity training and racing. Whatever it is, if you're doing anything with high intensity that is anaerobic you can benefit. Also, use code: FAST to save 17% on all the products recommended below.

This is the last segment of our three-part series on fueling your run. If you've missed them, check out Part 1: Running with Gels and Part 2: Hydrating while Running.

There are two primary ways to boost your athletic performance and you can combine both for maximum impact. I’ve tried all these products and they all work to boost performance.


The first are Vasodilators, don’t worry about the scientific word, it just means products that increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your muscles, helping delay going anaerobic and speeding up your recovery time after you do. The two most popular are:

Sur AltRed: A small red pill. I usually take two about an hour before working out. Its effects last around 90 minutes. This product has always been very popular with runners.

SwissRX Nitric Oxide: I often use this as its effects can last up to 5 hours. An hour before working out, I take 6-8 capsules. Dr. Sprouse (EF Pro Cycling Team) suggests two capsules daily in the morning and 4-6 capsules before a workout.

The second category of performance boosters are ones that help blunt the effects of lactic acid building up. Specifically, they help buffer changing Ph levels (i.e., burning) that happens with intense exercise, allowing you to push harder for longer.


Maurten BiCarb System: Hailed as a top (and sports-legal) performance booster. Mix it in a bowl and consume it 1-2 hours after a meal and 1.5 to 2 hours before a workout or race. Do test it multiple times in training before a race.

Beta Alanine: A traditional choice for managing muscle pH levels. It's taken daily, ideally between 1.5g and 3g, twice daily. It does take a few weeks to reach its peak efficacy. It works, but you have to stick with it for at least 3 weeks to really see the impact. I recommend athletes start with only 1.5g twice per day for a few weeks to avoid any tingling sensations, then try moving to 3g twice per day.

Topical Solutions

Products like PR Lotion by Amp Human and Lactigo are popular choices that athletes apply 30 minutes before training to reduce pain and, potentially, buffer changes in muscle pH. These are easy to use and relatively cheap, and many athletes swear by the impact.

Recovery Shake

Lastly, I always wrap up my runs with a recovery shake. I can't stress enough the benefits of adding a scoop each of Collagen and Creatine. They're tasteless and have become a non-negotiable part of my routine. For shakes, SwissRX Total Recovery is my top pick after doing a high intensity workout where I used these performance boosters as it helps me reduce the added inflammation caused by going so hard.

Your Checklist:

  1. Pick Sur AltRed or SwissRX Nitric Oxide and take it 1 hour before your workout. You can do this for every workout.
  2. For a big upcoming race, practice using Maurten BiCarb System for at least 3 workouts prior to your race
  3. Add in Beta Alanine at least one month prior to your big event. I like to do it for 2 to 3 months at a time.

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Matt Johnson / Saturday, September 23, 2023